20 Questions with SLO Coordinator for Leadership Development and Greek Affairs Laura Pasley ’10
March 1, 2012
Development and Greek Affairs
Pasley calls Van Gogh's “Starry Night” one of her favorite
pieces of art. “My third-grade rendition of it [above] is
currently in my office,” she says.
Student Life Coordinator for Leadership Development and Greek Affairs
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Georgetown, Ky. It is a lovely town, eerily similar to Danville.
3. What are your hobbies?
Reading, going to museums and perusing the interwebs, especially fashion blogs.
4. What is your dream vacation?
I was able to go to many of my “dream vacation spots” while studying abroad at Centre, but on my current wish list is somewhere warm with a beach.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Well … I was just recently in Chicago and was able to see Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles.” I painted a version of it when I was in fourth grade so it was a really big deal for me to see the real thing in person. Same with “Starry Night” when I saw it at MoMA. My third-grade rendition of that is currently in my office if you’re interested. (My art skills peaked in about fifth grade.)
6. Favorite novel or poem?
Right now I’m obsessed with Mindy Kaling’s book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Other Concerns,” and everything by Jonathan Franzen. I’m currently re-reading “I Am Charlotte Simmons” by Tom Wolfe. The list could go on for days.
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
8. Favorite TV show?
My favorite TV shows have a wide range but I feel comfortable saying “Gossip Girl” and “Mad Men” are the Greatest Shows of Our Time.
9. Favorite album?
“Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac and all three albums by The Shins are in constant rotation.
10. Favorite holiday?
No-bake Wednesdays in Cowan.
11. Favorite food?
My mom’s fried chicken.
12. Most prized possession?
My huge brown H&M purse that I bought in France. It goes with me everywhere.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Mindy Kaling, Beyonce and former Centre Bonner Coordinator Elizabeth Wisman. These women inspire me every day, but they would also make great dinner party BFFs.
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
My favorite aspect would have to be the unpredictability. Some days I am researching leadership training activities, learning more about social media analytics or running logistics for sorority recruitment. Other days I am refereeing a game of Muggle Quidditch, driving Girl Talk around in a golf cart or giving the Student Activities Council advice on making the best rainbow balloon arch.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Throughout high school I volunteered in about every department in a museum you could think of: construction, education, digital archives, preservation, etc. I’ve never looked at a museum the same since.
16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
My position here at Centre is temporary, so next year I will hopefully be attending graduate school for Education Policy and Advocacy.
17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
Would it be weird to say every English class I took at Centre? Each class was so gratifying and difficult and fun.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Blair Waldorf or Peggy Olson.
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
Pearl Hall would probably have to be my favorite. I lived there for two years while at Centre and the women I lived with are still my closest friends.
20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Always be appreciative of the gift of education you’ve been given.
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