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Once upon a time, I had a list of 101 things I wanted you to know about me. But I realized 101 is a lot of things, so I’ve decided to simplify this page and just let you know what makes me tick.

I just finished my M.A. in Communication in May 2012. My thesis was an analysis of how postfeminism has proliferated online. I am starting coursework toward my Ph.D. in August in new media communication at UIC. My research interests are in social networking sites, video games, feminism/postfeminism, digital technology, and rhetoric.

I am a member of the 20sb executive board and have been a 20sb member since the very beginning. (In fact, I think I was one of the 100 founding members.) I’m thrilled to be in a leadership role, as the community has meant so much to me over the years. I am part of the best leadership team in the world!

I married the nicest guy I’ve ever met on August 8, 2009. His name is Joe and he’s super fantastic. He loves Minnesota, Notre Dame football, and bicycles. We first met over smoothies at Notre Dame where he told me he loved West Side Story and was “such a feminist.” I was immediately smitten.  We live in a carriage house we call the Backyard Bungalow just outside Chicago. We share loves for beer, sushi, and our cat Asparagus (Gus).

I am a musical theatre geek at heart. In high school, I won Best Thespian and Most Musically Talented. I liked RENT and Wicked before it was cool (or on Glee). Speaking of Glee, I legitimately was Rachel Berry in high school. For realsies. I accept this. I have moved on.

I went to Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, the all-women’s sister college of Notre Dame. I grew up in South Bend, IN so this was a bit of a no-brainer. SMC women are called Belles (as in The Bells of Saint Mary’s), hence the blog name.  I discovered myself at Saint Mary’s and love that school with more heart and soul than seems possible.

I studied abroad in Rome January-May 2006.  Best semester of my life.  During our 2.5 week spring break, I backpacked Europe solo. I met incredible people and saw London, Dublin, Brussels, Vienna, Cologne, Munich, and Paris. It was nothing short of exhilarating and amazing.  I spoke near-fluent Italian while I was there. These days, I understand Italian but can’t speak much at all.

I drove Chelsea Clinton in her dad’s Presidential motorcade when they were in South Bend stumping for Hillary in 2008. She complimented my dress. I was an intern for Senator Evan Bayh at the time, which is how I got the gig. When Chelsea came to Saint Mary’s a few weeks later, she remembered me and my dress. I also drove Sean Astin and former Indiana governor Joe Kernan that week. Senior year was awesome.

After graduating from SMC, I worked for two members of Congress and hated it. I traded in my .gov email address to manage a coffee shop, wait tables, and apply to grad school. I now LOVE grad school and my work as a TA teaching Intro to Public Speaking.

I can name all the Presidents in order, I have really pretty handwriting, I laugh really loud and have a pointy nose. Anything else you want to ask?

2010 nominations: Blogger We’d Most Like to Share a Drink With, Blogger We Wish Would Blog More, Best Guest Blogger, Best Video Blogger

13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2009 8:41 pm

    I think you’re awesome.

  2. July 31, 2009 6:46 pm

    I am bart of an Itty Bitty Titty committee too!
    Vegas changed my life + you were part of it in a HUGE way = awesomeness.

    Totally awesome & impressive list.

  3. August 1, 2009 8:20 pm

    Ummm, you didn’t used to like cheese?????? I don’t even know how to respond to this.

  4. warriorpoetx permalink
    August 1, 2009 9:40 pm

    It’s true, people who don’t like cheese and live in the Midwest are basically inhuman, obstinate, and possibly developmentally handicapped. Glad to hear you’re slowly correcting your erring ways.

  5. October 27, 2009 6:21 pm

    Hi, Renee! I wanted to send you an email but can’t find your email anywhere. 😦 My ninja email-finding skills did not work here.

    Could you email me? I was hoping to say a few things and also see if you were interested in being on a book’s blog tour…



  6. November 8, 2009 11:12 pm

    We have a bit in common, it seems. As I’ve forgone a 9-5 to be a barista, and also studied abroad in Rome in 2006.

    And I love your blog.

  7. April 1, 2010 10:34 am

    I LOVE your list. Somehow I lost the one I wrote years ago and I’ve been wanting to do a new one for months. Now I’m inspired – not to mention I could literally just copy half of yours 😉

  8. April 15, 2010 2:02 pm

    #56 is my favorite – “Has tried every form of birth control. The best? Babysitting.” As a former nanny of 4 years I give a hearty, “HERE HERE!”

    Love the whole list!

    All my best,

  9. April 17, 2010 6:38 pm

    I find myself nodding in agreement at a lot of this list. I am a semi-vegetarian too, and as of last night I have seen Phantom four times. Let’s do dinner and a show?

  10. May 15, 2010 11:34 pm

    I feel like maybe I’ve come across your blog and noticed this before, but #4? I can say the EXACT same thing. I married a guy named Joe on August 8, 2009, too! How cool is that?

    By the way, I love your messy-kitchen-cooking posts.

  11. December 3, 2010 10:39 am

    my voice lessons were given to me by my aunt who also teaches some amateur pop singers to improve their voices ,,~

  12. January 23, 2011 5:16 pm

    You are so cute. I am a mix of Marilyn and Jackie, but I’d rather just be full on Elle Woods.

  13. June 6, 2011 10:31 am

    So many good ones. I love the one about Joe. And of course the last one.

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