Chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of a series of incredible pictures of Marquette students around campus with a little quote providing a glimpse of the lives of those within the Marquette community.
Inspired by the “Humans of New York" blog that profiles the citizens of New York, Michael Dinh, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, has made it a personal goal to do the same with Marquette. I was fortunate enough to meet Michael and have a chat with him.
Tell us about your blog, Michael. Where did you get the idea and what made you create it?
Well, I’ve always been interested in photography. After being introduced to “Humans of New York”, a photography blog out of New York City, I had the idea to institute a similar concept at Marquette.
Why profile Marquette?
The Marquette community goes much further than the actual campus. From alumni to current students, everyone feels a certain pride in being a part of what Marquette truly is, which is a connection of people interested in making a larger difference in the world. If you’re studying abroad or a graduate, you can pull up the blog and still feel a part of that community.
Any plans to expand the theme to the city of Milwaukee anytime soon?
As much as I would love to, I’m not sure yet. Let’s just go with the flow for now.
How does one get on the blog? Is it random or is much of it planned?
Totally random. However, I look for people who stand out as individuals and people who are easy to communicate with. The portraits I take, I always want to include a personal story or anecdote. When I ask them a question, I am asking them to provide the viewers with an insight into who they are.
Maintaining this blog can’t be easy, how much do you put into this?
It’s not really a certain amount of hours, but more of a passion that I put into each photo and quote.
The pictures on the blog are incredible! Have you been into photography before the blog? If so, how long?
Yes I did, I was a professional “Instagramer” for quite some time.
Any other awesome projects in the works?
There’s a few, but you will just have to wait to see.
How about you answer a few of the questions you ask on your blog. What’s something on your Marquette bucket list?
Yikes, this is hard. I never expect to be answering these questions! But I would say, going to a Marquette basketball game (and yes I had never gone to a Marquette basketball game).
What’s your favorite thing to do on campus?
Well, I don’t advise people doing this if they’re scared of heights, but when weather permits, I usually love sitting on top of the DPS parking structure and realize how Marquette/Milwaukee [are] so beautiful!
If you could give advice to prospective students considering Marquette, what would you say?
Follow your dream or follow your heart. Whichever one seems to be more inspirational. You only live once … and some more lame cliches.
What would you do in life, if you did not need to work for money?
Well besides photography, I would like to combine my interest in math and helping others and take the opportunity to teach children in poverty. This would be in rural communities of other countries like Africa, or right here. Many children don’t have the values or typical experiences children should have and I think it is important that they receive those experiences.
In general, what’s your biggest goal?
My biggest goal in life is to be successful in my college career so that I can become an actuary, get married and start a family … and, of course, go skydiving!
Check out Michael’s blog, theMUcommunity here and like the Facebook page here.