Who is Xander Hastings? 'Survivor' Season 41 star's only hero is his dad
Xander Hastings loves to take on adventures and dreams to live as many lives as he can before his time runs out
'Survivor' is the American version of the international 'Survivor' reality competition television franchise. The CBS series is hosted by Jeff Probst. The TV show places a group of strangers in an isolated location and they must provide for themselves here. The contestants compete in challenges that test both their physical mental abilities and there are endurance challenges as well. The contestants are progressively eliminated from the game as they are voted out by their fellow players, until only one remains and is given the title of 'Sole Survivor'. The last man standing wins a grand prize of $1 million!
Alexander (aka Xander) Hastings is a contestant on Season 41 game show. He is a 21-year-old, who resides in Chicago, Illinois. At his leisure, he likes to indulge in free climbing, road tripping, antique shopping and graphic designing.
Who is Xander Hastings?
Xander Hastings is a young and adventurous college student. He loves anything to do with daredevil games like bungee jumping, going on treks and is an admirer of nature at its finest.
A cross country champ
Xander Hastings took part in Nike Cross Nationals while in his school days. The Cross Nationals is basically the Super Bowl of cross country, and Xander loves the fact that people were baffled that his high school team even qualified, in the first place. In his words, the conditions on race day were grim, and the field was hilly, drenched, and oozing mud. The temperature was a bone-chilling 40 degrees, it was pouring and it clearly was no place for a Florida boy.
Everyone was miserable, but seeing the best of the best riddled with fear and intimidation, Xander felt a surge of confidence. Despite predictions that they would lose the race, they placed in the top 10! This is one of Xander's biggest accomplishments.
Xander Hastings is a student at the University of Chicago. He chose this school to further continue both his academic and athletic career. In his opinion, he wouldn't have gotten where he is today without the support of his coaches, teachers, family, and friends.
With his university studies, Xander works as an app developer as well. He loves the pursuit of knowledge and experience and can spend hours discussing how Mandarin enables the mind to think more creatively, the lab he just finished on rendering an image of the Crab Nebula using doppler shift and Kepler's Third Law, or even an algorithm for his latest app's feed widget! Xander wishes to live a thousand lives before this one is over. This video here stands as testament to his life motto!
Xander shares a close relationship with his father. When asked at an interview who his hero was, he said it'd be his dad, undoubtedly, "that man sacrifices everything for his family and especially for me to live out my exuberant adventures and ambitions. He served in the Navy, Peace Corps, and now serves as a prominent doctor in the Jacksonville community. People adore him, most of all me. Above all, he lets me know he's proud of me and supports me in any direction I want to take my life", he added. He has not shared pictures of or with his family yet.
Meanwhile, here's a snap from prom that Xander posted on Instagram. There isn't a tag that caught our eye about the two yet, but the duo look adorable together!
Catch the premiere of 'Survivor' Season 41 on September 22 at 8/7c on CBS, the CBS app and Paramount+.