Bear Pause: Jenny Hagen Maine '81

Jenny Hagen Maine '81 resides in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband, Eric. Addicted to her Fitbit, Jenny gets in as many steps as possible through golf, tennis, paddle boarding and power walking. She enjoys traveling internationally and is looking forward to upcoming trips to the Dominican Republic and Indonesia.

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
A: 1977 during the peak of disco dancing when Studio 54, the world-famous nightclub and discotheque, opened up in NYC. I love to dance and would have loved to have rubbed elbows with some of the regulars including Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor.

Q: What is the best gift you have been given?
A: The gift of life. I am a two-time breast cancer survivor, and I have now become more appreciative of life and treat every day as a gift. I strive to live by the motto "Live each day to the fullest!"

Q: Aside from necessities, what is one thing you could not go a day without?
A: Hope. If you don't have hope you have nothing. Having hope keeps you going.

Q: What's your favorite family tradition?
A: Every year around Christmas, we put together a 1,000-piece puzzle. It's a great way to bring the family together and provide the opportunity for some downtime during the hustle and bustle of the season.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Books on the Kennedy family. Every member of the family and extended family has a story to tell, and it has been so fascinating reading about all their different perspectives and viewpoints.

Q: What teacher inspired you the most? How?
A: Former counselor and soccer coach Jack Fecht. He gave me the confidence to think I could do and accomplish anything. He made such a positive impact on my life that I named my first son after him.

Q: If you are outside, what are you most likely doing?
A: Power walking! I currently live right off of Nassau Street by Princeton University, and I really have enjoyed walking on and around the Princeton campus and on the canals where the Princeton rowing team practices and races.

Q: What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
A: I swallowed a goldfish on a dare in college.

Q: Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
A: I am kinda obsessed about straightening out things/spaces that are crooked, uneven, unbalanced. I am all about symmetry!

Q: If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be...
A: Very goal driven

Q: What are your three favorite smells?
A: Vanilla, lilacs and peonies