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d.tech Students’ Biggest Role Models

By Joseph Nguyen

Bradley Kishiyama. Photo by author

Everyone has a person or idol that they look up to.  At d.tech, these range from real public figures such as Edward Snowden, Neil deGrasse Tyson, or Tupac Shakur, to fictional characters such as Light Yagami from Death Note, Rem from Re:Zero, or Fist of the North Star’s main antagonist Raoh. But what exactly causes somebody to choose their role model?

Junior, Ashley Phan, talks about one character from the Mortal Instrument series: “Magnus Bane’s an immortal, and being alive for over 400 years has the ‘life is futile, I’ll just mess around with people’ mentality. That’s what makes him fun though. He’s enjoyable, and super sarcastic. Like, he has a cat named Chairman Meow. He’s just really cool, he’s seen and done a lot, and it’s interesting to look through his eyes and see what he sees.”

I’ve personally read the Mortal Instrument series, and the only way I can accurately describe Bane is as a fabulous, gay, and magical Han Solo, but with less “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” and more finger snapping. In the series, Bane has done many things, such as when he attempted to save Marie Antoinette from the French Revolution, has been banned from Peru for supposedly desecrating the Pachacamac temple, and much more. Bane in general, is quite an interesting character, and he’s definitely the character if you’re looking for a no regrets, no apologies role model.

d.tech freshman Benji Chang explains why his model is Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist and science-focused media personality. Chang says,  “He’s knowledgeable, knows a lot about his job, and is an overall great and witty person. He got me thinking about astronomy and science, and educates the public about science, which is really cool.”

It’s incredibly intriguing that just one person is able to have such a positive impact on Chang. Tyson is indeed an intelligent man, and with such great dry humor. From the Wikipedia article on Tyson, when he argues against rapper B.O.B.’s belief that the Earth is flat, “‘It’s a fundamental fact of calculus and non-Euclidean geometry: Small sections of large curved surfaces will always look flat to little creatures that crawl upon it… and by the way, this is called gravity,’ Tyson said, dropping his microphone.” This quote very accurately portrays Tyson’s personality, and from it, it’s understandable why Chang looks up to Tyson, with his genius and wit combining itself into one great, upstanding person.

Bradley Kishiyama, founding junior and quite possibly the biggest fan of the Denver Broncos, unsurprisingly said that John Elway is his role model. Kishiyama expanded on his role model, Elway, “I was born and raised by my parents to think of John Elway as a king. He was the best to ever play the QB position and he did it for the Broncos. He also went to Stanford, has many thriving businesses, and now is the GM for the Broncos. He has had so much success by working hard which is something that is very admirable.”

Elway helped the Broncos win their first Super Bowl, and was the only quarterback to score a rushing touchdown in four different Super Bowls. He’s now the General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Broncos. Elway’s accomplishments are quite impressive in the eyes of any person, but god-like in Kishiyama’s. It’s no surprise that Elway is Kishiyama’s role model, especially given his family’s upbringing and background in Denver, Colorado. Kishiyama’s admiration of Elway doesn’t just stop there, either-Kishiyama regularly wears Broncos tees and jerseys, almost as if he wants to declare to the world his reverence for this miracle man. But perhaps, what Bradley sees in Elway is not just his physique, achievements, or even his looks: it is that no matter where you are, you can Elways rise up to the shining top. And that, is the power of the role model.


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