Courtney Yates appears as a contestant on the 15th season of the hit CBS reality television series, Survivor: China. Originally a native of Boston, she was born on March 26, 1981, and presently lives in New York City. She was raised in Boston with a younger and an older brother, whom she says were both much bigger than her. She has studied at both the Boston and Beacon Hill campuses of Suffolk University, as well as its West African campus located in Dakar, Senegal. She paid her own way through college by sidelining as a passenger service agent for a major airline at Boston’s Logan Airport, and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Another past occupation for her was working as a “historical interpreter,” which was actually a tour guide wearing a costume, at historic abodes found in Salem, Massachusetts. She has also worked as a receptionist for a high-end hair salon. She currently works as a waitress for a top restaurant in New York’s Union Square, where she says she enjoys the liberty and the fast pace of living that it allows her. Apart from her work, her favorite pastimes are learning new things and reading.
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