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Clarissa H.
Chief Communications Officer and Team Lead, West Lake Team

Favorite quote: "Quotations express your life experience..."

Hometown: Austin, TX

Town of birth: Chicago, IL

Zodiac sign: Pisces

Hobbies: Skiing! Also soccer and softball, but I also like to paint here and there

Pet peeves: Mostly people who don't do the best they can in what they do. Why do it if you don't do it well?

Nickname (s): ChaCha, believe it or not. Also the standard Riss and Rissa, of course

Things I'm looking forward to in Blueprint this year are: Continuing to be fabulous! And working with the remarkable people we have!

Favorite composer/songwriter: Brahms is high up here, as is Beethoven. Wagner for opera, of course

Songs and/or groups that are played most often on my mp3 player right now: I can be honest: a lot of country. Which no longer includes Taylor Swift.

Favorite genre(s) of music: See the previous question

Favorite color(s): Violet and white

Favorite sport(s): Skiing! Not even close!

Favorite sports team(s): Da Bears and da Broncos

Favorite place(s) you've visited: Rome

Place(s) you would most like to visit: Australia and New Zealand

Favorite book: Oliver Twist

Favorite movie: The Color of Friendship. Cliche, I know.

Favorite television show: Right now, Parenthood, and someone turned me on to Scandal, which is nailbiting

Favorite website: Blueprintarts.org. What else would it be?

Thing(s) you would find in my refrigerator right now: Fruit. And apparently more fruit. Not sure where all the other stuff went, honestly.

Favorite food(s): Chicken cacciatore

Favorite genre(s) of food: French (despite my answer to the prior question)

Favorite beverage: Spanish coffee

Favorite sweet: Gelato

Favorite ice cream flavor: Gelato flavor, you mean? Panna!

Food(s) that I hate: Cheesecake. It's odd to me

Strangest food I've ever eaten: Fried salad, at the Texas State Fair

If I was an animal, I would be a (and why: Snow leopard, because I love the snow

Favorite historical figure: Jesus, not even anyone else in the zip code

Favorite fictional character: Willy Wonka. He's way cool

When I have free time, I tend to: Paint. When I have free time

If I could have any superpower, it would be (and why): Everyone says flying, don't they? I'll go with a weird one then: changing atomic composition. For example, you could change lead into marble.

I am the best at: Being way too exuberant. Way too.

People I respect the most are: My grandparents. They raised me and taught me everything.

People who have had the most influence in my life are: Same as last answer!

My idols are: Same as the last two!

Person from any time period I would like to meet: Jesus

Person from this era I would like to meet: Not anyone I would particularly like to meet, but I could name a few that I think would be fun to hang out with. Let's just move on lol

My most prized possession: My mother's pendant

If I was offered any job or position on this planet, anywhere, it would be (and why): Head of Bill Gates' foundation. You could make a serious difference in the world, and for the future.

If I could have any skill or talent, it would be (and why)? Inventing amazing things that can change the world for the better. Like water desalinization and food creation.

If I knew could I could try anything and not fail, I would: Same as my last answer :)

Thing(s) that make me angry: People who are self-centered. It's okay to be selfish once in a while, but it should only be once in a while.

My biggest weaknesses are: My friends. They've been there for me and are a huge part of my life, and I will do anything to help them.

How I would get back at the person I despised most: Not be friends with them. I think that's a rough time :)

Something(s) that is/are overrated: The idea of "celebrity"

If someone wrote a biography about me, the title would be: Clarissa Really Knows It All. But Not Really.

Strangest thing I have ever done: Maybe not too strange, but fit into a (normal-sized) refrigerator

The most awesome thing I've ever done: Driven a professional race car! Not in a race, but just an experience.

A general goal(s) I have is: To be the best person I can be.

A few important elements to a friendship are: Trust, dedication, reliability

How friends describe me: The same three descriptors: trustworthy, dedicated, reliable

Three adjectives which describe me: Fun, excitable, giving

Some fun facts about me: I'm...... fun? I don't really have any particularly fun facts :)

Something that is unique about me: It might not be as unique as most things, but I was raised solely by my grandparents. And boy are they unique.

Things that makes me happy: My family and my friends. They make me extremely happy!

What I would do with the time if I had only one week to live: Spend it with my family and friends, hands down.

What I value the most: Same as the last two! This is maybe the third "three in a row" answer I've given :)

Thing I'm most proud of: Hard work. It's the basis of achievement.

Why I love Blueprint: I've read a few of these features, and honestly, I echo the sentiments. Blueprint really has some of the best people I have ever met. Not only are they dedicated and hard-working -- two traits, as you have seen, I value greatly -- but they're selfless to a fault. Coming from an area where money is the only standard one is measured by, it's wonderful to know there are people like this, and there's not much more you can ask for in leaders. It is rare to find it, well, anywhere!