Hunter is a bisexual Filipino American student at the University of Washington, Seattle, pursuing a degree in biology with an expertise in physiology. Though he is of a multiethnic background, he identifies as Filipino, the culture his family practices. He grew up in Hawai’i but moved with his family to Washington while he was still in elementary school.
Where are you from?
When I think of comfort food, I think of spam musubi. The smell of spam being fried and rice being cooked. A welcome reminder of my home in Hawaii.
Warmth is a big hug from the people I care about.
I look up to my high school homeroom teacher. I always remember the first time I came out to her. She made me feel like I was normal and accepted me for how I am.
Why did you choose your major?
What makes me excited is learning more about the world that I live in.
Why did you go to college?
Don’t be so scared of what people might think of you. You’re probably never going to see them again. Their opinions are kind of meaningless.
Home feels like a place I can be and feel safe. Home can be big or small, but it always has the people I love. It smells like good food and has a warm atmosphere.
Hunter: So, for the “Where are you from?” question, I put in the comfort food. I said, when I think of comfort food, I think of spam musubi. And I also put my metaphor for warmth, which I thought of as a big hug from the people I care about. Then the last question that I said for, “Where are you from?” is the person I look up to. I said I looked up to my high school homeroom teacher. When I came out to her, she made me feel like I was normal, and she accepted me for who I was. I want to follow in her footsteps and be as kind as she was.
“Why did I choose my major?” I [answered with] what excites me.
“Why did I come to college?” I linked that to what I’d say to my future self. I said, “Don’t be so scared of what people might think of you. You’re probably never going to see them again. Their opinions are kind of meaningless.”
And I also said—I also linked it to the prompt of what home feels like.
Veronica Anne: How did it feel to think about all these questions and write your answers?
Hunter: It felt like I was digging through all of my motivations, all of my history as a person. Really made me think about all the good things that are in my life.