Student of the week: Tarun Koshy

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?

A: Dead.

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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