Who am I? To start I am David Herrick. Yet that is not enough of an answer. David Herrick is simply a combination of letters on a page that mark me in a manner so others may identify me. The answers that come to mind are that I am a MAN, A BROTHER, A SON, A FRIEND, A COLLEGE STUDENT, A FRATERNITY MEMBER, A ROWER. ALTHOUGH THAT’S TOO SIMPLE, AND I KNOW THAT I NEED TO ELABORATE.
To begin with the first I am a man and THAT is easy enough to see. I am tall; 6’4” to be precise, blonde hair, blue eyed, and believe I fit our cultural definition of what it takes to be a man. That is to say I am masculine, athletic, intelligent, brave (I can only hope) etc.
I am a brother to my three younger siblings WHO are a source of pride in my life. They are fifteen years old, yes all three of them since they are triplets, WHICH I know is certainly unusual. I have gotten many looks of surprise, even awe, when I share that little fact who WHOEVER I may be speaking with.
I am a son to my mother and father without WHOM I do not believe I would be the person I am today. They are kind, loving, considerate and most importantly patient people who have had a greater impact on me than I can say. AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, MY MOTHER HAS THE WONDERFUL ABILITY TO HELP WITHOUT BECOMING OVER INVOLVED. AFTER TEACHING FOR ALMOST FORT YEARS; MY FATHER UNDERSTANDS YOUNG ADULTS VERY, VERY WELL AND OFTEN REALIZES I NEED HELP BEFORE I DO.
I am a college student at Washington State University WHOSE constant struggle is to balance school, friends, rowing, sleep and general health. It’s a complex system that involves sacrificing time and energy from one area to be put into another. I am a dual major in English Teaching and Psychology. I believe I could be a good teacher, many friends and family members have said so and I would be following a trend in my family, but I am not sure that it is what I truly want to do. At this point I am leaning more on going to graduate school to become a doctor of psychology, specifically in sports psychology.
I am a member of a fraternity, but there are many on campus. I AM PROUD TO SAY MY FRATERNITY – TAU KAPPA EPSILON – IS ONE OF THE BEST HOUSES ON CAMPUS. We believe in building better men for a better world by helping our members become balanced, well rounded gentlemen. This means excellence in grades, community service, philanthropy events, and social events. Though I originally had no intention of going Greek as a freshman I can say it was one of the best decisions of my life.
LASTLY (THOUGH NOT IN TERMS OF PRIORITY) I AM A ROWER. Rowing is (besides the oldest intercollegiate sport in America) one of the most difficult. It takes years to become proficient and thousands and thousands of hours to become physically fit enough to compete. It takes commitment, passion and a drive to win that surpasses most other sports. I am proud to say that I am part of the small community that makes up this completely bizarre and backwards sport. It has taught me not only hard work and dedication, but also taught me more about myself that I doubt I would have discovered otherwise. I have been pushed to limits I did not know I had and can say I know myself better.
These are a few things that make up who I am, but to WHOMEVER may read this I hope you understand me better.