Phi Nguyen Chemical Engineering U3 {Alexandra Allaire/ McGill Tribune)
Phi Nguyen Chemical Engineering U3 {Alexandra Allaire/ McGill Tribune)

Student of the Week

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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.

A: Inception.

Q: Monopoly or Risk?

A: Monopoly.

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?

A: Poutine.

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.