Hailing from northeastern Ohio, Cathy K. Chang studies the science of consumer splurging - marketing - at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is having the time of her life assisting NPR Audience & Corporate Research. Cathy, who will be a senior in the fall, is partial to mountain biking, tennis, and snowboarding. After graduation, she plans on moving out west, working for a few years in international advertising, and then circling back for grad school. In the event that professional skateboarding is not a viable career, she will settle for losing money managing a small indie record label. Cathy loves slick ads, foreign flicks, David Lynch, Brian Jacques, and Conor Oberst. Although a fan of Blind Date as well as orange soda, she could care less about pompous liars, spiteful monkeys, and moldy cheese. The movie Dancer in the Dark makes her cry; DC Metro escalators make her jaw drop; black forest cake makes her swoon. Birthday presents are graciously accepted in the vicinity of February 26th.