CAA VIPs: Meet Sara!

CAA VIPs: Meet Sara!

2022-07-20T15:22:44-04:00July 20th, 2021|Capital Analytics Associates, HR|

2 min read July 2022 –  Sara, associate content manager for Capital Analytics, shares her background, experiences and hobbies. She also shares how she learned to speak Mandarin as well as the most enjoyable parts of her work.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Colombia, moved to Ecuador when I was 10, the United States at 18, and now I am 28. I have lived somewhere new every decade of my life. I want the next place to be in either Europe or Asia.

What are your hobbies?

I used to spend around 10 hours a day on the internet. I would learn as much as I could and then speak with my friends about it at school. While in highschool, I also began taking care of animals and fighting for their rights. I was rescuing dogs from the streets and bringing them to my house, but there’s no organization in South America like ASPCA so a lot of the dogs were wild and diseased. It was common for me to see at least three dead dogs on my commute to school each day, which made me want to do something to help. 

Eventually, I got into photography. I originally started with Instagram and would mess around with the filters available there. A while later I decided to upgrade to a professional camera and professional software, which allowed me to take better photos and properly edit them. 

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

All of the activism I had in me as an 18-year-old led me to believe that I wanted to be a politician. So, I decided I was going to study international relations and become an ambassador one day. I had a degree specialization in diplomacy and South Asian affairs. I applied to American University and the University of Delaware. I ended up getting into both and had to make a decision on which university I was going to attend. Looking back, I should have definitely chosen American University since I wanted to be a politician; however, I decided to choose UD because I had a cousin going there and it was overall a cheaper cost of living. UD is a good school and I really enjoyed my four years there but I believe that if I had gone to live in D.C., I would most likely be in politics right now. Eventually, I distanced myself from politics and now it is something vaguely related to my work. There is the chance that one day I will end up in politics because it is something I can never stop thinking about. 

When did you learn to speak Mandarin?

I wasn’t really good at it until high school. I was in the United States looking at universities with my dad, when we decided to stop In Boston’s Chinatown for food. We went into a Vietnamese restaurant and ordered a soup that was different than we had ever seen. Soups in Latin America are super thick and creamy. This soup had mint leaves in it, lots of vegetables, meat that was cooking in the soup, was almost see-through and very thin. 

It was so good, so I told my dad that I could eat it for my whole life. My dad said, “You can, if you start taking Mandarin and move to China.” First of all, we were having Vietnamese food, but for some reason his idea made sense to me. When I actually got to college they told me that since I already speak Spanish and English the language requirements for my major were already complete. Instead of taking other courses, I decided to take Mandarin.  

What have you enjoyed most throughout your career?

I like to write about how we could fix our current economic system to make it work better for more people. When I am writing my articles, I try to highlight that we could work better to make things more equitable for everyone. 

What is your favorite thing about working for Capital Analytics?

I enjoy being on the internet and learning stuff, which is a big part of this job. If you go to any party or event, you can easily connect with almost anyone and have a great conversation.

If you were to be an animal, what animal would it be?

It would have to be an alpaca. They are from the Andes region, tall, have fluffy hair, big eyes and are super chill, but they will also spit on your face. I won’t actually spit on someone’s face, but the rest are things that relate to me.