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BA of the Week: Intern Li Chen

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Li Chen is a recent grad that supported her summer trips to Europe and China working at fast food restaurants and retailers. One of her favorite lyrics is, “Life is not a process but a beautiful journey.” She currently interns at Vimbly, an activity booking company that also believes experiences are more valuable than possessions. She is new to the city so if you see a 5’3” short hair gal looking confused near 5th Ave, just kindly point out directions for her. Thanks! Read below for some insight into her life of brokeitude.

Name: Li Chen (not a fungus according to Wikipedia)

What neighborhood do you live in?: Bronx Monday through Thursday, Long Island Friday through Sunday.

Best money saving tip: Rip all coupons (unless it’s for BJs) because coupons make you spend MORE money.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Parking. Growing up in New Jersey and later moving to Long Island, there’s no such thing as paying for parking.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: College textbooks for 4 years.

How’d that feel?: I tell myself it’s an investment…anybody want Business Statistics (it’s like new)?

Favorite cheap eat: Lunch boxes at Woorijip in K-Town.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: Free organic coffee and tea at WeWork

Favorite free thing to do: Observe crazy people on the subway for inspiration to write my next article.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: Buy micro apartments in New York City so I can retire and collect rent.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Of course, I can’t take money to my grave…what’s more important is my passion for life (and my job).

Do you own my book?: Not yet. Can I get a discount? Pretty please~~~

Best hangover cure: Bean sprout soup according to Korean dramas.

Are you a hipster?: Wait, like hipster jeans from AE..? I prefer skinny or straight jeans (no, I am not a hipster).

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

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