10 Questions With...

April 29, 2013

What brought you to KS&R?

After I graduated from RIT in 2006, I decided I wasn't going to look for a job right away as I was exhausted! Two months later, a newspaper clipping about KS&R was brought to my attention. I looked up KS&R's website and was intrigued. I thought my background in Applied Statistics might be a fit and I wanted to stay in Syracuse because this is where I grew up and most of my family is here. I submitted my resume and haven't looked back since.

As a child, what was your answer to the age-old question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

I distinctly remember when I was in elementary school there were two things I wanted to be: an astronaut and the first woman president. I loved looking at constellations and had a giant poster of the solar system on my wall. I even had a Fisher Price telescope! The president bit confuses me though. I've always been a very shy person and am still terrified of public speaking, so I don't think that career path would have worked out for me.

If you could do an internship with anyone in history, who would that be?

I'm a big fan of the Lord of the Rings books and movies. I think it would be interesting to have been an intern for Peter Jackson when he was filming the first trilogy to see how he was able to pull off such a massive project so successfully. The planning and management of everything involved must have been no easy undertaking.

What job would you like to try/not try?

I would love to try any job where I get to play around with colors - textile design, paint color creator, interior designer, etc. My sisters and I have always loved creating color palettes. We'd always grab paint chips when we went to a hardware store and save them.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?

Either lounging on some remote beach or attending a concert somewhere in the UK (T in the Park has a good lineup this year). Front row of course!

What natural talent would you most like to possess?

I wish I was quicker on my feet in conversation, but instead I usually have esprit d'escalier - where I think of an answer or a comeback way after the fact.

What is your pet peeve?

I never had an issue in school with teachers mispronouncing my first or last name, but my middle name is a different story. Everyone always thinks it is Marie. It's actually Maire - the Irish spelling of Mary. Thanks Mom!

What do you do to chill out?

I'll admit that I spend more time than I should in front of the television, but I also enjoy going on walks around the neighborhood with my boyfriend, or going for long drives with a good playlist turned up.

What would we find inside your refrigerator?

Currently, there are leftovers from the restaurant where we had dinner with my parents to celebrate our engagement.

What makes you laugh out loud?

My family is pretty hilarious all around - from the way my dad and oldest brother can crack up the whole room just by laughing at something to my little sister's particular way with words. But my older brother Jon, who has Down Syndrome, can always find a way to make me laugh because his view of the world comes from a such a different perspective than everyone else's.