Dana Pederson



1. Year, major(s)/minor(s), plans after you graduate:

I’m a junior here at Flagler College and I’m studying journalism with a background in creative writing. And I plan on making plans after I graduate. 

2. What’s the last book you read for fun?

I always have a short stack of books on my nightstand, but the last one I finished was Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, the creator of HBO’s Girls. Embarrassingly relatable and wildly funny. 

3. Coffee or tea?

I am addicted to dirty chai’s and vanilla lattes, but I’m trying to move from coffee to tea. I’m currently digging lemongrass and hibiscus teas! 

4. If you could be any literary character for a day, who would you be and why?

This question has many answers depending on the day, but at 5:06 PM on April 2, my answer is Oskar Schell from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Oskar is an intelligent and eccentric nine-year-old boy who loses his father in the attack of 9/11. I’ve always been jealous of the quirky minds of little geniuses and though a tragic event happened in Oskar’s life, the way he copes with it is something I’d love to experience. 

5. A quote to live by:

I’m really bad a making decisions, so here are two:

  • “You have more to do than be weighed down by pretty or beautiful. You are a fiery heart and a wicked brain. Do not let your soul be defined by its shell.” 
  • “When something goes wrong in your life, just yell ‘PLOT TWIST!’ and move on.”