The assignment, given on the spot to ten Sarah Lawrence undergraduates: Define yourself immediately in a single sentence. The results: Some Sarah Lawrence students use familiar touchstones—race, ethnicity, religion—to present themselves, while others create their own system of identification.
How would you respond to the same assignment? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us who you are. (No fair spending more than a few seconds to think about it.)
"I don't know who I am. Maybe that's why I'm here—to figure that out."
—Carolyn Gomer, Senior
"I’m a student, and one of things I hope to learn is who I am."
—Erin Mallay, Junior
"I am a friendly artist who creates art for my friends."
—Nehemiah Luckett, Junior
"I am a 20-year-old bicultural woman who’s half Lebanese and half American, but I spent most of my life in Lebanon, and I am a photographer and a Gemini."
—Manal Abu-Shaheen, Senior
"I identify as Asian, I identify as a third world culture kid, I identify as someone who is still learning—but actually, I don’t identify strongly with any of that, because I just do what I do and keep moving on, since there’s no use obsessing over how you are perceived, because self-identity is really a reaction to how others see you."
—Enrico Wey, Junior
"I am confused, and…"
—Adam Brown, Sophomore
"I am a person who can change the world."
—Maggie Regan, First-year
"I hope I am someone who cannot be explained or described in one sentence—unless it has lots of commas."
—Suzanne Nelson, Junior
"I am a small kid from Vermont who loves bats."
—Wallace Good, First-year