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Putting the Hungarians against the Dutch and discovering szeretlek with language expert Rebecca

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By , May 20, 2009 9:31 am
Rebecca transforms herself into a giant hotdog

Rebecca transforms herself into a giant hotdog

Former resident of Topanga, California, a hippie canyon community in LA, now current Northwestern graduate student Rebecca talks to us about studying languages and escaping Evanston – in fact, she is counting the days until her lease is up so she can move into the city. Outside of the Northwestern bubble, she frequently enjoys going to the farmer’s market, avoiding Barleycorn’s, and finding the best taqueria in Chicago. You’ll probably find her taking the Red line down into the city every weekend, annoyed by the turtle-like pace of the train, but at the same time appreciative of the city as it passes.


Exposing Rebecca…

F: What are you taking up at Northwestern?


R: The treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders! Most people think of my type as the speech therapists in schools working on kids with a lisp. Although this is a big part of the field, we work on a whole variety of disorders in a bunch of different settings. I’m still figuring out where I want to end up, but I don’t think I will be working on lisps in schools.


F: Why the interest in speech pathology?


R: I’ve always liked languages but never knew what I could do with it. Although I loved studying linguistics as an undergrad, the PhD/academia route just didn’t seem for me. I worked in tech companies for a couple years, just long enough to know that I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day for the rest of my life. All of a sudden it clicked: I wanted to study language and work with people. Speech language pathology just made sense.


F: Does Ali G have a speech disorder?


R: No, I classify him as having his own speech and language unlike any other person in this world.


R: When I was a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer, but now I will thank God that I didn’t follow through with that idea.


R: My favorite language is Hungarian, and the word that excites me the most is szeretlek because you can say something as heavy as “I love you” in just one word


R: The language I dislike the most is Dutch because it sounds like all its speakers are coughing up hairballs


R: I think robo-phone-operators are surprisingly intelligent and they will one day run our country


R: After I finish my studies in 2010, I will move back to California while secretly wanting to move to Europe and say goodbye to Chicago.


Uncovering secrets about Chicago and Evanston

R: In Evanston, I like eating at Ruby of Siam. When I am studying for a mid-term the next day, I drink 3 cans of Coke Zero and go to Cosi, which has the nicest employees I’ve met of any chain restaurant


R: Evanston is like a bubble because it’s a suburb despite the fact that everyone says it’s not like the real suburbs, when I need some reprieve, I crash at my friend’s apartment in Lincoln Park


R: My favorite secret about Northwestern is it is the lost city of Atlantis. Actually, my department doesn’t interact with the rest of the University and I know absolutely nothing about it


R: Favorite stops on the Red-line are: Berwyn and Belmont because they both start with a B, and also because those neighborhoods seem like the perfect combination of active city life and quiet residential blocks

Chasing Llamas and Tornadoes with a Kansas Native and Stanford Grad

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By , May 8, 2009 4:15 pm

Lauren the Kansas native

Lauren the Kansas native

We met up with Lauren while she was enjoying a dark lager in one of the recently opened up beer gardens in Lakeview. Although we usually don’t mix alcohol with work, the weather was just too great and the beer too cold to resist. Growing up, Lauren traded in one “farm” for another moving from Kansas to Stanford and graduated with a BA in International Relations. She currently works for the world’s largest candy company, specifically around crunching very large-numbers-with-dollar-signs for their gum division. She told us to write that she makes the gum, but unfortunately for her, we decided to print what was “off the record”. Outside of work, she enjoys playing volleyball, cooking and biking – the only problem is her bike was stolen, so she spends most of her days pretending that she has a bike. If you see someone “biking” around lake shore drive without a bike, that is definitely Lauren. Please cheer “Go Stanford! Beat any Division I team…please!” when you see her.

Lauren came prepared with very well thought of answers, but we ended up asking her some pretty irrelevant questions:
Did you see a lot of tornadoes while you were growing up in Kansas? Did you ever chase them? Never saw any. And no, I never chased them, do I look like I have a mullet?

If you could ask the wicked witch of the west one question, what would it be? Can I have the shoes? Is that even the right witch?

Going to school at Stanford was like summer camp, but there were too many squirrels so I moved to Chicago, where it’s only like summer camp 3 months a year and not too many squirrels.

My bike was stolen multiples times, then I got yelled at by my friends and family, and found that you really do have to lock it despite how nice you think your neighbors are.

My favorite gum flavors are Tropical, Blueberry, and Sweetmint, but I always wanted a sweet potato fry flavored one so I could chew it with my favorite burger.

Favorite igo car is a Civic hybrid, but, this one time, I found a bag of rotting fish in it.

Driving in Chicago is like playing “paper boy”, so I travel with NPR playing, and try to make my voice sound like an NPR voice (wow you really do sound like the radio…how do you do that?!).

I like MafiaWars because I’m addicted, I NEED TO GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL!! If I become Don (Vito) Corleone, I will return to playing scrabble on my phone.

So where do we find the Stanford kids in Chicago?
North Avenue beach is great when there’s a pick-up volleyball game, but when I want to bike (only pretend biking because my bike was stolen) without fear of small children, wild dogs, or cross-path dodge ball, I would rather take the North Branch Trail to Hackney’s for lunch.

I would definitely check out Kuma’s Corner on the Northwest Side, but never an Irish bar on a Saturday night in Lincoln Park

If I couldn’t use my igo for a day (because of the rotting fish), I would check out Montrose Beach and visit the Dog Beach and kayak on the lake for a bit.

Best place to get caffeine is anywhere that serves Intelligentsia coffee. If all the barista’s stopped serving it, I would have no motivation to wake up on Saturdays, but get my fix from Uncommon Ground instead.

Secret lunch spot: the Japanese Noodle place in the Illinois Center. Now that it isn’t a secret, I will start going to: Wow Bao. Uh oh. I don’t think I have any more secret lunch spots guess it’s Jimmy John’s for the 4th time this week.

When I feel artsy I go to the Old Town School of Folk Music. Otherwise, I just pretend to listen to the music at Ravinia while chatting and eating.

Top 5 places to go around your neighborhood: Diner Grill, Special Export (that’s not the name of the bar, I don’t think it has a name, just an old beer sign) (she won’t tell us because that’s her secret bar), Su Van’s, Wishbone, and Long Room.

The weirdest thing I ever saw in the city was a llama at an outdoor restaurant, but then I realized it’s too cold here for llamas, and it was all just a dream.

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