Bear Pause: Catherine Hua '13

Catherine Hua Blake class of 2013

Catherine Hua '13 is an Android engineer living in Northern Virginia. Despite her love for Minnesota, she has found herself on the East Coast, first in Philly at the University of Pennsylvania and now just outside of D.C., where she relocated after graduation. During office hours, you can find Catherine working on apps that improve users' access to information and knowledge. She's especially excited about improving digital accessibility. After work and on weekends, you'll have a hard time not seeing her try new foods, visit new cities and work up a sweat, likely with her camera in tow.

Q: What did you want to be when you were small?
A: A dancer, a pianist, a doctor, an inventor...you name it, I probably considered it. I couldn't commit!

I'm a software engineer now (which kind of counts as being an inventor, right?), but I think one thing from childhood still remains: I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. And that's okay!

Q: How would your friends describe you?
A: Pros: Sociable, funny, creative, a little chaotic
Cons: A little chaotic

Q: What’s the weirdest talent you have?
A: I can make a pretty convincing turkey gobbling sound.

Q: What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
A: Kishi Bashi at Union Transfer in Philly. I'd never heard of him, but a friend invited me to the show a few hours before it started. It was such a genuine and heartwarming show! I thought I liked going to concerts before I saw him perform, but this show in particular sparked a unique excitement and joy that I've been trying to chase since then.

Q: What story does your family always tell about you?
A: When I was little and a very fast crawler, my parents left me in the living room of my grandparents' house while they cut open a durian on a pile of newspapers on the kitchen floor. I crawled over just in time for everyone to share a little bit of it with me. Durian is one of my favorite fruits. Guess you could say I was born with an adventurous palate.

Q: If you are outside, what are you most likely doing?
A: Headed to, coming from or hanging out at my favorite boba shop.

Q: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
A: I LOVE ice cream. Finally, after begging and begging, I got a group of friends to split the "All of Them" sundae from Milkjam Creamery in Minneapolis. That's 16 scoops with toppings. Needless to say, I have since retired from my ice cream obsession. It was waaay too much!

Anyway...my answer is croissants.

Q: What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
A: How many more times I can reasonably snooze my alarm before I can go about my day without feeling bad.

Q: What is your idea of a fruitful day?
A: I'd wake up feeling like I slept in without actually sleeping in. Then, I'd spend the morning getting coffee and brunch with some friends, hopefully checking out a new spot in the area. I'd love to get a few great shots of the food and my company on my camera. In the afternoon, I'd like to set time aside for some movement (tennis, fencing or anything that lets me get in a good sweat) and a little fun (my friends and I have been hooked on escape rooms lately). In the evening, cooking a nice meal or visiting one of my favorite sushi, KBBQ or hotpots would be a great way to wrap up a day out and about. I'd end my night at home, finally remembering to check emails and suddenly realizing that I'd managed to stay off social media for most of the day.

Q: If someone rented a billboard for you, what would you put on it?
A: https://nohello.net/en/