By Hitomi Heap-Baldwin • January 04, 2017•Ms. JD, Law School
Greetings, Ms. JD readers! My name is Hitomi Heap-Baldwin and I am currently serving as the Vice Chair for Ms. JD's inaugural NWLSO Leadership Council. I am a third year law student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and here are 15 things you probably did not know about me:
- I served as president of my law school’s Ms. JD chapter in my 2L year. The board and I focused on creating panels, mentorship programs, and networking events that centered intersectionality and women empowering each other. It was easily the most rewarding position I’ve ever held.
- On a lighter note, I’ve submitted a flavor to Ben & Jerry’s and am still awaiting their response. It’s vanilla malt ice cream with salted pretzel pieces and rainbow sprinkles. I’m still taking recommendations for clever names.
- I’m a quarter Japanese, quarter Filipino, and a mix of Norwegian, German, English, and Irish.
- I once took the Clifton StrengthsFinder test as part of a clinic at my law school and one of my top five strengths is called “Woo.” I’m still not sure how I feel about it.
- Turns out I’m a morning person. I recently decided to see what starting my day at 5:30 every morning would be like and, sure enough, it’s just as centering and peaceful and makes you as productive as everyone tells you it will. Never looking back.
- Plus, I love sunrises.
- I used to practice shodou (Japanese calligraphy) and played taiko (Japanese drumming) in undergrad.
- I really enjoy hiking, particularly longer hikes that require pre-sunrise wake-up calls and, for some reason, hikes that involve strong winds. My favorites have been peaks in Southern California and anywhere in or around Yosemite.
- Speaking of which, I’m preparing to backpack the John Muir Trail for two weeks with my sister after I sit for the California Bar Exam in July 2017.
- My favorite authors right now are Atul Gawande, Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Haruki Murakami.
- I once tried to start reading both A Theory of Justice and Infinite Jest in the same week. And you’re right- it didn’t work out.
- I regularly listen to NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, but always wished I was the kind of person who regularly listens to This American Life. I have recently begun to do so and it is just as awesome as I ever hoped it would be.
- I really enjoy any sweets that have a Japanese influence, e.g., those that include mochi, maccha, kinako, azuki, yuzu, etc.
- I also really like pretzels. A lot. All kinds.
- All of the above sweets, pretzel, and ice cream things being said, though, I am happiest when I am eating healthy and balanced and leading an active lifestyle. I believe both of these are the first steps to creating a foundation for long-term happiness and success.