is the first installment of what we hope will be a regular feature for
the magazine. We plan to pose a similar set of questions to a diverse
group of University faculty members, alumni, staff and students. For our
inaugural Q&A, the subject is Amy Robin Hoffman,
03, winner of the third Richmond Quest. Heres her entry: How
do we know which questions to ask?
Q. What drew you to Richmond?
A. My father actually found it in a book of 311
best colleges. I had been looking for a small, liberal arts school (none
of the others to which I applied were so far south). I knew I wanted to
be a scholar and I wanted excellent academics. I was impressed by the
campus, but the Oldham scholarship really clinched it. The hands-down
thing that kept me at Richmond was the professors.
Q. What matters most to you?
Q. What keeps you awake at night?
A. Right now, that would be graduate school, my
career, starting over in a new city
Basically, becoming an adult.
Q. Who inspires you?
A. Dead people. All my research focus and all the
books that have inspired me the authors are all dead. Thats
not to say I havent been inspired by my parents and my grandmother
(who are alive). My favorite writer is Edward Gorey [a prolific author
and artist, who died in 2000 and is best known for his masterful pen and
ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor].
Q. What is the secret to your success?
A. Genetics. I also was always brought up in an
atmosphere that valued education and learning [both parents were special
education teachers]. I always saw people reading and I saw books around
the house. I got encouragement and constant support from my parents.
Q. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A. A university professor, a researcher.
Q. For what would you like to be remembered?
A. That my passion for books and literature inspired
other people to find value in them
that I inspired people to think
in new ways.
Q. What other questions do you think you should
A. Has Quest changed your life? [Answer to the answer:
No, not really. Im just more aware of my presence on campus.]
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