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Tall, Dark, and Handsome; Meet Our Mountaineer Mystery Man

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at App State chapter.

So we don’t know your identity, Mountaineer Mystery Man, but we have readers that are dying to know more about you! We’ve seen your sporty side writing about App State football and the Panthers, but also your sweet side, when you wrote A Letter About Love: The Double Edged Sword. What’s hiding under your mask? We want to know what makes you tick (without giving away your identity, of course)!

So why did he choose Appalachian State? Sure there are great mountains, the summers are unbeatable, and clearly Boone is a drinking town with a football problem (lol), but what drew you here? What originally drew him to Boone was the glamor that comes with creativity in the outdoors. Music, writing, and art were all majorly impacted by the elements of nature. Especially very well known American authors, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of his favorites of all time.

When our Mystery Man isn’t busy studying political science or biology or whatever it is that goes on in his gorgeous head, he can be found playing musical instruments such as the guitar, reading books (most recently being “Slaughterhouse 5” by Kurt Vonnegut), or outdoor exploring the endless opportunities within Boone’s gorgeous mountains. He said his favorite trail is the profile trail on Grandfather Mountain!

Hold it right there. He can play the guitar!? I can hear swoons across Sanford Mall as we speak! Obviously I had to ask what his favorite songs to play are. His favorite songs to play are original pieces of his own that he writes, but his favorite songs to cover are anything Dave Matthews Band or John Mayer.

Obviously our Mystery Man loves the Panthers and App State, but there’s got to be more than just football on his brain. I had to know if he played football in high school (or if he does now). Yes, he did. He played middle linebacker in high school, but since then has moved on to pursue his more creative endeavors such as reading and writing.

Behind every great man is an individual who made him that way. I asked our Mountaineer Mystery Man who three of his greatest influences have been so far. His told me that his greatest influences are Miles Davis, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“The most important aspect to the human experience is creativity and being able to express oneself creatively. The power of music, literature, and art is unknown to us, so why not attempt to discover the source of its power on a daily basis?”

He’s a man of many talents ladies, seems like a catch to me! If you can figure out who he is… 








Amber Layfield, senior at Appalachian State studying psychology and criminal justice, teaches Pilates and Yoga, and is Co-Campus Correspondent of Her Campus Appalachian State!  Enjoys hiking in Boone, getting lost in a great book, dabbling in cooking, knitting, creating jewelry, and writing. An avid animal, coffee, pizza, Harry Potter and Pinterest lover.