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Brandon Girod

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Talk to me about a place where you can be yourself.

I feel the safest at home with my kids and my partner. Tolerance and acceptance are two big values we preach in our home, and we really strive to focus on what makes us, us. This is all a long-winded way of saying we鈥檙e all the same kind of weird, so we just have a lot of fun together.

What has been your biggest teachable or meaningful moment that you鈥檝e experienced so far?

It might be cliche but having my kids, who are fraternal twins, was the most meaningful moment in my life by far. They鈥檝e taught me so much about myself and helped push me to become the best version of myself so far. It’s funny because they’re complete opposites. One is very introverted, the other one very extroverted, but they complement each other very well.

How do you identify and what does your culture mean to you?

滨鈥檓 Asian-American but I tend to identify more with my Korean side because 颈迟鈥檚 how people perceive me when they first see me. Being raised in a military family, culture is important because my culture helped me find pieces of home while my family and I moved abroad.

If you were to win an award, what would be your walk-up song?

Workout by Chance the Rapper. That鈥檚 probably a song out of left field for a lot of people who know me, but 颈迟鈥檚 one of my favorites because 颈迟鈥檚 about not letting life鈥檚 setbacks prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. Because in the end, everything鈥檚 going to work out.

If you can talk about something for 30 minutes without preparation, what would it be?

As a journalist, the answer to this question has changed to become just about anything! Technology and a lot of the philosophies around it would probably be my first thought. It changes the way we think and the way we behave. Technology has allowed civilizations to build and grow. But 颈迟鈥檚 also led to isolation and echo chambers.

Do you play any sports?

Believe it or not, 滨鈥檓 not a huge sports person. I was very involved in TaeKwonDo when I was a child, though. I participated in it for years before moving on to learning the guitar, which became my primary hobby.

What is your why?

I just want to continuously become the best version of myself to better the lives of my children. Mental health was something I kind of struggled with a lot when I was younger and it’s something that I think that society has gotten a lot better at dealing with. A lot of mental health challenges may stem from people not being accepted. [I want] to make sure everyone can feel like they’re in a safe place no matter where they go. [My hope is] nobody walks into a room and feels weird, uncomfortable or like they don’t belong just because of who they are or the way that they are. By me working on myself, my kids will grow knowing they are safe to be who they are.

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