Two traits that are oft-times associated with a child-like wonder of the world.
Two traits that are admired in our society for their correlation with creativity, development, and above all, innovation.
Two traits that, together, have formed my current personality and sense of self.
I am first and foremost a lover of our world. While some disparage the cold and biting winter wind for its less than redeeming affiliation with discomfort, I marvel at the harsh power of our world. Because when the frigid wind hits me with just the right propulsion and trajectory, and cuts straight through my parka at just the right angles, our world changes the texture of my skin, gifting me with an infinite collection of goosebumps. It alters my biologically “set-in-stone” body temperature, and handicaps my fingers from completing any of the tasks they were genetically created to complete.
And at that same moment, I feel as though I am flying.
Flying with the momentary freedom of paralysis, preventing me from doing anything but stand, absolutely and completely dumbstruck by our world.
I question how we, as mere humans, landed in such a beautiful and incredible place. How the bright spring colors and the monochromatic browns and whites of the winter are cyclically formulated. How the birds capture the power of the air and the fish capture the power of the water. How our world contains an infinite set of creatures and systems, all of which appear in juxtaposition, but are in a harmony more perfect than humans will ever fully understand.
As you may have already ascertained, I have always been one of “those” kids who loves school. I feed off of the voices of my instructors as they transcend knowledge and new ideas into my mind. The acquirement of such information is undoubtedly my inspiration to rise every morning. To me, everyday holds the promise of a slight abatement to my hunger for answers, and an even greater intensification of my thirst for more.
I am a Mathematics major, a PitE minor, and a Sweetland Writing minor. These three areas of study, while in stark contrast, represent a path towards my greater understanding of our world. While the ability to see our world’s harmony may seem obviously related to Mathematics and PitE, writing is often a confusing addition.
I approach writing as I would a mathematical problem: I allow my inspiration to take the form of a question, I think deeply and abstractly about the question, and I write to convert the abstract solutions existing in my mind to a concrete form of art.
For me then, writing is a key to furthering and deepening the connections I make between our world’s many systems.
For me, my curiosity and fascination are “how” I write. I simply reflect upon what I see, and allow questions and answers to flow.