Claire is originally from Evanston, IL –directly north of Chicago– and graduated in 2015 from Carleton College with a major in Biology. Claire studied abroad in Granada, Spain for four months during the fall of 2013 and is proficient in Spanish. At Carleton, she played violin in the orchestra and was involved in the Mental Health Awareness Collective. She plans to receive a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling after working at Impact Alabama.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

My favorite quote is from the TV show 30 Rock. Liz Lemon (played by Tina Fey) says: “Hey, where are my snowballs? I was planning to go to the gym later so I deserve a treat.” I love 30 Rock because it nails so many realities of life, and I identify with Liz Lemon in a lot of ways. She is just a real, career-driven woman struggling to eat right and balance her relationships with work. This quote points out that it is much easier to plan to go to the gym than to actually go. Like Liz Lemon, I love watching TV and often avoid the gym.

What do you wish you could have studied more in school?

I wish I could have studied more Sociology and Anthropology (a combined department at my school). In my second term of college, I made the mistake of taking Intro to Sociology which was a boring class and turned me off from the department. I ignored their classes until Spring Term of my Junior year, when a class about women’s health in the U.S. was offered. As a Biology nerd who is passionate about health and social equality, the topic of this class spoke to my soul and I found it incredibly eye opening. A year later (my last term of college), I took another Sociology class about women and crime. This class was much more eye-opening than I had predicted, as I learned that issues such as mass incarceration are more about socioeconomic status (and therefore luck) than anything else. If I had more time in college, I would have taken more of these classes because they introduced me to inequalities surrounding me and privileges of mine that I have always taken for granted.