Editor Madison Kolke interviewed Noah Mabey in September 2016 for Shield. We are reposting this interview. Noah died on Thursday, May 18, 2017, from an aortic dissection. The Rochester College community grieves him. His obituary can be read here. His memorial service is Monday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at Stoney Creek Community Church in Washington, Michigan.
Q. Why did you choose Rochester College?
A. I came to RC for the location. I originally grew up in the metro Detroit area but moved to Traverse City midway through high school. When looking at colleges, I was drawn back to Rochester by my childhood. Also I buried some treasure around here and am still working on finding it.
Q. Where did you grow up?
A. I grew up in a couple of places around metro Detroit. Romeo. Washington Township. 26 Mile Road. 32 Mile Rd. 36. Mile Rd. The eternal crater, on eastern Mars, and of course, I spent a couple of years in the lost dimension.
Q. What is your favorite possession?
A. Due to a lack of care for material things; my most prized possession is my mind. Unfortunately due to a lack of sanity, I also prize my lack of sanity.
Q. What are some of your hobbies?
A. My hobbies include Writing, Acting, Gaming, Mad Science, Fight club. Don’t talk about it. And in my spare time I like to raise money for my campaign to start a Blood Space War.
Q. What is your most embarrassing moment?
A. My most embarrassing moment was in 2016. When I accidentally married an illegal alien and then ran for president on the platform of deporting illegal aliens. Wait, was that me?
Q. What do you do at Rochester College?
A. I am an English major here at RC. I enjoy most aspects of the major. The literature classes, the creative writing classes. I say, I loved Adolescent literature with Zac Watson last year, and I may have read all of Beowulf in one sitting. So maybe I was born for it, or maybe its Maybelline.
Q. What is your favorite thing to do in Rochester Hills?
A. My favorite way to pass time in Rochester is to hike out into the woods behind our campus. The trails and the river make great friends for a wandering mind.
Q. What is the biggest obstacle that you have overcome?
A. The biggest obstacle I have overcome… I moved 400 miles across the state when I was 16. About to be a junior in high school, I left my life behind and started something completely different in a new town. It shaped me in more ways than I can say. In more ways than you care to know, more ways than I can legally say.
Q. Who is your biggest influence?
A. My biggest influence throughout my life has been my father. Although I in no way have followed in his footsteps. He has guided my life and shaped my mind intellectually, humorously, personally, emotionally. My younger brother has also been a big influence on my life. He has always been the one pushing me to be a better person, a harder worker, more adventurous. Oh! And of course my imaginary friend Dannio has been there every step of the way, yelling in my ears about strings and what not; He wanted me to mention him.