Women With Superpowers

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Q&A WITH ALEXA KANNENBERG

Q. Where are you today?

A. I’m in Vienna, Austria studying abroad 🙂

Q. What do you do for a living?

A. I’m currently a student at Webster University but I also work at the fitness center at Webster.

Q. Why are you doing it?

A. I’d like to have a stable career after I graduate and it seems that getting a degree or two from Webster will help me achieve that goal.

Q. If you could be doing anything else right now, what would it be?

A. Get paid to travel the world and write about it.

Q. Most prized possession?

A. My journal I’ve kept from 2014-now. It’s full of memories.

Q. Favorite piece of clothing you own?

A. Wow this is tough. I love most of my clothes buuuut I’d have to say an orange Topshop skirt I have that is very 1960’s vintage. It looks like something Joan would wear in Mad Men.

Q. What are you most excited about for 2018?

A. All the traveling I get to do from now to May.

Q. Current regulars on the playlist?

A. I’ve been on a huge Kanye kick lately. So a lot of Graduation, Life of Pablo and College Dropout. But beyond Yeezy I’ve been into Flo Morrissey, Hippocampus, and The Killers.

Q. Best concert you’ve been to?

A. The Mowgli’s with Night Riots and Hippocampus as openers. It was at the Ready Room in St. Louis. My friends and I randomly decided to go and we loved Hippocampus and Night Riots after we saw them perform. We went over to the merch stand and talked with the bands for the remainder of the concert and it was incredible they were all so kind and humble it was great.

Q. You invite any 3 people to lunch, living or past, who would join you?

A. Art Garfunkel, Queen Elizabeth (if she brings her corgis), and Heath Ledger

Q. What is your favorite beverage?

A. Coffee

Q. When did you experience significant personal growth, and how did it impact your perspective on life?

A. Freshman year of college really changed my outlook on life and myself. I went through my first heartbreak, hated the college I went too far away from home, and I realized my politics and religious beliefs didn’t align with my families that I spent my whole life believing. This turned me into the much more confident and secure person I am today. I was forced to practice introspection and realize what I really value and want out of life. It was uncomfortable and hard but so worth it in the end. That being said I still struggle, and I am constantly learning and changing for better or worse (hopefully better).

Q. Best memory or memories?

A. Too many to name honestly. I have many fond memories of childhood that make me very nostalgic in almost a melancholy way to think about. I loved my childhood I was very blessed to have a great one. From there, my best singular memory I can think of is junior year of high school the best story I ever wrote for my school paper (about feminism) made the front page cover story on the same day I got the female lead in my school’s production of Hamlet.

Q. What does a perfect day look like to you?

A. I get up and go to brunch with an old friend with coffee and really good waffles. Then I go for a run with my corgi who is surprisingly fit to run but also chubby and adorable. Then I meet my mom for lunch and tea at our favorite place in tower grove. We talk for a few hours and catch up. Then I go for a stroll through Forest Park on a sunny and warm day. It’s windy outside so there’s a slight chill in the air. My corgi is with me now as well. I write a little in my journal on art hill. That night I go to a concert at the Pageant with all of my friends. It’s someone I really love performing and I go absolutely crazy (in a good dancy way). Then we go to Peacock diner or somewhere of that sort of late night fries and then we drive around listening to really good music for the rest of the night.

Q. What is something that you haven’t done yet that you want to do?

A. See the world! I have a serious case of the travel bug and I want to see everything. Also get a tattoo I’ve been thinking about that for quite some time.

Q. As a writer, how do you nourish your creativity?

A. This is tough to do quite honestly. I derive most of my creativity from nature. So spending a lot of time outside in parks helps me tremendously. It is unfortunate but true that I am at the height of my creative ability when I am unhappy. Strong emotions yield the best work for me when it comes to poetry and creative writing.  

Q. What are your current inspirations?

A. Simon and Garfunkel inspire me every time I listen to their music which is pure poetry. Rupi Kaur is an inspiration as well.

Q. What are some of your environmentally friendly practices?

A. I’ve been a vegetarian for close to a year now and since I’ve been abroad I’ve followed more of a vegan diet with some exceptions. I try to reuse and recycle as much as possible. Avoid plastic use as much as possible. I try to live simply and minimalistic especially when I travel. There’s no need for excess waste! Also taking advantage of public transportation and walking as much as possible. Super short showers are key as well.

