20 Facts About Me

So I have unofficially labeled March the month of self reflection, getting to know each other, and just having fun. Why not, right? To follow with that theme, are are twenty facts about myself that I’ve pulled together.

  1. I have been to 23 out of 50 US States— driven to or through most of them to! I’ve been to  Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. I’ll be talking about about this trips later on this month!
  2. I was the first in my family the get my college degree— Okay, so this goes for my immediate family (mom, dad, brother). But still, first one! In May 2016 I got my Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching. My mom got her BA in History this past December making her number two (we were all super proud because she did it after being away from college for thirty years and getting diagnosed with breast cancer in the middle of finishing up her degree this time).
  3. I started working in museums at age 4— So to make a long story short, my first museum gig was to play Mark Twain’s daughter for a photo shoot for the Mark Twain House in Hartford. Now, this is really cool under most circumstances. Problem was that I had no idea what was happening and thought that my parents were giving me away. I cried the entire time. Since then though, I’ve worked at museums in a number of different roles from camp counselor to educator. You can still find my face (at last check anyways) in the Lebanon Historical Society in colonial clothes. Currently I’m a museum educator at the Old State House in Hartford, CT.
  4. I have an award for play writing– Back in high school, we were allowed to minor in different subject areas. They didn’t really mean anything but it was something we could say we had. For me, I minored in theatre. I took a ton of acting, directing, writing, and technical theatre classes. I was even the vice president of our theatre troupe at school. For my capstone project to graduate high school though, I decided to write and direct my own play. This went over so well that I was able to travel with my show and later won an award for my work. I still have everything for this play including every possible draft I could have written. The final presentation book for the interview I had to do for my award and to graduate came in weighing eleven pounds.
  5. I’m a member of three different honors societies– Not that it matters so much any more but I was a member of the National Honors society, the National Junior Classical League (for students who study Latin), and a member of the International Thespian Society as a ranking National Honors Thespian.
  6. I’ve met… – I try and meet the bands I like as often as I can when I go to shows. It doesn’t always work but when it does, it is awesome. So, I’ve met: Tyler Joseph and Josh Dunn (Twenty One Pilots); Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy); Amanda Palmer; and Neil Gaiman (author). Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) walked in front of me once before a show.
  7. I didn’t get my driver’s license until 2016, age 22– While most people get their licenses at 16 or 17, I waited until after I graduated college to get my license. This wasn’t necessarily by choice to wait so long but I’m happy I did. I didn’t need a car really until after college. It would have made life easier at time but not having to pay for gas, parking, insurance, or anything else left more money in my own pocket for other expenses.
  8. My Middle Name is Nichole– For most of my life I thought that my middle name was spelled wrong. It was left up to my dad after I was born because my mom was so out of it. Since going to college though and meeting people who speak other languages, I was told that my middle name is spelled the French way by adding the h. My middle name was almost my first name also!
  9. I was almost named Indigo– Speaking of names, if my aunt and cousin had had their way, I would have been named Indigo! At least it would have worked with my parents wanting “masculine” nicknames.
  10. I worked for Snapchat– Kind of. During the 2016 election, Snapchat needed more feet on the ground during the Democratic Debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (which happened at my college, UNH). They got a few from my old job as a social media assistant with UNH Social. Two of us from the team got pulled into to have our Snapstories used in the Local Story and World Wide Story too! I ended up with over 1.5 million views on one of my snaps! A few other got over a million as well. Coolest job I’ve ever had– even if it was just contract work.
  11. My first crush was Tuxedo Mask/Darien from Sailor Moon– I am so not ashamed of that. I used to wake up at 6am every day before school to be able to watch Sailor Moon and get my daily dose of Mask.
  12. My first concert that I went to alone was Avril Lavigne with Boys Like Girls– This was 2008 and Avril was the best female performer out there! Well, according to a pre-teen Sam anyways. I got to see Avril at Mohegan Sun with my one of my friends and there was a 65 year old woman in a full leopard print body suit sitting in front of us. Weird.
  13. I used to get my hair cut at home– When I was younger, we lived in a two family house. We lived in the second floor apartment and my Grandma lived in the first floor one. Once a month, my grandma’s friend Toni would come by and cut everyone’s hair. She was a licensed hair stylist but knowing how hard it was for my grandma to get around, she would come to the house instead of us going to her. I always found it fascinating when she would bring the vat of hot wax with her to wax the adult women’s mustaches. I don’t know why I thought that was so cool!
  14. I was in an ad!– Actually, I’m still in an ad! If you ever go to Hartford Stage Company, they’re still using an education advertisement that I did with them about six or seven years ago. I was a student with their education program and one time they brought about twenty of us in for this massive photo shoot. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of!
  15. Autumn is my favorite season– It is perfection. End of story.
  16. I wanted to be Barbie when I grew up– Let me say though that I didn’t want to be too skinny and blonde. I wanted the ability to be whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. If I wanted to be an actor one day and a teacher the next, I could do it if I was Barbie!
  17. My favorite band growing up was The Beatles– My parents didn’t let us listen to much new music when I was little. I was the eldest so I had to discover stuff for myself. I still love and listen to The Beatles now though.
  18. My favorite color is blue– This used to change all of the time but I think I’ve finally settled on blue because it can be so many different things.
  19. I’m always the one to ask someone on a date– Yet I am a total introvert and will panic the whole time.
  20. My favorite quote is “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” from Harry Potter– I couldn’t tell you exactly why but it has gotten me through a lot.
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