By Karina Roy ’18
I’m Karina and I’m one of the new interns in the Office of Marketing and Communications. I’m majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing and I’m also double-minoring in studio art and psychology. People always gasp when I say that out loud, but I think being able to study everything you’re interested in is the beauty of going to a liberal arts school.
I’ve spent countless hours of my life watching the extended edition films and extras of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, designing and building houses on Sims 3 and Sims 4, looking at memes on the Internet, and cheering for Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP championship. I enjoy watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, Monk, Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Office. I also enjoy playing Battlefield 1945 and Diablo 3.
I used to want to move to New Zealand because of The Lord of the Rings and my fascination with Maori culture. I would still love that, but to be more realistic I decided that I want to move to Chile. Partially because I can’t stand the heat and I’m terrified I’ll be killed by a huge, deadly spider in New Zealand, but mostly because the maternal side of my family is based in Chile.
I made up my mind about wanting to be with my abuela in Chile when my grandma (paternal) passed away after the first week of the Spring 2017 semester. Family is a huge part of my life and losing her hit me like a million bags of bricks. I was 100 percent ready to drop out of school.
I’m still having a lot of trouble concentrating and motivating myself to do the same quality work I did before we lost her, but practicing yoga has helped tremendously. Last semester I was asked to be a teaching assistant for two Intro to Yoga classes and this semester I’m a teaching assistant for two Intro classes and one Advanced Yoga class.
I believe everything happens (at a specific time) for a reason. I began practicing yoga everyday in September 2016 and it made me feel the best I’ve ever felt. I know that I was meant to start my practice at that time in my life to prepare for losing my grandma. I’ve struggled with mental health issues for many years and yoga is the biggest contributor to my healing process. Around the same time I began my practice, my dad started taking my grandma to Mountain Spirit Yoga in Middletown where she was given individual instruction in the form of chair yoga. We continued working with her at home several times a week and I cherish our connection through yoga. I hope to one day become a certified yoga instructor, specifically in restorative and therapeutic yoga so I can help people the same way my grandma was helped.