(Not) Complaining, Bad Feminism, & Patience — #HowToChangeTheWorld

Let’s keep the same format as last time. I think that worked well for us and our 72 viewers.

1. Set this scene for us, where are you and what are you doing now?

It’s 6:57am in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The room is relatively clean because I’m a bit of a neat freak. If you know me, you know that I generally dislike wearing clothes so I’m not wearing a ton right now because I just woke up (but I’m wearing glasses so I look smart and it’s fine). I’ve just made some coffee, but I’m nervous about it. I don’t think I have any cream and I always seem to get the sugar to coffee ratio wrong. The struggle is so real.

2. How was October 2015 different then September 2015?

I remember getting syllabuses for various classes in the middle of September and slowly putting due dates on my notorious iCal. I took a look at October, everything it encompassed, and instantly knew it would be very intense and taxing. However, I’m not complaining. I’m a firm believer that everyone in this world works hard and is lives a very busy. It’d be a waste of time and emotional energy for us to complain about. And this summer was oddly humbling and very helpful in terms of developing a mindset that would help me through this term. I remember walking to the park everyday and seeing Haitian men working manual labor during the heat of the day. That’d be something worth complaining about.

3. What’s your favourite class right now?

I think my favourite class is SPCOM 223: Public Speaking. I love it so much. It’s so different then any course I’ve ever taken. I had a friend in a different class the other day literally have to tell me to stop making jokes. I’ve heard the same thing happened to Jim Carrey in his high school days. The SPCOM class feels like the creative outlet my friend implied I needed. There’s always the opportunity to read, write, and be on a ‘stage’. I might not be a Broadway performer one day, but I certainly want to have a stage presence. And I think the only way to develop one is to be on a ‘stage’ everyday. My classmates are also awesome and we’re all kind of friends. I invited them out for brunch the other day but I can’t go because of a co-op interview. I’m such a dick.

4. How does this term differ from other school terms?

This question is hard. And it’s also interesting because I’ve been thinking about this one a lot lately. Every term of being here in Waterloo has been very different from the others. Whether it was the people I was making an effort to spend time with, the work I was doing, or what I thought I was interested in: no term was similar. I think this term is a bit more subtle in how I’m going about myself, my work, my gestures, and my brand. Some examples include trying to Facebook less and connect in person more. I’m also sleeping less, drinking less, drinking less coffee, eating less, exercising more, working smarter, etc. The days are certainly much longer then they used to be. However, I’m really enjoying it. This undergraduate career won’t last for much longer.

5. What you looking forward to in the context of the rest of this term?

For someone who doesn’t have much of a social life, I’ve certainly used my 21st Birthday as an excuse to plan a million different things for myself. I’ve learned a lot from my team planning social events in Waterloo and utilized such lessons. I’ve planned a small dinner with good friends my program. People are more likely to go to something if there is less people invited. I think this is because it’s noticeable if there presence is not there. There’s a Bomber event where I’ve invited all my friends in town, so I get to see everyone. Also, a latin night out at the local nightclub. Good thing I have the hips of a latin Goddess and continue to develop them in local shoetag fitness classes.

6. What’s on your mind in terms of this thing your DJ’ing?

First of all, thank you to my friend Ivy Chen who got me the gig. I’m really enjoying the preparation process for the event. I’m enjoying the creative process of downloading about 5–10 new songs a day just so I have more then enough material to sift through for 4 hours. But, I’m listening to all these songs and they are disgustingly misogynistic. I don’t support the songs messages, but I love their hip hop infused beat? Does enjoying and spinning theses songs make me a bad feminist?

7. Are you seeing anyone though? TELL US.

Absolutely not. Believe me friends, I’d tell you if there was anything remotely exciting to tell. I’ve gotten some really great feedback about me and this component of my life this term. Friends and family have been very helpful in analyzing my personality in contrast with millennials and our dating culture. This has helped me understand a lot and made me feel a lot better about a lot. I think my case is a little bit different because I truly am:

1. An old soul. 2. A very passionate and intense personality. 3. Very particular about who I spend my time with. 4. Very articulate about what I want and don’t want.

But, it’s alright. I have tons of friends and a lot of patience. I’m in no rush.

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