Senior Spotlight: Stefanie Gordon

Major: Behavior and Health

Plans for after college (if known): Grad school at the MGH Institute of Health Professions for their doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.

1. As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

I am sure nobody is surprised but I wanted to be a ballerina when I was little. I did go back and forth for a while though between a dancer and a surgeon. I wanted to be a surgeon for a bit to fix my Grandma’s knee.

2. Now what do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a pediatric occupational therapist. I also want to keep dancing so I will probably always be in a professional company of some sort.

3. What is your favorite quote?

“All my mistakes become masterpieces”

4. Who inspires you most?

My mom! She is the strongest and the hardest working woman out there. Everything she does is for the well being of others and especially for my sister and I. I admire her selflessness so much.

5. What do you like to do in your free time? What is free time?

I think I need someone to explain this concept to me.

6. Where is your favorite place to eat/explore/be in Boston?

My favorite place to explore around Boston is the North End BUT my new favorite restaurant is Barcelona — SO GOOD. I do also love the Seaport. I really just discovered it this past summer and it is fantastic. (Especially in the spring and summer!)

7. What is your favorite kind of alcoholic beverage? And who (as in where) makes it best?

My favorite drink is the Moscow mule from Yard House in Fenway. I don’t go there often but it is fantastic. Normally though, I am satisfied with a whisky ginger from pretty much anywhere.

8. What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is a turkey and cheese sandwich, hands down. I love sandwiches.

9. What is your favorite place to eat at on campus?

My favorite place to eat on campus is the Charles Bread Company at the GSU because they make great sandwiches.

10. Where do you prefer to study here on campus?

I prefer to study on the 2nd floor of mugar at the tables by the windows. Being near the windows is important or else I feel like I am in a dungeon.

11. What else are you involved in here on campus? Or in Boston? (jobs, clubs, activities, etc.)

As you all know, I am heavily involved with dance at BU. I am a dance minor, President of Dance Theatre Group, and I work in the dance office. I am also in a professional dance company that is based in Boston called Sasso & Company. While I am at it, I am going to go ahead and use this as a plug for some performances. I will be performing April 8th and 9th at Green Street Studios in Cambridge and then again on April 15th and April 16th in the BU Dance Theater if anyone wants to come watch some dancing. J

12. What is your favorite Alpha Phi-related memory?

My favorite Alpha Phi related memory I think is the Owl Mixer we had my Sophomore year right after the sigmas joined. I just remember everyone dancing on some sort of elevated surface. Oh and also every Harvard mixer ends with Tasty Burger so it is always a good time.

13. What is your favorite college memory?

It is so hard to pick just one favorite college memory. I think a day that is up there is the Marathon Monday the year after the Boston bombing. The day was filled with so much Boston pride and it was super nice out. Everyone was a perfect happy drunk. I am also pretty sure I ran into mostly all of my friends at some point that day and it was just wonderful for so many reasons.

14. What is your most embarrassing college story?

I think my most embarrassing college story is the morning of the marathon Monday before the one I just described (freshman year). Drinking two bottles of Andre for breakfast and then taking too many shots to count before 9 am just never ends well. I don’t really remember much of it but I am still embarrassed of the stories I was told.

15. Are you satisfied with your college experience?

I am extremely satisfied with my college experience. It wasn’t always easy but I managed to accomplish everything I planned to within my 4 years here. To think this time is coming to an end in under two months is terrifying.

16. What is one piece of advice that you wish you had known before this year?

One piece of advice that I wish I had known before this year is IT IS OKAY TO CHANGE YOUR MIND. For some reason this was very hard for me to grasp and I just realized it this year. If you don’t like your major, a class your in, or even a club you are involved with, it is okay to change to something else. 4 years is not enough time to waste doing something you are not fully satisfied with. If you have a gut feeling, listen to it.

Also, never let anyone tell you what you can handle. If you want do one thing or a million, you can! You just have to make sure your heart is in it.

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