Also known as all those questions that take up time at the beginning of interviews.

So are you working now? Yes! I’m doing communications at the National WIC Association. I’m also a freelance writer and a group exercise instructor.

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?


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