Another late post... But it’s a good one! This is the start of a new series! I’m not yet sure when it’ll be or how often, but I’m going to do a Q and A with preppy people throughout the year. Today, I‘ll be talking to Katelyn Van Dusen, my BFF and a definite guest post author in the future. Even though you haven’t seen her on the blog yet, she takes quite a few of my photos, including these. She’s also my manager and editor, for which I can’t thank her enough. You’ll learn more about Katelyn in the Q and A, so without further ado: Katelyn Van Dusen!
Q: What do you most want readers to know about you?
A: That’s a hard one. I mean, I’m a person, and people are pretty complicated. But for a few basics: I love to play tennis and sail. Admittedly, I completely suck at both of them, but I’m getting better. Something I actually consider myself okay-at is skiing. I’m on the ski team at Squaw Valley in Tahoe, and so are my siblings, so my family tries to go up at least every other weekend. I also love foggy days. This is really random, but being warm inside while it’s ultra-foggy outside, in my opinion, is awesome.
Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
A: I would go anywhere on the East Coast. I’ve never been anywhere in the North-East except for New York City, which I think doesn’t really count (‘cause it’s a huge city and all, you know?) In particular, though, I would go to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. I’ve read lots about things to do there, and between the beaches, the THOUSANDS OF HYDRANGEAS, and the nautical vibe, I’m all in.
Q: What advice would you give your past self?
A: This is the thing that gets me. My past self was very meh. I mean, I wore yoga pants and a t-shirt to school every day, and really needed to try harder in school. So my advice would be that school is actually important. If I had done better then, I would be a lot better now.
Q: Other than where you live now, where would you consider “home”?
A: Tahoe would be my immediate answer. While it wouldn’t be my preferred home other than where I currently live, I spend at least three weeks each summer there, plus some extra three day weekends. I am also on a ski team, like I mentioned before, so my family tries to make it up at least every other weekend in the winter.
Q: Favorite season and why?
A: This is really hard, but if I had to choose, I would say spring. All of the flowers are blossoming, and the sun is slowly starting to show up more often. I also love how it’s not super sunny, leaving room for rainy days, which are my favorite.
Q: Other favorites?
Color: I would say my favorite color is light pink. I love all pastel colors, and light pink is definitely one of them.
Book: Definitely The War That Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley. It’s the best book ever.
Song: Love Story by Taylor Swift! Last summer my friends at camp and I would sing it every waking moment, and it never got old.
Movie: The Parent Trap is one of my favorites, but The Greatest Showman is a close second. I mean, those songs!
Q: Who is someone who inspires you?
A: Stephen Hawking is someone who I think is really inspiring and interesting. I don’t say this meaning that I want to study maths and physics, but I love Stephen’s drive and passion. When he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he could have completely stopped his life and moped around, but he didn’t. He loved maths and physics, so he kept going with them, and turned out to be one of the world’s smartest and most influential people.
Q: What does preppy mean to you?
A: I believe prepiness is not only a style, but also an outlook on life. I apologize if everything I’m about to say is going to make me sound like I’m crazy, but it’s my opinion, and I don’t think it’s wrong. Anyways, continuing on with my point, I think preppiness means to also be kind, fair, and equal in your everyday life, along with that very snazzy style. I also think preppy places are a thing too. For example, I think a lot of the East Coast can be a “preppy” place to visit, but it really depends on the exact location.