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Interview with Mary Silber

Mary Silber

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Illinois but grew up in California near San Diego.

What is your favorite place on campus?

When I'm here, I'm working in my office - but I wouldn't say that's my favorite place.

What do you like to do for fun?

I have three kids, so that takes up most of my time and I enjoy spending time with them. I'm also an intermittent runner and go backpacking every summer with my family.

What's something that many would be surprised to know about you?

When I was in high school, people thought I may drop out.

What is the most adventurous thing you've ever done?

I drove around New Zealand by myself and had to remember to drive on the left side of the road. 

What activities were you involved with as an undergraduate?

I lived with a bunch of kayakers so I kayaked a lot and took part in outdoor activities.

In or out of the professional world, what are you most proud of?

There aren't many women who do what I do, so I'm proud of sticking with it despite the challenge.

What did you worry about most as an undergraduate? What advice would you give your younger self?

I was in too much of a hurry to lock on to one main interest, so I would tell myself to be more open-minded about that since you don't usually end up pursuing what you want to do when you're a freshman. I would encourage people to be more relaxed about pursuing the things that interest them. 

Favorite Movie?

I'm more of a book person. 

Favorite Song?

Ashokan Farewell. It's a fiddle piece. 

If you could be any fruit, what would it be and why?

A wild raspberry, for the scenery nearby.