Shreya Hari (Class of 2019)

What was the most memorable part of your junior year?

“The most memorable part of my junior year probably wouldn’t be one single event but an accumulation

of different events that occur on a pretty consistent basis. I really enjoy speaking to a lot of the different

people here at TAMS, especially really late at night. Those 3AM conversations can lead you to learn a lot

about people – things like their philosophies, their ideas – that you may have not previously known. I

think this has made me a more aware and open-minded person so definitely, if I think back on my junior

year, I remember a lot of these conversations I’ve had with people and I think it’s really helped me grow

as a person and become more aware of the degree of varying opinions out there.”

What are you looking forward to senior year?

“Senior year, I’m looking forward to continuing to get to know a lot of the people here at TAMS just

because a lot of my interactions with them have been very valuable this past year. Additionally, I hope to

help elevate the Aspire Mentorship program that’s part of RO next year. I’m also looking forward to

balancing college applications, classes, and all of the other commitments senior year because although it

may be stressful, I feel like there’s a lot you can prove to yourself as a person from persevering through

these challenges.”

How do you get past obstacles in life?

“I think the first step is recognition that obstacles are an inevitable part of life. Whenever I encounter an

obstacle, I try to think about what I can gain from overcoming this obstacle. There’s always something

you prove to yourself by challenging yourself. Obstacles tend to challenge you and by surpassing them,

you’re proving that you’ve overcome this one particular obstacle and it helps you gain this confidence in

terms of you can overcome any other obstacles that you may face later on. I used the word obstacles too

much.”

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

“If I could have any superpower, I’d want it to be the power of teleportation, especially when I’m running

late to classes in the morning. I’d think about how convenient such a superpower would be. Also, there’s

a value in traversing the world. Places have so much to offer you in terms of an experience that is truly

eye-opening and through a superpower such as teleportation, it would allow me to visit different places

that I otherwise would not be able to. I want to travel the world and experience new cultures, everything

new countries have to offer. Teleportation would allow me to do that.”

How would you cover up an accidental murder?

“The way I’d cover an accidental murder is I’d hide the body in the one place that people usually wouldn’t

think to look. For example, under the police station itself.”

What is one thing you would ban from the world and why?

“One thing I’d ban from the world would probably be greed. I think greed causes people to act in ways that

are only conducive to themselves and not to those around them. For example, when someone has seen the

benefit of a surplus in a certain resource, they’re more likely to keep exploiting that resource. It’s like a

positive reinforcement cycle and by eliminating that cycle, we allow ourselves to potentially allow a more

even distribution of resources. I think that one of the biggest problems in the world: uneven distribution

of water, food, money opportunities. That’s what I would ban.”

Any fun facts about yourself?

“Sometimes, I sleep on my chairs and not on the bed like normal people do. I think it’s very comfortable.”

Why are you being so formal?

“When in the setting of when one is sitting across from you, asking you a series of questions,

psychologically you tend to put yourself in a position that is familiar to you, such as one of an interview.

Most interviews I’ve been in require you to have a certain level of professionalism and sophistication,

bringing about this perception of being formal. In this instance, I also see those same qualities being

exuded because I find myself in a similar position. I think we all like to relate experiences that we’ve had

to other experiences that we’ve had in the past. Current experiences we’re having may relate to

experiences that we’ve had in the past. This is a similar instance of that. Because this comes across as an

interview, and to me, I associate interviews with being a formal type interview - that is the conventional

form of an interview as well, I think that has caused me to be a bit formal in my responses. However, I

don’t consciously perceive them as being formal; these are just what comes to mind and what I have to say.”