Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Keeping up with Kayla


Since she arrived in New York from Tallahassee, Kayla Becker has stepped on a nail and a thorn, sat on a very wet chair, been proposed to on the side of the street, had a dangerous encounter with a cockroach in a sink (“I had to kill it with a spoon—it was awful”) and broken her phone.

“It’s been an adventure,” Kayla says.

Though she just started her newest internship, her work in the magazine world will not end with her current internship at This Old HouseSo far, she has been researching, running errands, proofreading and contributing to the magazine’s “10 Uses” of household items list.

“In five years, I see Kayla working for either a food or travel magazine in NYC,” wrote her best friend Taylor Smith in an email. “In 20 years, I see her settled down with a family and editor-in-chief of a magazine.”

Taylor described Kayla as “ambitious, food-y and directionally challenged.”

She loves sweets: “Everyone makes fun of my sweet tooth," she says. Kayla isn’t sure if she’s ever eaten a whole pan of brownies at once — probably only half a pan — but she does keep a giant bag of Sourpatch Kids at her desk at This Old House and did once stop at Crumbs Bake Shop while out on an errand. “I got the cannoli cupcake and it had a cannoli on top, and I was like, ‘YES.’”

She hates loud chewing, Comic Sans and the color lavender. She picks at her splits ends, snores (she thinks), sometimes places her hands on her cheeks when she speaks and can’t walk in heels to save her life. She has two scars on her chin (one from a dance education incident you probably shouldn’t ask her about) and used to have a bellybutton ring, but it got infected and she let it close.

Her favorite animal is a fennec fox, but her boyfriend tells her that if she were an animal, she’d be a sloth. Says Kayla: “In the morning, I can’t get out of bed. He says, ‘When you wake up, you look like Will Ferrell in ‘Old School’ when he’s in the pool after the tranquilizer gun.

Even considering her eventful start in New York, she hopes to move to the city after graduating.

“I’m open to a lot of things,” Kayla says. “Wherever it takes me, that’s where I want to go. I think I have more fun when I’m not thinking about where I need to be.”

By Lucy Feldman, Brown University, Vanity Fair
Edited by Stanley Kay, Northwestern University, Washingtonian

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