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Meet Jenny Curt

jennycurt2How old are you? 22

Where do you live? Washington, D.C.

Who are you, and what do you do? I am a student, and I work for the development of The George Washington University’s Collegiate Recovery Program.

What is your relationship to addiction and recovery? I am a person in long-term recovery, which means I haven’t taken a drink or a drug since March 24, 2012.

If you’re in school, where do you go to school, what are you studying, and what year in school are you or when do you expect to graduate? I am a senior (class of 2017) at The George Washington University majoring in women’s studies.

What is on your bookshelf? Right now I’m enjoying Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women by Nura Maznavi.

What is a superpower you’d like to have? I would love to be able to pause time. I saw it in a movie; I don’t remember which one. But there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish what I want to get done. I’d like to be able to pause time so I could get everything done that I need to do and still have time for many hours of sleep and Netflix binge-watching sessions.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I wish more people knew how much I love receiving cards. I give cards with nice notes to people whenever I can, and I absolutely love receiving any kind of card: homemade, romantic, funny, congratulatory, birthday, you name it.

What is one thing you are glad to have done but wouldn’t do it again? I wanted to see what I’d look like with a lip piercing. I don’t look good with a lip piercing. It lasted 24 hours, and I wouldn’t do it again.

What would you do if you won the lottery? I’d endow GW’s Collegiate Recovery Program and then buy a Prius and a pet peacock.

What actor would play you in a movie? Ellen Page. She’d have to gain a few pounds for the role, but I think she’d do a good job.

Who is your ultimate dinner date? Bo Burnham

What brings you the greatest joy? Watching my dad play with our Goldendoodle, Nala, brings me the greatest joy. They’re best friends.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received? My favorite teacher, Mr. McAteer, taught me how to write the perfect essay in high school. That was the best gift I’ve ever received.

What are you proudest of? Honestly, I think I have to go with my recovery. I’ve been very willing to put a lot of time and effort into working on myself. I’ve come a long way.

What is your favorite quote? Any line from any Harry Potter book. That’s my childhood. After all this time? Always.

What is the best advice you’ve been given? My dad always reminds me about the story of The Tortoise and the Hare. The tortoise wins the long game. He wants me to go easy on myself and enjoy the journey.

What does your future hold? I want to make a difference for people in marginalized populations. I’m really passionate about rights and equality for women and others who are oppressed because of their gender or sexuality, especially when it comes to sexual assault, rape or stalking. I want to dedicate my life to finding solutions so the following generations can experience fewer traumas than the women, gender-nonconforming individuals and people of trans experience in our generation.

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