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Amanda Mercedes

Amanda Mercedes

If you weren’t working at WVU, what’s the most likely alternative?

I’m still working at an Amazon warehouse, so I would still be doing that if I weren’t working at WVU. A goal would be to work for the FBI.


Moment you knew what you wanted to study?

I would say maybe when I was in high school. I just wanted to know more about other countries. I’m from New York, and I remember somebody said something about Ohio. I realized I didn’t know where Ohio was on a map. I really didn’t know much about anywhere else other than where I was from.


I would like to do more international law; that’s kind of the goal. I think that people can complain about a lot of things that they think are wrong with the political system or judicial system, but if you honestly have a problem with it, you should fix it. I feel like I want to be able to fix things that I don’t really like.


Moment you knew what your current role was right for you?

I would say when I interviewed with the dean, Darrell. I just think he’s such a nice man, and interviews are usually pretty scary. He made me feel really comfortable, and I think that’s the best interview I’ve ever had.


If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Oslo in Norway. I did my capstone study abroad there. It’s a very special place, and I would like to one day live there if I could ever learn the language.


They’re very about taking care of their people. A lot of things are free. When I did my study abroad, it was free for me except for living expenses. A lot of activities are free; a lot of food is free. They have pretty good water and agricultural systems. They’re very progressive. All their bathrooms are genderless, and that’s something that I never experienced before. It’s just a cool place because they have the beach, the forest and the mountains within ten minutes from the city.


Everyone told me to bring a lot of sweaters and long pants because it would be cold. And it was not cold. It was probably 95 degrees every single day. I said, “I don’t know if you guys think this is cold. It’s really hot!”


Favorite part of social distancing?

Getting to stay home with my dog. I don’t get much time to spend with him usually, so that’s a good part. He’s a Shiba Inu named Todd.


Least favorite part of social distancing?

The anxiety of going outside when I have to. I always just assume everybody is sick, so it’s super scary for me.


Just for Fun

Favorite Book: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Favorite movie/tv show: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Arrested Development

Favorite Spotify playlist/band/song: Matthew Young

Favorite local restaurant: Lotsa Pizza

Favorite local activity: Going to Cooper’s Rock