What is your idea of perfect happiness? Defining happiness can be difficult. At times, I experience happiness from just waking up in the morning. Other times, I receive happiness from watching other succeed and live their lives without limitations. Personal happiness however comes from within. I feel that my happiness truly comes from accepting myself for who I am. I may have my imperfections, but I love every one of them.
What is your greatest fear? My greatest fear is stagnation. I never want to feel as if there is nothing left for me to learn. I plan to continuously seek development and growth throughout my life. I want to experience all the world has to offer. Some fear what they do not understand. They refuse to take risk, and miss the chance to explore the beauty of the unknown.
What trait do you like least about yourself? I feel slightly impatient at times. This could be due to my need to experience as much as life as possible. There are times where I sit back and appreciate the little moments. Sometime, I love binge watching my favorite television show, or taking in the beauty of nature. I need to find that balance where I live enough for today, before I worry about the occurrences of tomorrow.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? I actually relate to three historical figures. I can’t really just pick one because I feel each has inspired me in some way. Coretta Scott King is such an inspiration to me. After the death of her husband, she continued to foster his dream and legacy. Langston Hughes’ poetry inspired me to embrace my identity. He spoke of how knowing one’s worth, can devalue the sometime harsh labels of society. Lastly, Dr. Maya Angelou speaks of the struggle. Not just the societal struggle, but the struggle of self-discovery and validation. My favorite literary works of Dr. Angelou is the poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life? Dr. Joni Clark. She taught me to never apologize for my accomplishments.
Which talent would you most like to have? It would be cool to be able to play the violin, piccolo, piano, or saxophone.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? So far, pursuing a doctoral education has been my greatest achievement. Hopefully one day my greatest achievement will be marrying my soulmate, and raising children.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? I’m not sure. I would like to come back as a human in the USA, preferably in Hawaii. However, it would be awesome to have the ability to fly. In that life, I am sure I will still be determined to make a change for the better.
What do people notice first about you? I’ve been told that people notice my kindness and openness when they first encounter me. After that, they notice my determination to succeed.
What does BLUE mean to you? Blue is my favorite color. I appreciate the beauty of every shade of blue. With that being said, BLUE means to be diverse in experiences. It is the understanding that everyone has a different journey. It is at this very moment our paths have brought us to this great institution of learning. It is here that we come one step closer to our hopes and dreams.