who are you in just a few

April 12, 2009 —

Six words. Can you describe yourself in only six words? 

Smith Magazine created the six-word memoir idea. Some are very poetic or heartfelt like “He, open book; I, an illiterate.” and others are funny like “All of a sudden, I’m “old.”” Some like “And then I started getting paranoid.” make me wonder what the backstory is 

So of course I thought it’d be fun to try writing some….

For DMU, I’ve got: caring for people through health, medicine

About our grads: Widespread, arm open wide with healing.

About Des Moines: All happy. Energy, innovation among most.

About me: Living with laughter, love, faith and dogs.

Admittedly they aren’t the best. I know you can do better…Please post your six word statement or bio and one about DMU, Des Moines or something related!

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.


  • Tea

    I love this activity!

    “Home is where the food is.”

  • Barb

    Using just six words certainly focuses the theme of one’s life! I also recommend it as a fun way to entertain yourself. My tries:

    Increasingly, I realize I’m undeservedly blessed.
    My key criteria: family, friends, fun.
    Integrity is everything; prestige is overrated.
    Overplanning one’s future is missing adventure.

  • http://www.imsethstevenson.com Seth Stevenson

    Fueled by caffeine, learning, and sarcasm.

  • Julie

    Succinctness, brevity: Harder than it looks.