Smithie of The Month
Name: Anna Kegler
Class Year: 2005
How long have you lived in Philadelphia? What’s your favorite restaurant in the city? I’m originally from Minnesota, but I’ve lived in Philly for four years now. My favorite restaurant at the moment is Cheu. Best noodles ever!
What are you up to now? I’m a Staff Writer on the marketing team for RJMetrics, a tech startup in Center City. I love it! We’re doing a ton of hiring right now, so definitely reach out if you’re interested in any of our open positions. I have also been involved in anti-street harassment activism in Philly, through HollabackPHILLY and Feminist Public Works.
What house did you live in on campus and what was your favorite thing about it? I lived in Northrop House, and my favorite thing about it was the amazing Ada Comstock scholars I met there. I also loved our Robert Smith Tea tradition, where we had a sing-along in our house living room, and tried our best to look like this:
Why did you choose Smith? I got lucky. I really had no idea what I was doing when I was looking at colleges, but I found Sylvia Plath’s poetry in high school, and it led me right to Smith.
What is your favorite Smith tradition and why? Mountain Day! Finally hearing those bells ringing early in the morning was magical.
Who was your favorite professor/what was your best class? My favorite professor was Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, in the Anthropology Department. I was one of her STRIDE scholars and every conversation with her was fascinating. And I’m even more grateful that the other STRIDE scholar was none other than the amazing Sarah Epstein, ‘05, who has been one of my favorite people in the world for almost 10 years now.
Do you have a defining/favorite/most memorable/transformative Smith moment? Sitting in class on the morning of September 11, 2001 – the first month of my first year of college – when someone decided to turn on the TV because the professor was late and we were bored. We couldn’t believe our eyes. We watched the second plane hit the towers, live.