By Sarah Bey
Blog Content Contributor
Texas State freshman Grace Midkiff is majoring in political science. Midkiff commutes to school from Kingsbury, Texas. We talked about her love for books and a special project she works on in her free time.
Bey: Why political science?
Midkiff: I kind of want to be a teacher but, I was originally an art major. But, I decided I wanted a career where I would keep learning about the world. Art is all very well and good but, you don’t really learn about things that are actually affecting the world right now and like the nation. That’s fine for some people but I just want to continue to learn about current issues that are affecting us.
B: (Midkiff was reading a Harry Potter book.) Is it your first time reading Harry Potter?
M: No, I’m a huge reader. There are tons of other things I should be doing right now but I just needed some time to relax, I guess. So, I just fished it out of my comfort book collection.
B: So you said you’re a huge reader. What are your favorites?
M: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter. The books are definitely better (than the movies.) The movies did the book an incredible justice but, the author wrote (Lord of the Rings) when he was sitting in a tent during World War II. That’s how much he dedicated himself to his work and he made up all of these different languages for the cultures of Middle Earth where Lord of the Rings is set in. He wrote all of this history and I’m super into it actually.
B: Do you have any plans for the summer since school is about to end?
M: No–I just need to work because I’m paying my way through school and really, really trying not to take out loans. I work at the new Starbucks as a barista up by Whataburger. I’ve been working for them for two years now. My favorite drink is black coffee.
B: So when you aren’t on campus or working what do you do for fun?
M: I do something kind of similar to what you’re doing except I take pictures of just the people’s hands. I feel that hands can tell a lot about a person and it also helps the person to open up more because they remain anonymous. I’ve heard a lot of tragic stories and I just post them onto my Facebook and people comment on it. I think it actually helps the person who I talked to while staying anonymous.