Meet Our Intern: Madison Wren Whittington


Our summer intern has been such a great help around the office. Get to know a little bit about her!

Where are you from and where are you going to school? 

I'm  from Houston, Texas and I’m studying philosophy at UT. I transferred after two years at the University of North Texas.

You're studying philosophy. What’s your personal philosophy?

Honesty and compassion. People lie to themselves all the time, but it’s so important to be honest with yourself about where you stand. You don’t have to share that information with other people, but when you recognize and honor your own insecurities you’re able to move on. I’ve always been hard on myself and my expectations are high, but I’ve learned recently that the way you treat yourself shines through in your relationships with other people. It’s silly, but I have to remind myself that we’re all human and allow for human errors.

Where would you like to be in in five years?

I want to stay in a big city. I think it’s important for me to stay in an environment that’s forward-thinking and ambitious. When I’m in an atmosphere that’s competitive and fast-paced, it pushes me to work harder because I feel like the bar is set so much higher. I’ve lived in Texas for my entire life, and I lived in the same house for 17 years, so I want to move out of state before rooting myself in Texas. I never want to feel stuck somewhere.

What three people would you invite to a dinner party and why?

Tavi Gevinson, Amanda De Cadinet and Hillary Clinton. The three of them come from different generations, are self-made, and have created a unique space for women in their respective fields. They’re powerhouses. Tavi Gevinson founded RookieMag when she was 15, Amanda De Cadinet’s talk show The Conversation gives women a space to speak to and share their experiences, and it’s difficult to describe how significant it is that Hillary Clinton won the democratic nomination. She’s been paving her own way in politics for years, but that’s a game-changer for all women.

What do you do to relax?

When I’m alone I write or read poetry aloud to myself. When I’m feeling anxious poetry helps me to feel like a real human again. I also hang out with my neighbors 4 to 5 nights a week.

What's your favorite food?

Pita bread filled with grilled veggies and hummus.

What are your favorite places in the world?

Rothko Chapel in Houston and Rodger’s Book Barn in Hillsdale, NY.

What's your favorite mode of communication? Text, email, phone, SnapChat...?

I’m probably one of the only people my age who doesn’t use Snapchat. I try to separate myself from technology when I can, so Snapchat is too much of a constant for me and it feels invasive. I use my phone for lists and reminders, but I still use a paper planner. I text my friends to stay in touch.

What's the best thing you've read this year?

I'm reading "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler and it's outstanding.

What are some of your favorite local businesses?

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, Book People, and the Clay Pit.

What are some of your favorite things to watch (TV, movies, YouTube)?

I’m obsessed with The Mindy Project and I love watching Ingrid Nilsen and Estée Lalonde on YouTube.

What are your go-to websites?

RookieMag, The New York Times, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. I like to use Twitter to keep up with news and politics.

If you could pick three to five words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Honest, ambitious, inquisitive, and resourceful.

Thanks Madison!