Interviewing Mr. Raven: Administrative Assistant


Sylvie Pagovich ’25

SP: Where are you from?

MR: I am originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania. But I’ve been living in New York City for a number of years.

SP: What did you do before coming to Ramaz?

MR: Most recently, I worked for a restaurant supply company. I am a jack of all trades.

SP: Why did you come to Ramaz?

MR: I came to Ramaz because the job was available, and I was told about it, and then I got it. But I mean, it’s a really cool place to work. And as soon as I knew that that was a possible option, I jumped at it.

SP: Why did you want to be an administrative assistant? 

MR: I believe deeply in Jewish education, and I wanted to make my way into there without actually having to do the educating part. 

SP: What would you do if you had a day off?

MR: Probably sleep in. I probably sleep in and hang out with my dog and watch some TV. Maybe go to a sports game if there was one. 

SP: What was your favorite subject growing up?

MR: My favorite subject growing up, I guess, is history. I wasn’t a particularly good student. So picking a favorite is rough, but I think history. It’s always interested me. 

SP: Is there anywhere you like to travel?

MR: I always love to go to Israel. I know that’s a credibly cliche answer. But I was there this year, and every time I go, I want to stay longer. I went to Iceland once for 13 hours, and I would really love to be able to go back there for longer than 13 hours. 

SP: What are your hobbies? 

MR: I really like watching stand-up and sketch comedy. I do a lot of fantasy sports. I could probably write a doctoral thesis on Eurovision at this point. I like to play with my dog. I know I already said that, but that’s like one of the main things. Hang out with friends, you know, like all the usual stuff.

SP: What’s your favorite part of the job? 

MR: My favorite part of the job is designing the daily screen of the TV in the lobby. You know, the one that has the schedule, along with some awesome memes! It gives me the ability to have some free expression in my day-to-day life. Now the truth is, is that I spent way too much time on it, and I have no idea if anyone ever reads it, but if they do, I really do try to hide some fun nuggets in there. And if  I could toot my own horn on one thing, it’s that I really am dedicated to the lobby board.