Hi All, Erica Here!
Upon speaking with my friend Christian, I already had a few preconceived notions. As a former ‘noob’ during Fall semester training, I noticed how the outgoing Christian. He was always smiling and fun to be around. Regardless if he knew you or not, he would give everyone hugs. Christian is the type of person who can make you laugh no matter what he does. Aside from what I had observed, I was also able to give my first tour with Christian. He made me feel completely at ease and assured me that I would give a great tour. Needless to say, I was excited to have the chance to interview the fantastic Christian Thompson.
As some readers may know, Christian comes all the way from Minnesota. Upon making his college decision, Christian said, “I had no real criteria, but just knew I wanted to get away.” Fortunately, he wound up at UConn and feels lucky that he likes it because his first time on campus was during orientation. When asked how he made his niche, Christian said, “I first made friends with other non-technological savvy people waiting for Huskytech in my dorm, went to the Rainbow Center, and befriended the RAs.” Christian has since become an RA and enjoys his job because of the people on his floor. Aside from giving outstanding tours, Christian is also involved with the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. His future plans include going to PA school somewhere other than Iowa. He says, “Iowa is boring.” Agreed.
After gaining a little more insight on Christian, we both decided to talk about something a little less formal. We then got on the topic of movies. Christian gave me a list of his top three favorite films. The first is Patch Adams, a 1998 comedy-drama starring Robin Williams. The theme of the film is that the main character, Hunter Adams, believes that as a doctor, all patients should be treated through humor and compassion. In response as to why this is one of his favorite films, Christian stated, “May we all be like Patch.” The next top film that Christian rated highly is a 2008 American drama, The Family that Preys. Christian explains, “By no means is this my favorite movie, but one of the most enjoyable to watch.” The focus of this film is on two very different families, one wealthy and one working class, whose lives are intertwined with both business and love. The two main characters of this film are extremely different, but as Christian says, “You must live a little bit like both in order to lead a full life.” The third and probably most popular film that Christian raves about is The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The 1996 American animated drama produced by Disney is about a deformed bell ringer and his struggle to fit into society. Christian enjoys this film because of the main character’s strength to question everything. From all of these films, Christian has learned something, and the more I understand these films, the better I can understand Christian. Mr. Thompson is an extremely open minded and compassionate individual- a person who is truly going to make a change in the world.