Lucky '13: Stand-up comedian Heather Snow
They don't tell you what to do after college, right? I went to college at Penn State -- I was supposed have a swimmer's scholarship, but I blew out my shoulder senior year. I still wanted to go to the school and I was accepted. My parents were cool enough to help me and I took out a ton of loans, and I'm glad I went. It's just crazy where paths take you.
September 11 happened my senior year -- our career fair was that day. We still put on our suits and walked down there and nobody could come in because the flights were all canceled. It was also on my birthday. That's lucky, right?
Oh, no. I'm a September 9 birthday, and I feel for my friends who have 9/11 birthdays.
I have a joke about it: My birthday is September 11, I went to Penn State and I'm from Sandusky, Ohio. It's like, when is the "fuck you" train going to leave the station, right?
The modern American historical tragedy train.
Yeah. And then I got stuck in Hurricane Sandy. I was like, this is ridiculous. Why does this stuff always happen to me? (Laughs.) I never really look at it as disaster-prone, though. I think that people who are really negative are always like, "Woe is me, why is this always happening to me?" I think they bring that on themselves. We could all put our lives under a microscope and make them look really bad. Everyone's a martyr. It's like, "Oh my god, I'm stuck in Sandy!" ... with two million other people.
What's your resolution for 2013?
Execution of ideas -- I'm great at starting projects, terrible at seeing them through. I'm excited about the opportunities that I'm being given, and I want to make sure that I'm setting myself and those involved on these projects up for success. But shhh.... (these projects) are secret.
What are you doing New Year's Eve?
I'm headed to Philadelphia. I have 28 friends I've stayed in touch with since college, who I try to get out and see as much as possible. We all connected through the dorms freshman year at Penn State, and I consider them a second family. I'm there to make sure that they don't get arrested. For me, I'd much rather be in the company of a few close friends than at party where I'm constantly scanning the crowd for a guy tall enough to kiss me at midnight.