Interests/pleasures: biology, reading, foreign-exchange markets, technical writing, flightless birds, human evolution, carotenoids
Best travel experience: Italy, 2011, with professors Chris Wallace and Ginger Withers for International Brain Organization World Congress.
What people don't know about me: I've always wanted to live in Arizona.
Words to live by: "Theories have four stages of acceptance: 1) this is worthless; 2)this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view; 3)this is true, but quite unimportant; 4) I always said so." (J.B.S. Haldane)
Interests/pleasures: writing, reading, swimming, magic, music (The Gathering)
Best travel experience: climbing the Volkerschlacht Denkmal in Leipzig, a massive memorial commemorating the defeat of Napoleon near Leipzig.
What people don't know about me: While I'm an introvert at heart, I really enjoy meeting new people, even if I don't show it at the time.
Words to live by: "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." (Arthur Edgar O'Shaughnessy)
Major: Applied Physics (through the 3/2 program)
Interests/pleasures: skiing, basketball, sailing, baseball, coffee
Best travel experience: Sailing with my family in the San Juan Islands.
What people don't know about me: I worked for a summer at a salmon processing plant in Alaska.
Words to live by: "Ask people how they got there, because I guarantee that no one took a direct path with no detours."
Interests/pleasures: cycling, chocolate fondue, people, "oldies" records
Best travel experience: An 88-hour bus trip across Senegal and Mali.
What people don't know about me: I'm a scholar of British romantic comedies.
Words to live by: "If things start happening, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along, and you'll start happening too." (Dr. Seuss)
Interests/pleasures: creative writing, Drama Club, The Pioneer
Best travel experience: Study abroad in India, 2010.
What people don't know about me: In high school I was a member of a mime troupe.
Words to live by: "Vertigo is the conflict between fear of falling and the desire to fall" (Rushdie)
Interests/pleasures: Running, climbing, reading science fiction
Best travel experience: Semester abroad in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo
What people don't know about me: I can't watch horror movies because I get too scared.
Words to live by: "If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two mouths and one ear." (Mark Twain)
Interests/pleasures: Music, food, playing drums, travel, reading, baseball, trying to speak foreign languages
Best travel experience: Independent study project in Bodhgaya, India, on study abroad, 2007.
What people don't know about me: I'm a synaesthete; I experience music and sound as colorful, visual shapes and landscapes in my mind's eye.
Words to live by: "How strange it is to be anything at all." (Jeff Mangum)
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Interests/pleasures: Music, hiking, new ways to dance and move, baking, slacklining, chocolate, rafting, languages, swimming, travel, new instruments
Best travel experience: Going to a friend’s village to visit his family for Teej, the women’s festival, in Nepal.
What people don’t know about me: My feet are as flat as a pancake.
Words to live by: “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” (Rumi)
Major: BBMB (Biophysics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Interests/pleasures: biking, skiing, hunting
Best travel experience: Killam vs. Fulbright hockey game in Ottawa.
What people don’t know about me: My favorite season is fall.
Words to live by: Git 'r done.
Major: Film and Media Studies
Interests/pleasures: Language learning, astronomy, reading, writing, filmmaking, karaoke, blogging, badminton, contemplating about the meaning of life
Best travel experience: Whitman Summer Studies in China – Yunnan
What people don’t know about me: I aspire to learn fluent Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Words to live by: “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
Interests/pleasures: Literature, literary theory, continental philosophy, swimming, ceramics, French, cats, board games
Best travel experience: study abroad in Paris.
What people don’t know about me: I was not born in the United States.
Words to live by: “It is as if I am indebted to — I don’t know to whom — to thinking responsibly. I am in a situation of trying to learn to whom, finally, I am responsible.” (Jacques Derrida)
Major: Social Psychology
Interests/pleasures: international travel, Ultimate Frisbee, ceramics, whitewater rafting, snowboarding
Best travel experience: Hearing our team’s name echo from the stadium speakers as World Champion and “Spirit of the Game” award recipient for sportsmanship. Never have I had a prouder moment as a coach.
What people don’t know about me: Growing up, I spent multiple nights sleeping in igloos on snowboarding trips in the Northwest.
Words to live by: Live in the moment and cherish every moment.