1. Year, major(s)/minor(s), plans after you graduate:
Senior, double majoring in English and Spanish with a minor in Illustration. After I graduate, I plan on teaching and living abroad and then going on to earn my Ph.D. in English Literature (hopefully from the University of Chicago, my dream school). I also want to write and illustrate my own books, create my own card company, and travel the world.
2. What’s the last book you read for fun?
The World According to Bob by James Bowen, a follow-up to A Street Cat Named Bob by the same author. I love memoirs, especially ones featuring incredible cats like Bob!
3. Coffee or tea?
Black coffee or very, very sweet, Southern-style iced tea.
4. If you could be any literary character for a day, who would you be and why?
This isn’t exactly literary, but I would love to be one of the mischievous monkeys from the children’s book The Best Little Monkeys in the World by Natalie Standiford. This book was one of my favorites, and my mom read it to my sister and I nearly nightly when I was in early elementary school. The two little monkeys get into all sorts of trouble while their parents are away, but manage to clean everything up just in time for mom and dad’s return. If only real life worked out so smoothly! Being one of these monkeys would transport me to a fun, carefree world–a simpler time and place. And don’t even get me started on those banana smoothies…
5. Quote to live by:
“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” –Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close