Escaped Converts: Marissa Rosenburg

Our occasional check-in with the flood of recent arrivals—poor, huddled and yearning to clog our freeways.

By Marianella Orlando February 5, 2016 Published in the February 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Convert: Marissa Rosenberg
Former Religion: Bostonian
Lives: Co-op in Midtown with 10 people, two dogs, one cat and one turtle
Occupation: Postdoctoral fellow at NASA Johnson Space Center’s neuroscience laboratory, performing field tests on returning astronauts
Distance Traveled: 1,848 miles 
Date of Conversion: Nov. 1, 2015

Favorite Moon: Europa (of Jupiter)
Reason for Pilgrimage: To work for NASA, in hopes of being selected to go to outer space. “I’ve wanted to be an astronaut since I was 3 years old.”

First Impressions: The perfect (for now) weather, amazing Mexican food, and friendly, welcoming Houstonians.
Arriving Misconceptions: Houston is homogeneous: Has discovered that Houston is incredibly diverse. “There’s a lot of culture that I wasn’t expecting.”

Getting around without a car = no problem (who told her that?):
She now carpools to work, but continues to walk or bike around Midtown. “Everything is so spread apart. They’re not kidding with ‘everything is bigger in Texas.’”
We’re the anti-California: “In the Midtown, downtown and Montrose areas, it’s pretty legit. I don’t notice that much of a difference between here and Berkeley or Oakland.”

First Meal: Grilled fish and veggie tacos at Tacos A Go-Go
Best Photo So Far: Doing a handstand in front of Market Square’s Houston Is Inspired mural
If She Were Mayor: “Work on public transportation. It would be my number one priority.”
She Really Loves Us! “It’s such an awesome, growing city.”
Mainly for Our Beer: “New breweries are opening like every weekend, and that’s very exciting to be at the beginning of this almost remaking of Houston. And I think it’s going to be really good.”

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