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20 Questions with Betsy Crawford

20QuestionswithCCI_BetsyCrawford20 Questions with Betsy Crawford

  1. What was your first job? 
    Neighborhood babysitter & petsitter.  But first “real” job was scooping ice cream at a local High’s Ice Cream Store when I was 15.
  2. If you were to write a personal memoir, what would you name it? 
    I Do Not Know What I Want to be When I Grow Up
  3. Where did you grow up?
    Though born in Key West, Florida, I spent most of my childhood in Norfolk, Virginia.
  4. What is your favorite class you’ve taught?
    A class on Native American Technology for a group of 4th graders. Great fun in the woods!
  5. What is your favorite place to grab dinner in Tallahassee?
    Essence of India
  6. What are your hobbies outside of work? 
    I am a crafter, give me a glue gun and some sticks and I will build a scale replica of the Taj Mahal. I also sew costumes for local theater groups.
  7. Have you always wanted to teach? 
    No—being raised in the 70’s I fought against any career choice that was considered traditionally a women’s job. So, though I was a museum educator and a kindergarten teacher at different times in my life, my education and early career was in archaeology.
  8. What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to or where would you like to go?
    I would love to see so many places, but Machu Picchu would be amazing.
  9. How many football games have you attended? 
    Usually one or two a season, but I am not a diehard fan. I can leave the stadium and not know who won—I get caught up in socializing.
  10. Proudest career/life moment?
    The privilege to be called Mom.
  11. What’s your favorite band? 
    My music listening habits are eclectic, but I think I had a religious experience at a U2 concert in college.
  12. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 
    Be yourself.
  13. If money were no object, how would you spend your days? 
    Reading, sewing, traveling and volunteering.
  14. What is your favorite book and why? 
    Oh, I am a reader and always have a stack of books waiting for me to read—it is impossible to choose! But, when I was in second grade, I read all the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder over the Christmas break and just got lost in the world she created. That ability to escape in a good book has stayed with me.
  15. If you could be famous for something, what would it be? 
    Hopefully something that was a kindness to someone else or changed another person’s life for the better.
  16. What Jeopardy category could you clear, no problem? 
    80’s pop culture—Let’s talk Boy George!
  17. Do you have any pets? 
    Yes, currently our menagerie consists of two cats and an incredibly fluffy small dog—all excessively spoiled.
  18. When did you start working at Florida State University? 
    Ten years ago, I was the volunteer coordinator for the public radio and television station WFSU and have been with CCI for six years.
  19. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
    Hmmm, I think it was the Intern. But, I do not see many movies in the theater.
  20. What is the best part about your job? 
    Being part of a campus—that creative energy. And the students—they are at such an interesting time in their lives on the precipice of great things!