Q. What do you think about the state of the environment?

A. Truly heartbreaking. We are not doing enough as humans to treat the planet with the respect and care it so desperately needs. If everyone made small changes in their lives (cough, cough stop eating animal products) we could combat the massive harm we have inflicted on the planet we all mutually inhabit.

Q. Where do you want to be in 10 years?

A. In love, comfortable, and happy (with my two corgis).

Q. Is there anything I haven’t asked you that you would like to share?

A. If this wasn’t made clear earlier I don’t actually own a corgi but I desperately want one.

Q. Lastly, if you could have any superpower, a real or fictional power, what would it be?

A. Ability to fly. I want to be a bird so badly.


Q&A WITH MICHELLE WENDELBERGER

Q. Where are you today?

A. Physically: In Vienna, Austria. Spiritually: I think I would describe it as a self-exploring and finding phase. There are so many things I don’t really fully have developed my on opinion yet or know what I want. So I really see my studies and travel experience as a way to get and develop answers.

Q. What do you do for a living?

A. I am thankful to be in a position where my parents can support me in my studies. Which is why I am privileged to focus on my studies and explore the world. However, I am very much looking forward to start working soon.

Q. Why are you doing it?

A. To become a well-educated human being not only on theoretical topics I study at school but also in practical skills I gain through travel and work experiences. In the end, I want to be a member of society who improves and not only uses products and services available.

Q. If you could be doing anything else right now, what would it be?

A. I would travel the world. And visit remote villages and people to learn their culture and understand their lives.

Q. Most prized possession?

A. My memories and journeys. Traveling and seeing different cultures has definitely taught me in ways a classroom could have never had. I believe I have learned so many things that shape my personality and make me stronger to conquer the world.

Q. Favorite piece of clothing you own?

A. Uhhh that’s a difficult one… I think I can only single it down to a few items I really like: My Woolrich coat, my Tod’s shoes, my JBrand jeans, my blue DVF dress and of course my BV bag (at least right now in the winter)

Q. What are you most excited about for 2018?

A. New adventures as always. In recent years I have always been away from ‘home’. In the past couple weeks, it is very weird being a stranger in a known environment. I love exploring Vienna and falling in love with it. Another chapter I am very much looking forward to are my internships. And of course my last university semester.

Q. Current regulars on the playlist?

A. Another tricky question, because I listen to my whole library on shuffle for most of the time. Although in the moment the thing I listen to the most are podcast. However, my go-to songs in the moment are:

–   You’ve got the love (Dennis Kruissen Remix) by Florence and the Time Machine

–   Aloha feat. Merryn Jeann and Alive vs. Midnight to Monaco by Møme

–    Walk Walk (20 syl Remix) by Yael Naim

–    Cape Town (Panama Remix) by Clubfeet

–    Something about You and Just a Lover (Petit Biscuit Remix) by Hayden James

–    Any many more

Q. Best concert you’ve been to?

A. Robbie Williams at Sziget in Budapest

Q. You invite any 3 people to lunch, living or past, who would join you?

A. Malcolm Gladwell, Malala Yousafzai, Jeff Bezos

Q. What is your favorite beverage?

A. Non-alcoholic: Water, Water with lemon, Water with lime, Water with mint, Water with bubbles and sometimes mixed with a little juice. Alcoholic: Cosmopolitan, Aperol Spritz, Hugo, Wine, Gin and Tonic, …

Q. When did you experience significant personal growth, and how did it impact your perspective on life?

A. I think the time grew the most was while I was living in Bali for a few months. I was teaching primary school kids who have never really communicated with somebody, who wasn’t from their village. These children grew up in completely different environments and had different environmental influences, working with them was life changing. It made me think about what I value in life and what is necessary to be happy.

I also learned with how little I can be satisfied with. Before going to Bali I really wasn’t satisfied with my life and questioned many things. The locals there which were absolutely satisfied and happy with what they had. They didn’t need things to make them happy. In addition, these people had far greater struggles then I had but still managed to be happier than I was.

Another very helpful lesson was that I realized how depended I was on others and my electronic devices. I was completely alone there, I honestly did not know a single individual. And everybody I did know were pretty much on the other side of the world. Although the beginning wasn’t the easiest because literally, everything was new and unknown, I really learned not only how to entertain myself and make new friends but also how to be satisfied with little things.  In addition, there was only very weak internet and reception, which made me learn to love just sitting on the beach and watching the waves come and go.

There are many things I was able to take out of this experience; however, I think these were the most crucial ones. I really hope anybody can have such a phenomenal experience in their life at some point, which is why I recommend traveling alone; it is life-changing.

Q. Best memory or memories?

A. It might not be my best memory, but a memory I often look back on was my Safari in Tanzania. It was a lifelong dream of mine to do a Safari and two years ago this dream came true. I loved living in tune with nature in our little lodge. We stayed at a place which was completely self-sustaining and with very primitive equipment. It was not only fascinating to see all the animals and nature, but also experience a complete detox of the stresses I am exposed to normally. There was no cell reception or Wifi, practically no electricity or AC, pollutions or noise.

Q. What does a perfect day look like to you?

A. Wake up at around 8 – work out – brunch – work/study/do homework/see something – sitting at a nice cafe and catching up with an old friend- an early dinner with friends – followed by a few drinks – be in bed early.

Q. What is something that you haven’t done yet that you want to do?

A. I really feel that I repeat myself over and over again. But I still haven’t seen so many places. The northern lights, the Chinese wall, Uluru, Japanese cherry blossom festival, Bhutan…

Q. You have traveled to many places around the world. What has been your favorite place you have visited and would you live there?

A. I did indeed travel quite a bit, but the more I travel the more I realize that in the end I always want to end in Europe. I love nothing more than exploring the world and I can imagine living in so many places for some limited time but never forever. People have told me that I ‘run; away from the Austrian culture and don’t like it enough, but it doesn’t see it that way. Through all the traveling I am just realizing how much I love Austria and prefer it over other cultures.

Q. I think anybody who likes to travel can’t decide on their favorite place but some of the more fascinating places where:

A. Morocco, Tanzania, Vietnam, Thailand, Yellowstone, Berlin, Paris, the Netherlands, Luzern, Gmunden, India, Sweden, Barcelona,

Myanmar,  (I could actually list any trip I have ever taken, I can just not decide, but these trips were exceptionally great trips)

Q. What are your current inspirations?

A. To identify my goal and aspirations in life. I want to find a role where I can strive and use and develop all my positive traits.

Q. What are some of your environmentally friendly practices?

A. Using a reusable bottle, walking as much as possible, trying not to heat as much, printing out as little as possible, buying many locally produced groceries, …

Q. What do you think about the state of the environment?

A. I am very concerned, with the current state of the environment because it seems to me that we forgot that we don’t rule the nature, but nature rules us. We are ultimately depended on earth and the environment around us, however, it seems most people have not understood that. My biggest concern, however, is that we are very hypocritical. On the one hand, we want things to be cheap, fast and convenient but at the same time, we also want them to be sustainable, good quality and local. Things that usually don’t go hand in hand. In the end, many people choose the easy and often worse solution.

Q. Where do you want to be in 10 years?

A. Happy and satisfied with the path I have chosen. I don’t really know what I want to do after I finished my studies. Therefore I am just hoping that in 10 years I have at least figured out which direction I want to head towards.

Q. Is there anything I haven’t asked you that you would like to share?

A. Not really

Q. Lastly, if you could have any superpower, a real or fictional power, what would it be?

A. I have always said that I love to be able to beam myself anywhere.


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Q. Where are you today?

A. Today I’m living the dream by studying abroad in central Europe’s Austria!

Q. What do you do for a living?

A. I am currently a student at Sacred Heart University

Q. Why are you doing it?

A. To broaden my career options and further my knowledge before entering the workforce

Q. If you could be doing anything else right now, what would it be?

A. Traveling and getting to know other cultures in Asia

Q. Most prized possession?

A. My passport

Q. Favorite piece of clothing you own?

A. A Green Patagonia quilted  quarter snap pullover

Q. What are you most excited about for 2018?

A. Finding what I am passionate about and starting the journey to forge a career out of it

Q. Current regulars on the playlist?

A. Bishop Briggs, Florence and the Machine, Cage the Elephant, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding

Q. Best concert you’ve been to?

A. Camp Bisco Music Festival in Scranton PA

Q. You invite any 3 people to lunch, living or past, who would join you?

A. My grandpa, Albert Einstein, Queen of England

Q. What is your favorite beverage?

A. Peppermint Tea

Q. When did you experience significant personal growth, and how did it impact your perspective on life?

A. Transitioning from traditional public school system to cyber schooling in order to pursue figure skating as a full-time sport, and then the transition back to public school three years later. I learned that life’s path isn’t always set in stone, and that balance is needed to have a happy life.

Q. Best memory or memories?

A. My family coming together to ski in Austria for the holiday season. Adventuring with my cousins gave a sense of independence, adventure, and closeness that is unrivaled by any of my other experiences thus far.

