Meet the Arbor Teas Interns!

We’d like to introduce you to our wonderful team of interns who work (tirelessly, we might add!) to bring you all the great content we share on our blog and via Twitter. David, Kartikha and Sonya are all currently students at the University of Michigan here in Ann Arbor, and have been on the Arbor Teas team since September, and we’re so grateful to have them on board!  Here’s a little bit about each of them:

David Faulkner

David is our group history buff, responsible for fascinating articles on Earl Grey and pomegranate lore. He’s also taken it upon himself to show up to every team meeting in a full suit and tie – a classy fellow for sure. Good thing I got him a tie-clip for Christmas.

1. So what are you studying at the University of Michigan?

I’m a double major in English and Microbiology. I find the subject matter of microbiology fascinating, and I hope to study toxicology in graduate school. English just came naturally as a major because I love writing.

2. What do you think you’ll do after you graduate, and where do you see yourself ten years from now?

I hope to attend Public Health school to complete a graduate programme in industrial hygiene and toxicology.

3. What’s your favorite kind of tea? Do you like it hot or iced?

I’m really fond of organic Rooibos, which isn’t technically a tea, but it’s delicious when served hot.

4. Do you have any hobbies?

I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Gargoyle Humor Magazine, which is sort of a hobby. It’s a labour of love, really. When I’m not editing pieces or fund-raising, I enjoy Ultimate Frisbee, Broomball, and Free Running.

Sonya Zarkhin

Sonya is our one woman tea-and-health team. She’s had a life-long goal of becoming a doctor, and a lifetime of drinking teas – especially black tea. She’s quite the intense student, so we’re lucky to have a portion of her time each week.

1. So what are you studying at the University of Michigan?

I’m a pre-med student majoring in psychology. I am also working on a possible minor in Gender and Health.

2. What do you think you’ll do after you graduate, and where do you see yourself ten years from now?

Still in (med) school!  But hopefully very happy and content.

3. What’s your favorite kind of tea? Do you like it hot or iced?

I love organic black tea of all types. I love it hot or cold, and with milk if I can’t fall asleep.

4. Do you have any hobbies?

I’m really into electronic dance music – house, techno, trance and all that stuff. Lately I’ve picked up DJ’ing with a student group.

Kartikha Rajoo

Kartikha is our global scholar of tea, the primary author behind our recent Tea Around the World series about the tea recipes used by foreign cultures. We’re always impressed by what she manages to find in her research!

1. So what are you studying at the University of Michigan?

I am studying Economics and Southeast Asian Studies.

2. What do you think you’ll do after you graduate, and where do you see yourself ten years from now?

After graduation I will hopefully, either be working with a cultural organization or doing Teach For Malaysia, a Teach for America spin-off. In 10 years I would like to see myself on tenure-track teaching cultural studies.

3. What’s your favorite kind of tea? Do you like it hot or iced?

Organic Jasmine Pearl Green Tea, hot! One sip was all it took to get me hooked.

4. Do you have any hobbies?

I love reading graphic novels, cooking and drawing -  when I’m not buried in school work!

February 13 2011 06:19 pm | Miscellaneous

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