GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNER JUSTINE DRENNAN ’11 FEARS DEATH, CONSUMES CHEESY PRETZEL SNACKS, AND ASSERTS THAT NORCAL IS THE BETTER HALF
Name: Justine Drennan
Major: History, with a Visual Arts Certificate
Hometown: San Mateo, Northern California
Eating club/residential college/affiliation: Wilson/International Food Co-op
Who’s your favorite Princetonian, dead or alive, real or fictional? Sam Seaborn from The West Wing (alive and real).
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten at Princeton? Ph.D. salads from Frist. I don’t what it is about them that makes them more delicious than any other salads.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Like, um, marginally, soulless, adventure, barren wasteland, post-ironic, awesome, uncivilized (generally ironically), yay!
When do you do your best thinking? The cliché is so true: the shower. Looking pensively out of my window in Patton also yields good results, as does walking back from 185 Nassau late at night.
In one sentence, what is it that you actually do all day? Fight evil.
What’s the background on your computer? A photo of a burrowing owl taken by my mother, who is an avid bird-watcher, or “twitcher,” as they often call them in England.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure? Eating an entire 1300-calorie bag of Schneiders cheddar cheese pretzel pieces in one sitting, usually during/after writing a long paper. Also, singing along to (equally) cheesy movie soundtracks, Lady Gaga, ‘Teenage Dream,’ and ‘I’ll Make A Man Out Of You’ from Mulan.