Bear Pause: Addison Anderson '19

Addison Anderson ʼ19 attends Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and plans to get out of the Midwest as soon as she graduates. Her major is elementary education with minors in French and theater. When she’s not studying, Addison loves to cook up a good meal, organize her planner and get her nails done. 

Q: What is your idea of a fruitful day?
A: Waking up early to make a yummy breakfast and then getting a productive start to the day and any work I need to do. Spending time in the sun always brings me joy too (bonus points if I can take out my hammock).

Q: What are your three favorite smells?
A: Fresh mint, cocoa butter and sautéed onions and garlic. All of those scents bring me a sense of calm in their own different ways. 

Q: What is your earliest childhood memory?
A: I remember walking to the park nearby our apartment building at the time and stopping to feed the ducks with my parents. I also remember there was a large rock climbing wall at the playground, or at least it seemed massive at the time to my little toddler self. 

Q: When was the last time you were nervous?
A: Closing night of the play I was in this past term. Opening and closing nights of any production make me so incredibly nervous right up until I walk on stage and the adrenaline overrides all of it.

Q: What teacher inspired you the most? How?
A: She knows this, I'm sure, but I am so thankful I got to have Alita Shenk as my Latin teacher all throughout upper school. She is so compassionate, loving and was there for me in some of my rougher moments. I hope to be a teacher like her one day and bring the same care and energy she has to my future classroom. Ms. Shenk, if you see this, gratias tibi—semper. 

Q: What's your favorite family tradition?
A: My mom's side of the family always starts opening Christmas presents right at midnight. Somebody dresses up as Santa and hands out presents one by one to everyone in the extended family, and we don't normally finish until 3 or 4am. It's crazy, loud and tons of fun.

Q: What's the most fun you've had this week?
A: It's been my spring break this past week, so it was a good time to ask! I stayed in Bend, Oregon, at a friend's place, and we got to spend a lot of time hiking around and exploring the town. The mountains as a backdrop for all of our endeavors has been a needed change of scenery from Illinois prairie land. 

Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: Honestly, swing sets. I had a swing set in my backyard growing up that my grandpère built, and I loved it so much. The other thing I miss dearly is my mom detangling my hair for me. I hated it then, but my arms get so tired doing it myself now. I didn't know how good I had it.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Too many things! I have so many gel and felt tip pens as well as random stickers because I love making cards for my friends on their birthdays and for Valentine's Day. For Christmas, my family's nutcracker collection makes its appearance. I also have lots of stuffed animals, specifically Squishmallows, that take up a good amount of space in my dorm. 

Q: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
A: Two options. The first is pho because it's what I want whenever I feel even the slightest bit sick. Warm broth is just comforting. The other is technically a drink, but I am a bit obsessed with Sprite. I love love love it, and an endless supply would definitely be utilized.