Montclair State: What’s Something People Would Never Guess About You?

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Published October 19, 2021
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I wanted to connect more with my peers by going around campus and asking, “What’s something people would never know about you based on your looks?”

This exercise was to help us discover intriguing and surprising facts about the students we see every day that one may not guess from the surface.

I am a firm believer that beauty is from within, and that your physical body does not define you as a person. To show this, I wanted to capture a picture of each student and have their responses speak for who they are.

Manal Fanik reads Harry Potter to keep busy. Photo courtesy of Avery Nixon

Manal Fanik reads “Harry Potter” to keep busy.
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Manal Fanik, an undeclared freshman, presents herself as extremely outgoing and as someone who is the life of the party. Despite the fact that she is extroverted, some may not know that she loves sitting quietly with a good book.

“I love reading ‘Harry Potter,’” Fanik said.

Krisha Ravishankar loves studying fashion. Photo courtesy of Avery Nixon

Krisha Ravishankar loves studying fashion.
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Krisha Ravishankar, a freshman fashion studies major, explained how most parents in Indian culture want their children to grow up to be doctors, or take on a profession surrounding computers.

“Despite that, I wanted to do something that was perfect for me, which was going into fashion studies,” Ravishankar said.

Janette Fisher reveals what people might not know about her is that she's a costume design major. Photo courtesy of Avery Nixon

Jannette Fisher is a costume design major.
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Jannette Fisher, a senior, revealed that her major is what’s surprising about her.

“Something you might not know about me by looking at me is that I am a costume design major,” Fisher said.

Derek Neal is a chess player. Photo courtesy of Avery Nixon

Derek Neal is a chess player.
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I immediately noticed Derek Neal, a senior fashion studies major, and his cool, trendy style.

“I am also a chess player,” Neal said.

The media may not depict chess players as cool or trendy, but Neal certainly breaks that stereotype.

Tyler Granata used to play football before studying film. Photo courtesy of Avery Nixon

Tyler Granata used to play football before studying film.
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Due to “The Sopranos” hat and the “Fantasia” hoodie, it’s obvious junior Tyler Granata is a film major.

“What you might not have been able to guess about me is that I also played football,” Granata said.

Mary Lage trained llamas throughout her younger years. Photo courtesy of Avery Nixon

Mary Lage trained llamas throughout her younger years.
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Mary Lage, a freshman film and television major, probably had the most unique answer of the day.

“All through high school and half of middle school, I was a llama trainer,” Lage said.

Reinaldo (Rei) Rodriguez can solve a Rubik's cube in a minute. Photo courtesy of Avery Nixon

Reinaldo (Rei) Rodriguez can solve a Rubik’s cube in a minute.
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Rei Rodriguez, a freshman math major, comes off as a relaxed and chill guy. But, just a few seconds later, I got to see his hidden talent.

“I am able to solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute,” Rodriguez said.

Ian Kean is an athlete who is good at impressions. Photo courtesy of Avery Nixon

Ian Kean is an athlete who is good at impressions.
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Ian Kean, an undeclared freshman, was a lacrosse player for all four years of high school. However, he, too, has a secret talent.

“I am really good at impressions,” Kean said. “I have hopes of pursuing a career in television production.”

Amira Badr belly dances in her spare time. Photo courtesy of Avery Nixon

Amira Badr belly dances in her spare time.
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Amira Badr, a freshman exercise science major, might seem shy and quiet on the outside, but she definitely knows how to have fun.

“What people might not know about me is that I like to belly dance,” Badr said.

From this experience, I was able to see that there are so many interesting things about people behind the way they present themselves at first glance. Take some time to get to know your classmates beyond what you see on the surface. You will learn to never judge a book by its cover.

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