Reena was born in Long Beach, CA. As a 5-year-old, she once highly coveted the one toy her neighbor had that she didn’t have: a Teddy Ruxbin (a cassette player encased in a teddy bear). Reena ended up never getting a Teddy Ruxbin and settled for a dollhouse, a Duck Tales Play-Doh set, and a lifetime supply of crayons.
During her teen years, everything was embarrassing to her, especially mom and dad. They were awkward teenage years that only became slightly better in high school. Dad used to take her to orthodontist appointments, piano lessons, and bi-
weekly trips to Kumon to do repetitive math problems. She was stuck on level G forever till she quit (Google Kumon) and somehow she got access to the answer books (lol). It did little good to have the answer books because the teachers got mad because they wanted her to show her work and not just have an answer.
In her twenties, she took Dad’s advice and studied Chinese for a few years. After 2 years of study and attending an Education Abroad Program meeting, her class-
mates convinced her to do something crazy like go to China. That was in her words the “highlight of her college experience." She also lost 20 pounds eating food in China. She wants to go back to China just to lose those 20 pounds again.
She also took Mom’s advice to heart, which was to start thinking about what the hell to do with her life. The only fun things this girl did in college was college radio, complete one zine, and hope to get invited to dinner by friends on weeknights just to take a break from studying.
Now into the beginning of the 3rd decade of life, Reena hopes to do more creative projects and travel now that school’s done and Top Ramen dinners are a thing of the past (well, let’s hope so). Reena hopes to one day try rock climbing, sushi and bento box making, and parasailing.