We begin our spring 2015 Student Spotlight series with Emily Randhahn, a junior geology major from Mount Holyoke College. Emily has many interests beyond her science studies, including creative writing, drawing, and singing in choirs. The arts meet science in Emily’s world!
What superpower do you wish you had?
What are you doing when you feel most alive?
Being outdoors in nature.
Which pop music stars fascinate you?
I’m not into pop music and could really care less. I guess I’d say I like Taylor Swift. She seems kind and has a good outlook on life.
Where in the world would you like to get lost?
If I had the right provisions I’d like to get lost in the Pacific Northwest Mountains. But if I didn’t have anything with me, I’d choose Switzerland. I was there 7 or 8 years ago and really liked it.
If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?
- a good knife
- a survival guide
- duct tape
- an extra pair of hiking shoes
- a tent
What are your personal superstitions?
I don’t have any traditional superstitions, and there’s a fine line between superstition and fear. I don’t like when the elevator goes above double digit floors because I’m afraid of heights. Also, I won’t drink more than 3 cups of tea a day.
What did you enjoy doing at age 10?
Hanging out and playing video games with my older brother. We’re 18 months apart. I also enjoyed, and still do, drawing and writing.
If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
Rocks and minerals! I would make a display with labels, like in a museum.
Tell us something you hate doing.
I don’t like starting papers. I’m okay once I’m in the flow. Sometimes I prefer to begin in the middle.
Tell us something you love doing and why.
Drawing and creative writing. Both are a way to express myself and give life to my ideas.
If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be?
My mom’s side of the family is Scottish, and I’d get our clan motto which is “Repairer of Ruins” written in Latin either around my ankle or on the back of my neck.
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
I’d eliminate that period of time between going to bed and actually falling asleep, which for me can last anywhere between 1/2 an hour and 2 hours.
Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.
I bite my nails. I really like giving gifts.
With what technology would you write a love letter?
Pen and paper.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Tuff Schist: the Life and Times of Emily Randhahn
What is that one thing which makes you different?
I have a good sense of humor (I’m good at making puns), and I’m really positive.
What’s special about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa?
The diversity of courses, especially in Pacific studies and anthropology. Also, the campus is very open, and the buildings often incorporate the outdoors.
What’s special about your home school, Mount Holyoke College?
Mount Holyoke is a top-rated women’s college, one of the “Seven Sisters”. It has a welcoming atmosphere and a great community. You get to know lots of people. It’s also very diverse, both racially and culturally.
If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?
The three people I’d want to have lunch with are my brother, Max, and my two best friends, Katie and Angelica.
What advice would you give to a new ASH student?
Go for it! Even if you think you’ll be intimidated or if you’re not so sure the program is for you, give it a shot! You won’t know unless you try.