Meet Anastasia

| September 26, 2014

imageAre you a Teachers College student, and, if so, what are you studying?

I’m coming in from outside the TC community; I got my MS in library and information science from St. John’s University in May 2014, concentrating in academic librarianship, and did my undergrad at Wesleyan University in East Asian studies.

Where’s your hometown?

San Diego, CA.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to do something conventional and stable by day, and be a classical pianist and flautist by night, sort of like the Ron Swanson/Duke Silver duality in Parks & Recreation.

What was your first job?

Aside from the odd tutoring gig here and there, my first job was as a salesperson and balloon “specialist” at a party goods store.

What has been your best job?

If we’re defining the word “job” loosely, being a student is probably the best job I’ve ever had. If we’re talking about paid jobs, I loved working in the Children’s Library at the New York Society Library, a private library on the Upper East Side. My colleagues and supervisors were amazing, and I enjoyed being a part of the institution’s long and fascinating history. I loved reconnecting with children’s literature, new and old, and there was something really satisfying about finding and building the ability to connect with kids as an adult.

What do you remember about your first day of school?

Literally nothing. I do remember starting a lunch-item swap ring with my friend somewhere in the middle of my kindergarten year, though. I like to think that that entrepreneurial spirit remains with me.

Your favorite meal:

That’s highly variable because it’s usually the one that I’ve most recently derived more-than-average enjoyment from. Right now, it’s a corn, scallion and cheddar strata that I made from a Smitten Kitchen recipe.

Are you a morning or night person?:

I consider myself a late-afternoon kind of person on the morning-night spectrum.

A delicious dessert:

Hot chocolate from Valrhona chocolate. No marshmallows.

Song you love no matter how many times you hear it:

The Prelude from Prelude and Fugue in B Flat Major from Book 1 of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Or, since that’s not technically a song, “A Little Priest” from Sweeney Todd; try not to read too much into that.

A country you’d like to visit:

Japan. I took Japanese to a fairly advanced level in undergrad, and by my last year, I was the only one who’d never actually been to Japan.

A book you strongly recommend?

The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. It provides a basis for understanding why you like the food you like, and is a great tool for figuring out what else you might like to cook or eat.

A sport you enjoy playing (or watching)?

Swimming, both pool and non-pool.

TOP THREE….Best places to read?

3) On the train when it’s not too crowded. 2) In bed, either with a flashlight or near enough to a light switch that you don’t have to get out of bed after you put the book down. 1) Sitting sideways in an armchair with high arms so that your back is supported by one of the arms and your legs are dangling over the other.