Name: Sarah Eucalano.
Where and when I was born: Milwaukee, April 6, 1992.
Family: Mom, Patty; dad, Brian; and an older sister, Lara, 24.
Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s in journalism and international studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
My religious upbringing was: Roman Catholic.
How I came to work at FFRF as a journalism intern: I belong to Atheists, Humanists & Agnostics at UW-Madison and answered an email FFRF sent about intern opportunities. I love being a part of AHA. The discussions that happen there and the awareness the organization raises are great. I sent FFRF an email hoping I’d be able to help them out with their mission and gain some writing experience.
What I do here: I write up legal victories and Freethought of the Day and do whatever else FFRF needs me to do.
What I like best about it: I love writing and working with the people at FFRF because they are all nice and intelligent. I also love all of the freethought stickers, comics, quotes and pictures that are all over the walls. Everyone at FFRF is a freethinker, and most people are tea drinkers, so I fit right in.
Something funny that’s happened at work: At the Winter Solstice party, Dan sang a song from South Park with a chorus that inserted the f-word between Merry and Christmas. Also, FFRF still uses a typewriter for some tasks. I had to use it once and got a kick out of it.
My writing interests are: I write for the city news beat for the UW Badger Herald, which I enjoy. I also write short stories and poetry in my free time.
Three writers I admire: Mark Twain, Margaret Atwood and Douglas Adams.
These three words sum me up: Pragmatic, honest and passionate.
Things I like: People who think for themselves and have integrity. I also enjoy running, reading and riding my bike.
Things I smite: Dane Cook’s stand-up comedy. I also hate it when people use the phrase “you know how they are.” I hate it when people think they can look down on or make assumptions about people who aren’t white, white collar, suburban or formally educated.
Fun fact: I ran my first marathon this summer, the Paavo in Hurley, Wis. My time was 3:43, a good 15 minutes faster than Paul Ryan’s actual time.