Q: Who are you? Where are you from?
A: I’m Amy, who happens to be from South Sacramento, California and who happens to be Iu-Mien American. I also happen to love this emoticon: xD!
Q: What’s your background? What did you do before Modulate?
A: I studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I achieved an Environmental Studies BA with a concentration in Ecology. Before Modulate, I was an Invasive Shot Hole Borer (beetle) Trapper. I had the honor of participating in a pilot program that helped to locate these beetles in a leading edge county. I was also a Library Student Supervisor where I had the pleasure of working with many diverse scholars.
Q: Why are you joining Modulate?
A: I am joining Modulate because I deeply resonate with ToxMod’s mission. I strive to protect the gaming communities that I have both joined and created, and others I haven’t met that also desire an inclusive and safe space in the metaverse. It’s my way of giving back to my community.
Q: What’s your ideal work environment? Any special strategies you use to stay effective?
A: My ideal work environment is one that is engaging. I find that I thrive in places that have a good balance of engagement, whether through socializing or team meetings. Engagement keeps me focused and is a motivative reminder of why I am here doing the work that I am. A special strategy? Hmm, I would say giving myself breaks. This is something I’m constantly improving on – I often forget that I should rest my brain through breaks, having a conversation with someone or just looking out the window at a plant or body of water for longer than 5 seconds.
Q: Tell us about something you must have in any culture you join?
A: Kindness. That can also be called many things: consideration, nice words, warmth, etc. At the end of the day, we are all humans. Kindness is something that can help each of us come to an understanding and eventually find the right footing in each situation.
Q: Who are you outside of work?
A: I am a foodie, casual musician and gamer. I also enjoy occasional get-togethers/kickbacks where I make people help me cook. I like to express myself through harmonizing and freestyling with my instruments. I love to play games of any kind that challenges my intellect: board games, video games, and sport games (very casually).
Q: What’s something you’re great at that few people realize?
A: I am great at forming a body bridge from an upright, standing position. Although, I may make many funny faces while in the process of it!
Q: Leave us with a fun tidbit - a favorite joke, a story from your past, an obscure riddle, whatever you like!
A: I once made a cabana out of leaves and sticks for the last two gummy bears in the bag. Why did I particularly feel like the red and green gummy bears should have a cabana on my driveway while winds became violent, pushing me and wailing in my ears? Good question, I’ll let you know when I figure it out. Anyway, it washed away because of the storm that shortly followed after. That’s when I learned that’s just how life goes.