Our intern, Andrea, calls herself a “huge bookworm.” So, she decided to show us a few books by her favorite author, David Sedaris.

We have more deep-dive Q & A’s with our summer reporting interns! Next up, Andrea Michelson!

Where do you go to school? Year in school?

I am a rising junior at Northwestern University.

Describe yourself in three words.

I am independent, passionate and curious.

Why did you get into journalism?

I got into journalism for the storytelling. I always wanted to be a writer. And when I joined my high school newspaper, I came to love interviewing a different person every week. Journalism allows me to learn about people’s passions and share their stories with the world.

Most interesting story you have covered to date?

I covered a Dutch improv troupe called Boom Chicago for The Daily Northwestern last winter. It’s basically the Second City of Amsterdam!

Why do you think audio storytelling is an important form of journalism?

I think audio journalism is especially powerful because the listener gets to hear stories firsthand. When people tell a story in their own voice, they’re able to communicate emotion in a way that print journalism cannot match.

What led you to Happenstance?

I found Happenstance at a Northwestern career fair this winter. I was drawn to the idea of a journalism startup — I never thought I would be able to work at a place like 1871 while pursuing my passion for storytelling. As a Boston native, I’m also excited to explore a new city and learn more about Chicago.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love music (though I have absolutely no musical talent) and will go to almost any concert — indie rock, jazz, R&B, you name it. I’m also a huge bookworm, baker of cookies and BuzzFeed quiz addict.

What do you love about Chicago?

I love that Chicago is a big city filled with food, museums and interesting architecture. Each neighborhood has its own personality, and I feel like I could go on a completely different adventure every day. I’m new to the city, but I’m hoping that Happenstance will help me learn more about Chicago this summer.

Favorite Chicago spot and why?

The Aragon Ballroom is my favorite Chicago spot by far. The huge space, great acoustics and famous celestial ceiling make it one of the best concert venues out there. And it is home to some of my top college memories.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I spent eight days hiking the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota last year — and I didn’t shower all week!

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