Intellectual Profile (Samantha Gault)

1.  I am a Junior Psychology major, Education minor here at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  I am passionate about clinical psychology, and hope to pursue this subject after graduating from CU.  I hope to eventually earn my PhD, and I want to focus on helping adolescent clients, perhaps even working in a school setting.

Due to the fact that my mother works at an animal shelter in Golden, Colorado, I have also been fortunate enough to be involved in many aspects of animal care and control; my family has fostered pets (as well as owned) since before I was born.  Growing up with animals has, not surprisingly, heightened my interest in the subject, and I believe the qualities I have attained from such experiences help to drive what I do.  I have been volunteering with a group called EXPAND for three years now, which focuses on providing assistance and company for mentally and physically disabled citizens in the Boulder community.  I thoroughly enjoy working with this program and I find it highly rewarding.

2.  A little over a year ago, I visited the Denver Art Museum to view the exhibition, “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs”.  It was absolutely breathtaking.  It encompassed many beautiful pieces of art unearthed from King Tut’s tomb.  I have always been fascinated with Egyptian culture and artwork, and viewing this exhibit brought my interest full circle.

“King Tut Exhibit”

3.  Over winter break, I read the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  It is a novel about a little boy, Oskar, whose father’s death in 9/11 brought upon a journey, of sorts, to figure out the final puzzle his father had left with him.  Due to the fact that Oskar suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, and was written as such in his perspective, the story was a bit frustrating in the beginning to decipher– and rightly so.  It was an emotional roller coaster to read, and because I have two family members with this particular disease, I felt an even deeper connection to this little boy.  I am looking forward to going to see the film made based on this novel, which I believe comes out soon.

4.  My main interests besides art reside in working with Foothills Animal Shelter and the EXPAND program of Boulder (mentioned above).  I find working within the community to be a gratifying activity.  I am interested in all types of music, and often spend my leisure time surfing the internet for new artists or going to shows and concerts around town.  I also love being in the mountains, whether that be while skiing, hiking, or biking, and I like to take advantage of my friends with mountain homes as much as possible.

5.  I used to keep up with my personal blog but, due to the regular stressors that college brings, I have been neglecting it terribly.  I hope to get better at updating it as life slows down a little bit.  To be honest, I love checking celebrity gossip blogs like Perez Hilton for a laugh.  I also keep up with my friend Meredith’s personal blog.  She is an extremely talented writer and it is neat to see how beautifully she can write about every day life experiences.  In addition, I assume I will be following the Contemporary Art blog regularly this semester!

6.  I think that the whole “Tebow” phenomenon is an impressive cultural event that has been ongoing for the duration of this 2011-2012 football season.  Whether he is winning or losing, Tim Tebow seems to be sparking inspiration amongst many communities across the nation.  ESPN dedicated an hour to him, despite the Broncos being one of the least expected teams to succeed in the playoffs, and the term/act of “Tebowing” is a national fad.  It goes to show that integrity, humility, and decency are qualities to be valued, and that drug-addicted, out-of-control celebrity figureheads on MTV aren’t necessarily the role models we should continue to support.  It’s a hopeful transition into a time of cultural leaders that have truly earned the ability to inspire.

“Tebowing”

7.  I was actually reading the Denver Post online today, and came across an article about a woman who defaced one of the paintings at the Clyfford Still Museum.  Coincidentally, I just took notes and sketches on this very painting yesterday.  I will be interested in hearing about the results of the rest of her trial and punishment.

“Woman accused of punching, sliding down Still painting delays court hearing”

8.  Over the course of my adolescence/20s, I have struggled with my personal views on religion and faith.  I recently saw this on YouTube and it broadened my intellectual horizon.  It is an unorthodox and controversial standpoint, and I respect this man for diving deep into a subject that so many have struggled with and take an alternative side that may not be typical for our society.

“Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”

9.  I have been to both the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver a few times in high school with classes and a few times on my own.  The art that always stands out to me is the area in the DAM that is dedicated to Native American artwork.  It is an extremely peaceful spot and the art is breathtaking.  After my visit to the Clyfford Still Museum this weekend, I have definitely been inspired to go back and refresh my memory on more of the art museums downtown.

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