Team Spotlight

What is your favorite part about being a Research Assistant at KS&R?
I genuinely enjoy what I do and the people I get to work with. I've had the chance to work with people from so many different departments and have made some close friends during my time here. No two days or projects are ever the same and I am always learning something new.

Who are your favorite social media influencers/YouTubers? Have you ever done anything or bought anything based on their influence?
I don't really watch a ton of YouTube - I prefer TikTok since Vine has shortened my attention span to around 6 seconds. That said, I do sometimes watch YouTube comedians like Brandon Rogers or Jenna Marbles; plus cooking channels like Binging with Babish. I've tried to make a few of his dishes in the past, they usually come out pretty good. My TikTok favorites are really whoever pops up on my FYP (for you page), but I do tend to keep up with @Brittany_Broski and @ZacharyPiona.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Like many kids, I wanted to be a vet for a while, and then when I was in middle school / high school I wanted to be a psychiatrist. When it came to my attention that I'd have to dissect a cadaver, I dropped that pretty quickly. While in college I wanted to be a college professor of mathematics.

What is your favorite drink?
I don't drink coffee, so I always get an unsweetened black tea every morning - no sugar, sweetener or any fluff. A glass or two or three of Lambrusco is always nice on the weekends too.

What was the last movie you went to? What did you think?
I actually just saw Jaws for the very first time at a drive in movie theatre in August. I really liked it, it was a clean-cut adventure movie with just the right amount of gore. One of the rare movies where I wasn't getting bored towards the end.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The southwest bowl from CoreLife. I have spent an embarrassing amount of money there since moving to Syracuse two years ago. I always get the same thing and the staff knows my order. Overall, it's better than getting a fast food burger every day, so I'm okay with it.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
My first big money move would be to pay off my student loans and my parent's mortgage. I'd love to go on an African Safari and then travel across the globe. I'd also love to continue on with school. My dream is to get my PhD in math, so having a way to fund that would be awesome.

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
My friends always joke that I looked like Miranda Cosgrove when I was younger, so maybe her for the first part of my life. On a good day, I've also been told I resemble Arielle Winter, so she'd get a phone call too.