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Stern Singles Presents: Erin Pettis

Welcome back to another addition of Stern Singles. We are excited to introduce you all to another Stern eligible bachelorette, Erin Pettis! 

Sternie testimonials:

“From her infectious smile to her knowledge of the best restaurants in NYC, Erin is the person you can always count on for positivity and a fun time. She also has the cutest dog…so it’s a win-win!” 

“Erin is the catch of all catches. Not only is she the most down to earth, chill puppy mom to have a sophisticated conversation with, she also whips up a mean mezcal cocktail.”

🎵If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my dog🎵…and have good taste in mezcal and NYC restaurants…if that sounds like you, keep on reading about our last Stern Single Bachelorette for the academic year, Erin Pettis! 

I met Erin during the fall of 2020, and instantly gathered that she had good energy. A first-year Langone student, she has a unique background that lends itself to how much she embodies New York City: cultured, curated, and curious. We met over coffee at the Williamsburg waterfront, her dog, Bennie, in tow. 

So, Erin, give me the low-down. Where are you from, what’s your background, what are you doing here?

I grew up moving around a ton; my parents were in the Air Force. Most of my childhood I actually spent in Europe, but I went to school in Colorado. I moved to New York a few years ago to work for Planned Parenthood – fun fact, I was a sex ed teacher in college. 

That is a fun fact. They should make that required everywhere.

What are you up to now? What should the people know about you – and in 3 words, how would you describe yourself? 

I live in the East Village and absolutely love it. I read a lot …and if I had to choose, I’d like to think that I’m funny, kind-hearted, and genuine. 

I obviously now have to ask you what your favorite book is.

It’s definitely an asshole move to say Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace is my favorite book, but it’s my favorite book. 

As long as you own up to it. I’m picturing you as a girl about town, East Villager, and hearing these testimonials about you knowing the best restaurants and making a solid cocktail. So, if you were a cocktail, what would you be?

I would be a penicillin cocktail: whiskey, lemon, honey, and ginger. 

Folks, that’s actually a pretty good comparison to Erin as a person. Warmth with a zing. Carrying on from your literary taste, what kind of music do you listen to?

Oh, I almost exclusively listen to Dad rock. The Talking Heads, The National, The Smiths – any New York punk bands, really. 

Love that energy. Goes well with the whiskey in a penicillin. And if someone were to play you in a movie, who would it be?

Hmm, probably Anne Hathaway, though she gets a bad rep for her annoying earnestness, so maybe someone mildly cooler than Anne Hathaway but with similar energy? I just picture her character in “The Devil Wears Prada” catching the uptown 6 train from the East Village…

I definitely see the resemblance, annoying earnest aside! Anne Hathaway, if you are reading this, please don’t take offense. 

So I always forget when I’m doing these interviews that we are actually pitching you as an eligible gal amidst the Sternie seas. What brought you to Stern, and how are you liking it so far?

I’m getting my MBA because I ultimately want to continue working in healthcare and dismantling how crazy expensive and difficult of a system it is – I’d love to lead a nonprofit someday. As for Stern itself, I’ve been pleasantly surprised that I’ve liked every single person I’ve met! Especially in a pandemic, no less…

You know, every single person I’ve asked that question to has said the same thing. The Sternies are a lovely bunch, it turns out. Or maybe people have certain perceptions of business school and end up surprised, who knows…

Final round. The One You’re Looking For. What characteristics are you looking for in a man?

I want someone kind and thoughtful, who knows themselves well. Confidence in who you are is the most attractive thing in a guy. You definitely have to like my dog, Bennie, and you cannot be rude to service staff. Speaking of Union Square Cafe is my favorite restaurant, their service is divine! And the bitter almond Negroni.

She likes her cocktails and honest men who know themselves. If that sounds like you, you can reach out to Erin the You’ve Got Mail way via email at erin.pettis@stern.nyu.edu, or via Instagram @erinpettis. Okay Erin, it’s been wonderful to chat with you, and I am loving your dog. Any last words?

I wouldn’t recommend getting a dog during a winter intensive. 

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