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    Meet the Intern: Aysha Upchurch

    Posted Tuesday September 23 2014 at 06:50 am.
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    Aysha Upchurch

    I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and spent the past 17 years in the Washington, DC area (the DMV).  I'm in the Arts in Education cohort at Harvard's Graduate School of Education for the Ed.M. 2015 class.

    What are your favorite pastimes?
          "Dancing – I even tap dance while grocery shopping.  I also like organizing for others and I am an HGTV junkie. "

    If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
          "I'd be Uniqua from the Backyardigans - she's sassy, sweet, and smart."

    You are trapped on an island.  What three items do you want to have with you?
          "Well, if I'm trapped, I'm going to accept that I get to live out my last days on a nice island.  It can be a nice and tropical island right?  Just give me a Sweetarts, Cherry Coke and satellite radio . . . gonna have a sugar rush and dance it out until time's up."

    Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
          "Yes.  I rap in Spanish when I'm nervous.  I hate when people open potato chip bags upside down."

    What brings you to VSA?
          "The universe brought me here.  I am a dancer, choreographer, and writer and have had amazing unplanned experiences integrating arts and education in diverse settings.  So, I'm very grateful that I get to complement my time at Harvard's Graduate School of Education with practical experience in an integrated, inclusive arts organization."

    What are you doing during your internship?
          "I'm an Education Intern, primarily focusing on the COOL Schools program, but also lending a hand with development and social media."

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