Q. What does a perfect day look like to you?

A. Sunlight, productivity, and friends in whatever forms they come in

Q. What is something that you haven’t done yet that you want to do?

A. Gone sky diving

Q. What is the most life-changing thing you have ever done and why?

A. Chose to step out of my comfort zone to study abroad, and then the unpopular opinion to do it again

Q. What are your current inspirations?

A. Anyone that is genuinely happy with themselves and where they are at in their life

Q. What are some of your environmentally friendly practices?

A. Recycling, reusing water bottles and refraining from using paper plates

Q. What do you think about the state of the environment?

A. Environmental friendliness is currently a trend, but it should be a lifestyle for all

Q. Where do you want to be in 10 years?

A. Happy in my own skin

Q. Is there anything I haven’t asked you that you would like to share?

A. Nope!

Q. Lastly, if you could have any superpower, a real or fictional power, what would it be?

A. Ability to teleport. You waste an average of like 3 weeks of your life sitting at traffic lights…no thanks.


Q&A WITH OLIVIA MCQUILKIIMG_2343.jpeg

Q. Where are you today?

A. Sitting in a coffee shop on Mariahilferstrasse in Vienna, Austria

Q. What do you do for a living?

A. I am a student at Saint Louis University studying occupational science/occupational therapy.

Q. Why are you doing it?

A. I decided to study occupational science/occupational therapy because of the stories I have heard from friends and family about how Occupational Therapist’s have helped their friends, siblings, parents and/or grandparents. For those of you who do not know what occupational therapy is (which I do not blame you because this healthcare field has only been around for 100 years) I will give you a brief explanation. Occupational therapy is a field of healthcare where occupational therapists (OTs) work to improve quality of life with a variety of patients. OTs can work with infants, children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and aging adults, all with varying conditions. For example, an OT can work with a child who is experiencing developmental delay and/or work with an elderly adult who recently injured himself from a fall. When working with a child who has a developmental delay, the OT will use therapy to promote the development of certain skills that are delayed. OTs working with an injury of an elderly patient use therapy in order to allow the patient to continue in his daily life. The OT may provide therapy and/or adaptive equipment, such as a walker. In both situations, the OT works to improve daily life skills of each patient. Throughout the course of my studies, I hope to teach others about occupational therapy as well as further my own knowledge about the topic.

Q. If you could be doing anything else right now, what would it be?

A. I am very content with my life at the moment, I would not change a thing:)

Q. Most prized possession?

A. A rosary was given to me by my Grandfather about 6 years ago

Q. Favorite piece of clothing you own?

A. Any pair of shoes I own

Q. What are you most excited about for 2018?

A. Going back to the US and seeing my boyfriend, friends, and family

Q. Current regulars on the playlist?

A. Head and The Heart, Mumford & Sons, Blind Pilot, Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Young the Giant, Grace VanderWaal, and Maroon 5

Q. Best concert you’ve been to?

A. Head and The Heart in St. Louis in 2017!

Q. You invite any 3 people to lunch, living or past, who would join you?

A. My grandpa, Emma Watson, and Oprah!

Q. What is your favorite beverage?

A. Any type of tea (preferrable iced)

Q. When did you experience significant personal growth, and how did it impact your perspective on life?

A. Going away to college taught me how to be independent

Q. Best memory or memories?

A. There is so many I can’t pick one! Any memory with my boyfriend, friends, or family are the best! 🙂

Q. What does a perfect day look like to you?

A. Any day that makes me happy

Q. What is something that you haven’t done yet that you want to do?

A. Staying in an underwater hotel in an ocean and staying in a glass igloo under the northern lights

Q. What is the most life-changing thing you have ever done and why?

A. Deciding on my college major. I was unsure at first if I wanted to study OT but after learning about what OTs do and how they help people, I know now that I want to be an occupational therapist. This major has allowed me to become more patient and sympathetic.

Q. What are some of your environmentally friendly practices?

A. Recycling!

Q. What do you think about the state of the environment?

A. Definitely should improve, however, if people are not educated on the topic, there will be little progress.

Q. Where do you want to be in 10 years?

A. I would love to be an occupational therapist working with aging adults in home health. I picture myself marrying my boyfriend, Michael, and raising children in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Q. Is there anything I haven’t asked you that you would like to share?

A. Hannah your an amazing person, don’t forget it! (stomp on your right foot, don’t forget it ;))

Q. Lastly, if you could have any superpower, a real or fictional power, what would it be

A. Teleportation