What’s your weirdest, useless skill?
I can recall enormous amounts of absolutely useless pop culture information. Ask me anything and I can tell you the answer. Who did the voice of Chanticleer in the obscure, 1991 Don Bluth film “Rock-A-Doodle”? Glenn Campbell. But more importantly, who knows that off the top of their head???! Just call me IMDB.
What is your go-to midnight snack/comfort food?
Clementines. The process of peeling them apart is comforting to me in some strange way; it calms my nerves. Plus, they’re delicious and nutritious. 🙂
What was your favorite book as a tween?
I’m going to go with the Harry Potter series. Those books have shaped me in to the person that I am today, and affected me in a way that no other book has ever managed to do, as far as having an over-arching impact on my life as a whole. This series came in to my life at a time when I needed a friend and encouragement and hope and it gave me all those things. For that reason, and so many more, I will be eternally grateful to JK Rowling for all that she has done for me and so many other readers around the world. #Ravenclaw4Life #IBleedBlue #PottermoreWasADisappointmentThough #SorryNotSorry
What was your best Netflix binge?
A couple of summers ago, my sister and I re-watched all of “Lost” in its entirety, and we got through the whole thing in what felt like record time. It was an impressive feat, if I do say so myself.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I am an impatient person, I have come to realize, so anything that slows me down tends to irritate me; leisurely cross-walkers on campus, elderly drivers, distracted shoppers, etc.
What is your biggest irrational (or rational) fear?
I have an extreme fear of ice. When I was in the first grade, I was carrying my backpack on my back, my lunch box in one hand, and my violin case in the other. When I got out of my mom’s car, which was sandwiched in this very long line of parents waiting to drop their own kids off in front of the school, I slipped on a patch of ice and fell hard. Ever since then — I don’t know if it was having been publicly embarrassed or what — I have had this intense fear of falling on ice and I freeze up (ha, pun intended) whenever I have to walk out on to icy sidewalks or streets.
Tell us something you’re looking forward to in the next year?
I’m looking forward to moving out of my parents’ house. They were nice enough to let me stay here throughout my college years, but it’s time for this baby bird to fly from the nest and land on her own two feet.
Who is the woman who inspires you most?
My mother. She is strong and fierce and sweet and smart and funny. I couldn’t have asked for a better role model.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be to write books for a living (fiction, primarily). I’d also love to produce, write, and star in my own sketch comedy series, either on TV or the web.
When was a time you felt most complete?
The two weeks I spent in London last year for study abroad was a time in my life when I felt most complete. It was my first time out of the country and I felt more alive than ever. My senses were heightened, my interests peaked, and my soul rejuvenated. It really helped me put things into perspective and I’m so grateful I was able to go on that trip.
What was the last book you read? What did you think of it?
The last book I read (or re-read, I should say) was Sylvia Plath’s “Ariel”. Plath as a wordsmith and a poet is a genius of unmatched talent, and as a human being she is both fragile and complex. I love her work; it makes me think and reflect on my own life events (which is a quality I can appreciate in poetry).
What was the last mind-blowing fact you learned or realized that shifted your worldview?
I learned just recently that the little stickers that supermarkets put on fruits and vegetables are actually completely edible. I mean, what’s next? Edible cereal boxes or soup cans???! My whole life has been a lie! I can’t trust anything anymore.