R O S E M A R Y S H I N
Photos & Video by Alexandra Roman
HumanZ Introductory Video: P A S S I O N ?
D A N C E
Soundtrack: Beyonce/ Run The World
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M A J O R
When I witness an injustice, whether it’s violence towards a human, or abuse to an animal, I can’t handle it. I call myself an empathic sponge because I feel others emotions as if they are my own. This sensitivity of mine can get in the way sometimes, like if I am learning about an emotionally difficult subject or watching a horror film, I will cry or be left upset for days. Yet, the trait also makes me care deeply and experience extreme joys. I can be easily moved by a piece of music or art.
When I hear music that I like, I can’t resist moving. Even in my seat in the car, I’m dancing in some way. From jazz music, to Tchaikovsky, to Kanye West, I will jam out. There is something about rhythm and melodies that guide my movement. That musical aspect is probably why I enjoy both ballet and tap very much; both dance styles are heavily influenced by sound, from classical music to the beats of a tap shoe.
As a woman, I feel most strongly about women’s rights. We are a strong group that our world thrives on; we often run the family while still working other jobs. Yet the United States government and parts of American society marginalize us, preventing us from having an equal voice and letting us gain positions of power.
I do feel a sense of belonging at Oberlin. I think that has come over time, and was not here initially. I had to meet fellow students, get to know my professors, and start diving into other activities during my first year to find my niche. Once I declared my psychology major, and became active in the ViBE Dance Company and dance department, I really started to find my purpose here at Oberlin.
My relationship is a place of trust, happiness, and security. I can go to him for anything—a laugh, a cry— and know that I am accepted for who I am. And, it is reciprocal, so he knows that I will be here for him too. We are able to share our own interests with each other, learn from each other, and grow together into better people.