Hometown: Frederic, WI
School attending/graduated from and year: Lawrence University 2020
Tell us about your background: I was born and raised in Frederic, WI and attended Frederic High School. I’m the youngest in my family, and no I wasn’t spoiled…that much. I was really involved in the music scene with playing piano for 12 years, the alto saxophone and handbells for eight, and singing in the school choir for six. I also worked at the local grocery store throughout high school. Currently, I’m an upcoming junior at Lawrence University pursuing a major in English and a minor in Creative Writing. I am also a barista at Jo Ala Mode in the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel, which has further induced my love for coffee. When I’m not at work or doing homework, I’m usually reading, watching a movie or TV show, exploring, or spending time with friends and family!
Why did you want to be an intern at FCM?
What really caught my attention was that the internship is a hands-on experience, so I’ll be able to grow more confident in my writing while experiencing what working for a magazine is like, which is a career path I’m interested in. Also, still being relatively new to the Fox Cities area, I’m excited to learn more about the community that exists outside of my life at Lawrence.
What’s your favorite thing about the Fox Cities?
Growing up in Frederic where the population is about 1,200 people, Appleton was a nice stepping stone for me when moving to a bigger area since it’s not as small as Frederic, but not as big as Chicago. I also appreciate not having to drive 25 minutes to get to the nearest Walmart anymore.
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Any hidden talents?
I can sing the Alphabet backwards. And I also have double jointed thumbs.
What can’t you live without?
Most definitely coffee, and probably my contacts or glasses.
What’s the biggest risk you ever took?
I’d say moving to Appleton was the biggest risk I’ve taken so far. It was terrifying, but also exciting to move to a new place where I didn’t know anyone to begin a new part of my life.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received is to at least try to be kind to everyone, because you don’t know what they’re going through, which is from my mom. I also have always enjoyed this quote I came across from George Carlin which is “Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things.” I think both of these pieces of advice can be easily forgotten, but all the while important and relevant anytime.
Describe your perfect Saturday: It’s a Saturday in November. I wake up, without an alarm, in my heap of blankets and look outside to see that the shift in the air the day before has indeed brought our first snowfall. Both the ground and the trees are snow-brushed while the sun is shining. I have a cup of coffee before going to a brunch buffet with my friends, where I eat tons of the most delicious cinnamon rolls I could imagine. We then go out shopping where every piece of clothing I find intriguing and definitely worth having is on sale. I then go back home to watch an episode of “Gilmore Girls” or “The Office” or both before promptly taking a nap. When I wake up, I’m able to take a nice walk outside while listening to music. I then go to Frederic to make and have a nice home cooked dinner with my family. Afterwards, we drink coffee while talking about life and past humorous family stories. And then I go back to my bed and eat a cinnamon roll I brought home from brunch, and fall asleep.