How would your friends describe you in three words? Funny, Strange, Passionate
What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? In college, I had to take a world religion course as part of the humanities elective. Part of the course requirement was to visit the services of all five major religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. Through visiting temples, mosques, and churches, I learned so much. So much more than I could possibly learn from reading books or sitting in lectures. I realized how much of what I know is often times through what I see in the news and media or from other people's opinions. Of course, the secondary information isn't necessarily wrong, but I appreciated seeing and experiencing the basics of, in this case, religions first hand. Acquiring knowledge is tricky. You feel like if you read a lot, you will know a lot. Just like how a balanced diet consists of proper portions of proteins, carbs and fats, I find acquiring knowledge is best done through the balance of reading, experiencing, and sharing of ideas.
What is your favorite place on campus and why? Lower field and trails are probably where I feel happy and relaxed. It is steps away from main campus but you feel like you are in a forest or a meadow of a state park. When I need a recharge and some alone time, I head down to the lower side of Harrisville Road, where I know I will find berries, beaver chews, trees, wild flowers and occasional people on foot, snow shoes, skies, or bikes enjoying the same thing that I'm enjoying: a bit of calm and peace in nature.
I am most happy when... I try new things. I am a very competitive person and used to think I need to be good at something to enjoy it. Then I realized there are so many exciting new things out there to try and if I limit myself to only doing things that I'm already good at or I think I will be good at, I will end up missing out on so many unexpected experiences. Once I let go of needing to excel, just trying new things gave me joys in the most unexpected ways. Not all tries go well of course, but the perspective I get from different outcomes makes me a person of wider experiences. This year, my friends convinced me to try mountain biking, an activity I put aside because I deemed it too cumbersome. The moment I got on the rental bike at Kingdom Trails, I was hooked. Now I can't wait to explore Dublin campus on my bike!
If I had a free afternoon I would... Let's be honest, the honest answer would be "catch up on house chores" like doing dishes, laundry or vacuum. However, in an ideal world where I'm on top of my house chores, I would go for a Monadnock hike. I love that mountain.