We’re excited to welcome Natalie Gotko (she/her) to the content team as a content strategy intern. Natalie is a recent grad from Michigan State University. She found her way to Clique after dipping her toe into the world of brand strategy at Unilever and discovering she liked the idea of solving problems with content and messaging. She loves writing, crafting powerful messages, and thinking of new ways to create change. We’re excited to see what impact she makes for Clique and our clients.
Here’s a bit more about Natalie from our conversation.
So Natalie, on Day 2, tell me what you’re most excited about so far?
“The idea that everyone is so open to new projects and figuring things out from the ground up. It’s really cool to start at the beginning of the content team’s life, and get new experience under my belt.”
Before all this, growing up, what did you want to be? And what about when you graduated from college?
“Growing up my mom was a high school math teacher, so, naturally, I wanted to be a teacher too. Then, for a year in 5th grade, I randomly decided I was going to be the first woman president. Fast forward after college, I wanted to be able to create something. I love being able to see something in the world and say, ‘I made that’, or ‘I helped create that’. And I’ve always loved to write.”
I dig that. Fits pretty snugly into our core values, too.
Well if you could be the best in the world at one skill, but horrible at everything else, what would it be and why?
“I think I would choose to be really good at interviewing people. Being able to talk to people about their stories and, in turn, tell my own stories would be awesome. And I don’t think I’d be totally useless in society with this skill either. It’d be really cool to host a podcast, too.”
Hmm. Clique could maybe have a podcast. Anyone comfortable with the sound of their own voice? Anyone?
Okay, something lighter — when you go home for the weekend, what does your ideal weekend look like?
“I like to do stuff outside, whether it’s just a walk by myself or an activity. But on Sundays, I like to go for a long walk and maybe treat myself to a bagel. It’s something small, but I’ve got into the habit of doing it. Being new to Chicago, I’m excited to explore.”
Being in Chicago is great for this next question. If you had to choose, what would your final meal be?
“Ya know, I don’t really have a specific restaurant. I haven’t really been recommended anything yet. I would go classic PB & J with the bread all toasted and nice. Or just some really bitchin’ nachos.”
Two things to note. One. Make a list of incredible places worth trying in Chicago for Natalie. Two. Natalie loves nachos.
So you’re eating your PB & J and nachos, and you get to watch a TV show or movie. What’re you watching?
“My favorite movie of all-time is Pride and Prejudice. The Keira Knightley version, not the Colin Firth version. It’s just such a beautiful movie. And it’s story was written by one of the first, great woman authors, too. I just never get tired of watching it. Every time, I notice something new.”
Last question. Fill in the blank. By the end of 2018, I want to…
“Be hired full-time — wink wink. But also, just have a place that’s my own. Throughout college, you’ve got housing for a year and then you usually pick up and move for another year and another. I want to have leased my first apartment that’s more than a 1 year stint and really make a place that feels like home.”
Clique feels like a good place to call home, too. Glad to have Natalie on board.