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Name:  Leah Singer
Department:  Marketing and Communications
Position:  Presidential Communications Administrator
  1. What inspired you to do this kind of work? I’ve always been a writer at heart. As a kid, I’d write stories and poems. I fell in love with journalism on my high school newspaper staff. I was a journalism major (and Daily Aztec contributor) in college. And I love to write about my personal experiences on my blog, www.leahsthoughts.com.  How long have you worked at SDSU? I have worked on campus for 14 years, with the first four being at KPBS.

  2. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? “If your ship hasn’t come in, swim out to it.”

  3. What is your favorite thing about your job? I love creating pieces of communication that inspire and entertain through words. I feel so lucky that I have a job where I can actually practice my passion for writing.

  4. What about your field or position do you think would surprise people the most? Not all writers are depressed. I also think people are surprised that writers tend to like being introverted.

  5. What is the most interesting or surprising thing about you (like a hidden talent, where you’re from or a special hobby)? I love to cook and bake. I’ve devised my own system for creating a month’s worth of meal ideas and making said dinners on weekends to freeze for workdays. 

  6. If you could only rescue one thing from your burning office, what would it be?  My two SDSU diplomas framed with a drawing of Hepner Hall. 

  7. What music do you play most often in your office or car? Favorite musicians include Mary Chapin Carpenter and James Taylor. I always have one of their CDs in my car. 

  8. What was the last movie you saw? Thumbs up or down? The last movie I saw in the theater was “The Social Network” – definite thumbs up. I love anything Aaron Sorkin writes.

  9. What is your favorite restaurant? Choice of Mandarin, a family-owned Chinese restaurant in Tierrasanta. I’ve been eating there since I was a kid and it’s still the best Chinese I’ve had.

  10. What city would you like to visit or visit again? I would love to travel the United States and see all facets of this country – from the Pacific Northwest, to the middle America plane states, to the streets of New Orleans. 

  11. What is your favorite book? There are too many to name! I loved “The Help,” anything by Andres Dubus III, Chris Bohjalian, and Peggy Orenstein. 

  12. What is your favorite sports team or who is your favorite individual athlete? I hate to admit this, but I’m really not a sports fan. But if I had to chose, I’d go with my Aztecs.

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