Next up in our Meet the COG series is Stephanie Shank!
Stephanie is the Program Developer for the COG and she was interviewed by Nancy Richards.
What ridiculous thing has someone tricked you into doing or believing?
Stephanie is quick to play tricks on others but it is pretty hard to pull one over on her. She has two boys at home that are known to try often but haven’t been successful yet. She says with a smile, that they are still pretty young so their pranks are still very obvious.
Stephanie did recall a time when she was in the 3rd grade that her dad got one over on her. Her family went to Cedar Point for some summer fun. She was convinced that roller coasters were very scary things and that she was not ready to ride one and then came her dad, a determined man. He convinced her that the Gemini was no big deal and not really scary at all. “Be brave, I will ride with you” he said. So off she went hand in hand with him and boarded the coaster. The trick was on. Little did she realize that he had tricked her into sitting in the very front seat. She says within seconds she was screaming like crazy and kept her head in her dad’s lap for the entire ride. Her family tells her she parted the Gemini with some wise words, “I AM NOT RIDING ANY MORE ROLLER COASTERS EVER! OR AT LEAST UNTIL THE 5TH GRADE!”
What’s the most useless talent and what is the most useful talent you have?
Stephanie’s most useless talent is towel snapping. She would give herself a gold medal for her towel snaps. She and her brother practiced for hours perfecting their skill while running around their house as young children. Or, in reality, he perfected his skill on Stephanie and her sister. It was a game of survival. She continues the tradition by playing the game with her boys. She is quick to note, it is all in fun and the laughs abound.
Stephanie considers her most useful talent to be that of a writer. We at the COG couldn’t agree more. She told me all about how she has journaled since she was a young child and would spend her days writing if she could. She also happened to mention she is an avid reader and has been known to read five (5) books a month. Reading that many words in a month would sure give you a lot to write about.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Stephanie said she thought about this a lot while she was getting ready to be interviewed because there are so many things that came to mind. She then settled on telling me how she believes everyone should have the privilege of being immersed in a culture that is not their own. It gives you a whole different perspective of people and the world. She challenges us all to go somewhere different, don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable, experience a new culture fully –it just might change your world.