Twenty Questions with Sarah Caro
Welcome to Twenty Questions!
Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.
What is your full name?
Sarah Jane Caro.
How old are you?
How old do you feel?
It ranges, but mostly 22. At work I try to dress older but then I open my mouth and it’s all downhill from there.
Where were you born, and where do you live now?
I was born in Auckland and currently live in New York.
What do you do for work?
I work in recruitment for an Investment Bank. I am laughing as I write this because Wall Street is so out of my league that it often feels surreal, but I am learning so much and feel really lucky to be here.
What do you do for fun?
Singing my favourite song “I Love Big Butts”, eating, going out with friends, talking to new people, going to the beach and winding my sister up.
Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?
I went to Canterbury University and studied a Bachelor of Commerce. Someday I would like to go back and study Nursing.
What is your favourite movie of all time?
Embarrassingly, The Lizzie Maguire Movie makes me so happy.
What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?
Quitting my job in New Zealand to come to New York. I loved the company I worked for and my team, so it was scary to leave all of that and move to New York with no job prospects and no friends, but it has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Like anyone else that lives overseas, I’ve had my moments but I love it here and the people I’ve met and things that I’ve been able to do have exceeded all of my expectations. I haven’t had a boring day since arriving and have learnt I am much braver than I realised.
Hardest moment of your twenties so far?
Being diagnosed with an auto-immune condition and learning how to live with it day to day. Being in the United States has also made me appreciate the New Zealand healthcare system so much more.
Best moment of your twenties so far?
Looking around the room at all the people I love at my 21st birthday, seeing my grandma’s face when I got my degree, and a night at Brighton beach in my first year of university when my friend Phoebe said to us, “This is our crew now.” I remember thinking, I’m about to have the best three years of my life with these people.
Who do you miss?
My family and friends at home. I miss my mum a lot and her hugs.
What do you like the most about yourself?
My ability to empathise with others and that I don’t take myself too seriously.
What do you like the least about yourself?
The list is endless but here are a few:
- I want to be Parisian so badly but I am failing miserably.
- I cannot spell the word “tomorrow”.
- I drink too much Diet Coke.
- My lack of self-belief.
- I talk more than I listen, but I’m working on it.
If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?
Probably “I like big butts and I cannot lie” across my foot. I would never actually do that though as my dad would be devastated.
How would your friends describe you?
Happy, hilarious and loving.
How would your parents describe you?
My mum said, “Slightly crazy, the best friend, messy, determined and lights up a room.” Which I think really means you hear me before you see me.
My dad said, “A free spirit who is chaotic in her approach to life but takes any challenge in her stride.” But most importantly, that I am their favourite child.
When was the last time you cried?
Talking to one of my best friends on the subway the other morning at peak hour.
What are you afraid of?
Getting off at the wrong subway stop (happens daily), cats sitting on my face, and flour rubbing against a cooked pizza base gives me the worst shivers.
If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?
The only thing I regret is not saying a proper goodbye to a friend before I left New Zealand and she passed away a week after I arrived in New York. I learned a big lesson from that.