Interview: Jenna Aita

Interview: Jenna Aita

Jenna here! I may not be social but you bet I'm NOSY! i figure i can't be the only one so here's an interview to get to know me a little better!

Who is someone you admire, and why?

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My grandma! It wasn’t until I was older that I learned she came from a really tough childhood and put herself through college. My brother and I often get breakfast with my grandparents and one time we asked her what she had imagined her life would be like. While they live a modest life she said she was able to achieve more than she ever thought she could. Knowing what she went through and her satisfaction with her life without earning millions or living in a mansion is beyond admirable.

 

What are three of your pet peeves?

First and foremost chewing with your mouth open. That just gets me every time. I find passive-aggressive behavior to often fall into this category. Sadly I can't think of a third! Which means once I publish this I will think of all the pet peeves!

 

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know?

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I am double jointed in my fingers and it has been a great fun fact when we were forced to do those ridiculous introductions in school where we had to give our name and something interesting about ourselves.

 

If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be? (Don’t overthink it!)

Cabin in the snow. Especially because that is the perfect weather and setting for curling up with a good book and a warm drink.

 

Flashback to when you were ten years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Writing stories was my passion and I had always dreamed of being an author. It was my dream since I was in kindergarten until I got into high school.

 

If we went to happy hour, what would you order?

Margarita for sure! Or a cider...or vodka sprite....

 

Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me…

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Burrowing in bed and refusing to acknowledge the sun.

 

Name three words that you describe you.

  1. Snarky
  2. Patient
  3. Creature of habit
 

What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?

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Working with kids definitely requires patience! Working in teams to make sure our kiddos are successful means I’ve definitely got to be a team player. Lastly, I have a desire to grow which is what spurred me to enroll in graduate school last year!

 

What do you want to make sure you do before you die?

I aim to put more use into my passport and continue to explore countries I have yet to step foot in and explore more of the countries I've already seen!

 

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Reading! I have a much higher purchasing rate than reading rate when it comes to books but my dream is to have my own miniature library when I own my house!

 

What do you do with friends in your spare time?

When we aren’t planning our next weekend getaway, between working and attending grad school full time, meeting up for catch-up dinners is always a great way to keep in touch and actually get to see the person and not just text them!

 

What would be your personal motto?

Because one day you’ll be dead. This is a motto that my mom adopted years ago and at first, I thought it was quite morbid but as I’ve gotten older it has definitely proven applicable.

 

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

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I thought you said a crime box...hopefully not the victim. But in a crayon box, probably passionate plum! I love purple despite not owning many things in that color and anything I do in life I do with passion and drive.

We finish the interview, and you step outside the office and find out the lottery ticket you bought earlier that day just won you $10 million. What would you do?

Pay off grad school first! I’m not even done with it yet but would like to not have to worry about it. Pay back my parents for my undergrad schooling because while they saved that money just for that purpose, giving back to them in any way would be amazing. Lastly, buy a house!

 

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

Driving a lot for work and having a tough job can make my days stressful sometimes. I’ve learned to utilize the time in my car to take my mind off of things by singing or I will play instrumental movie soundtracks and work on decompressing a bit in between my sessions.

 

What’s your favorite ’90s jam?

Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice! That was my jam back then and it is definitely my jam now!

 

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?

Sloth. They are for sure my spirit animal and I would preferably like to be a baby because they squeak and are so cute! I love taking life slow when I can because it can move so fast when you aren't paying attention!

 

What inspires you?

The kids I work with that struggle through the simplest task and seeing them achieve their goals make all the hardships worth it. Everyone needs help at some point and whether it's a little or lot doesn't matter, just the quality of that help and knowing what they struggle through pushes me to do better for them and myself.

 

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

Hola, bitches. Hug time. It’s cinco de mayo or someone is having a birthday at Chevy’s.

 

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