Meet the Interns: Lenise

The third intern in our Meet the Interns series is Lenise Phillips. She recently graduated from Virginia Tech with degrees in English and French, and just like Ashley spends a ton of time watching How I Met Your Mother and making loads of baked goods. She's having way too much fun interning with Waveborn, where she gets the opportunity to work with some amazing folks doing even more amazing things. 


What is it about the company or the movement that led you to apply to intern at Waveborn?

It was the job title that caught my eye first. Jonathan had posted this internship under the esteemed title of "Social Media Junkie Intern." I knew that any company that had a sense of humor and encouraged a social media addiction would be the best kind to work for. But the deal wasn't sealed until I read about Waveborn's fantastic vision of paying it forward one pair of sunglasses at a time - I knew then that Waveborn was a movement I wanted to be a part of.


Lenise

What do you do when you're not working for Waveborn?

I teach gymnastics classes to kids as young as 2 and as old as 12. Unfortunately I have to play the part of responsible adult in this situation, so I only get to play on the equipment when my kiddies aren't looking. I get to wear a t-shirt and shorts to work every day though, so I can't complain. Except when the kids get crazy legs and kick me in the face. Then I might complain a bit.

Best thing about where you are from:

Technically, I'm from Montclair, VA, a suburb about 25 miles south of DC. But I recently left my heart in southwest VA where I graduated from Virginia Tech this past May. I couldn't pick just one awesome thing to say about that beautiful region, so here are three:

1. Jumping up and down to 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica as the Hokie Football Team runs onto the field in Lane Stadium. You will never hear a noise as beautiful as this one. 
2. Hiking McAfee's Knob. It's a 7 mile hike round-trip, and you may not be able to feel your legs afterwards, but the view you'll get of the Blue Ridge Mountains once you make it to the top will literally steal the breath from your lungs. And it won't be because of the exertion.
3. Eating at the Homeplace after hiking McAfee's Knob. Just a few miles down the road, it's an old farmhouse that's been converted to a family style restaurant that serves bottomless lemonade, fried chicken, ham, roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and cobbler for a flat rate of $13! It'll be the best meal of your life.

Your top three films... go!

Hands down, my favorite film is I Love You, Man. I have a knack for getting myself into awkward situations and a huge crush on Paul Rudd, so I feel like this one is self-explanatory. Next, I'd say The Man in the Iron Mask and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Dream vacation?
Antarctica. I know it sounds strange, but I really want to visit all 7 continents before I die. And since Antarctica isn't exactly a hop skip and a jump away, I'd love to have someone plan this out for me. I also really, really want to play with some wild penguins.

What's your favorite book?

I have seven. And they all have a boy wizard by the name of Harry in common. What can I say? He's charming.

Who is one band/musical artist that you love and think everyone should know about?

Carbon Leaf. They're from Richmond, and their music is an eclectic mashup of alt-country, indie rock, bluegrass, and Celtic. It shouldn't work, but it does, I promise. Listen to "What About Everything" and "Life Less Ordinary."

What is a perfect Saturday for you?

My Perfect Saturday starts with eating as many chocolate chip pancakes as I can manage. And then I'd watch movies for the rest of the afternoon, and maybe go for a run in the evening. And to top it off, my friends would come over in the evening and we'd cook a big meal together, preferably something no one's tried to cook before. Culinary experiments usually make for the best memories. 


Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?

I am a fountain of useless facts thanks to my obsession with drinking Snapple. Apparently, a Venus Flytrap can eat an entire cheeseburger. Snapple Fact #880.

What can fans do to help spread the word about Waveborn?

 

Besides friending us on Facebook and following us on Twitter, you can subscribe to our newsletter to get updates on our movement and be the first to hear about contests, promotions and giveaways. But the best thing you can do is get your hands on a pair of our shades and let your eyes do the talking.

Person who would best rock a pair of Waveborn shades?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I think these shades could have bought him 500 more days with Summer.

If you want to hear more from Lenise, leave a comment or check out her Twitter @lenephew.  Don't be shy!

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