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Team Spotlight: Baylee Alerding

The latest installment in our regular Q&A spotlight session where we sit down with members of the FJY team to find out a little bit more about what exactly they do here and what makes them tick.

This Month: Baylee Alerding

What is your favorite memory (so far) from working at FJY Financial?

My favorite memory is from our annual retreat. One of the nights, we had a crab feast on the Chesapeake Bay and played corn hole and hung out around the bonfire after. It was nice to get to know everyone and hangout. 

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I don’t know if I could pick just one meal, but one type of food I could eat forever would be Asian food. Ramen, sushi, miso soup, any Thai food, and mochi for dessert. 

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little, I wanted to be a paleontologist. I thought dinosaurs were really cool until one year we took a family vacation to Disney World, and my older siblings took me on the Jurassic Park ride. I was scarred for life. The giant animatronic T-Rex terrified me so much that I didn’t watch a Jurassic Park movie until last year, 16 years after going on that ride. So, then I went to the other end of the spectrum and decided I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. 

If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring?

Sunscreen because I would burn to a crisp in an hour without it, something to start a fire, and a satellite phone to call someone when I’m ready to be picked up. 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would like to learn to scuba dive. I love snorkeling and think scuba would be a great next step. I would gladly spend whole vacations in the water checking out fish and exploring reefs. 

Where is your favorite place to be?

Anywhere on, in, or by the water. Whether we’re out on the lake, or in the ocean, or by the pool, I’ve never had a bad day when I’m out on the water with friends or family. The irony is that I’m a terrible swimmer. I can swim, but if there were a shark after us, I’d be the first one to go. 

What is your all-time favorite book?

It honestly depends on the genre. I love fantasy, Harry Potter is the series that made me love reading, but I also love fiction, memoirs, non-fiction about history and science, and sci-fi. Some of my more recent favorite reads are Wild, The Iron Druid Chronicles, Educated, The Goldfinch, the Philosopher’s Flight series, and The Martian.