I'm continuing my work with real estate investment platform Fundrise. We've built an online marketplace where anyone can invest in real estate around the US in an effort to displace a very broken and unfair Wall Street system. I head up all of our marketing efforts, which means I manage press outreach, customer acquisition and engagement, and generally look for new ways to get the word out about what we're doing!
I was tired of playing it safe. I'm the type of person that usually does things by the book and I realized that life is much more interesting and fulfilling when you take risks. I didn't want to wake up in 10 years and never have left DC or a desk. Remote Year was the perfect solution - a way to see the world without having to give up my work at Fundrise. And, now that I'm here, I'm starting to view Remote Year as a sort of surrogate grad school. In 7 weeks I've met 75 talented, interesting, genuine people, learned several new skills that directly relate to my work at Fundrise, and seen countries that I never imagined I would see. Pretty amazing.
I knew that I wanted to continue my work at Fundrise so I put together a plan that outlined every component of my job and how I would make it work (if not improve it) remotely. I'm lucky enough to work for a company that emphasizes individual learning and growth so the team agreed to let me give it a shot. The scariest part of the whole process was working up the courage to ask.
Some combination of reading, eating Dominos, swimming, and spending time with close friends and family.
I make an incredible salami sandwich and have received many accolades for it.
I recently ran into a friend from college who I hadn't seen in years in the middle of a pool at a Hungarian bath house.
My grandparents started an incredible tradition of taking every one of their grandchildren on a trip when they turned 16. I was lucky enough to go to Japan on my trip, which really opened my eyes to a totally different culture and how fun and interesting traveling can be.
What book should everyone read?
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
The Shawshank Redemption
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde