Have you noticed the awesome content we’ve been publishing lately?
Well, get ready for even more and even better articles every day thanks to the hard work of our 10 new assistant editor interns who each manage a section or two of the Career Incubator or LAUNCH Magazine.
Some of them are familiar faces who have been contributing content since the beginning, while others are brand new.
To help you get to know each of them a bit better, we asked them one, very serious career-related question:
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“When I was tiny, I had BIG dreams. I wanted to be everything ranging from a super celebrity to Missy Elliot’s backup dancer to a graffiti artist to an Olympic athlete. Anything that meant I could get paid for having fun went on my list of future endeavours.”
Ishani is a third-year arts and science student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. She is also a local millennium scholar, has won the Duke of Edinburgh gold award, and is on McMaster’s Dean’s Honours list.
“I wanted to be everything when I was little, from a singer to an actress to an interior decorator at one point. But I guess my answer would have to be that I always wanted to be a writer because I was always making up little stories about my friends and showing them to my parents. I was always writing!”
Natalie is a fourth-year journalism student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., who hopes to make a career in magazine writing.
“I wanted to be a ghost hunter. In second grade, I spent recesses with my best friend recording “clues” about the “ghosts” in a little black book. Why? I blame it on reading too much Nancy Drew and R.L. Stine while I was young and impressionable.”
Erin recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an MA in Journalism and also holds an honours B.Sc.in life sciences from McMaster University. Her work has been aired on CBC Radio and CHRW 94.9, and published on rabble.ca and in the London Free Press.
“I wanted to be a veterinarian more than anything. I love every kind of animal and at the tender age of five I was unaware of the rather devastating aspects of fulfilling this dream. Once I found out, I quickly decided I would rather be an astronaut – a much less stressful career choice.”
Katherine graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University’s honours arts communication studies program this spring and recently had two guest columns published in The Kitchener-Waterloo Record and The Cambridge Times.
“Either a veterinarian—because I loved animals!—or an astronaut, because I wanted to fly a spaceship and explore the galaxy (with my dog in tow, of course!). Though I became neither, I still continue to dream vicariously through trips to the zoo and tons of Star Trek reruns.”
Jeleen graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 2007 with a degree in business management and is now a writer and editor for the newsletter of a non-profit microfinance organization in the Philippines.
“My first notable ambition, circa age four, was to be an Ice Cream Lady. My best friend and I planned to own the local Dairy Queen. A lifetime of blizzards and dilly bars was all the payment we required (apparently).”
Hilary is a travelling and writing enthusiast who is recently out of school and looking for ways to make the two things she loves most coincide. She steadfastly believes a trip to a local park, like a trip through Europe, can be an excellent adventure if you’ve got the right attitude.
“I wanted to be a circus acrobat because I was always jumping around and playing on my trampoline. I loved going to gymnastics class and imagined by life as a future circus performer, travelling the world on a trapeze.”
Nicole is a fourth-year English and global studies student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. She also volunteers at the Laurier career centre as a peer advisor.
“I always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I was lucky to have very nurturing and influential instructors and I wanted very much to be able to eventually provide the same guidance, love and passion for learning that I so fortunately received.”
Kelly is a graduate student in the department of political science at the University of Toronto who also works at a downtown Toronto sports bar.
“I wanted to be a paleontologist, because I loved dinosaurs and always wanted to learn more about how they lived, the different species, etc. I wanted to like Robert Bakker; I thought his beard was awesome. I also knew I was a girl and that growing a beard like his wasn’t possible, though.”
Danielle is a current student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., studying honours English with a minor in indigenous studies, and has previously completed a combined honours degree in anthropology, and cultural studies and critical thinking.
“I wanted to be an artist. I loved spending my time drawing. When I was six, as soon as I could write, I wrote and illustrated my first book, in French, about a girl who lost control of her imagination. That was my earliest inclination at wanting to be a writer, which eventually took over.”
Julie-Anne is a recent graduate of the information and media studies program at the University of Western Ontario, and is currently taking continuing education courses in Ryerson University’s magazine publishing program in Toronto.