Why are you working in research?
My last semester of college, we were required to take a data analysis class. Unlike everybody else in the class, I actually found in fascinating. I really looked forward to it every week. I'm a kinesthetic learner, and in that class, I got to play around with the numbers and see how different functions worked, instead of just seeing the ideas in a textbook or hearing them in a lecture. I already liked numbers, but because I physically got to learn how to work with them, that concept of data analysis really stuck with me.
If you weren't working in research, what else would you be doing?
I would definitely be in the music industry. Exactly what I would be doing is up for grabs—probably either artist management or festival operations. Throughout college, I helped put on concerts and worked festivals. I love that those jobs are really active. So, while I enjoy the stability of an office environment, I also like being able to get up, get out, and run around. I like to be out in the world. I've always loved music, but that feeling of being a fan at a concert is something I would love to create for other people.
What's one thing you love about working at Bovitz?
All the people. It makes me happy that I can come to an office where I feel appreciated and everybody is happy and smiling, and even when things go wrong, everyone has each other's back. Everyone here makes me excited to come in every day.
Tell me about some of your colleagues.
First, I have to start with Charlie and Lili because we all started here at the same time, and they made transitioning into a new company really easy because we did it together. But then we've also just become really good friends outside of work. I appreciate having them here every day. And then Cara and Lee—they make working here so much fun. We all get along so well that even if we're in the middle of doing something really difficult, we can crack a joke and all take a minute to just laugh, and then focus and get back into our work again. I feel like they both appreciate me—when I have a question, they'll take the time to explain why something is the way that it is, or if I have a comment about something, they always take it into consideration.
Why is being people-first important to you?
Being people-first is being genuinely interested in the lives of each and every person that we come in contact with. Being excited to listen to their ups and downs, their successes and failures. Being captivated by their perspectives on everything from a new product to the newest episode of their favorite show. Being willing to make meaningful change for the benefit of everyone.
What's one quality you admire in someone else and wish you had more of?
A dear friend of mine, whenever he walks in a room, has this ability to make every single person feel like the most important person there. I wish I could do that—just make everyone single person feel valued. He doesn't even have to say, "I appreciate you" or "I love you" or "You're the best." Just the way he sits there and listens to you, you know he appreciates you and is genuinely interested in everything you're saying. You could be saying that the sky is blue and that you're sitting there watching the grass grow, and he would still be so interested. I think that's really amazing, and I don't understand how he's able to do it. Sometimes I feel like people I really appreciate don't internalize that sentiment the way I want them to—like, they don't get how much I really, really appreciate them. So, the way he is able to do that is so special.
What inspires you?
Nature. I love being out in the mountains, in particular—out in the fresh air, out of the smog, out of the city. Turning off my phone for a few days, which allows me to have some clarity and think about whatever I want to think about. Being away from everything clears my head. In high school, I did these mission trips with my church, and their one rule was that you go on this trip for a week and turn off your phone. I had the best weeks like that. It forced you to be inspired by the people around you, the work you were doing, and the places you were. And it inspired me to make changes once I got back to my regular life.
Tell me one thing on your bucket list.
I want to see the Northern Lights—so badly. Part of it is just wanting to see a natural phenomenon. But it's also that up there, there is this land that humans haven't touched and there's something so special about seeing something out there that we can't change or touch. Just knowing that we are just one part of the whole big world and seeing how phenomenal these other parts of it are. There are things out there in nature that are so majestic and amazing and we didn't do anything to create them. I really have an appreciation for that.
What's something that people are surprised to learn about you?
People are always appalled that I don't like fruit in whole form. So, for example, I will never eat an apple. I think it's the texture I don't like. But you can put fruit in a smoothie, and I'll eat it. Unless it's a banana—I won't eat those at all. People actually get mad at me for this; they tell me I'm not being healthy because I won't eat fruit. And I'm like, I'll eat it—just blend it up for me first!
What are some of the little things in life that you love?
Reading a book by the pool, staring at the night sky, roasting a marshmallow over an open fire with friends, board game nights, the smell after it rains, morning gym time, a good cup of tea, and driving on an open road, blasting music.
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