Name: Sirinda (Siri) Pairin
Hometown: Appleton, WI
University: University of Wisconsin-Madison, junior
Favorite thing about the Fox Cities: I’ve had the same four best friends since I was two years old. We all grew up living within two blocks of each other and are still as close as ever. My favorite thing about coming home from college is seeing my best friends.
What is your favorite quote? “Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.” — Buddha
What is your favorite book? It’s a three way tie between the Harry Potter series, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Biggest guilty pleasure? I’ve been listening to The Spice Girls and playing Nancy Drew PC games for over 15 years now.
Most played song on your iPod? The Water by Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? I wouldn’t mind being able to turn invisible.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? I would love to be any companion to Doctor Who, even though I have a hard time accepting that he’s a fictional character.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be? It’d be pretty cool to get coffee with JK Rowling.
What do you hope to do after this internship? In late September I leave for England to do a year abroad at the University of Leeds. I’m not sure I’ll end up coming back.
What’s your dream job? Anything that keeps me busy and doesn’t involve any math.
Write your memoir in six words: Drank some tea, ate some chocolate.
At what age did you consider yourself an adult? I’m not sure if I do, yet.
Hidden talents? I play violin, viola and piano. I played in the Fox Valley Youth Symphony for four years and still doodle around when I get the chance.
One interesting fact: I’m half Thai. I’ve grown up in a multicultural home and have had the privilege of traveling to Thailand many times. I’m thankful for all of that, but also because Thai food is really good.