Meme is when you basically tell someone or a group of people something about yourself that they or everyone wouldn't expect and/or doesn't already know about you. I used to have a boss that would encourage this as part of meetings. We would go around the room say our names, job titles or what we did for the company (contractors), maybe your favorite thing, and one thing that you think no one else in the room knows about you. It's a way of getting to know the people around you a little bit better, a way to encourage a family, or team feeling in the room. I was reminded of this little communication gem, while reading one of Chris Brogan's most recent articles, he had received a fwd of some kind asking him about himself.
To strengthen our bond as a community, or just from writer to reader, I thought I would join in the fun. I encourage you to do the same, add me on twitter, and let me know something new about yourself that I don't already know.
Five things you probably don't know about Desarae Veit:
- About my education: I applied to the Air Force Academy, but didn't continue perusing it when I found out they do not accept any transfer credits (from anywhere). I graduated high school before college. So when I headed to Iowa State University, I started my road towards a bachelor degree as a Junior, which turned a 5 year program into a three year program (also partially thanks to taking 17-30 credits every semester).
- Pageants: I used to participate in pageants (5 total), but only ever won one, and it was local.
- Clubs: I was in Girl Scouts, FFA, 4-H, and IAYI until my senior year in high school.
- Science: I won a national science fair for my 3 year project on raising artemia salina (brine shrimp aka sea monkeys). The project also earned the Naval Science Award and a small scholarship.
- World Food Prize: I used to volunteer with the World Food Prize. The final event gave me the wonderful opportunity to meet a nobel peace prize winner, many country ambassadors, and tons of incredibly smart people. I also submitted research towards GMO's (genetically modified organisms), but never finished the project so that I could put more hours towards my brine shrimp project. I was inspired by NASA's research with the creatures in space, a 2 year marine biology class stunt, and submitted my findings to the Omaha Zoo. Random fun facts: Brine shrimp and many other sea life are very under-researched, marine biologists are extremely underpaid, and their are still hundreds of thousands of un-named aquatic wild life in existance around the world.