Andrew Wulff thinks deeply about who he is as a person and explains how everything in his life fits together using the idea of tangents. A tangent, mathematically, is a line that intersects a circle at exactly one point. If enough tangent lines are drawn, it creates a shape in the middle: a circle. To Wulff, each person is their own circle, their own individual self.
“The connections between people, the connections between the things I do — being an opera singer and an actor and a teacher and a dad and a coach — all of those are tangents to who I am,” Wulff said.
Wulff is a geology professor at WKU and a high school lacrosse coach at Bowling Green High School. However, Wulff does not see himself defined by his passions — they are an extension of how he thinks and lives.
“I think an awful lot of people don’t actually know what the problems or issues are in their lives or what it is they want to solve or what it is that they want to be,” Wulff said.
Wulff said if people explore enough tangents, or experiences and passions they have outside of themselves, they’ll eventually find out who they are. He said a person’s goal should be developing their sense of self instead of focusing on external things and experiences.