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People of El Camino: Eric Palma

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Eric Palma, 19, psychology major, said he wants to understand why people do what they do.

Eric Palma, 19, psychology major, said he wants to understand why people do what they do.

Eric Palma, 19, psychology major, said he wants to understand why people do what they do.

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Eric Palma, 19, psychology major

“As a child, people don’t take you seriously and I would just stay stuck without knowing what people are thinking. I would just stay wondering. I’ve always asked the question, ‘Why? Why did this person do this?’ Even to this day, I look at the news and see the terrorist attacks or shootings and the first question I always ask is, ‘Why would this person do something like that?’ That’s the question I always want to know how to answer. When I know that, I feel more comfortable dealing with the situation. It’s my drive to know more about what a person is thinking [that influences me]. As a child, I would think to myself. Now I feel like I have a lot of sympathy and empathy, so it wouldn’t be hard for me to put myself in someone else’s shoes. Even though I haven’t been in [a certain] situation, I feel like I can understand and have an open mind.”

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