Marissa Bednarek

My day job is recent graduate of Denison University, with a degree in sociology and anthropology. In addition to my studies, I was a varsity swimmer (Editor’s note: Marissa was a 12-time All-American who attended Nationals all four years of college!).

My most memorable caffeine would be learning to like coffee. When I was a kid, I thought it was quite an adult drink and would occasionally get to have a shot of coffee in a glass of milk. When I was a sophomore in high school I started drinking it more regularly, always with heavy cream. Today I find that I actually need coffee—I get a headache without it. I definitely feel more focused once I’ve had my coffee!

 My current caffeine of choice is typically a brewed coffee with sugar and heavy cream or half and half. If I’m in the right mood, I’ll sometimes treat myself to a caramel latte, but those are pretty sweet.

My favorite place for caffeine is no place in particular in Madison. At Denison, I liked to go to The Village Coffee Company, which was close to campus and open before the cafeteria—which was critical if we had an early swim meet. I also liked River Road Coffeehouse if I wanted to get off campus and get something done—it was in an old house and a good place to study.

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is no one in particular. I’m more attracted to the topics we could discuss!

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine:  human rights violations. One of my senior research papers was about femicide in Juarez, Mexico. It’s incredibly disheartening to think about these murders and the fact that they’ve attracted so little attention and so few have been solved. Perhaps sitting down over a cup of coffee would give us the time to understand, accept and care about each other, regardless of gender, age, culture or any other differences, instead of feeling that our way or our culture was “right.”