Friday, June 28, 2013
Interesting Person Interview Series: Anne
Today I am pumped to share the interview with my cousinfriend, Anne. Anne has been my cousin for my entire life, but I think it's safe to say that she's been my friend for the past almost six years - ever since our grandparents 60th wedding anniversary party, where we bonded over vodka and family teasing. :)
Anne's interview, after the break!
1) What is your name, and who are you?
My name is Anne Harvey, I am a daughter, sister, teacher, friend and life long learner.
2) How do you know Kate?
I've known Kate for our entire lives! Kate is my amazing and talented younger cousin.... well, younger by 10 months. We like to refer to one another as "cousinfriends" because she is much more than a cousin to me. She is truly one of my closest friends. I consider her more of an extended sister than a friend. Kate has been my cheerleader, my shoulder to cry on and ear to listen for many years. We have shared so many amazing memories together and I know we have many more to come in our future.
3) Tell me about a typical day in your life.
I am a middle school math teacher! This past school year I taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. For the 2013-2014 school year I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade Algebra 2. With that being said, I do not have a "typical day", each day brings new challenges and new adventures. As a teacher we have an idea about how our lessons are going to go, but we are never quite sure. There is a lot of creative adaptations made to our lessons numerous times throughout the day. Given my student body (middle schoolers ages 12-14) you never quite know what they are going to say, or do. It makes for some very interesting conversation and even some "life lesson" opportunities. It's those personal conversations and life lesson talks that helps to make what I do rewarding.
I do not think I answered your question though, so let me try a more direct approach. On a typical school day I am at school from 7:30-4:30, sometimes later. I technically have students from 8:25-3:05 every day, however I usually have students in early and staying late for help. Once I finally leave school, I hit the gym and then come home to make some sort of quick (hopefully healthy) dinner. From there I usually relax with a book, or by watching some of my favorite TV shows.
4) What’s the most challenging part of your life (could be a pet peeve, a work or family issue, whatever).
My challenge is to find time in the day to get in everything I want to accomplish. Being a teacher means my work is never really done. There are always math tests to correct, lessons to plan, activities to create, etc. Finding the time to balance my professional life with my personal life is difficult at times. It is challenging to find time to get to the gym, make a healthy dinner, correct those papers while maintaining personal relationships with family, friends and my significant other. It's all about balance, but sometimes you really could use a few more hours in your day!
5) What are you likely to be doing at 8pm on a Saturday night?
It depends on the week, if I am in Chicago visiting my boyfriend - we are enjoying one another's company over a fabulous meal and drinks. If I am at home in Minneapolis, I am either out with my best friend Gina or at home watching a movie or an episode of one of my favorite shows!
6) Paint me a picture of your life in five years.
This is such a hard question! I hope in 5 years, I am happy and healthy. I know I will be teaching math at either a middle school or a high school in the Minneapolis area. I will go out on a limb here and say I hope I am married to my perfect guy and who knows, maybe we will even have a family?? Eek. Although, that means Kate and my sister will have to have kids at that point too since our children all need to grow up with one another!!
7) If you could be given any gift, what would it be?
I would love the gift of my student loans to be forgiven (and all of the payments I've made refunded). That would be amazing!
8) What part of your morning routine do you consider essential?
Hands down - mascara. I have to have my mascara on! It sounds very superficial, but I cannot stand my blonde eyelashes. Besides my mascara, I love the feeling of freshly brushed teeth so I would have to say my Sonicare toothbrush and morning brush time is equally as important!
9) What one deceased person would you like an hour with?
I would love to have an hour with my Grandpa Harvey. He passed away a year and a half ago. He was a very quiet and private man which made getting to know him difficult. I did not have a close relationship with my Grandpa Harvey. Since he passed, I feel I have grown to understand who he was and what was important to him. I would love to have an hour with him to discuss his views on life, love and of course have the opportunity to tell him all of the things I never had a chance to. However, an hour will probably not be enough time.
10) If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go and why? Have you been there before?
Fiji. Why? Hello - because it's Fiji! it's so exotic and beautiful. I have not been there, but I hope to go some day!
11) You have ten minutes to give a speech to college seniors. What do you talk about?
College seniors need to know it is okay to not have it all figured out just yet. There is so much pressure surrounding graduation and growing up. I believe our 20's is the time to figure out who you are as a person, and what you want out of life. It is to try new things, both good and bad. It's the time to take risks and make mistakes. It is about trying different jobs and finding what makes you happy, not just what makes you money. If you can find both, even better!
12) What is your all-time favorite song?
Ugh, just one?! Well... I love Billie Jean by Michael Jackson. Not really the song itself (although it is a great song) I mostly love it because of the memories connected with the song. Billie Jean reminds me of my mom. We always crank up this song and sing in dance in our kitchen whenever we are cooking together. We especially love to listen to it when we are baking pies for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We also love to dance to Billie Jean at Rank Family Weddings.
13) If you weren’t in your current occupation, what would you like to do?
I would love to own a little gluten-free bakery. I love to bake and love to make delicious foods that are healthy and safe for people to eat who have food allergies.
14) Tell me about your family.
I am blessed to be part of an amazing family. My family is the most loving, kind and supportive family a person could ever ask for. My parents are every bit in love with one another as they were 35 years ago when they were married. Last summer my younger sister married her best friend and soul mate, Bryan. Jane and Bryan are an extraordinary couple. They are the true definition of what a couple should be. I feel blessed to have my sister, Bryan and my parents as relationship role models in my life. I also have a younger brother, Mark. Mark just graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mathematics. I am so proud of Mark and his accomplishments. I know he has an amazing path ahead of him. My family has been through many ups and downs over the years. Throughout all of the experiences, we have stuck to together as a family. We have grown from every experience and become even closer. I feel so lucky to have the love and support of such an amazing family! My extended family is equally as supportive and fun! Our Rank Family events are something everyone looks forward to and loves to be a part of.
15) What do you “know now” that you wish you “knew then”?
I wish I knew back at 22 how happy I am in my career as a teacher. If I knew that, maybe I would have gone directly into teaching rather than pursuing other careers for four years and then coming back to teaching at 26. It took me awhile to figure out what I was meant to do, but I am so glad I found my way back to education. I love waking up every day knowing I get to do what I love.
With that being said, in all honesty I would not change the path I took to get to where I am today. I believe I am a stronger teacher because of my background and life experiences. They have made me who I am as a person, and as a teacher. I am proud to say I do not have any regrets.
Thanks so much, Anne! I still have a few weeks before my birthday and the end of the Interview Series. If you're willing to participate, please send your answers to Kate at katespecial dot com.