From an early age, Steven T. Rusk strove to set himself apart from others that were like him. While the children in elementary school were busy playing with slap bracelets and pogs, Steven was busy turning every check on his report card into a check plus. This trend continued all the way into his adult years up until his graduation from UC Riverside having a final GPA of 3.7 in his last year. But grades alone were not the key to unlocking the life he set out for; Steven Rusk had to reject the norms and conformities that society had surrounded him with.
Steven was born in November of 1984 and lived most of his adolescence in Corona California. He had a suburban upbringing in a stereotypical family; He had approximately 1 brother and 1 sister, and a cat with 3 legs. When Steven was in grade school, he sought out to earn his first income by mowing lawns and washing cars. After making enough money to pay for the damaged paint jobs on the cars, he learned that to get ahead in life he would have to raise his expectations of himself and develop a plan for success. In this bubble cluster, he outlined his key areas of ambition: On the upper left was financial freedom, on the upper right was romantic independence, on the bottom left was self actualization, and on the bottom right was a doodle.
Having already taken his first learning curve towards his financial future, Steven moved on to his second bubble. During a recess session at Promenade elementary, Steven embarked on a romantic charade that resulted in Lara Hosseinzadeh receiving her first kiss from a boy. Even though she liked it, this moment marked the beginning of a philosophy that Steven holds to this day: The opportunity cost of commitment is autonomy, and autonomy is the force that empowers us to become more than what we are.
Steven traded in a life of fidelity and religious ambiguity for a life of refinement, and a pair of Chuck Taylors. Anything and anyone can be good enough for him, but at the same time, he is in a perpetual state of pushing the bar and seeing where his life will take him. Being one of the few graduates from the IE to make over 50k a year out of college, Steven pushed the bar by moving to Orange County. He owns a modest car and pays the extra dollar to live in his own apartment; Solitude is key to his lifestyle, as well as his dating habits. When asked by one of the girls who has been fortunate enough to date him, Steven maintained that “[he] lives day by day.”
It’s not easy to catch up with ‘Tucker’, as he is called on the street, but he has been known to make brief appearances at local bars in the greater Southern California area. Aside from his attempts to coach colleagues of his such as Dustin Winn on how to lead an unconstrained life, Steven likes to spend his time enjoying long walks on the beach, romantic candlelit dinners, and the soulful sounds of the Backstreet Boys. He is also apt to enjoy a glass of wine if the weather gets cold enough.