Student Spotlight quarantine edition: Austin Heid

By Emma Russell

Student Life Editor

Hometown: Middle River, MD

Where you’re quarantining: At home 

Major(s): Psychology

Minor(s): N/A

Year: 2023

Clubs/Organizations: Men’s Soccer, President of Washington College Chapter of the College Republicans, President of ISI Cincinnatus Society of Scholars, Presidential Fellows.

Plans after WC: “To become a board-certified behavior analyst, a fancy name for someone who works with children with autism and implements plans and strategies to help them with education and atypical behaviors,” Heid said. 

Plans after COVID-19: “Reconnect with some friends I haven’t seen in a while, try to travel more, go to a stadium and watch a game, any game at this point, I’m desperate,” he said.

What’s been keeping you busy during quarantine: “Going to the gym and training for soccer, basically trying to stay as active as possible since school and work are pretty draining. I also started collecting retro soccer jerseys,” he said.

Learned something new: “I decided to take a wide range of classes this semester. I’m learning everything from stage directions, to thermodynamics, to the foundations of Judaism,” Heid said.

Your quarantine show, movie, and/or book: “I watched the entirety of ‘Parks and Rec,’ I’ve also been reading ‘12 Rules for Life’ by Jordan Peterson,” he said.

Work/Internship: Trellis Services, a school for children with autism.

Fun Fact: “I was once on Fox News during a segment about professional cornhole… no wonder I’m so good now,” Heid said.

The thing you were looking forward to the most about WC: “I honestly just miss all the people there. Everyone has been so great to me, and I miss being able to talk to my friends and classmates all night about the most random things. And I miss in person classes because we have so many people from different walks of life with different opinions and outlooks,” he said.

Advice for students in quarantine: “Being online has presented loads of challenges and one of the biggest things I can say is having a positive mindset can go a long way. We all kind of just have to roll with the punches and try our best to deal with whatever is thrown at us. Also, call your friends, check up on people. We all could use a little social interaction and you never know a simple phone call could make someone’s day,” he said. 

Featured Photo caption: Photo of sophomore Austin Heid. Photo Courtesy of Austin Heid.

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