1. Position at Centre?
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I lived in Emory, Va., until I was five, when our family moved to Danville. Since most people know what Danville is like—charming, friendly, etc.—I’ll describe Emory: a sweet college town full of some of the best people you’ll ever meet.
3. What are your hobbies?
Writing, reading, watching movies, traveling, consuming popular culture and conspiracy theories like a glutton, listening to music—and singing along loudly—and throwing epic dance parties.
4. What is your dream vacation?
I was fortunate enough to go to some wonderful places while studying abroad at Centre in London and Vietnam. At the top of my list right now are Ireland and Austria.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
“Rain, Steam and Speed—the Great Western Railway” by J.M.W. Turner. It became my favorite work of art when I saw it in person at the National Gallery in London.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
Favorite novel: “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren.
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I like watching football, basketball and soccer. It’s been years since I was on a sports team, but I loved being goalie of my middle school soccer team.
8. Favorite TV show?
My favorite show of all time is “Lost,” of course. A lot of times, the shows I really like get cancelled—as has happened this year with “Alcatraz,” “Awake” and “Who Do You Think You Are?”.
9. Favorite album?
I can already hear the scoffing, but I love Hanson, and each album they do is bound to have more than a few gems on it. “The Walk” is probably my favorite of their albums. If the only Hanson song you know by name is “MMMBop,” do yourself a favor and give one of their newer songs (read: recorded in the last decade) a spin.
10. Favorite holiday?
Christmas. Danville really does look like a Norman Rockwell painting when Main Street is all lit up and the snow is falling.
11. Favorite food?
12. Most prized possession?
I am fortunate enough to come from families that pass things down through generations, so I’d have to say my Grandmother Barnes’ scrapbook from the 1920s and a picture of my Grammy and Poppy Trollinger on the day they got married.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
I am obsessed with unsolved mysteries, so I would be sly and invite Jack the Ripper, D.B. Cooper and members of the Roanoke Colony to my dinner party—only so I could close each case and gloat to the world about having solved three of the biggest mysteries of all time.
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
By writing stories on alumni, students, faculty and staff, I get to communicate with people I might not have interacted with otherwise. My job also allows me to stay involved and in-the-know with the Centre community, which I enjoy.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
There are so many to choose from, but I’d have to say writing a play with my twin sister, Mary (also a Centre alum), when we were about ten. It was called “The Life Of Us” and was a musical, with songs by Celine Dion, the Backstreet Boys, 5ive and other ’90s legends interspersed throughout. We cast all of our friends in roles, printed everyone scripts in blue bubble ink and distributed them at school. If anyone out there still has a copy of the script, please burn it!
16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
Going to graduate school, either at UNC-Greensboro to get a master’s in public history or at Ole Miss to get a master’s in Southern Studies. I’ll be attending one of the two starting in the fall of 2013.
17. Educational experience that’s been most helpful to you?
Centre gave me the opportunity to take so many great classes, but I wouldn’t have been prepared for any of them if not for the English classes I took in high school with Terri Branson and Steve Meadows ’91. Not only were they great fun, Ms. Branson and Mr. Meadows also taught me how to read and think in ways that allowed me to get the most out of every experience.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Kate Austen from “Lost.” The woman is indestructible!
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
Two places I associate with great memories: the basement of Bingham, where many a wild dance party was thrown, and the Fox Hall apartment my sister lived in senior year, where I was able to perfect my Skittle-tossing abilities and laugh with my best friends.
20. Advice you’d give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
For heaven’s sake, cherish it!
20 Questions with Communications Fellow Elizabeth Trollinger ’11
1. Position at Centre?