Meet Kendrick Kirk, an economics major from Yale College whose hometown is Las Vegas, Nevada. This year Kendrick goes off-track and explores his artistic side. After a summer studying film making in Prague and back packing through Europe, he comes to the University of Hawai‘i to study acting, voice, and guitar. Next semester he’ll go to New York to take more acting classes at NYU. It’s never a dull moment with Kendrick!
What’s special about your home school, Yale College?
The residential college system is special. Freshmen are put into one of 12 residential units and stay there all four years. Each is a community within the larger college, and each has a master and dean who are faculty members. My master and dean are very cool. I’d say the Gothic architecture at Yale is pretty special, too.
What’s special about Hawaiʻi?
The waves, the beach, and the weather. It’s always t-shirt and shorts weather.
What are you looking forward to about being in Hawai‘i in the fall?
Taking a scuba diving class, improving my surfing skills, camping at the North Shore, and learning to play guitar and to sing.
Are you a morning person or a night person?
Hmm. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m a night owl. I’d like to be a morning person. I think it would be easier to be a morning person if technology wasn’t in your face so much.
If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?
- My guitar
- Iodine drops to clean the water
- Surf Board
- Two cows to breed, so I’d have plenty of milk and meat. I think I’d get tired of fish.
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
Sleeping, then I could do anything. But maybe I would just waste more time.
Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.
I’m the most patient person. I can sit and wait for anything to happen.
I love to do nothing, just be, and take up space.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
(Laughing). My book would be called, The Seeker of Truth
If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?
Laughing. I saw this once. I’d get “Mom” written down one arm and “Dad” down the other arm.
Tell us something you hate doing.
Pointless tasks, especially in school. For instance writing certain essays. The professors don’t want to read them, and I’m not adding anything to the field by writing them. I’d rather do something more efficient for an assignment to show I know the subject. I also hate cleaning and chores. I used to pay my sister to do my chores.
Tell us something you love doing and why.
I love having deep conversations, not just surface talk.
If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
Sour Punch Straws.
What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?
I love living in Waikiki, off campus, and would advise students to consider the same. It’s only a 20-minute bus ride to campus, it’s close to the beach, my friends come over on the weekend and hang out, and the apartments where I live, Ohana Student Housing, have air conditioning! I also suggest getting to know other students with a car and becoming friends with locals.
What Are Your Personal Superstitions?
I don’t believe in superstitions. But maybe I do believe in karma. If you do good things, good things come back.
Where in the World Would You Like to Get Lost?
Anywhere that’s safe.
Which Pop Music Stars Fascinate You?
Ed Sheeran and Jack Johnson.
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?
- Matt Damon, one of my favorite actors. He went to Harvard but dropped out to write an academy award-winning screenplay. He’s super philanthropic, supports clean water projects, and drives a Prius. I would have a lot of questions to ask him
- Jack Johnson. I like to hear his voice!
- Jesus Christ/Buddha/Muhammad. I’d love to hear what they say about life.
Do You Want to Live to 100?
Yes, if my health is there.
With what technology would you write a love letter?
A text message.
What did you enjoy doing at age 10?
Making potty jokes and playing video games.
What are you doing when you feel most alive?
Not worrying about anything. Being carefree.
What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?
I would want all the knowledge of every person who ever existed and access to this knowledge whenever I needed it.
What is that one thing which makes you different?
I’m lucky. My life has been defined by luck. I catch a lot of breaks.