I’ve been tagged by study-skills-vienna, I’m really flattered!! Thanks so much! :D
Here are the questions:
1) In which country do you go to school/ university?
I go to the University of Chicago, in the United States.
2) Have you ever visited Europe / Austria? Would you like to? :P
I have been to London once, and I absolutely loved it — my favorite place I’ve been! I haven’t been to Austria yet, but I would love to and plan to — in fact, I’ll be studying abroad at the University of Vienna next spring! I’m incredibly excited, as Vienna seems like such an amazing place.
3) What’s your favourite study spot?
This one is tricky. I like to match my study spot to what I’m studying. If I have to get up bright and early and power through an essay, I tend to pick the very modern Mansueto library, because if you’re working for 8 hours straight it’s harder to get depressed if you’re in one giant window. However, the vast majority of the time I go for cafes and/or beautiful neo-Gothic architecture, especially if I just need to get some reading done — in particular, the grandiose Harper library, the cozy campus cafe Hallowed Grounds, and (a hidden gem) the Oriental Institute reading room.
4) Are you satisfied with the conditions at your university? (Exams, profs, facilities..)
I love my university. Every day I feel more and more that I ended up in the perfect place for me. It’s true that it’s very challenging, but I think that’s ideal. I’ve had a range of professors, but that definitely includes some very amazing ones that have really inspired me and help me find direction. I really can’t complain.
5) Do you like your fellow students or do you think they are all jerks?
Oh my goodness, I love UChicago students. I think their uniting quality (beyond all being brilliant) is they are very kind and accepting. People come to UChicago expecting — wanting — to meet unique and interesting people, whatever that entails. Additionally, while everyone is very ambitious, they also all help each other out.
6) Are you very/ too ambitious?
I have always been very ambitious, but since starting college I think that has taken on a vaguer meaning for me — I don’t know exactly what I want to do, so I’m not focused on as tangible of goals.
7) How do you motivate yourself?
I love learning, so I mainly just allow myself to follow my interests where they lead me. I also (no surprise here) like to listen to music and look at pictures that put me in a good mood for studying. More generally, I try to do my best to make sure I’m not closing any doors for myself.
8) Favourite quote / study-motivation-picture ?
Ayyy this one is tricky, let me see…as for quotes, I think my university’s motto is somehow charming (let knowledge grow from more to more, and so be human life enriched), and this da Vinci one reminds me of the importance of making study a pleasure and not a chore. For whatever inexplicable reason, I always find myself coming back to these pictures (1 2 3) — but in general, pictures of cozy academic settings. And admittedly I also really like to just think about my favorite academic-ish stories/characters. My tastes are too typical — Sherlock Holmes, Dead Poets Society, and, of course, Harry Potter (or more accurately, Hermione!).
9) Most inspiring person ?
This one is tough too. I’m inspired by different people for different things. I’ve always loved da Vinci because he excelled in so many fields — he never had to make up his mind. Similarly, my confirmation name is Mathilda, after the German saint who tried to help others in a wide variety of ways, and was thus also multi-talented. (I also liked the fact that she was rather strong and independent, at least as far as women saints of her era go). But there are many, many more people that inspire me in other ways. Michelle Obama and my epic econ professor are also high on my list.
10) What would you choose – science or humanities ?
You might’ve guessed from my above answer that I really, really, really don’t want to have to choose! I’m majoring in the social sciences (in particular economics and public policy), which I feel fall somewhat in the middle — knowledge of both the sciences and humanities will make me a better social scientist.
11) Do you think some studies are useless just because you can’t earn money after your degree or do you think they are precious for humanity and should be kept alive ?
I think many subjects often termed “useless” are incredibly valuable — while they won’t teach you how to do the mundane tasks required in your job, they will make your life so much richer. For me personally, I believe that education should not be career-oriented. An education will allow me to better understand the world and live a more fulfilling life.
My eleven questions:
- What’s your favorite place, architecture-wise?
- Essays or problem sets?
- Strangest thing you had to read for class?
- Favorite work of art, or work of art that really stuck with you?
- Your ideal Saturday and/or Sunday?
- Your favorite city?
- Most unique class you’ve taken?
- Favorite kind of coffee/tea/drink for when you’re studying?
- Top 5 bands/artists/composers?
- Best quote from a class discussion? (teacher or student)
- How has where you’ve lived shaped who you are?
The rules are:
1) you answer these 11 questions
2) you write 11 new questions
3) you tag 11 people
4) you tell these 11 people that you’ve tagged them