April 20, 2012

Geek of the Week: Meet Mariel

What's your name?

Where are you from?
Originally from WI, currently residing in MS.

What does it mean to you to be a geek/nerd?
Having passion and a desire to share your interests with everyone you know! (And being proud of it!)

What are 2–5 things you're particularly passionate about?
I'm particularly passionate about science and music. I have a biology degree and a music degree, so I pretty much lived and breathed my passion all through undergrad. I'm also passionate about crafts, films/TV shows and games (video/board/card/whatever).

Why are you passionate about these things?
Science has always fascinated me—I've always wanted to know "why?" and "how?" things worked, especially the human body. Similarly, music has been a part of my life as long as I can remember, and I truly think it is the greatest way we can connect our emotions with the world.

I was raised to appreciate good films, creativity, and of course to honor the family game night, so all those things are a big part of what I geek out about.

Do you have any special or hidden talents?
I can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.
Ed. note: No offense to the other GotW's, but: Best talent yet.

What was your favorite book/movie/TV show/other from 2011?
Definitely Game of Thrones. (The Walking Dead is a close second.)

What book/movie/TV show/other are you most looking forward to in 2012?
The Hobbit!!!

Do you have a "go-to" karaoke/Rock Band song? What is it?
I can't resist Bon Jovi when playing Rock Band

What are three websites you like to visit every day?
Aside from the social media sites, I also enjoy cuteoverload.com, jonacuff.com/stuffchristianslike and ted.com.

Do you have a blog/website/Twitter name/etc. that you'd like to share?
www.marielmohns.com (You can find links to my social media accounts from there!)

Any additional comments or thoughts?
I just want to give a big THANK YOU to Mandy for doing this feature! It is truly amazing that through the internet we can connect with people who have the same interests and passions when it is easy to feel like there is no one to relate to in real life. Nerd on!
Ed. note: Aw, thanks! I'm so happy to know so many awesome nerds!

Mariel's bonus questions:

How to you find the time to peruse both of your loves (music and science)?
I spend most of my weekdays at school doing research/playing in the lab, and then on the weekends I get to play piano and sing on the worship team at church (where my hubby is the music director). I also take time in the evenings to just play through "fun pieces" or study and work on a more difficult concert level piece. Somehow I manage to bend time and fit it all in! But seriously, I think one way that I manage all of my loves is by not viewing any of it as "work." As an undergraduate, playing the piano was "work" ... practicing for a jury, a recital, a rehearsal, etc. And because of that, I didn't enjoy music as much. After graduating, without the pressure of being graded on my performance, I again started to view music as more of a therapeutic release rather than just something I had to do to get a passing mark and graduate. Same goes with my science pursuits—as a pre-med student, I was starting to dread studying and memorizing facts. I wanted to learn more through DOING. So when I decided to go into research, studying science no longer felt like "work" but I could take material learned in class, apply it in lab, and actually SEE the life enriching material that helps me understand the world around me. Having a passion for something should never feel like work and therefore should make your time worthwhile :)
Ed. note: Excellent advice!

What are your three favorite games to play? Board, video or other.
Oooh, just three? Well, I have a big place in my heart for Halo: Reach (and the whole Halo franchise). I grew up a Nintendo girl, and while I love the happy-go-lucky Mario world, I think Halo: Reach is the game that really converted me into a "hardcore" video game fan. My favorite board game has to be Scrabble. I don't know why, but I get crazy competitive when it comes to Scrabble. And a family favorite game is Guesstures (a timed charades type party game). When your aunt starts doing a strip-tease for the clue "undress" you know it is an awkward hilarious inside joke to last for years. And I just have to give a shout out to two more games, Settlers of Catan and Bohnanza—look 'em up if you've never played!!

Thanks, Mariel, for being a Geek of the Week!

If you'd like to be a future GotW, please email me.


  1. Mariel is awesome! It's great that you spotlighted her!

  2. I'm looking forward to The Hobbit, too. Started reading the books from The Hobbit before I even knew there's a movie coming out! I'm now on Book Three! Yay Lord of the Rings! ♥

    1. Aren't the books great? Such fun reads.

  3. Thanks again for featuring me, Mandy! I had a lot of fun answering the questions :)