Meet Tytus Boston ‘26 Boston admires W&L’s Honor System and is inspired by the greater Rockbridge County community.
Name: Tytus Boston ’26
Hometown: Amelia Island, Florida
Why did you choose to come to W&L?
I chose to come to W&L because of the excellent academic opportunities, but most of all, for the community in and surrounding the school. Our Honor System binds all of us together as members of the community and ensures that we will all be set to live honorably after graduation. In addition, it’s also no surprise that the network from W&L is so extensive that I meet members of our community all the time when back in Florida, showing how unique and far-reaching a W&L education can be.
What are you most looking forward to during your time at W&L?
At W&L, I am most excited to take courses in new disciplines that I would not have had access to otherwise; for example, while last semester I took some “normal” courses such as literature and writing, I also had the opportunity to take classes on Buddhism and philosophy!
What has been your greatest accomplishment since arriving at W&L?
Without a doubt, my greatest accomplishment so far has definitely been hiking 30 miles on the Appalachian Trail with my Pre-Orientation group. It was a lot of work, but that made the views much better. By the end of the hike, our group of nine members became a tight-knit family, bonded together with that fantastic, shared experience.
Who at W&L has been most inspiring to you so far?
While I know that there is a plethora of people of W&L who could for sure be listed as inspiring figures, I have to say that the community in Rockbridge County, specifically in downtown Lexington, has most inspired me. Coming from a small town myself, the local community makes this area feel like home, welcoming us all with open arms.
What inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by my family and friends. My parents, of course, have overcome so much in this life to provide for me and my younger sister, Ella. Additionally, my friends down at the University of Florida and Florida State University — Maddox, Owen, Todd, Tyler and Ella W., among others — constantly challenge the way I think and push me to be a better person, whether that be at the gym, in the classroom or in life. I am very fortunate to have such a supportive group around me, and I look forward to furthering that circle of trust and friendship at W&L.
What are your hobbies/interests?
Too many to count, but my main hobbies are thrifting, because I love looking for good deals on just about anything; golfing, which I’ve always played with my dad; scuba diving, which I’ve been able to share with my mom, while also seeing some fantastic sights; and surfing, which is how I’ve met some of my best friends back home.
What book has made the most significant impact on your life?
“The Great Gatsby,” for sure. Some would say it’s overrated, but for me, that book was the first book that opened my eyes to the importance of reading and was the starting point for my love of the hobby all these years later.
What is the most adventurous thing that you have ever done?
Definitely traveling to play golf in Australia, which ended up leading to my mother and me running into the Irwin family, and eventually seeing and swimming on the Great Barrier Reef when I was only 15 years old.
If they made a movie about your life, who would play you?
Well, I have been told that my celebrity look-alike is Penn Badgley, and considering he is close enough to my height, I think he could do a pretty good job.
What is your desert island food?
Some good dill pickles, but I have to try the specific ones beforehand before giving the final seal of approval.
What is your favorite movie?
Definitely “Inception,” hands down. I’m a sucker for any movie by Christopher Nolan.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a professional golfer … then a doctor … now a lawyer, so we’ll see where I end up!
If you could have a conversation with anyone, who would it be and why?
I would love to have a conversation with my grandmother, Peggy Jean, who passed away from colon cancer in 2005. While I did not know her, she was the matriarch of our family, and her life affected so many of us, including my parents, aunts and uncles, and even my far-off cousins. Her kindness, which I’ve heard about all my life, resonates with me and my family. It even inspired me to get involved with my local Relay for Life last year, where my team raised $5,000 for cancer research and treatment.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I know all the presidents in order and can usually tell a quick fact about each one.