The Kaimin Social Experiment

We asked each person one of the following:
1. How do you think people perceive you?
2. How do you define yourself?
3. What surprised you about the project?
This is what they had to say.

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Emmet Ore (left)Senior, Psychology: “I think everyone wants to be loved, it’s the fundamental basic human emotion — desiring acceptance. That’s the vibe I try to give off.” Kiersten Hall (right)Freshman, Music Education: “If you had asked me where I was headed when I was a freshman in high school, he’s who I would have described — cool and in a band. Where I ended up was classical music.”

Guitarist vs. Vocalist

The Montana Kaimin looked within niches on campus and selected people willing to take part in a social experiment with little explanation.

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Triathlete vs. Skier

Dan Mazza (left)Senior, Exercise Science: “I don’t think my appearance says triathlete — I try for it not to…I like the idea of partying, drinking all night and eating whatever I want. But after one beer, I’m over it. I think I just want the next day more, the workout and pushing myself in that way.”

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Baker vs. Nutritionist

Kelton Enich (left)Senior, Secondary English Education: “I was surprised to be identified as a baker. I mean I love baking, so it makes sense in a certain way. It’s just so many people have part-time jobs, and that’s the only way or environment we see them in. But that’s normally such a small part of their life.”

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Filmmaker vs. Pre-Med Student

Justin Haider (left)Senior, Media Arts Major: “Anyone who sees anyone categorizes them into a group, because it’s easy for our brain to do that. No matter how hard I try not to, I still stereotype people into groups because it’s an easy way for my mind to categorize things.”

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Ultimate Player vs. Football Player

Nate Goodburn (left)Super Senior, Physics: “I think I come off as confident and outgoing — sometimes to an obnoxious degree, other times to a comforting one and I think people see me as sure of myself. I’m a leader, an empathetic leader, and a stubborn debater and passionate love maker.”

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Native American Students vs. Japanese and Korean Students

Left: MJ Desrosier, Jess Desrosier, Dustin Monroe, Jonathon Old Mouse, Ronnel Goss, Deserae Kill Eagle, Aubrey Ground — Native American Students, National Diversity of Campus

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University President vs. Custodian

Royce Engstrom (left)UM President: “People who don’t know me personally have a certain image of what the president is…I’m sure people are a little bit intimidated by the idea of the president…I would hope that as people get to meet me — as a person — they view me as approachable and genuine about what they do.”

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Forester vs. Businessman

Casey Seaman (left)Sophomore, Forestry Major: “People can be maybe a little intimidated by me because of the beard or the way I dress and I guess because I seem antisocial. I’m older than most kids here and don’t really want an 18-year-old best friend.”

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Muslim vs. Christian

Farzona Shukurova (left)Senior, Marketing and Entertainment Management: “People probably see me as a quiet person. I’m almost always the only international student in my classes. When we have projects, I’m so scared to pair up with Americans, I don’t know why. They are really very nice after I get to meet and pair up with them, but first it is so scary for me — probably because of the language.”

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The Montana Kaimin is the student newspaper of the University of Montana. Independent since 1898. Visit us at montanakaimin.com

The Montana Kaimin is the student newspaper of the University of Montana. Independent since 1898. Visit us at montanakaimin.com