As our new Student Editor, Alexandra Hoover has the perfect combination of passions and skills. It goes without saying that she loves tea and, by her own admission, “drinks too many cups of tea a day”. But she is also an accomplished writer, who has not only been a T Ching guest contributor since May, but is also the Los Angeles Spirituality Examiner at examiner.com. With a degree in anthropology already under her belt, Alexandra is a student once again, pursuing graduate studies in anthropology at California State University, Northridge. In addition to continuing to write about tea from her unique perspective, Alexandra will be recruiting more young people to the site by taking advantage of the world of social networking. Please welcome Alexandra!
About The Author
A native Californian, born literally on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Erika Cilengir grew up in the Highland Park/Mt. Washington area of the city, a haven for persons marching to a different beat. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Pomona College, Erika spent four months in Germany, studying German at the Goethe Institute in Luneburg, where she met her future husband. Erika then began her nearly 20-year career as a technical communicator in the computer industry and received a master’s degree in Communication from the University of Southern California (USC). In 1998, Erika made a career transition, moving into business analysis. She continues to work as an IT business analyst, but took a brief break from the corporate world in 2008 to pursue her dream of starting a tea house. After eight intense months of pursuing her dream, Erika decided it was not the right time to open a business and put her dream on hold. But Erika continues to be a tea enthusiast and makes a point of savoring at least one cup a day. Her positive associations with tea began many years ago when Erika regularly spent afternoons with a good friend and tea lover, sampling various teas, enjoying her company, and leaving feeling refreshed and relaxed. Today, steeping a cup of tea is one of the best ways Erika has found to take a break from the hustle and bustle of living. It is a healthy habit that complements her other healthy habits of running and eating well as well as her volunteer work with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).