Facts about your family:
I am originally from Odessa, Texas, home of the world-famous Permian High School (Friday Night Lights fame). My family has owned season tickets for Permian football games for years – yes, high schools in West Texas have season football tickets.
Why did you choose to attend The University of Texas at Austin?
Undergraduate – many majors to choose from, fantastic extracurricular activities and Austin, Texas ☺
Graduate – One of the top programs in the nation, excellent internship opportunities and Austin, Texas ☺
What do you want to do when you graduate from the university?
My goal is to continue working in higher education as an academic adviser or program coordinator at a university.
If you had to choose one thing about yourself to share with the university’s Web audience, what would it be?
I have been at The University of Texas for 7 years (5 years as an undergraduate and 2 years working on campus), and I still have many places to explore and events to experience in Austin. I look forward to sharing my year with you.
Who are your heroes?
My 91-year-old grandfather, Tillman Meisell is my hero. He is hard working, courageous, clever and kind-hearted. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful person in my life.
If you could travel to one spot anywhere in the world, where would you want to visit?
How can I pick just one place? I can’t wait to visit New Zealand, Croatia and South Africa.
What are your current favorite books? What books would you recommend to someone you just met?
In preparation for the movie, I just read “The Time-Traveler’s Wife.” Excellent! I highly recommend the “Ethiopian Tattoo Shop,” a collection of thought-provoking short stories.
What pushes your buttons? What are your pet peeves?
Someone kicking/tapping their foot on the back of my chair. That’s a big one.
What are your favorite Web sites? Why?
What are your favorite foods?
Lately, I have enjoyed plumcots – the hybrid fruit that combines a plum and an apricot. Non-healthy favorite food is the macaroni and cheese from Lambert’s in downtown Austin.
What music are you listening to?
The soundtrack from the TV show “Glee” as well as local Austin bands Grupo Fantasma and Mingo Fishtrap.
What are your all-time favorite movies? Why?
- “The Sound of Music” – I studied abroad in Salzburg for 4 glorious months!
- “Life is Beautiful” – who can’t help but love Roberto Benigni
- “Amelie” – extremely clever movie, even in a different language
- “Love Actually” – another clever movie, very adorable!
Who are your favorite artists?
Magdalena Abakanowicz and Mark di Suvero. UT-Austin and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York partnered for a public art exhibit comprised of 28 sculptures called Landmarks, www.landmarks.utexas.edu. My favorites are the Abakanowitz “Figure on a Trunk” outside of the Performing Arts Center and the di Suervo “Clock Knot” in the engineering area of campus.
What are your favorite academic subjects? What are you interested in studying in the future?
Personal Family Finance (HDF322) – wonderful course where students learn how to be a grown up (taxes, insurance, banking, retirement etc.)
Introductory German (GER 506/7) – I had a fantastic German teacher at UT who taught us not only the language, but also about the culture.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus would be the stunning Martin Luther King statue. Look east and there is a gorgeous view of the stadium and the LBJ School. Look west and you have a picturesque view of the tower (great photo op). The statue is a very peaceful place in the middle of our busy campus.
Where are your favorite places to go in Austin? What are your favorite things to do in Austin?
The music scene in Austin is outstanding. I enjoy concerts at Stubbs BBQ and Threadgills. Austin also has many outdoor activities. I love visiting the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which is part of the UT System. Austin boasts many locally-owned businesses that I visit frequently: Waterloo Records, Alamo Drafthouse (movie theatre) and RunTex.
What are your favorite free-time activities?
Traveling, reading non-academic books, visiting Texas State Parks and acupuncture.
Other interesting facts about you:
- I studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria.
- From 2002-2005, I played clarinet in the Longhorn Band and 2003-2007 in the Longhorn Basketball Band. With these two groups, I traveled to Dallas, Lubbock and Waco, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; Fayetteville, Ariz.; Lawrence, Kan.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Atlanta, Ga.; Denver, Colo.; San Francisco, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles, Calif.
- I had many interesting internships/jobs in my undergraduate career – Longhorn Band student staff, Round Rock Express baseball team, UT Athletics Marketing and Russell Korman Jewelers.