It is that time of year again, when students on other campuses start dreaming of breaks and treasured holiday traditions and scholars at Mines start bracing themselves for the inevitable, much-dreaded finals. Due to the stress, students tend to walk around looking worn out and drained. Chelsea Keene, a junior in Biochemistry, provides an interesting contrast to the general dismal student demeanor by running around with an abundance of energy, humor, and sarcasm despite the impending doom of the upcoming tests.
[Oredigger]: So why did you choose Biochemistry?
[Keene]: Because one day I want to rule the world with chemical warfare. True story.
What’s the best part about being in that major?
There are a lot more girls than in the rest of the majors, so the ratio is not as messed up, and it’s less awkward. Plus, the people are pretty cool too.
Do you consider yourself a geek and why?
Yes. I’m an intellectual badass.
What kind of stuff do you do with your spare time?
I go running, I plot how to escape the zombie apocalypse, I do ridiculous flashmobs, I stalk people on Facebook, and I ride velociraptors.
If Team Rocket showed up wanting to steal your Pikachu, how would you respond?
I would roundhouse kick them to the face. Team Rocket’s blasting off again!
What’s the coolest thing about life at Mines?
Weeks when we’re forced to go to school in negative thirty degree weather.
If you could be dropped into any fictional setting, what would it be and why?
I wanna be dropped in “The Hunger Games.” I’d jack someone to take with me and see if I could survive.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I would teleport. [It would] be a lot easier to get to class. I could sleep as late as I wanted!
Do you have a favorite quote or saying?
“I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” –Alice, from “Alice in Wonderland”
Do you have any advice for fellow geeks and Mines students?
Look both ways before you cross the street, don’t take candy from strangers, and wear clean underwear. And shower. Please.