The NTEN team continues to grow! We’re excited to welcome Samara Islam as our new Program Coordinator. Samara brings a passion for community and problem-solving. I asked her five questions to help us get to know our latest teammate.
What was your first job?
My first official job was in high school. I ran the audio board with an A/V team that recorded football games for local public access TV. If we want to get technical, my first job was actually in elementary school. I was fortunate enough to have a pretty sizable VHS collection growing up and rented them out to my friends and family.
You’re a musician. What are some of your favorite bands?
We could be here a while — I love a lot of bands, and my favorites are constantly changing! These days I’ve been listening to a lot of Weezer, Against Me!, and Meg Myers. I’ve seen Everclear live more than any other band and have always had a soft spot for 90s-era Aerosmith. I also really love Green Day, The Darkness, Muse, and Bad Religion. Oh, also Motion City Soundtrack, Bruce Springsteen, and David Bowie. I could spend an eternity talking about music I like, so let’s go ahead and cut it off here for now.
What are some of your favorite local adventures?
I’m not much of an outdoor person, but I do love taking my daughter to the Oregon Zoo! I also enjoy walking around Downtown Vancouver and Portland with my wife.
What was a favorite childhood meal?
Pizza! I have loved pizza for as long as I’ve had a conscious memory. I grew up in the 1990s, so Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles probably influenced this a lot.
What is one new place you’d love to travel to?
I am fascinated by early human civilizations and would love to check out the Pyramids of Giza. I also really want to go to India to see the Taj Mahal. We’re going to have to call this one a tie.