Short vs tall: Which is better?


Gavin Hamilton, ’20, and Ava Mohr, ’23, find advantages and disadvantages to their heights.

There are many pros and cons to being short as well to being tall. For tall folks, it is easy to reach high shelves, see above crowds, and they can give the best hugs. 

But shortly for Marina Hishikawa, ‘22, being 5’2” has its good points. “Anyone slightly taller than me gives the best hugs because I’m just swallowed up in their embrace,” she said. 

On the other hand, Hishikawa says that crowds are a challenge for her, and tall shelves give her a little bit of a struggle. Fortunately, it gives her a leg up on the competition when playing hide-and-seek.

Six foot nine student Gavin Hamilton, ‘20, says that when he is towering over others, there are more cons than pros. “Doorways, shower heads, and public transport beware!” said Hamilton. His height makes it difficult for him to do some of these things without bending down, especially in shorter doorways. 

If he could choose his height for himself, six foot Colin Greiner, ‘22, says that, “I think it would be cool to be a comfortable 6’4” because I’d be almost a foot over the average height. Or like 4’11” because I’d be a little man running around at lightspeed.”   

Four foot ten Samara Wigginton, ‘20, says that if she could choose to be any height, she would like to be at least 5’4” or 5’6”. “You’re a good height and not too short. I don’t really know why, but I feel like I’d be tall enough to reach more stuff. I guess anything over 5 foot would okay with me, too.”