Cheerleader of the Week
Cyara of the Columbus Blue Jackets talks Groundhog Day and embarrassing moments
Hometown: Powell, Ohio
School: The Ohio State University (senior)
Major: Philosophy, and I’m off to Law School next year!
My friends would be surprised to know that I: skipped a grade! I graduated from high school at 16, and will be receiving my Bachelor’s this spring at 20. However, I’ve known my best friends since we were kids, so I don’t think anything I do could surprise them anymore!
My celebrity crush is: Leonardo Dicaprio circa Romeo and Juliet. I think I fell in love with him when I first saw that movie, he seems so sensitive and romantic!
Three people I’d like to have dinner with (living or dead): Morgan Freeman, Barack Obama and Tamora Pierce. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been really into “Through the Wormhole” lately, but I feel like Morgan Freeman has a prophetic answer to every question I could ever fathom. Obama seems to be a pretty mandatory choice, and Pierce wrote my favorite books as a child — she has a beautiful imagination.
My favorite Web Sites and/or Blogs are: My favorite websites are probably ted.com, which has informative and inspirational videos, and xkcd.com, which has hilarious nerdy humor.
My favorite phone app is: Right now I love that my phone is synched to my email account, it prevents me from having to constantly refresh my email for law school admissions!
If you looked at the “most played” songs on my iPod, you’d see a lot of: mellow, happy music, like The Shins and The Decemberists. My favorite songs make me wistful – they take me back to some moment, happy or sad, when that particular song spoke to me so much that I would listen to it for hours.
If I had to watch one movie or TV Show over and over and over again, it would be: “Groundhog Day,” just for the irony.
My worst habit: Picking my nail polish and overusing the word “like,” which is, like, so ridiculous. ;o)
The talent I’d most like to have that I don’t currently possess: Hand-eye coordination. I used to nanny for a 5-year-old boy who insisted that I play soccer with him every day, which essentially became me cowering by the wall while he kicked the ball at my face as hard as he could… on that note, perhaps a talent for standing up to 5-year-olds would come in handy as well!
Top 3 items on my bucket list are: Voyage through outer space! Earn my LLM/PhD. Learn to whistle.
My favorite professional team: The Columbus Blue Jackets, working for the Jackets makes me feel like part of a team — we share their triumphs and their disappointments. Win or lose, at the end of the day I know that I am contributing to something bigger than myself, something that brings joy to others.
The most embarrassing thing that’s happened to me during a game is: While not technically during a game, last year I was goofing around on the ice whilst the other girls and I were helping the spotlight operators rehearse for opening night, and proceeded to rip a giant hole in the seat of my pants. I didn’t notice until after I had skated a few laps under a spotlight in front of my boss and all of the other promo team members! Thank goodness I was wearing granny panties!
My one guilty pleasure is: Window shopping online for extravagant clothing! I know I will never actually be able to purchase anything, but there’s no harm in looking, right?
I’d want my last meal to be: My mother’s macaroni and cheese, raw cookie dough, and black licorice.
Describe the worst date you’ve ever been on: In high school, my homecoming date made me change my jewelry and shoes because “you just can’t wear gold accessories with a navy dress.” I didn’t even think guys knew what accessories were!
My favorite people to follow on Twitter: I don’t have one anymore, it was hacked and apparently used to promote weight loss products. However I really enjoyed following pages that made me feel connected, like The Columbus Blue Jackets, and inspired, like Post Secret and ted.com, or that just brightened my day, like my family and friends!
The coolest person that follows me on Twitter or Facebook: My coolest Facebook friends are my parents and grandparents. Its lame, I know, but I sincerely idolize them! My fellow Columbus Blue Jackets cheerleaders are also really fun and active, I enjoy living vicariously through their posts as I hole up studying every night like a hermit.