This is part of a monthly series in which we get to know Sifties.
Maya Meyers is Front Desk Ambassador at our San Francisco office and has been with Sift Science for eight months.
If she could eat just one food for the rest of her life, it would be french fries. She eats them pretty much on the daily so it would be easy to keep that going. There is no “why” when it comes to this decision – they’re so good, who doesn’t like fries?
What’s something that happened or something that someone said that changed how you view the world?
When I was younger I viewed life through rose colored glasses, but I soon learned that everything wasn’t all roses. When I was 17, I went through a really traumatic experience that made me wary of the ways of the world.
Since that difficult time I became more grateful for everything and slowly learned that the world changes according to the way you view it. So, one day I decided to keep my face towards the sunshine, and to take on life one day at a time.
If you could play any instrument, what would you want to play?
The piano. There’s a woman I follow on Instagram, her name is Chloe Flower, she’s an amazing classical pianist. She covers Bach to Jay-Z to Jill Scott, you name it. She’s this stylish chick sitting at the piano in six inch heels, killing it, flipping her hair back and forth. When I see her videos I think to myself, “I wish I could do that.” I love it so much. @misschloeflower is her Instagram handle, if you want to check her out.
Who do you admire the most?
My momma. Seriously, I admire my mom so much. Watching all she went through when I was growing up, I can’t help but to admire her strength and positive outlook on life. She’s always moving forward, no matter the circumstances.
If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
I would change it to Beyoncé. Last name and all. Beyoncé Knowles. Full name is changed. Imagine all the perks I would get from people thinking I was THE Beyoncé Knowles.
What was your first job?
My first job was in the summertime, when I was 15 years old, and I was a ride operator for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. I operated the ride called Vertical Velocity, which went from 0 to 60 in three seconds. I still wonder why they had a 15-year-old in charge of all these people’s lives.
I was audited once a week. I would take a random test about the materials the roller coaster was made out of, safety requirements, etc. I did it for two summers. I started out a ride attendant, but very soon after that they asked me if I wanted to be a ride operator.
What is something you will NEVER do again?
I would never ride a roller coaster again. I had a BAD experience one time at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. After a day of indulging in Vegas, me and my friend decided to go to the Stratosphere Hotel to go on one of the rides. This particular ride extends 64 feet over the edge of the Tower, at a height of 900 feet, and spins in the open air.
It got stuck while we were on it. Over the edge of this building, in mid-air. We were only stuck for about two minutes but it felt like an eternity, and all I kept thinking was, “Oh gosh, my harness is going to open and I’m going to fall to my death.” Since then, I vowed I would never ride a roller coaster again. Why put myself in that position again. I don’t want to die on a roller coaster. I love them, but every time I see them I’m like nope, I can’t do that.