Heather Brinkley: Community Service Cutie

What is your year?    

Sophomore

Major?  

Psychology with a sociology minor

Hometown?

Roswell, Ga

Are you involved in any clubs or organizations?

Gamma Sigma Sigma, the National Community Service Sorority

What career are you planning on after graduation?

Psychologist working at VA hospitals and free grief counselling

What inspires you the most?

Seeing people do good for others and not for their own benefit.

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic. One day I’ll be rocking red lips, cat eyes, and total 50’s rockabilly pinup, and the next day I’ll be in cowboy boots and a t-shirt. Depends on what music I listen to when I get dressed.

What’s the best advice you could give anyone on how to enjoy college? 

Find something you love, and don’t let it get you down if you don’t fit into stereotypes. I used to let it bother me that all my old friends go out and party a lot and do the normal “college kid” thing, but that’s just not me.  It’s fun for a while but not everyone fits that mold. Don’t let people bother you because you don’t want to be their idea of normal.

What are some of your hobbies?

I just recently took up knitting, watching movies, community service, hanging out with friends, cooking (especially baking, I made two cakes for friends tonight), working out, anything outside as long as it isn’t freezing.

What’s your favorite travel destination? When did you go?

That’s really hard to answer. I absolutely love to travel and I want to go to so many more places. So far though, I would have to say either Ireland, which I visited two years ago, or Switzerland, which I visited in high school. It depends on what you want out of your trip. We hiked part of the Swiss Alps in Switzerland, but got to see so many beautiful historic sites in Ireland. Plus, who doesn’t love a good pub crawl in Dublin?

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Be outside with friends, travel and explore and also go cheer on our rugby team.  One thing I love to do that not many people know about is to go to nursing homes, assisted living, or VA hospitals and sit and talk to people there. A lot of them don’t have anyone come and visit anymore and I adore listening to their stories. You can learn so much from sitting and actually listening to someone who has lived through past events.

What has been your most enlightening experience in college? What will you take away from your college experience?

Oh goodness, so far I would have to say it was my experience in my GC1Y class actually. It’s going to sound bad, but the class I got stuck in, Youth and Culture in the Middle East with Dr. Carter, I went in thinking I would absolutely hate.  I had a cousin overseas at the time so I was not the biggest fan of anything Middle Eastern but that class... I can’t even begin to describe how much I fell in love with it. Dr. Carter is an amazing woman and I would defend her to my grave, because of her and that class I left the semester dreaming of traveling to the Middle East. Going to places that most people would never want to travel to and would consider dangerous became this passion I had. It really showed me that if you go into something without preconceived notions and ideas, then amazing things can happen and there could be beauty in something that you would have never seen on your own.