What is your idea of perfect happiness?
For a long time I thought perfect happiness came from the illusion of being in control of my life. However, I have come to think of happiness as a subtle bi-product of using my experiences and expertise for the benefit of others and consequently myself.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is human evil. Specifically, I am afraid that someone else’s greed and or bigotry will get in the way of peace and privilege for all people.
What trait do you like least about yourself?
I spend too much time ruminating, but only on things that interest me. It got me into trouble when I was much younger. It must limit my exposure to new ideas.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Famous middle child, Lisa Simpson. Sans her saxophone skills and mostly because of her reading habits. Also, I have an older brother and a younger sister. My brother is only a little mischievous like Bart and my sister is not the most talkative person I have met. 🙂 For the record, my parents bear no resemblance to Homer or Marge.
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life?
I have met so many interesting and inspiring students, parents and peers through my teaching assistantship at Indiana State and teaching classes for Community School of the Arts. These humans will be glued to my brain for all eternity!
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would like to be able read and speak at least four foreign languages.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
There are so many little things that must accumulate and allow me to say I have accomplished something! So many late nights and dollar signs lead me to earning a B.S. And so many books, paint, and grey hairs have all massed toward the Thesis exhibit for my M.F.A. So many different ideas and upsets and so many people have all helped me achieve the things necessary for the always-inevitable next step.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
The first thought that came to mind was a cat, but the idea of having the same consciousness while being an animal would be horrifying, something like Gregor Samsa in Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis.” I cannot say I would like to be anything other than a human. Perhaps if I were reincarnated I would be a male. It would be interesting to have the “full” yin yang experience, if we’re still on the theme of Eastern philosophies.
What do people notice first about you?
You’d have to ask them. 😉
What does BLUE mean to you?
BLUE gives you a chance! I never thought I would be completing a master’s degree, let alone pursuing a Ph.D.! State gave me the opportunities I required in order to further my education and grow professionally.