Jacob Fisher: The 911 Listener

Written by Vaan Huynh, senior at Providence, and a friend of Jacob Fisher. 

The name Jacob Fisher used to make me think of a crunchy fish taco that tends to consume the spiciest hot sauce from a Mexican grocery store. However, when I made time to get to know this super-senior in the past five years, his wonderful character and intellect exceeded my taco analogy. Thus explains this article’s title—Jacob Fisher is always a listening ear to his friends when they express themselves, and always replies to his friends with a text saying, “Okay. Smoke time?”

Fisher likes to think outside of the box, “to the extreme” and usually does not care about others’ opinions about himself. He seldom mentions his life back in Michigan or his hometown, for it was mostly, “a sad collection of God’s memoranda but life goes on,” explained Fisher. This is one of his greatest attitudes: looking forward to the unknown and accepting the things that are given to him.

Fisher generally tries to close his ears to gossip around campus, but he loves discussing social justice, racism, gender roles, or theology, just to name a few, with his colleagues and professors. At the moment, he is researching demonology and spiritual gifts (e.g., speaking in tongue or prophecy). He likes challenging close-minded individuals but is open to suggestions or criticisms from both friends and acquaintances.

Being a full-time college student, Fisher does not own much except his salvation in Christ, a few pair of ripped pants, and an out-of-date, falling-apart, six-year-old Sony laptop. On good nights, he likes to overheat this good old laptop for five hours straight playing upbeat music from Spotify’s on thrift-store speakers (of course, with subwoofers included) in his dorm room. On frustrated days, he must restrain the temptation to throw his laptop against the wall, hoping for miracles on that bad boy.

Despite his frugality, Fisher has a lot of time for others. Even if he is busy, he will make time to care sincerely for the student body, especially when his friends are down. In fact, Fisher is rich in time and love. The most common method that Fisher uses to befriend or care for the community is through video games. He always mentions how he would love to spend a whole day on video games, Mountain Dew, and cigarettes with his friends. Fisher is also rich in his freedom of expression; he is not afraid to acknowledge his limited wisdom and always strives to gain more knowledge from both inside and outside of the classroom setting.

Fisher realizes that most Providence students know of him as, “the guy who smokes.” Yet has many other interests like social justice, video games, movies, music, and book series like Lord of the Rings. He sincerely cares for his friends and is always willing to do anything he can to help other people.

Fisher is an example of a 911 listener, who is always available for his friends in their time of need or any time at all. When I asked, “What would you tell the lower classmen from your experience at Providence?” Fisher replies with, “Go to class, work hard, and be loving.”