Inspired by the world-famous Humans of New York project, I saw no better way to contribute to the diversity theme of this Tabula Rasa magazine than to take up such a project myself. I have always been intrigued by the fact that this wonderful world contains over 7 billion unique humans. Blessed with a rich imagination, I am one of those people that can sit on a bench all day and be endlessly entertained by all the faces, personalities and stories that pass me by. I guess that is one of the many reasons that I chose a camera to be my fifth limb when I was about the age of twelve. I see such great beauty and life and diversity in those people that walk by, and it can make my heart ache to know that many of them fail to see that beauty for themselves. Therefore, in appreciation of our UCR student diversity, I present to you the result of randomly walking around our school buildings and talking to people. These are the people who pass us by everyday, all unique, but at the same time connected to each other and to you in a similar way. Now aren’t we just one spectacular mix of clumsy, confused, intelligent, funny, nervous, but most of all, beautiful people?
Gerjanne Hoek, Class of 2018, is a linguistics, politics and history from Bunschoten-Spakenburg, the Netherlands.