I am currently a Masters student in the Social Sciences Program at the University of Chicago. I was a sociology and law student by undergraduate training, which I received at the University of California Berkeley. I have lived and studied in China, Canada, and the United States, though in the last year and half, I have wounded up in the United Kingdom more times than in any of the other three above.

My lifelong profession will probably be that of an observer, preferably on the social, political, and cultural. I am too young to argue for certainty, but this is something, perhaps the only thing at this point, to which I want to commit all.

The thickest book among my favorites is The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand. The thinnest is The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett. When I am not traveling, museum hopping, dreaming of Kyoto, entrapped by indie bookstores, or experimenting with interior designs, I am possibly writing, sleeping, or binge-watching the West Wing.

A dearly respected friend once said to me, “I will take anything but apathy”, and I have stolen it to be my mantra ever since. That sentiment is sort of where all this begins. So in important ways, I am forever indebted to him. I often think of this instance as a grand testimony, to the fact that we almost always receive more kindness and wisdom than we can ever repay.

It is one of the most empowering and humbling realizations to have.

Say hi to me at vivianjwh@uchicago.edu

(Featured Image: Los Cabos San Lucas, Mexico in Summer 2015)

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