Meet Ashley Hagerty, a senior neuroscience major from Temple University who, with a take on Socrates’ words, lives the examined life. Find out how this young but wise 21 year-old thinks about the world around her.
What Are Your Personal Superstitions?
I’m a science person, so I don’t really have superstitions. But I do believe thinking positively will lead to positive outcomes, as corny as that sounds. Living a positive life is a healthy life.
Where in the World Would You Like to Get Lost?
Maybe the Amazon. My sister and I have talked about travelling there for a long time. You would probably come upon things that have never been seen before or haven’t been discovered. You might see evolution at work.
Which Pop Music Stars Fascinate You?
I don’t really listen to mainstream music! I guess if I had to pick someone it would be Iggy Azalea. I like her energy.
Do You Want to Live to 100?
Yeah. And I have longevity on my side. My grandmother lived to be 104.
With what technology would you write a love letter?
Pen and paper, of course.
What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?
It used to be reading people’s minds, but now I don’t think I want to know what people are thinking. Between flying and invisibility I’d choose invisibility. Then you can really be alone.
What did you enjoy doing at age 10?
Reading and gymnastics. I wanted to be doing that all the time. I was also into the Spice Girls.
What are you doing when you feel most alive?
I feel most alive when I’m in a beautiful place with people I enjoy. The other day some friends and I were biking back from
Falls, and the setting was so spectacular! It was a wonderful feeling.
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?
- 1) Edgar Allan Poe, my favorite poet
- 2) Neil Degrasse Tyson, a famous scientist and host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
- 3) Immanuel Kant, 18th century German philosopher
What’s special about your home school, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?
Being at a city school provides a ton of opportunities. Philly is always home to me, and I have a sense of pride being there. It’s diverse, and even though it’s a big school, it has a sense of community. The university does a lot of outreach, especially in the neighborhoods that surround it.
What’s special about UHM?
The life style is so laid back. I love how professors come to class in flip flops and Hawaiian t-shirts. People have different priorities, and they are patient and kind. There is not a pressure to keep performing.
What are you looking forward to about being in Hawai‘i in the fall?
Surfing, sky diving, and camping out at the North Shore over Thanksgiving.
Are you a morning person or a night person?
Definitely a morning person! My roommate and I joke about my “grandma schedule”. I like to be in bed by 10 because my internal clock wakes me up at 6 am.
If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?
- 1) Books about survival, or any books in general
- 2) A surfboard. I just bought a board and a bike with a rack.
- 3) A source of water
- 4) My dog
- 5) My record player. I wanted one when I was in high school. I like to go out and look for albums, so that purchasing music is a mindful pursuit. It’s so easy to go online, click and automatically get music. My mom found me a record player that is also a CD and tape player and a radio.
What is that one thing which makes you different?
My interests are different. I enjoy philosophy, religion, and science, all of which attempt to explain the essence of being human. Also, I try really hard not to talk badly about people.
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
Hmm. I don’t necessarily dislike anything enough to eliminate it. I thought at first I would eliminate commuting, but that’s my thinking time. Homework can sometimes be a chore, but doing it brings a sense of accomplishment. Every part of the day is an integral part!
Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.
I’m very sarcastic. I don’t like trying new things.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Gosh! Lets come back to that one!
If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?
I already have a tattoo on my ankle, but I’ve actually been thinking of getting UH’s motto in Hawaiian somewhere small and subtle, maybe on my finger in white ink. The motto is, “Maluna a‘e o na lahui a pau ke ola ke kanaka”, or “Above all nations is humanity”. Too often I think we are prone to see each other’s differences rather than our basic similarities as humans.
Tell us something you hate doing.
I hate disappointing people, especially my family.
Tell us something you love doing and why.
I love making other people feel good or happy. That makes me happiest.
If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
Frozen bananas! They taste like ice cream.
What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?
Make the very most of your experience. Go out and do stuff at least every other day. Try something new and find a community here based on your interests, outside of your normal core group.
Now back to: if you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Adventures Had and Adventures to Come