603 Spotlight: Hannah Blandini

Name:

Hannah Blandini

Current City/Town:

Bow

Native City/Town:

Alton Bay

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I studied and received my Undergraduate degree in English at the University of New Hampshire. I work at Southern New Hampshire University as an online Undergraduate Academic Advisor. Additionally, I advise a Communication Club for online students. Right now, I’m working towards getting my Master’s degree in Communications with a focus in New Media and Marketing at SNHU. I am a part of our Employee Engagement Squad in both the Active Programming Committee, which gets SNHU employees involved in the workplace, as well as the Community Service Committee, allowing employees to get involved and help out in locations throughout New Hampshire, Arizona, and beyond. For a hobby, I work on an online networking website called ‘The Shire‘ that interviews local business around New Hampshire. I write up articles to be posted for the public to read and enjoy.

Why did you choose to stay in New Hampshire?

I absolutely love New Hampshire. A lot of my passions which include hiking, spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee, and visiting all the quaint little towns this state has to offer is what makes me never want to leave. A big part of feeling connected to this state was going to three universities that ultimately gave me three perspectives on what New Hampshire has to offer. My freshman year of undergrad, I went to Plymouth State University which exposed me to the White Mountains. The remainder of my undergrad years I attended University of New Hampshire which brought me to the seacoast (but did not keep me from forgetting up north). Now, I am in central New Hampshire at Southern New Hampshire University networking and enjoying city like activities. Many of my family members were raised in New Hampshire as well. Throughout my younger years, I worked in Wolfeboro at Bly Farm that is owned by my grandparents. I scooped ice cream and also maintained their farm stand that housed fruits, veggies, and more. I just had an appreciation of the journeys I have been able to take part in and love the scenery of this state. I was born and raised in New Hampshire, and I know it would be impossible for me to leave.

Why did you choose to live in your current city/town?

I moved to Bow my sophomore year of high school attending Bishop Brady in Concord. Previously, I lived in Alton Bay (born in Laconia) which is minutes away from Lake Winnipesaukee. In Alton, we owned a little farm on our property which kept us preoccupied during our younger years. It is safe to say that yes, we lived in the woods. We moved to Bow because commuting was hard and there was more opportunity for us to be exposed to activities and sports for me and my siblings. Bow is closer to many things that I wasn’t able to quickly get to before, so it has been great to be able to connect with lots of different opportunities and meet different people.

What would you say to someone that is considering moving to New Hampshire?

Welcome! There is so much to do here if you are willing to embrace adventure. Check every nook and cranny for what cool things we have to offer, you will not regret the effort.

Tell us some of your favorite places in the state or your region. i.e, restaurants, recreational or cultural activities, etc.

Bly Farm (Wolfeboro), Franconia Ridge Loop, Mount Major, Lonesome Woods (Thrift Shop in Bethlehem), The Coffee Station (Newmarket), Biederman’s Deli (Plymouth), I could go on and on.

If money were not an issue, what would your version of a “perfect” day in the state look like?

I would start my morning waking up in a cabin in the White Mountains and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and soak the scenery in. There is nothing more breathtaking than driving through the notch and also staring at our northern peaks just kind of thinking “wow, I cannot believe I live in this beautiful state.” I would then take a trek to the Lakes Region and spend time on my boat visiting all the big lake town locations. Meredith, Alton, Wolfeboro, Hampton…yeah I would drop some money to partake in the social environment it has to offer. To end my day, I would find the best spot to enjoy a drink. Perhaps a local brewery or just outside somewhere to soak everything in.

What do you believe to be the “New Hampshire” advantage?

Getting the lakes, mountains, and neighboring the city of Boston. We also get all four seasons. I am an indecisive person, so I am not leaving this state to put me in a position where I cannot have all of that. I am just too fortunate.

Is there someone in the state that you would like to have coffee with? And why?

Wow, this is a tough one. I guess I have sat down with a lot of people to have coffee since I enjoy networking and getting to know different NH natives. I will have to answer somewhat lamely and say I would want to have coffee with everyone all over again. I established a connection with these people and thoroughly enjoy getting to know them on a deeper level.

Anything else that we may have missed that you would like to include?

I interned at New Hampshire Magazine prior to completing my undergrad. I also worked at Pat’s Peak as a lift operator for about three winters (took advantage of the skiing). Check out ‘The Shire’ website and Instagram page!

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