Taryn Barsotti 3rd Year, Microbiology




 "I had the misconception of thinking I was an “adult” the day my parents dropped me off at UCR. In reality, all the experiences that come along with attending college is what ultimately leads to becoming an adult. Learning how to motivate yourself, how to act in a professional setting, how to stay positive, how to collaborate with people who come from a different world than you do, how to stand up for yourself, and how to do laundry without ruining all your good clothes are all the necessary lessons only taught at college. Coming to UCR was one of the best decisions I could have ever made for myself. I can’t imagine the kind of life I would have led or the person I would be today if I hadn’t had any of the opportunities and experiences UCR has given me. 


What is your pet peeve?
Nothing drives me more insane than getting stuck walking behind a group of slow people while I’m on campus. It just puzzles me so much, why do they take up more room than faster walkers? Why do they move in a weaving path? How come they can’t hear me awkwardly shuffling behind them? Drives. Me. Nuts. 
What is your weirdest "quirk”?
Overall I’m pretty normal, but I do get a little crazy about taking exams though. I have this weird superstition around the time I take midterms and finals— I can’t have any of my notebooks or textbooks touch the floor or ground otherwise I'll fail that class. And yes I realize it sounds crazy and I know that there is probably no relationship between how many times your books and notes touch the floor and the grade you will receive in the class, but I still can’t let it happen. Also, I steal pens and pencils from people I think are smart and I use them on exams sometimes (I think this one actually works).
If you were a geometric shape what would you like to be?
An Icosahedron. I’d want to be something really cool like a virus.  
How are you feeling right now? 
Amazing! Spring Quarter is always the best because you know you’ve made it through the tough parts of the year and there is always summer vacation waiting for you at the end of finals week. Lately some of my extracurricular commitments have been dwindling, so I have jumped into a new set of responsibilities and I couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds. I have also been interviewing for a few internships this summer, so I may have some other exciting opportunities to look forward to after the year ends. 
If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Wherever you find yourself, there will always be people who are smarter, wealthier, and better looking than you, and you will always be smarter, wealthier, and better looking than some people, but it is important to establish a balance between humility and self-confidence, because at the end of the day you have something to learn from others and something others can learn from you. 

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