Q: Why are you an asset to McGill?
A: I work with Drive Safe and, currently, I am doing research with … the chemical engineering department.
Q: What do you like most about working with Drive Safe?
A: Well, I mean I get to drive. I love driving. You feel kind of fulfilled, helping drunk people. I used Drive Safe a lot myself in first year, and I just feel like it’s rewarding to give back to the younger generations.
Q: If you were a club at McGill, what club would you be and why?
A: I’d say one of the dance clubs. I’m not in any of them, but I guess Urban Groove. The style [of dancing] that I like resembles them the most.
Q: What’s one song you’ll never get tired of listening to?
A: New Divide – Lincoln Park.
Q: St. Laurent or Crescent?
A: St. Laurent.
Q: What are the best and worst television shows currently on air, in your opinion?
A: The best would be America’s Best Dance Crew, the worst would be Jersey Shore.
Q: You’ve just won the lottery. What’s the very first thing you buy?
A: How much? I would buy stocks.
Q: If you could have a vacation house anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: Definitely not Montreal. I’d go for Alaska.
Q: Where would you be a perfect tour guide for?
A: My hometown: Hamburg, Germany.
Q: Who’s your favourite Olympian?
A: I guess I just look up the Vietnamese Olympians and cheer for the ones with my last name.
Q: Describe Canada in three words.
A: Diverse, polite, bilingual.
Q: Name a movie you think everyone should see.
Q: Monopoly or Risk?
Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: I don’t think I have any.
Q: Describe one of your last embarrassing and/or awkward moments.
A: I don’t have awkward moments, because awkward moments are a state of mind. You can suppress that.
Q: Would you rather win a free ticket to the Super Bowl or an invite to the Oscars?
A: Invitation to the Oscars.
Q: What word or expression do you most overuse?
A: I can’t say it.
Q: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Q: What’s the first thing you think of when I say ‘Tribune?’
A: When I first came to McGill, when I first read the Tribune, I misread it for tribute. So I thought of sacrifices. English isn’t my first language, so when you first read a word, you just try to guess at it, so I guessed tribute. But that doesn’t make sense.
Q: What’s your go-to procrastination activity?
A: I play video games.
Q: What’s your secret talent?
A: If I say it, it won’t be a secret any more.
Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
A: To be able to take control of someone’s mind. If you can take control of certain people or certain groups, you can basically control the world.
Q: Would you use your mind control for good or evil?
A: Well, good and evil are very relative terms. Define good and evil.
Q: Okay, well what would you use it for?
A: If I had that power, I’d probably have too much power, so I’d try not to use it too much. Maybe play some tricks or something, but other than that, I wouldn’t use it too much.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
A: A student from my high school came to McGill [a couple of years before me], and he told me ‘Whatever you do, don’t do engineering frosh. Do arts frosh or science frosh, or management frosh, but please don’t do engineering frosh.’
Q: Who is your hero?
A: This might sound cliché but I’d say it’s my dad. He was one of the boat people [people who left communist-controlled Vietnam by boat during the 1970s], and it amazes me that he had the will-power to endure days and days without knowing where [he was] going until [he reached] freedom. I respect him a lot. That’s why he’s my hero.
Q: If you could say one thing to him right now, what would it be?
A: Dad, I need money.