Welcome Spring Semester 2016!

Welcome back to school UT!

As the spring semester of 2016 begins I am reminded of how difficult it can be to meet new people, especially when walking into a new classroom and seeing no familiar faces. Getting to know new people can seem a little daunting.

Luckily, Lifehack has a popular list of 45 questions to ask to get to know someone that go beyond your basic, “Where are you from?” questions. However, since many of us here at the Motivation and Education Research Group (MERG) are busy students and we might not be in your classes we decided to do a virtual introduction.

Hopefully you enjoy getting to know these 2 MERGers; Ariana and Rebecca, a little better!

Ariana Vasquez: 6th year Doctoral Student

Would you rather . . .

Hike or bike?

Vacation in Hawaii or Alaska? And why?
Hawaii, because I love the warm ocean, the culture, and pineapple

Go to a comedy club or dance club?
Comedy club

Play dodgeball or kickball?

Win the lottery or find your perfect job?
Perfect job

What was your favorite activity in gym class?
This may sound odd, but in high school the gym coach for the girls was a competitive speed walker. We had a whole 6 week unit on speed walking. It was strange and wonderful and actually a lot of fun!

What does your perfect day look like?
A perfect day for me would involve waking up to go for a run outside in the early morning sunshine. Then, cooking a big breakfast with my boyfriend and drinking green tea. The afternoon would include some more outdoor time, such as going for a walk or hike. Just a peaceful and relaxing day sounds pretty perfect to me.

Rebecca Steingut: 5th year Doctoral Student

Would you rather. . .

Watch Star Wars or Start Trek?

Star Wars!

Crash with friends or stay in a hotel?

Crash with friends. I never get to spend enough time with friends. Staying at their house is a great way to spend quality time together. 

Wear jeans or chinos?

Jeans or shorts (it is usually warm enough in Austin)

Have a night out or evening in?

A night out!

If money were no object, what would you do all day?

Read, exercise, cook, teach, study, and collaborate

How would your friends describe you?

My friends would describe me as fun-loving and clumsy.

If you were to create a piece of art, what would the subject be?

My art would address issues of identity, such as race, religion, and gender.