Also known as all those questions that take up time at the beginning of interviews.
Why are you in DC? When I was 13 years old my dad brought me on a trip to Washington, DC. I decided that week that I would move here. As I wanted to study international studies in some way in grad school, DC was the obvious choice for me. One day, on a long lonely car trip, I decided that there was no reason to wait for grad school to move to DC. Five weeks later, I packed up my car and moved.
Do you plan to stay in DC? Absolutely. There is no place I’d rather be right now or for the foreseeable future. I love DC. I have a great community of friends, a fulfilling life, there’s always something to do, and I’m very happy here.
How did you learn Spanish? When I was 16 years old I decided that I was going to be an exchange student. Somehow, my mom knew this before I even told her (are moms actually psychic?). About a year later, I packed my bags and headed to Peru. Being a super bright 17 year old, I assumed I knew Spanish. After all, I’d done the equivalent of four years of high school Spanish. How foolish I was. Within a couple months of living in a small town on the southern coast of Peru, I was mostly up to speed. Nothing like being thrown into the deep end with a life jacket! In college I studied Latin American literature, so the majority of my classes were in Spanish and I actively sought out opportunities to speak Spanish as often as I could.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? The most obvious answer here is running. I’ve completed 2 marathons, 8 half marathons, a sprint and 3 olympic triathlon. I also enjoy cooking and baking (I recently started making bread!), and I love to read. Have book suggestions for me?