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I was tagged by the wonderful Wendy @ What the Log! Thank you very much!
SEVEN FACTS ABOUT ME:
1. I live where I work. (And no, I do not work from home)
This is always odd for folks to hear since most jobs do not require their employees to live on. I work at a University in the United States in the residential life office and multicultural affairs office. Part of my job, it to live on the university’s campus to interact with students, attend their programs, and occasionally serve as part of a 24/7 on call rotation. This has it’s pluses and minuses. On one hand, my commute is a two minute walk and I get housing. On the other hand, I live next to hundred(s) of first-year students who on occasion are noisy or make less than optimal decisions. But regardless, I love my job and I love working with university students.
2. I grew up in California but now live on the east coast.
West coast is where my heart is. I grew up in San Jose, CA and went to college in central (ish) California before moving to Seattle, WA. When I was growing up, I never thought I would live on the east coast, but here I am. I came out here for a job opportunity and now my partner is in graduate school, so I am here for a little bit. We plan on moving back to the west coast eventually, although probably not in California.
3. I used to work in software development.
My original field of study was computer science and I used to work in software development for about two years before I decided to change my field. I worked for a large enterprise data storage company, writing application integrations between different operating systems, focusing on Windows. I found out I did not find my work in software to be as meaningful as I wanted my work to be. I did not feel like I was making a positive impact. So I had to reflect on what brought me meaning… and it turned out to be working with student, particularly college students. I left software, went into graduate school to study student development, and never looked back.
4. I love to cook.
I discovered this when I was in college and lived in my first off campus house. I cook usually by taste of feel. I will look up a bunch of recipes or look in cookbooks to get the basic structure of the dish and then I go off on my own. I love how spices work together. I love different kitchen gadgets. I love cooking food full of spice. A lot of the time, I think “American” food is very bland. So I love cooking. I love experimenting. And I find cooking very relaxing and fun!
5. Small clever card games are my favorite types of games.
I really like playing large strategy games that take multiple hours and a lot of thinking power. But the games I tend to gravitate to the most are small card games with really cool twists. A lot of these games tend to be trick-taking games (like Hearts or Spades). I think this is because I used to play a lot of hearts when I was younger and they not only bring me fun with clever strategy/tactics, but it brings me some nostalgia. My favorite small games that comes to mind right now are: Linko!, Arboretum, Parade, Diamonds, and No Thanks!
6. In high school, I played the bass guitar in a punk/ska band.
Our name was The Habit. We wrote two songs. One was about how MTV sucks. I cannot remember what the other one was about. We played two shows. One at a high school and one at a Korean Christian Church. Needless to say, we sounded terrible, did not know how to play music well, and ultimately broke up after 4 months. I really was into punk and ska music growing up (and still like it today). Favorite bands included: Rancid, Operation Ivy, Bouncing Souls, Bad Religion, and Streetlight Manifesto.
7. I am a HUGE hockey fan.
Born and raised in San Jose, CA. GO SHARKS! I attribute my love for hockey to my father. He was a big hockey fan and around the time my family moved to San Jose, the Sharks franchise was formed. I grew up with Sharks hockey on the TV all the time. Initially, I really liked the Detroit Red Wings, because of Steve Yzerman. But the Sharks are my team and will always be my team no matter where I move. Another fun fact, when I lived in Seattle, I played adult rec hockey. It’s tons of fun!
Thank you for reading!