Meet Laura, one of our new summer interns who swears by the three P’s – puns, pugs and rice pudding.
School attending: sophomore at Northwestern University
Tell us about your background: Born in Aurora, Illinois, I really should probably cheer for the Bears, but I grew up in Packer country. I was raised in Oshkosh and – while I go to school in Evanston, IL – my heart belongs to the Fox Valley.
Why did you want to be an intern at FCM?
The first article I ever wrote covered local restaurants in my hometown. Now, I study journalism near a big city, but back then (age 14) it was my first step into the field that I love. Before seeing where this journey goes, I want to get to know my community and my roots.
What’s your favorite thing about the Fox Cities?
The community feel! We’re big enough to have things to do, and simultaneously small enough to know the people we do them with. I love walking into a mom-and-pop shop and knowing names and faces.
The last book you read: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. My takeaway? Always take that kind-of-impractical Russian Lit class.
Last movie you watched: Princess Mononoke. This takeaway? Always let your friends talk you into movies you’ve never heard of.
Any hidden talents?
Eight years of competitive figure skating that I keep in my back pocket.
What can’t you live without?
Puns, pugs, rice pudding.
What’s the biggest risk you ever took?
Physically, snorkeling in an aquarium with a poisonous fish. Mentally, taking that Russian Lit class.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Just “bootstraps.” Never forget to pull yourself up by them!
Describe your perfect Saturday:
75°, sunny, perfect picnic weather. I’d love to spend time outdoors, with the people I love, eating the foods I love almost as much.
Stay tuned to the blog for an upcoming series on the rural/urban divide from Laura!