1. Tell me about yourself?
My name is Emmalie, and I’m a 21 year old junior at the University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. I’m the current Student Body President, academic chair for my sorority Alpha Chi Omega, and the fundraising chairwoman for an organization that works to promote the message of Malala Yousafzai. I love tattoos, coffee, and I’m obsessed with all things related to tacos and the brain.
2. What do you love to do?
I am really passionate about helping people, especially when it’s helping them learn to help themselves. As a psychology major, it’s incredible for me to see the concepts I’m learning about in class actually play out in peers; studying for my classes isn’t even like studying, and I love to read about different counseling styles. I also love to cook, even if I’m not necessarily always the best! I think cooking with colors is so fun.
3. What are your motivation?
I have an extremely eccentric family, and they’re a huge source of motivation for me, especially my parents. My mother grew up with nothing, but turned that nothing into everything she could need by working hard and never taking no for an answer; she and my father both ended up working for Dell Computers, right alongside Michael Dell himself, and since then have only achieved greater heights, so it’s inspired me to essentially work my ass off until I get to where I want, and then only work harder from there.
I’m also really motivated by the thought of all those out there who are told they cannot excel simply because they are different; the more hatred there is in this world, the more I’m inspired to change it and help those people. The quirky ones, the “weird” ones in life, are the ones who are really going to impact the world.
4. What are your influences?
I’m really influenced by activists and activism in today’s society, especially as it pertains to 1) mental health, 2) women’s rights and 3) the LGBTQA community. When I see someone, or an organization, or an entire community, fighting for something they believe in, it reminds me that there is goodness and strength and virtue in every walk of life. Malala Yousafzai, who is fighting for women’s rights to education, influences me to not only be grateful for my education, but also to continue proving to the world that I, as a female, can overcome any struggle if I stay focused on my goal. The entire LGBTQA community is an illustration that love does not see the boundaries that we humans so often put up, and that it comes in all forms. One of the biggest influences on me today, however, is the fight against judgement placed upon those with mental disabilities or disorders; I want the entire world to see beyond people’s diagnoses, and learn to have simple unconditional positive regard for the fact that they are humans, no matter how severe the label on their medical documents.
5. What are you hobbies?
My biggest hobby ever is (although totally strange), buying planners and organizing/color coding my checklists; I guess it gives me a sense of control, which is really funny considering my mom raised me to believe that as man plans, God laughs.Writing, playing piano, and singing are also huge hobbies of mine. Being that I am in a science intensive college career, it’s nice to be able to access the other side of my brain occasionally and let the two mesh. Some days, though, I need to give my brain a break and just binge watch The Office. My boyfriend and I could just sit there for hours on end laughing non-stop at that show.
6. Where do you see yourself in the future?
I plan on getting my Ph.D in clinical psychology and working toward starting my own clinical counseling practice; I’m also really interested in doing some medical research involving neuroscience. Aside from that though, I want to travel to Thailand and Malta and take some time for myself to not stress about the small things (for once, ha ha!). Then again, the universe may have totally different plans for me, so we’ll see!
7. What Do You plan for the rest of 2016?
This semester, I’ll be finishing up my term as Student Body President, and soon after I’ll begin working with children who have autism at a child development/learning center. In the fall, my senior year will start, so that will primarily be geared towards applying to Ph.D programs (*fingers crossed!!*) and getting ready to venture on into the next four years of school.
8. Favorite Music/ Movie?
I will forever be obsessed with the Harry Potter movies (and books, of course); I could watch them back to back and not get sick of it. My favorite bands are Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon, and M83.
9. What did you find interesting about TNWTL MOVEMENT?
I love that it showcases different people’s lifestyles and their individuality. People are constantly motivated by completely different things, and what one person is passionate about, another person might not be. I think that’s the coolest thing about the TNWTL movement.
10. Do you have any questions for me?
I would like to know what inspired you to ask people about their lives and passions. I think it’s an incredible idea, and I’m curious where your ideas came from!