Gabriel Schirn says he is fortunate to have his psychological and bodily colleges intact after a harmful bicycle crash in 2016 that despatched him to a hospital for almost two weeks.
“I broke my wrist in two places, fractured my nose, and there was a little bit of brain bleeding. Fortunately, I’ve recovered miraculously from all that,” he says.
Since then, the 22-year-old double main in chemical engineering and piano efficiency has had a particular affinity for dwelling life to the fullest.
“Actually since that bike crash that I was in, it’s been hard for me to feel relaxed,” he says. “Part of me wants to keep moving and keep going … do what I can to make the most of things.”
Not solely is he good at math, science and music, however he additionally enjoys poetry, swimming, working, volunteering with pals and knitting — which he realized in elementary faculty.
“In fifth grade, knitting was mandatory for everyone — boys and girls, everyone — so I had to go through it,” he says.
But it is turn out to be useful, particularly since he was in a position to make Christmas items one 12 months when he was low on monetary funds.
“I think of a quote by Franz Liszt, who was a great, probably the greatest piano virtuoso of the 19th Century. And he said that great technique starts with being a complete person,” Schirn says.
“He was speaking about great technique at the piano but I realize that all these things cross-pollinate and I believe that life is a feast.”
VIEW LARGER Gabriel Schirn is double majoring in piano efficiency and chemical engineering.
VIEW LARGER Gabriel Schirn is joined by two colleagues of their engineering lab at the University of Arizona.
VIEW LARGER Gabriel Schirn generally knitts at Birdhouse Yarns in Tucson, which is comparatively shut to the University of Arizona.