To get to know our new faculty and staff a little better, we asked them to answer a few questions from the Proust Questionnaire — the famous questionnaire that Vanity Fair asks celebrities to answer on its back page. Today, we introduce Upper School Counselor Amanda Acutt, who received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College and her M. Ed. (Counselor Education) from Virginia Commonwealth University.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I love going out to eat way too much! It's my all-time favorite hobby. There's something so indulgent about getting dressed up and going to a new restaurant and trying different cuisines. Bonus — I love making late dinner reservations (like past 9 p.m.) because it feels even fancier.
What is your current state of mind?
I try to stay as optimistic as possible, always searching for the silver lining in every situation. Sometimes things don't go our way, and that can be hard to deal with. If we consider what we've learned from our experiences, good or bad, it can help us make sense of the world and cope with life's challenges.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Pride. Although I do think it's important that we find satisfaction within ourselves, I think it's a continual work-in-progress. We all have setbacks and times when we need to relearn what it is that makes us proud of our lives. That interim time doesn't mean we're failing; it just means we're human.
When and where were you happiest?
On my 16th birthday, I was at a Red Sox/Yankees game at Fenway, sitting in bleacher seats with my older sister and my best friend. The weather was perfect, the Sox were winning, and we were having so much fun with everyone sitting around us. I remember thinking, "This is the best day ever," and it has always stuck with me.
Upper School Counselor Amanda Acutt