What changed your life?
"What changed my life is coming to Denny's tonight and experiencing fries and fellowship with my friends."
"I'm a political science major with a minor in pre-law. I cry over exams that I don't get an 'A' on because I want to be a lawyer desperately. That's what happened."
Who has had the greatest influence in your life?
"My best friend Stephanie because I wouldn't be who I am today without her. I wouldn't know a lot of the other people who made an impact in my life unless I was friends with her or we wouldn't be close unless I was also friends with her. She always pushes me to go outside my comfort zone and none of my other friends push me in that way."
You have an hour to live, what do you do?
"Probably what I would be normally doing. I wouldn't want to make it something really different than how I normally live."
How do you want to be remembered when you die?
"By the stuff that's eternal, like helping and loving people. That's the stuff you take with you. Even though I like material possessions very much, I would rather be known for the eternal stuff."
How can you help?
"I don't know. I feel like there are so many ways that everyone could help. It's such an open ended question. How can you help yourself? How can you help others? Do you need to help yourself? Do you need to help others? How do those interact and how do they play into each other? Is helping yourself helping others and what does that look like for every individual? This is not an answer, I'm realizing. I'm just spewing this philosophical bullshit. I guess I could help by just continuing and doing what I'm doing: trying to be better and helping those around me in whatever ways I can."
Is this all there is?
"Okay, this is a long answer. I'm assuming you're defining 'this' as the human experience. I would like to say no, this is not all there is because I believe there is something that exists beyond the human experience. I don't necessarily know if that's enhanced human experience, that technology could provide, or life on other worlds. I'm not sure if God exists. I kind of hope that God exists because that would be really cool. That'd be the thing that provides a lot of meaning and a lot more logical sense to the universe. At the same time, the human experience sort of the provides logical sense to an otherwise illogical and senseless planet and universe. If this is all there is, then... I'm still going to say it's not because even if the human experience is all there is, then we're always creating more and we're always building more. We're always picking up new things and having new perspectives and having new experiences. So even if all that exists is the human experience... even then it's still limitless."
What makes you feel alive?
"Hanging out with friends,having fun and going on adventures. Even if they're really lame and stupid adventures."
When was the happiest moment of your life?
"Probably when I got three jobs in one day. I was pretty stoked about that, but none of it is relevant now."
True love and a broken heart or never having loved at all?
"True love and a broken heart. It's better to have loved than to not love at all. You learn more in the sense that next time you can be more into the relationship because you have more of a well rounded experience. And love is a fun thing, even when it sucks."