20 Questions in 60 Seconds is our blog series in which we interview Communities In Schools staff members. This week's guest is Meghan Lustig, Manager, Government Relations at the Communities In Schools National office.
1. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
Definitely Michelle Obama. Is there anything she doesn’t do better than everybody else?
2. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
Woodstock! It seems like the most authentic good time ever.
3. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I wish I could play an instrument… maybe guitar lessons are in my future.
4. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
After making the responsible adult decision to pay off my student loans and mortgage -- travel!
5. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
If we’re being honest here, the answer is Twitter. I’m sure there’s an alternate world without social media where I have more interesting hobbies.
6. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Hermoine Granger. She may be a bit of a know-it-all, but she’s witty and kind and a great friend (the magic thing doesn’t hurt either).
7. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Most recently, finishing grad school! It was tough, but it helped me find my passion and gave me the tools to live it.
8. What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?
So I wasn’t personally involved in this one, but when my sister was in college my brother gave her a life-sized cutout of our mom for her dorm, which was pretty awful/hilarious.
9. What story does your family always tell about you?
My mom loves telling everyone that I used to love eating so much that my poor grandmother (who was babysitting) was once reduced to sneaking a banana in the bathroom so that I wouldn’t cry about it. I think I was three or something… still love bananas, but I keep my emotions in check now.
10. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Yoga is my favorite indoor AND outdoor activity! I love my yoga studio, but there’s nothing like yoga in the fresh air.
11. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Putting away laundry! Full disclosure: I have a guest room, but it’s usually full of clean laundry when it’s not in use.
12. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
Definitely all breakups ever, right? That’s universal. We’re all always better off in the long-run.
13. What three traits define you?
Compassionate, hard-working and genuine.
14. What is your personal philosophy?
Do the most good and appreciate all you have. If you don’t like something, change it.
15. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Maybe scaring children at a haunted hayride in high school. But I was also a server in a steakhouse where I had to wear a bolo tie and sing about a stuffed moose, so that’s a tough call.
16. What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?
Social media for sure! Watching the impact of social media on this presidential election has been really incredible.
17. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I would open a bakery. I love to work with dough and experiment with different kinds of bread.
18. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling in school?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help – all the smartest people do.
19. How do you define success?
This John Lennon quote has always resonated with me: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
20. What is your favorite thing about working at Communities In Schools?
Well, two things: First, I love that I have the opportunity to advocate for a program that is advancing educational equity (edugeek alert). But second (and just as important), I love how everyone at CIS cares so much about our mission. We really collectively put our heart and soul into this work (especially our folks on the ground nationwide), and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it!
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