Face of Foothills Finalist: Sydney Warsaski

Name: Sydney Warsaski

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Age:19

Title: Face of Foothills Finalist

Married/Single: Single

Kids: No

City I live in: Tempe

A typical day in my life includes…

some early morning yoga and depending on the day, either going to class, going to work or enjoying my free time to catch up on homework or to indulge my passion of painting. The day usually wraps up with experimenting with some new recipes for my roommate and myself to try.

I was born…

in Highland Park, Illinois.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

aside from not having to drive in the snow I really just love how breathtaking some of the sights here are.

I’m listing to…

Blink182.

My family…

loves me, makes me laugh, embarrasses me, supports me, makes me crazy…are people that I just can’t imagine not having and don’t know how I got so lucky that I do have them. I’m kind of choking up writing this right now because I know if it wasn’t for my family I wouldn’t even have a reason to be writing this. My family: Amazing.

If I could have dinner with anyone it would be…

my great grandmother. I never met her but her story fascinates me. She came to this country from Greece at the exact age I am now with a borrowed pair of shoes, the only dress she had and not knowing a word of English. I would want to know what her thoughts were on those 55 days she spent on that ship coming here. I would want to know what she was anticipating and once she was here I would want to know about the hardships she faced as a young immigrant woman. To me she just was a legend.

One thing I cannot live without…

yoga mat.

When I was younger I wanted to be…

on TV.

I’m inspired by…

people that overcome challenges whether physical or mental. I have been blessed that I don’t have those struggles, but I have a deep respect for anyone that doesn’t let those obstacles hold them back it’s just a very good message for the rest of us.

The one person who motivates me is…

my mom. She has always told me she’s seen big things for me, so then I started seeing big things for myself, which probably contributed to my working towards big things for myself, and all the while she has been there being my biggest fan and giving me the biggest words of encouragement.

If I could change anything in the world it would be…

hate. I would make it go away. Completely. If I could have a second thing I could change I would have Dutch Bros give out free coffee all the time 🙂

The perfect day would be…

I would be somewhere in Europe on a beautiful summer day with my camera and I would be exploring and taking in all the sites and snapping as many pictures as I could. At the end of the day I would have a wonderful meal and then enjoy the nightlife with the locals.

My first job was…

technically my first job was an ad for Carrier Air Conditioners. It was my first paycheck. I was 2.

My first job…

was at Portillo’s in Elgin Illinois when I was 16

My favorite escape…

back at my family home in Illinois I had a very large closet. It was the size of a one-car garage. I found an old TV in our basement and I hooked it up in there and I would take a sleeping bag and blankets and pillows and curl up in there and watch musicals until I fall asleep. Kind of my own little retreat. It’s been a long time since I have done that but I do miss it.

My life…

is a happy one!

I’m currently working on…

a 4’ by 2.5’ painting. It is a collage of all of The Beatles song titles. Think Eleanor Rigby, Hard Day’s Night, the Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes, Strawberry Fields, etc. all on one canvas. I am painting this as a gift for my sister.

Always…

forgive.

Never…

eat any food that is greater than your birth weight!!! A lesson well learned in Vegas with my family when a sly waiter convinced us to order 7.5-pound lobsters. We may as well have ordered truck tires they were so tough and rubbery. I don’t even want to tell you what the bill was!

Favorite Quote…

“You have to be odd to be number one.” –Dr. Seuss

Biggest dream…

to anchor Good Morning America.

My pet peeves…

when people mispronounce words.

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