21 Questions with…Jessica Lander ’10



Name: Jessica Lander ‘10
Age: 22
Major: Anthropology
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Eating club/residential college/affiliation: Brown Co-op

Why are you so good at making snow sculptures?
An artist mother, some Swiss ancestry, and a lot of determination.

How long did each snow sculpture take to build?
Forty minutes to two hours. Having tons of friends helping makes them go much faster (even with the occasional snowball fight).

What was the best thing you did on Snow Day Wednesday?
Forget about class work, forget about thesis, and revel in being a kid again. Snowball fights, snow sculptures, sledding, hot chocolate, friends, getting completely soaked and not caring a bit – I can’t think of a better way to spend a Princeton day!

Who has better hot chocolate: Small World, Starbucks, Bent Spoon or Halo Pub?
Small World.

What is your best snow day memory?
Building an entire five-room snow hotel in Gilmanton New Hampshire with my brothers, complete with living room, large screen TV and Jacuzzi.

When’s the last time you made a snowman?
About two years ago, two friends and I spent the day making: a snow-professor, complete with sculpted butt cheeks and a podium, emblazoned with a Princeton crest, from which he orated; a “snowfinity” – a four foot tall infinity sign, and a seven-foot tall snow-pineapple.

What is your snowball fight strategy?
Stealth and ambush. (And then run fast.)

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
The Brown Co-op, any day of the week!

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Rereading fantasy novels.

What’s the last student performance you saw?
The opening and only performance of The Importance of being Ernest, performed in Emily Sung’s room in honor of Emily Rutherford’s Birthday.

Do you know all the words to Old Nassau?
Yep, learned on the bus back from freshman OA.

What do you hate most about Princeton?
A sense of entitlement.

What’s your favorite place on campus?
Prospect Garden on a sunny spring day. Also, Chancellor Green Rotunda and the Climbing Wall.

Where is the worst place on campus?
The Firestone thesis carrels. They look and feel like jail cells.

What’s your favorite medication?
Tea. There’s a variety of tea for every time of day, mood and illness.

What is the most dangerous thing you’ve done in the past year?
Explored a deep, dark, deserted monk’s cave in Northern Thailand with Denali Barron ’09!

Where do you do your best thinking?
Outside, preferably sitting in a tree or along a river.

What do you order on your pizza?
Caramelized onions, red peppers, basil, mozzarella and, of course, tomato sauce.

What song are you playing on repeat this week?
Tanzanian Bongo Flava

In 25 years, I will be…
Attempting to solve world education, riding a camel fifty-two days from Morocco to Timbuktu, running an Indonesian restaurant, and having at least one adventure a week.

What makes someone a Princetonian?
Being involved in a hundred activities and still feeling inadequate.

(21 Questions inspired by NYMag’s Daily Intel)