Q: What is your motto?
A: When it comes to dressing, I had a gym teacher—this old Ukranian boxer—in high school, who always told us “look sharp, feel sharp.”
Q: If you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would it be?
A: Right now I’d like to be in New York, just because it’s a very vibrant city and I’ve been there a few times. I’d really like to stay there for a longer period. It’s very cliché, very cliché.
Q: Who is your hero?
A: Uh… Teddy Roosevelt. He, like, hunted.
Q: What is your lucky charm?
A: I don’t actually have a lucky charm per se, but I did get a Swiss Army knife as a birthday gift, and I kind of carry it around with me.
Q: If you could say one thing to Paul McCartney, what would it be?
A: Why don’t you age? He looks completely [young].
Q: What is your secret talent?
A: I’m a javelin thrower. I throw sticks very, very far. At some point that will become useful … None of the Canadian universities compete though, I just trained and competed in high school.
Q: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life. What would it be?
A: If I was limited to one thing, I probably wouldn’t be keen on living for very long. So I’m going to go with sweet and sour shrimp. You can’t beat that. You’d die soon from massive[ly high] cholesterol anyway.
Q: What’s your favourite place that you’ve travelled to?
A: I’d have to say Whistler. It’s where I learned…where I actually enjoyed [learning to ski]. I went to Tremblant and spent four days doing the pie shape. Whistler was where I actually enjoyed it—it [had] perfect snow.
Q: Name a song that you consider completely overrated.
A: “Call Me Maybe,” I can’t believe how much that plays. It’s sad. Just because it’s so catchy. Oh, “Gangnam Style” as well. I did actually download it … but when it starts playing in clubs every couple of days, you know it’s overworked.
Q: What are you being for Halloween?
A: Uh, I don’t really dress up for Halloween. I’m scary enough as it is.
Q: What reality TV show are you perfect for?
A: I don’t really watch reality TV, to be honest. My friend watches The X Factor all the time.
Q: What would you do if you were on The X Factor?
A: I like comedy. I’d probably get up there and crack [a few jokes].
Q: Which fictional character would you most want to have a beer with?
A: Don Draper from Mad Men. You know he’d be perfect for it too.
Q: What would you talk about with him?
A: I’d talk about people. The guy knows how people work. I hate his profession, but he understands their emotions and how to play that, which is fascinating.
Q: What’s the last song you remember listening to?
A: Swedish House Mafia, it was a remix of a whole bunch of [their songs]. Before that, “Greyhound,” by Swedish House Mafia. That’s a perfect, perfect song.
Q: What’s your favourite Sandra Bullock movie?
A: She was in Speed wasn’t she? With Keanu Reeves. I’d have to go with Speed, not because it’s a good movie, but because Keanu Reeves is in it. Is he even in movies [anymore]?
Q: Name one fashion trend you’ll never try again.
A: Overalls. There’s no way to look refined in overalls. No matter what you do.
Q: What’s your favourite childhood book?
A: The Lion King. They made the movie into a storybook. Before I could read, my dad had read it to me so many times, so that before I could even read I had memorized the story. My uncle came over and I “read’ it to him and he was amazed [because he thought] I could read, even though I had just memorized it. I would “read” that like, every day.
Q: Describe Montreal in three words.
A: Always be grooving.
Q: What’s your signature drink?
A: Root beer float. That is class. That’s old school.
Q: What’s the first thing you think of when I say midterms?
Q: Who would play you in the movie of your life?
A: Either Jon Hamm or Denzel Washington.
Q: You were nominated for Student of the week by David Lin as a past editor of the Bull and Bear, Can you talk about that?
A: We were having pizza [and] studying for midterms, and David Lin [executive editor of the Bull and Bear] decided I needed to be student of the week. I was editing last semester, but I stopped because I really like writing, and I didn’t get to do that as editor. Once midterms cut out, I should be pumping out another round of articles.
Q: Why are you an asset to McGill?
A: I’m a numbers guy, so if you put that in terms of numbers, the benefit McGill is going to get from what I think I’m going to be worth later on is very substantial. And I make full use of what McGill [offers].
Q: So are you saying you’re going to donate to McGill a lot as an alumnus then?
A: I’m going to say “intangible amounts,” so I can avoid a letter from [McGill, asking for donations] later down the line.
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