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Humans of Spring Break

April 5, 2016

This spring break, my friend Deseret and I decided to be adventurous. We traveled from BV to Chicago to Bowling Green, Ohio, (my mom’s hometown) to Pittsburgh, and all along our way, we tried to make strangers into friends. We met seemingly ordinary yet fascinating people everywhere we went, and we decided to do our own version of the ever-so-popular blog “Humans of New York.” So here you have it, our “Humans of Spring Break.”

Lucas

Lucas

From a young real estate agent in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago:

“I love Harry Potter… Somehow, you relate to this kid you have nothing in common with. You’re learning with him. And he’s just a normal kid, too. You want to be him. You want to be friends with him.”


Faez

Faez

A Chicago cab driver — and wannabe inspirational speaker — on happiness:

“You wanna know if I’m happy? 24/7. Tomorrow, too? I know about tomorrow. [I’ll be] happy. But listen. I’m genuinely happy 24/7. If I make it through tomorrow and I’m still living, I’m even happier than today. You ask me the question because you’re trying to relate to my happiness. My happiness would not change even if I were in the desert sleeping in a tent. I don’t relate my happiness to the outside world. It’s not like I got to a certain level in life to be happy. My happiness was not a result. It was a decision.”


Jamie

Jamie

On International Women’s Day, Google asked that women share their aspirations with the world using the hashtag #onedayiwill. We asked Jamie here what she would share:

#onedayiwill work to empower LGBT women worldwide.


Barbara

Barbara

Regarding her decision to open her own business in Bowling Green, Ohio, 40 years ago:

“[My friends and I had] all been in graduate school, I’ve got a master’s degree. We were overly educated and curious and wanting to do something interesting. We were all pretty strong feminists so we wanted to do our own thing. It was a good thing. I’ve never regretted it. I’ve had a lot of fun, a lot of fun.”


Matt

Matt

From Matt, a paleontologist in Antarctica who we spoke to over Skype in Pittsburgh:

“I’ve had the really good fortune to be involved with a lot of exciting paleontology projects through my career. I started off working in the Western US in Wyoming and Montana and found dinosaurs there. I’ve done a lot of work since then in Argentina — the Patagonia region of Argentina (I’ve been working there for almost 20 years). And, incidentally, not to toot my own horn too much, but some friends and I from Argentina have a brand new dinosaur species coming out probably in April. So we hope that’ll be in the news when that comes out, as oftentimes these dinosaurs are. So the Western US, Argentina … I’ve worked a lot in China, Egypt, Australia, Greenland and Antarctica, so I’ve really, really been lucky in that I got to go all over the world and look for dinosaurs and do the thing I love, which is find fossils and discover new dinosaurs and new information about the world they lived in.”

(Post and photos by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16 and Deseret Brown ’16.)

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