This post is part of a weekly series in which we get to know Sifties.
Lynda Phan is a recruiter (and one of the first members of the Recruiting team!) who has a weakness for Sour Patch Kids and Green Tea Kit Kats. She’s been with Sift Science for two and a half years and comes to us with experience working for Google, as well as companies within the finance, accounting, and BioPharma industries.
What three traits define you?
What was your first job?
I was a sales associate at Macy’s in the Juniors department – you could ask me to fold your t-shirts or organize your closet any day!
If a movie was made of your life, what genre would it be and who would play you?
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I love to bake. Some weekends I’ll find recipes and bake five different types of cookies and not even eat them. I just like the smell. I will give them away to friends, though!
You recently took a solo trip! Had you traveled alone before?
This year was my first time traveling alone! I started off in Asia, where I felt it would be the most familiar. I met a friend who lived abroad, got comfortable with my new surroundings, explored, and then took on Japan all by myself. I went to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
What I enjoyed most about traveling by myself was that I got to do exactly what I wanted and create my own schedule. I’m an ambitious traveler and I got to accomplish a lot in a matter of two weeks. It got lonely at times, but it’s also a rare opportunity to be by yourself and be abroad. I really got the opportunity to unplug and reconnect with myself. It forces you to put yourself out there and push boundaries you wouldn’t otherwise have back home. Traveling abroad alone was the boldest thing I’ve done in my life, and ever since I came back I feel more empowered to try new things and take more risks.