Meet Skylight Intern Mackenzie Evans
College: Villanova University
From: Pepper Pike, OH
Why did you want to intern at Skylight?
I want to intern with Skylight to gain invaluable experience as a continuation of my education as a Finance major at the Villanova School of Business. I enjoy meeting new people and am looking to make a positive impact on everyone I come across in my personal and professional career.
Tell us something you are really good at?
Arranging pictures and memorabilia into beautiful collages. Give me a few pictures, some ticket stubs, and other collectibles and I will produce an elaborate collage in no time.
A fun fact about you:
I had the pleasure of attending the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game in Houston in April of 2016. I watched my friend Kris Jenkins win the game for Villanova with a three-point shot at the buzzer in what is being called the best game of college basketball to ever be played.
Your favourite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:
As strange as it sounds, I love trekking up to the (publicly accessible) rooftop of the Cleveland Clinic main campus. Watching the sun set over the lakefront while sipping a milkshake from Tommy’s is unbeatable.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my very limited free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, running or biking outdoors, and food shopping at Trader Joe’s. When I am home, I love watching my brother play baseball for St. Ignatius and enjoying coffee with my grandmother in Little Italy. I also love hanging out with my two golden retrievers, Daisy and Lily.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I once dropped everything to accompany my friend on an all-expenses-paid 10-day biking trip through the South of France. We biked over 60 miles a day—up humongous mountains and through all kinds of weather. It was an experience I will never forget.
Who would you most like to meet – alive or dead?
I would most like to meet Janet Yellen, current Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. This past semester, I had the opportunity to compose extensive research for a paper examining the reasoning behind her decision to work in the public sector instead of the private sector. I would commend her life’s work and then of course ask her for her best advice to a young woman entering the workforce in a male-dominated field.
Where do you want to be 10 years from now?
At 31, I want to be at a place in my career that allows for me to have a family of my own. I want to feel proud of my successes thus far knowing that I have brought value to the world that did not exist before I began working. Most importantly, I want to love what I am doing with my life (while cheering on the Cavs, Indians, or even Browns to bring a championship home to Cleveland).