1 in 950: Shreya Basu '19

With Kandace Fung CMC ‘19
Staff Writer

THE SCRIPPS VOICE: Where are you from?

SHREYA BASU: I’m from San Jose, California.

TSV: Since coming to college, what have you realized about your family that you miss?

SB: I really miss my mom’s food - I took it for granted. I miss the comfort of home-cooking and home-cooked meals because sometimes you really crave that here, and you just can’t have it. And I think even if I really tried to make it, it wouldn’t be quite as good as my mom would make it.

TSV: What do you like most about being a Scrippsie?

SB:I feel like I’ve found some friends who are very passionate about all the things they do - people who have a wide range of interests. It’s given me more exposure to other things.

TSV: What are you goals for the future?

SB: Goals for the future? Figure out what I’m doing with my life. I know the things I’m passionate about, so finding something where I can my interests and passions into or just expanding my understanding. I really like working with kids and in-person interactions, making connections with individuals, so just helping people.

TSV: What do you like to do in your free time?

SB: Water colors! I really enjoy painting with watercolors.

TSV: Why do you like water colors?

SB: I guess I really like water colors because it’s a stress relief for me. Sometimes I do think things out, but sometimes I just start with something then it becomes something else. And I feel especially for water colors, it’s really fluid using water and you can’t really control very much how it turns it out, but sometimes that’s nice.

TSV: Favorite late-night snack?

SB: At Claremont, I enjoy getting cheese quesadillas at the Hub. It’s very good.

TSV: Any pet peeves?

SB: When people rub their feet on the carpet. It’s so weird, but it bothers me haha

TSV: If you can meet anybody from history or in a book or movie, who would it be? Why?

SB: I think it’d be really cool to meet the 14th Dalai Lama because he’s fostering good will and spreading compassion so I think it’d be interesting it have a conversation with someone having that positive mindset.

TSV: What is something you would like to improve on or work harder on?

SB: Haha so many things. I guess putting more effort into expanding what I learn in class and making sure I understand the concepts.Making sure I’m not just memorizing things for the sake of memorizing, but actually internalizing the information.

TSV: What is the most difficult obstacle you had to face so far?

SB: Probably being more confident about the things I’m passionate about because you don’t have to be perfect at something,but if you put in your best effort that’s what should matter.

TSV: Use three words or phrases to describe yourself.

SB: Understanding, open to new ideas, and having a lot of emotions or passionate.

TSV: If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

SB: Violence. I guess there’s just a lot of prejudice and negativity and pent up anger that I wish could be eliminated. It’s easier said than done, but trying to fix it so that people have equal opportunities to do things, just creating an environment where people feel happier and safer.

TSV: Is there anything or someone who inspires you?

SB: My mom because I feel, she does not realize, but she’s a very strong woman. She does a lot of small things for me and she always it open to listening to new ideas from me or other people, always expanding her own world view which I appreciate because I feel that usually for older generations it’s harder to be flexible in your ways. She’s a teacher for fifth graders, and I don’t know, she just puts a lot of effort into everything she does and loves what she does.

TSV: What are one of the values or mottos you try to follow in life?

SB: Always listen to people, to try to understand their perspective.

TSV: If you could be any sea creature, what would you be?

SB: A sea turtle! They live for so long, well I don’t know, I’m notsure if I would want to live for so long, but they just seem so wise. They just seem like wise, old sea turtles.

TSV: If you could do anything and succeed, what would you want to be?

SB: Anything? I low-key want to be an astronaut. I think that’d be pretty kickass. Exploring space, it doesn’t get better than that. It’d be really cool to potentially explore other galaxies.