Archive for Thursday, November 30, 2006

Always ready for a rush

November 30, 2006

Tiffany Herken's job at Lansing City Hall requires her to stay cool and calm, but when the workday is done, it's adrenaline that really lights her fire.

Whether it's roller coasters or rock climbing, Herken is always ready to embrace the next thrill. That is, after she's taken care of her responsibilities as both a full-time student and as a full-time city employee.

Tiffany Herken

Tiffany Herken

Recently, Herken had the opportunity to try something she's dreamed about for several years: skydiving.

It was everything Herken hoped it would be.

"They take you at 10,000 feet ... and let you go," she said. "It doesn't really hit you until they open the door; but when the door opens and the air hits you, you're like ... you're petrified. But it's amazing."

But for those who thrive on adrenaline like Herken, it's a peaceful rush.

As she was falling, she was overcome by a sense of calm - and it was a feeling she wanted to last.

"It's kind of weird, but it's like serenity," Herken said. "I wanted to go right after that. As soon as I landed I was ready to go again."

Between exciting excursions, Herken loves getting to know the many people her city job exposes her to.

And she looks forward to completing her degrees and moving on to a career in public relations.

"You build a rapport, which I love, you get to know people's stories - where they came from and how they got their start," Herken said.

And while it may be several years before she can begin an exciting career, Herken already has her mind on other exciting things she'd like to try - and at least one she wouldn't.

"Like base jumping, that'd be really fun," Herken said. "But I also want to take a hot air balloon ride.

"Can't do bungee jumping though - I don't trust the cord."

Name: Tiffany Herken

Address: 21824 Edwards Dr., Easton

Occupation: Lansing utility billing clerk

Graduate of: Pleasant Ridge High School, Class of 2004; Currently studying business administration at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Family: Robin, Mother; Nick, Father; Robert, brother

What do you like most about Lansing? "The people, they're very friendly, down-to-earth."

What do you do for fun? "Anything that has to do with adrenaline: skydiving, rock climbing, roller coasters."

What would surprise people about you? "People think that I'm a very shy, quiet person, but it surprises them that I'm very outspoken. And I think people are kind of thrown by that."

What's the best advice you've ever received? "It's not what you know, it's who you know."

What organizations or clubs do you belong to? Phi Theta Kappa sorority

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