Why did you choose University of Puget Sound?
When I visited, I was impressed with the overall atmosphere on campus, both academic and social. Besides the astonishingly beautiful campus, the students seemed bright, motivated, and friendly, and the professors were simply awesome. I knew Puget Sound was the right fit.
What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?
Geoffrey Block, my music history professor, serves as a fine example of how brilliant a professor can be. I learned a lot about the discipline of music history from the way he encouraged us to think about music, and he never ceased to challenge his students. We ventured far beyond memorization of names and dates and delved into the scores, thinking of music as a language. I can think of music at a high level due to the analytical skills I garnered from his class, not to mention I thoroughly enjoyed his somewhat “nutty” sense of humor.
What has been your favorite class?
Even though I am a music/math double major, one of my favorite classes was Introduction to Political Theory which I took to fulfill my Social Sciences Core. In summary, we traversed the writings of thinkers from Locke and Rousseau to Marx and Havel, discussing each of them in class. To me, this class truly embodied the spirit of a liberal arts education, as my learning came not necessarily from my first pass at the readings but rather from the professor’s leading of the discussion and how she molded students’ ideas.
What campus activities do you participate in?
Music. I accompany choirs and instrumentalists on piano as well as teach piano lessons.
What is your favorite place on campus?
The courtyard between Thompson Hall and Harned Hall on a nice day
What is your favorite food in the Wheelock Student Center?
Lasagna, from Lasagna Monday.
What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?
I would encourage the first years to get involved with campus life. Don’t be shy! Puget Sound students love new club members, sports team members, friends, etc.
What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?
That there was a cat, named Al Collins, living around the Collins Library and Anderson/Langdon (A/L) Hall.
Who is your favorite character from a movie/book/television series?
Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
As a music geek, I would have loved to be in Vienna at the time when Beethoven was composing and performing his awesome stuff.
What’s the #1 most played song on your iTunes/Spotify?
A very difficult question, but I can give you an idea: Perth by Bon Iver.
If you could have one person with you on a deserted island, who would it be and why?
Natalie Portman. Nuff said.