Today we’re back with our ongoing blog series with our summer 2017 leadership staff, or as we call them Hanhallah. Each blog will feature 19 questions in honour of our 19th summer. Today’s blog features Nitzotzot Unit Head Olivia Berlin.
Click here to read the first blog of the series interviewing C.I.T. Director (and my BFF) Lindsay. Click here to read my interview with one of our Directors of Jewish Living – Amanda. Click here to read about Waterfront Director Michael Marks. Click here to read about Kochavim unit head Sam Shindler-Glass.
Read on below for my Q+A with Olivia.
Question #1:Favourite part of Maccabiah/colour war?
Olivia: I’ve always loved “silent lunch” because it’s so hard to stay quiet!
Question #2: All time best camp memory?
Olivia: “When I was in Nitzotzot my cabin had a water fight in the rain! It was one of the best rest periods ever! Another amazing memory was when I came home from my first canoe trip! I was so scared and unsure but I tried it and fell in love!”
Question #3: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Olivia: “I always wanted to be a chef or a teacher!”
Question #4:What was/is your biggest accomplishment?
Olivia: “Graduating from Michigan State University! Go Green!”
Question #5: What are your favourite hobbies?
Olivia: “I love photography, cooking, baking and knitting.”
Question #6.If You Could Live In A Book, TV Show Or Movie, What Would It Be?
Olivia: “Harry Potter! I would love to go to school at Hogwarts!”
Question #7: You Could Master One Skill You Don’t Have Right Now, What Would It Be?
Olivia: “I always wanted to speak another language fluently.”
Question #8: If You Could Have One Superpower, What Would It Be And How Would YouUse It?
Olivia:“I wish that I could talk to animals! I think it would be really interesting to know what they are thinking.”
Question #9: What camp staff Inspired You The Most? How Did They?
Olivia: “Tamara Brownstone and Julia Guest because they both believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I was so lucky to have many great counselors and specialists during my time as a camper and I don’t want to leave them out!”
Question #10: If you could eat your favorite food now, what would it be?
Question #11: Do you have any siblings? What are they like?
Olivia: “I have a brother named Ari. He is the best brother anyone can ask for!”
Question #12: .Does your name have a special meaning and or were you named after someone special?
Olivia: “My middle name Clare is after my Great-grandma Clara and My Hebrew name Shoshana (rose in Hebrew) is after my Great-Bubbie Rose.”
Question #13: If you were sent to live on a space station for three months and only allowed tobring three personal items with you, what would they be?
Olivia: “I would bring a pillow, my camera, and a lot of chocolate.”
Question #14:What outdoor activities do you like to do?
Olivia: “I love ropes, kayaking, hiking, and campfires.”
Question #15.What is something you love doing?
Olivia: “I love to cook for people!”
Question #16.What is a hidden talent you have?
Olivia: “I can fall asleep anywhere!”
Question #17.What was one new experience you tried that was completely unknown oruncomfortable to you at the time you tried it?
Olivia: “The Swing on the ropes course.”
Question #18: What is your proudest camp moment?
Olivia: “I earned the tripping award and the ropes award when I was in oldest Barak!”
Question #19: What are you doing after camp?
Olivia: “I will be teaching english in Israel this coming school year.”