1. What’s the last book you read? The last book that I read was Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell.
2. What was your favorite class in college? My favorite class varies based on whether it was for my business major or a general degree requirement. My favorite business course was probably either Investments or my International Marketing/Management. My favorite general degree requirement course was Topics in American History: Slavery.
3. What is one of your pet peeves? One of my biggest pet peeves is people who drive slow in the fast lane.
4. Who is your favorite superhero? My favorite superhero is the latest version of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot.
5. What is your favorite quote and why? “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”- Haruki Murakami. This quote has a lot of personal meaning for me. It’s a reminder that remembering what has happened isn’t as important as recognizing what I have learned and how much I have grown
6. Who or what motivates you? On a practical level, I am driven by the desire to make enough money to pay off my student loans and save up for a comfortable retirement. On a more personal level, I am driven by a desire to give back to others, that which has been given to me. I recognize that I have been given many amazing opportunities, which have come from the sacrifices and support of others. I am grateful to those people and find that I am motivated to not waste what has been sacrificed for me. Instead, I strive to continuously challenge myself and grow, so that I may give back to others who may not have been as lucky as me.
7. Which four individuals, from the past or present, would you like to eat dinner with the most? I would choose to have dinner with the following influential historical and current: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Siddhārtha Gautama, Jane Austen, and Michelle Obama. They have all made contributions that have profoundly influenced or changed history. Plus it might be amusing to engage in a philosophical debate with four people from such fundamentally different societies and cultures (I think a universal translator would be useful for such an event).
8. Is there anything else you would like to share? I really enjoy cooking and baking. I find that it tends to be great way to de-stress after a long day.