Getting to Know... Conor Patrick Brooks

John Armstrong/Gettysburg TimesConor Patrick Brooks

Age: 21

Lives: Gettysburg

From: Milford, Pa.

Educated at: Gettysburg College

Family: My mother Patricia, my father Paul, stepmother Deb, stepfather Bill, and some of the best sisters and brother I could have ever asked for (Lauren, Lisa, Kelly, Trish, John, Leigh)

Job: El Centro Tutoring Program Coordinator; administrative assistant intern at the Majestic Theater; Democratic State Committee Representative for Adams County

Job's reward: Tutoring - watching the connections between college students and wonderful kids form. Majestic - Having the privilege to work with the people there, plus the shows are of the highest caliber! State Committee - meeting and collaborating with driven community members from all across the state, showing others what Adams County has to offer.

What I hate about my job: We can only help so many children, box office spreadsheets are not exactly thrilling, and state committee only meets three times a year.

Very first job was: "Painter Boy," performing general maintenance at my father's Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Favorite food: Probably Italian, but anything fried or cooked on a grill deserves an honorable mention

Pets: My father breeds dogs, so we have eight of the most lovable German Shorthaired Pointers in the world.

Hero: Robert F. Kennedy

Hobbies: Fishing, outdoors in general

Pet peeves: Traffic. I'll drive half an hour out of the way just to keep moving.

You collect: Voter registration forms (I couldn't help but reference that)

Best friend: Moriah Rose, but I'd be remiss without also mentioning Drew Ciminera, Zac Duchow, and James Fredrick Leighty Jr.

Would like to have witnessed what event in history: Robert F. Kennedy's eulogy for Martin Luther King, Jr. in Jacksonville, Miss.

Event that changed your life: Choosing Gettysburg College, so many of the most favored parts of my life all started here.

Your scariest moment: Learning my father had died in the emergency room (I actually learned this from him, after he was revived and had recovered).

Your first memory: I remember my sister painting my face for my vampire Halloween costume when I was very young - I looked in the mirror and burst into tears because I was so terrified of my own face. Well done on the face paint, Lauren!

Trait inherited from parents: Respect - no matter what you think of someone's thoughts or actions, you treat them honorably.

Piece of advice that you live by: Question what you believe, make sure you know why you do.

Who needs a hug? Tom Corbett

Favorite reading/author: "Haiti After the Earthquake," Paul Farmer

Favorite spot on earth: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, working with some of my favorite people from the Outreach to Haiti program.

Website you visit most: (I am a victim of my generation)

Would like concert tickets to see: Fink

One bad habit: Most of my work gets done after 2 a.m.

3 items on your bucket list: A multiple-day hike in Yellowstone, watch a live taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," visit Italy

Five minutes with: Gordon Ramsey

What skill or lesson would you like to learn? I can cook decent food, but mostly by recipe. I want to learn cooking without a book.

What would people find surprising about you? I grew up owning and shooting guns, and was at one point trained by an Olympic level coach in sporting clays.

What would make this world a better place? A little more restraint.

What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? I was named the College Democrat of the Year for Pennsylvania, 2014.

How would you like to be remembered? Believed in ideals, grounded in reality, loved family and friends deeply.

- By Alex J. Hayes, Times Managing Editor

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