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Facts about your family:

I come from a family of (relative) native Austinites. I am the youngest of five siblings (two brothers, two sisters), and thanks to various marriages/divorces, our family structure somewhat resembles the Brady Bunch. We are much happier than the Bradys though, I assure you. I also have an extensive network of aunts, uncles and cousins in the Austin area, so don’t mess with me, I’ve got “people.”

My “at home” family consists of my boyfriend Jobi, our redbone coonhound Talulah, two cats named Isaac Newton and Penelope, and of course, myself. We also name our plants, but because of my green thumb, there are many so I won’t introduce them, for we can’t even keep the names straight.

Why did you choose to attend The University of Texas at Austin?

I chose The University of Texas at Austin because I am a third-generation Longhorn (pending my graduation), and the university has a fantastic nursing school that I’d very much like to graduate from.

What do you want to do when you graduate from the university?

By then I’ll be quite ready to get a JOB and practice my mad healing skills — that will all be after the obligatory “I just graduated and I’m getting the heck out of dodge” vacation. I’m thinking Scotland or Iceland.

If you had to choose one thing about yourself to share with the university’s Web audience, what would it be?

I’m a monster if I don’t get one to two hours of exercise a day. I have to exhaust myself physically in order to be the balanced, loving, aware person I prefer to send out into the world.

Who are your heroes?

Athletes, artists, social workers, educators — those with the capacity to demonstrate such self awareness that they work outside of themselves to aid others and the world.

If you could travel to one spot anywhere in the world, where would you want to visit?

At this very moment I would soar to Australia. Had you asked me yesterday, it would have been Scotland. I have an insatiable wanderlust.

What are your favorite books? What books would you recommend to someone you just met?

The “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon, anything by Barbara Kingsolver, “The Red Tent” and “Three Cups of Tea.” I’ve just been informed the series by Stieg Larsson beginning with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is wonderful. The first book is sitting on my desk waiting for me to pick it up this winter break.

What pushes your buttons? What are your pet peeves?

My buttons are cruelty and lying. My pet peeves are individuals who lack situational awareness, sleep disturbances and my lovely dog, Talulah.

What are your favorite Web sites? Why?

I spend way too much money at because they have many cool containers for me to be intrigued by. I frequent Web sites like and because I feel a strong sense of community with women who want to support one another and create community through discussion and awareness. Yes, I’m not just a bit of a feminist.

What are your favorite foods?

I love Italian food — marinara sauce is a staple for me. I eat a gluten-free diet, which still provides me with many exciting, unconventional and healthy options. Who knew brown rice pasta could be SO delicious?!

What music are you listening to?

The Arcade Fire, The Kinks, Patty Griffin, Beck, The Shins, Talking Heads, Johnny Cash, Tribe Called Quest and so, so much more.

What are your all-time favorite movies? Why?

My favorite this week is “Stranger Than Fiction” because going back to school after a summer off has made me feel a bit like Harold.

Who are your favorite artists?

One of my very dear friends Jessica is a graphic artist and I find her work to be incredibly inspiring. I am an artist myself, but I keep most of my work to myself unless it becomes one of my tattoos. These days, graphic art and photography are catching my eye and inspiring my own creativity.

What are your favorite academic subjects? What are you interested in studying in the future?

I have always loved biology and almost majored in it before I decided on nursing. I began my studies in emergency medicine before attending UT. My plan is to expand my practice to become a nurse practitioner after several years. I also study alternative and preventative health care outside the university.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

I’ve found several outdoor areas under beautiful tall trees that will be perfect once summer decides to take a leave.

Where are your favorite places to go in Austin? What are your favorite things to do in Austin?

I spend much time on the hike and bike trail and the Greenbelt where I run, hike and climb. Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools are vital to my existence. I dance at the Broken Spoke. I eat at most of the Mexican restaurants because most of them are the best. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is the best thing since sliced bread. Antone’s and The Continental Club are sure to bring sweet, soulful music to your ears.

What are your favorite free-time activities?

I run, climb, swim, cycle, garden, cook, mosaic, draw, read, vacate and love.

Other interesting facts about you:

Surely there must remain some sense of mystery.

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September 29, 2010 | | Comments are closed for this post
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