Name: Karli Fink
Occupation: Rochester Magazine summer intern
Where we found her: Sitting at the desk across the room
You’ve been here for almost 3-1/2 hours. What’s your favorite part so far? The bagels were good. And this place is already fun. I’ve already laughed 12 times just sitting here. You guys are pretty funny.
We know. I’m looking forward to writing, too. My excitement has built and I’m ready to get started.
Are you originally from Rochester? Yep. Actually, I was born in St. Louis, MO. We lived there for about a year and then my Mom got [a job] at Mayo. I graduated from Century in 2014.
Did you have Mr. Houghton? No, but he was the boys’ soccer coach and I was on the girls’ soccer team.
He’s married to our art director, so you’re lucky you didn’t say he was mean or weird. No! I never had him as a teacher! But I think my sister had him in 10th grade.
Is your sister younger or older? Lauren is younger. She’s 18. She’s graduating this year. Oh, here’s a weird fact: I didn’t walk on my own graduation. I was in track, and we were at State during graduation. There were six or seven of us seniors who went to State, so we did our own little graduation on the track at Century. We got our cap and gowns on, and Mr. Fogarty, the principal, gave us our diplomas.
What were your track events? The high jump, the 300 hurdles, the 4×200 meter relay, and the 200 meter dash—that’s what I went to State in.
What’s your dream job? I want to write novels—or be a publisher in a big publishing company like HarperCollins. Publish the next Hunger Games, but better. Or publish my own bestselling book, sell the movie rights, and be done forever.
What would you do with that early retirement? Travel. Definitely travel. I think it would be cool to be a travel writer.
Best vacation? To the Bahamas. I love snorkeling, and they have really good snorkeling there. We stayed on a sailboat and it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere.
When’s the last time you laughed out loud? Besides with us, of course. We were cleaning the garage for Lauren’s grad party. My mom and dad rented a floor scrubber from Menard’s. And watching my dad trying to run it was the funniest thing. He’s wearing a random baseball hat, and his reading glasses because he can’t see anything but he denies it—and this machine is so powerful that it’s just taking him away with it. He couldn’t control it. My mom and I were laughing so hard.
Five things you love? This is not in order, but: books, the ocean, my dog Sammy, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and crab rangoons.
You go to UW-Madison, yes? Yes. I think it’s the best place in the whole world. The people I’ve met are so fantastic. And the sports? The football games are the best game day in America. It’s pretty awesome. The classes are so different than in high school. When I think back to high school, and my biology class, I can’t remember anything I learned except that “mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.” But now I remember things from my classes.
Perfect Saturday afternoon? Definitely on the boat in Lake City with a book in hand. I go with my family, and we sit and eat sandwiches and go for rides. But as long as I have my book and my sunscreen, it’s a perfect day.
Favorite book? Can I say two? I’ve read a lot of books. A lot. I have two favorites right now. One is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s so beautifully written. The other one is Little Women [by Louisa May Alcott]. It’s so good.
Four words that describe you? Sassy, sporty, ambitious, and enthusiastic.
Do you have a life motto? Put yourself out there, always. Going for this job was a leap of faith, and look where it got me!