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Name: Anna Aronson
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Eating Club/Res College Affiliation: Tower/ Rocky
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
I rehearse for plays and eat desserts.
Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
My dad. And also my friend Charlotte’s really cute grandpa.
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
Tower makes these incredible chocolate desserts called crazy squares and I like to make a meal out of them when given the opportunity.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
I have so many…it’s hard for me think of a pleasure that I’m not embarrassed by. Two of my worst are Everyday With Rachael Ray and the Kardashians’ Snapchat stories.
What distinguishes All-Nighter With Anna Aronson from All-Nighter with Elliot Linton and All-Nighter with David Drew?
All of the fundamental segments of the show have remained consistent, but my host persona is a little different from those of my predecessors. And Lauren Frost is a mind-blowingly funny new co-host. She’s written incredible stuff for the show since the David days, but now All-Nighter’s audience gets to see her perform.
Another important distinguishing factor about our season is that Lauren and I both play ukulele. We haven’t tapped into our duet potential yet, but once we do, we’re really gonna take the show to the next level.
Who is the funniest person you know?
My grandma, but her humor is inadvertent.
What’s hanging above your desk and/or bed?
A really generic poster of the Brooklyn Bridge. Like the stock photo that comes up when you do a Google search of Brooklyn. I’ve distressed it to convince people that it’s authentic.
In 25 years, you will be…
Cuddling with my children, eating Nutella, watching Planet Earth.
What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?
I’m obsessed with outer space! I studied it pretty thoroughly as a kid, and although I retained basically nothing that I learned, it still feels like Christmas when I get to visit a planetarium.
Where is your favorite/least favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot is the bench right in front of Murray Dodge. My least favorite spot right now is the same place because it’s undergoing some really loud construction.
What is your biggest fear?
What is the most dangerous thing you’ve done in the past year?
I’m pretty embarrassingly risk averse. The most dangerous thing I’ve done this year was probably ignoring an expiration date.
What makes you laugh? Cry?
I’m not proud of it, but people falling down makes me laugh harder than anything else. And I cry when people achieve their dreams.
Between 1 and 2am.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned at Princeton?
I learned from my freshman seminar that the evolutionarily ideal mating system for human beings is monogamy with adultery because it allows women to procreate with the most virile males while living with the ones who can nurture their children. “The best of both worlds,” according to my professor. It’s a really handy excuse for girls who are bored in their relationships.
What do you love most about Princeton?
I love how the students use their time. They don’t waste it, as I’m inclined to. You’ll hear a friend talk about binge-watching Homeland for 10 hours and then find out that it was actually part of an extra credit assignment for Western Way of War or something.
If you could change one thing about Princeton, what would it be?
I’d change the misconception that Princeton isn’t an artistic place. It abounds with arts resources and opportunities to be creative in both curricular and extracurricular capacities. I wish we could find a way to debunk the myth that Princeton is only a springboard for a career in consulting.
If you could tell your freshman self one thing, what would it be?
The friendships you make at Cloister on your first night of Frosh week will be the most meaningful ones.
What is your favorite/least favorite part about being the host of All-Nighter?
My favorite thing is getting to pick the guests that we invite on the show (with the help of the rest of the team, which includes Colleen Baker, Maddy Cohen, Vivien Bazarko, and Lauren Frost). The purpose of All-Nighter, as stated by its founders, is to introduce the members of its audience to brilliant and talented Princetonians whom they might not otherwise meet. I feel really privileged to get to influence those introductions. My least favorite thing is watching the video footage because my face contorts itself in horrible ways when I speak.
What makes someone a Princetonian?
An acceptance letter and a high tolerance for Halloween colors.
What’s one question you wish we had asked and answer it.
Have you ever streaked on Princeton’s campus?
Yes, three times.