From Kristen and Mike:
1. When did you decide you wanted to be a doctor?
Well, this is a complicated one. I think I first decided for sure sometime at the end of my freshman year of college, making that late spring of 1998. The funny thing is, I’m not as sure now as I was then.
2. If you could pick just one part of your experience in East Asia, what do you think changed you the most?
Oooooohhhhh. That’s a good one. Hmmmmmm. I’d have to say my understanding of my role in the Body of Christ deepened significantly, thanks to great times with my team and Chris, my mentor/disicpler. Living life, all aspects, from the great and fun, to the dirty and sinful, in local community, and now that I’m back, maintaining communication with the Body around the world AND the local Christians in my immediate physcial proximity. That’s what changed me the most. Plus, finding out about people like Hauerwas while I was over there didn’t hurt.
3. What was your favorite non-academic thing about Rice?
The college system. Hands down. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s called the residential college system, and it exists in various forms in a handful of universities in the US, and comes from our cousins in the UK (Cambridge and Oxford were the first to have college systems). At Rice, it existed in lieu of a Greek system. Basically, everyone is a part of a college. Your level of involvement is up to you, but it becomes a part of who you are and what you do and how you learn. It’s not limited to a location on campus, like a dorm, although the college identity includes the on-campus living facilities. Faculty and staff are involved in colleges, from living with you on-campus, to hosting you at their homes for various events, to teaching extra-curricular “fun” classes like wine-tasting after dinner for seniors during their spring semester, etc. It’s really a way of creating a community, much like community within the Church – people take care of each other and serve each other (when people party too hard, need a hand in a subject, or something like that), people lead each other (each college had its own elected leadership, own budget, etc.), play together (some IM sports had specific “college” leagues where the colleges would play against each other). Our college masters (faculty that live with us) rents the ice skating rink in the Galleria every Christmas for the college. Stuff like that.
4. If you had to live in the states, where would you live?
Well, of the places I’ve been, I’m definitely torn between Texas and Colorado in an overall sense. California comes in close behind them. The biggest drawbacks here are the incredible traffic in the cities and some really stupid politics. Then again, I can’t really say I appreciate the power grab by the GOP here in Texas, and then the appropriately childish reciprocation by the Democrats.
5. What Caedmon’s Call song is your all-time, absolute favorite?
Ack. That’s an incredibly unfair question. There’s so much good stuff. If I HAD to pick, it’d be All I Know. Reminds me to be humble, and how it does all go back to who Christ is, and not about what I do, think, or say.
6. Are you nervous about UT Football coming to Rice this weekend? You are, aren’t you … just admit it. Really, it’s okay.
Actually, after that showing against Arkansas, I wouldn’t be surprised if UT beat themselves again this weekend. They had everything they could need to win, but they just lost it, mentally, I think. Didn’t have the edge. Anyway, I doubt that we’ll win, even if UT does self-destruct. We’re not great, but it’s hard to compete against a giant state school, especially in Texas. Although we did send UT home from Omaha in June.
::If you would like to participate too, here are your instructions:
1. Shoot me an email saying “interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions (not the same as you see here).
3. You will update your blog/site with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
And the cycle continues, on and on and on::