My humanities moment is actually a series of memories related to reading children’s books. The memory of numerous bedtime stories, library visits, and experiences of making my own books about the children’s book are still vivid in my mind. I enjoyed every single bit of the memory: My mother playing different characters in the books, pointing at pictures on each page, sunshine penetrating through the library windows, the smell of the books, the sound of flipping the pages, and the excitement while coming up with creative ideas what would happen next to the characters in the book.

This active engagement with children’s books led me to keep exploring novels and literature later in my life. I finally ended up cultivating my tastes in classic literature. My favorite part of reading is to discuss literature with others. This collective informal literary critique has developed my collaborative ability which has deepened and widened my perspective about life in general.

– Deaun Shin (Ph.D. student)