Staff Spotlight: Meet Aleksandra Kinlen

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1. Name, job title, and location: Aleksandra Kinlen, Processor of the Jesuit Collections, Booth Family Center for Special Collections.

2. What do you do - in 10 words or less? Arrange, process, and otherwise help make available all Jesuit-related collections.

3. Where are you from? Before coming to Georgetown I had lived in Missouri my whole life, growing up in Fenton (just outside of St. Louis) before moving to Springfield and then Columbia for school.

4. Do you have any hobbies? I enjoy yarn—and other fiber-based crafts like embroidery, weaving and knitting. Sometimes you can see me around Lau wearing one of my finished projects.

5. What are you reading/watching/playing/listening to/learning right now?  I just finished reading The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara, and I'm about to start re-reading I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb.

6. Why Georgetown? To put it simply--it's not in Missouri!

7. Holidays are coming up. Do you have a favorite winter holiday tradition? I enjoy making piparkūkas (basically Latvian gingerbread cookies).

8. What's your superpower/hidden talent? I can take a nap anywhere at a moment's notice.

9. You are building your dream house. What is one room or feature you would want to include? Built-in bookshelves are a must.

10. If you didn’t work in your current field, what would you be doing? Going to school for as long as possible! As Merlyn says in T. H. White's The Once and Future King: "[Learning] is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting."