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Kristie Kim


Kristie Kim

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.       The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.                                                                                                                                                           —Jack London's "Credo"

My name is Kristie Kim. I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of the Baldwin family. I am lucky to have grown up in a family of strong and passionate women and from the support of family and new Baldwin friends, I hope to be able to follow in their footsteps. 

I adore reading biographies, flipping through magazines, art history, New England fall, traveling, Matisse, biking, yoga, sipping black coffee, watching Woody Allen films,  writing handwritten letters, and watching Ina Garten make her delicious concoctions. I am fascinated by science and the groundbreaking  developments made in recent years.

Although I am not sure what lies ahead of me, I plan to major in Biomedical Engineering. Most of my days are spent in labs and in The Chronicle Office, where I am a staff writer for the University section of News. I'm from West Hartford, Connecticut, but just moved to Greenville, SC a few months ago. (I still consider WeHa my home and myself—a genuine New Englander right down to the bone!) I went to a high school in a small town in New Hampshire and took a gap year before entering my freshman year working as a research assistant in the Endocrinology deparmentment of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. 

Having met many Baldwin Scholars already, I admire their passion and enthusiasm both for their interests and for each other.  I believe that being a Baldwin Scholar is an opportunity to express my voice and will become vital in this journey of shaping my interests, character, and ideas.