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Meet Eryn Wecker

Name: Eryn Wecker

Age: 22

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

University attended: senior at Lawrence University

Favorite thing about the Fox Cities: It’s my home away from home. I’ve really enjoyed experiencing Midwestern culture during my time here. Some of my favorite Midwestern things: fried cheese curds, microbreweries and a morning with fresh snow.

What is your favorite quote? “We are all the in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” -Oscar Wilde

Favorite book? I hate to pick just one but Beloved by Toni Morrison is probably the one that has stuck with me the most.

Biggest guilty pleasure? Late night Sal’s deliveries and a more-than-occasional perusal of celebrity gossip blogs.

Most played song on your iPod? “Learning the Lie” by The Hidden Cameras. It was the first song on my iTunes ever so it’s well loved. It’s definitely a feel-good song.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I would create a messenger that would come from the future every once in a while and assure me that everything works out in the end.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? I think I would be the highly-fictionalized version of Marie Antoinette from Sofia Copola’s 2004 film. All the fun without the execution.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be? I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve always wanted to meet Oprah. I feel like I’d walk away from our meeting knowing the meaning of my life. If I were lucky, I’d probably get some of her Favorite Things too.

What do you hope to do after this internship? If all goes to plan, I will graduate and transition to the ‘real world.’ I want to continue to work on my writing and hopefully become published. In my personal life, I really look forward to getting my own dog.

Write your memoir in six words: Northwest girl pursues the perfect pizza.

What do you miss most about being a college student? I’m still a college student for now but I can already foresee that giving up afternoon naps will be difficult. I’m also not sure that reading and discussing wonderful books with my peers will ever be my job again.

At what age did you consider yourself an adult? I’m not sure I hold that venerated position yet but my recent preference for eating takeout with friends on a Friday night rather than going out on the town certainly isn’t making me feel any younger.

One interesting fact: When I was in middle school I started a Pigeon Club, which was basically a club for the ‘rights’ of pigeons because I thought they were cute. Yes I was a pretty weird kid but I still have a soft spot for pigeons.

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