You know how you have this group of pretty girls in a class that you hesitate to approach from fear of being shut down (aka Mean Girls in flesh)? Well, Rebecca Taylor is all of that EXCEPT she will never shut you down. But what she would do, instead, is:
- Be so friendly that you would want to be her BFF
- Be so generous that you would never have to buy clothes or makeup ever again (true story, happened to me)
- Be so funny that you would try to eavesdrop on her conversation with her friends and giggle to yourself like a creepy stalker (true story, part 2)
- Be so organized and in control, like she was during the pub fight where we were secretly amazed at her confidence and ability to scare people around her (#DanBrownBook)
- Be so beautiful that she would give Drew Barrymore a run for her money
Q1. Bringing your learning in the field of psychology to the forefront, who would you say from the class has the most:
a) Dynamic personality – Tasneem. You can always hear her voice in class and she’s so bubbly and is always excited about one thing or another. You know, except when she’s falling asleep in class.
b) Is more than what meets the eye – Josh. I think everyone sees him as the quiet, introverted writer, but he’s actually pretty funny and can make the whole class laugh with his presentations.
c) Multitasks like a pro – Maria. Twitter, InDesign, her blog all while in class. Need I say more
d) Will make headlines in the years to come – Anisha. She’s so driven and amicable. Everyone loves her and she’s so nice to be around. I can see her sneaking the way to the top of the field. Not in a bad way, she’s dedicated, humble and works hard. Just one day you’ll see her in the headlines and you’ll think “I didn’t know she was doing that! So cool!”
d) Has the clearest idea of what to do in life – Kirstie. I know other people in the class haven’t budged on books or magazines. But even with the terrifying news of no editorial jobs in publishing, she is still set on working on the editorial team at Penguin.
*caveat: this is not based on my psychology background, just personal opinion. More than happy to provide a PAID, professional opinion (haha).
Q2. One thing you have learned after moving in with your partner? One thing that has changed that you didn’t think would change after this move?
I’m trying to learn to be a better roommate! I’ve only ever lived at home, and those habits are formed from a young age and I’ve never had to adapt to living with anyone else. So this is a major change. I also don’t have a dishwasher anymore, which I find to be the saddest part of the whole endeavor. I don’t always wash my dishes right away, so I’m trying to at least rinse them. Sometimes my boyfriend is nice enough to wash them for me since I’m always running out the door without doing them.
I thought my mom would be sadder about me moving out. We’re very close and she was really upset when I told her I was moving out. She thought I was staying at least until I finished school. I thought she would be calling more, bugging me. She’s been very supportive of the move and hasn’t called too much and has respected my space. I think that just makes me feel much better about our relationship and moving forward.
Q3. If given a choice, how would you tweak the Harry Potter story (could be any storyline from either one of the books)? Which character would you want to ever be reborn as?
This question is hard! I don’t think I would. J.K. Rowling did a marvelous job on the series and I think people (aka Bronte) would tear my head off if I, a mere mortal, suggested any change to the series. So I will leave the series be. Plus I don’t think I would change it unless making sure all my favorite characters lived. RIP everyone in the 7th book. (Plus Sirius, Dumbledore, etc).
Any character or just a Harry Potter character? I can see myself being reborn as Hermione because she’s bookish and I would love the chance to attend Hogwarts. And of course be a wizard. The most “Hermione-esque” thing my boyfriend will bug me about is when doing a high school history surprise quiz. One kid in our class said that my boyfriend must have done well because he was sitting beside me, and thus he could have cheated. It was a hard surprise quiz and to not brag, but I’m a history nerd. My boyfriend started laughing and said, “She won’t let me!”. However, I’m not a Gryffindor so maybe not. I’ll let myself be fooled into thinking I’m brave.
Q4. Was there something in the past that you didn’t pay attention to and now you feel you should have?
There could be a multitude of things that I could say for this question. I have a bilingual degree; do you think I know French? So I could have potentially pursued that opportunity better as it’s always better to know a second language and makes you more competitive in the job market. I also felt when I was working in a memory clinic I could have always learned more. I miss it at my old job, where it felt like I was constantly learning and there was always an opportunity to learn. I felt like I was doing purposeful work in a field and topic I loved. The clients also loved me. I could have attended more rounds, asked more scientists to be involved in some way, or used my time more wisely when I came home to learn about MRIs. We had to read a pitch in class about Einstein’s brain and it brought me back to those days and I realized how much I miss my neuro-filled days.
Q5. Considering how you are on the getting-rid-of-unwanted-stuff spree, what did you realize you gave away the most?
I gave away clothes the most. I recently started getting into make-up last year when I worked very close to a Sephora. I didn’t want to give away makeup as much because it’s used and most of the time the reason I’m throwing makeup away is that it doesn’t work. I will not submit anyone else to the horrors, i.e., the makeup that doesn’t work!
Books I usually never give away. I see a lot of people in our class who will always go out and buy a new book and that scares me! What if I don’t like it? I can’t return a read book (maybe I can – please someone correct me if I’m wrong!). I am a library fanatic (and delinquent), I will mass take out books. Sometimes 10 at a time. I joke that people should be with me in the library or I go a little crazy. After I read something and I absolutely love it, then I will buy it. The most recent ones I have bought without reading it before were the Outlander series, which was amazing. I also bought Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy based on the funniest books of the year list. I bought it with a gift card for vacation reading and was not disappointed. I was reading it in line waiting and looked like a mad woman laughing to myself. So sometimes it does work out—I just tend to like the library better.
I worked in retail at Marshalls (if you ever ask me my clothes I usually got a Marshalls, I am their walking billboard), and at that time bought a lot of clothes. I find that I don’t like half my wardrobe or don’t wear it and really want to share the joy that the clothes brought me when I first purchased them. My friend before she moved to Calgary was wearing clothes before donating them. I’m doing the same now, so some things modeled in class might be up for grabs!
Born and raised in India, Anisha Dhiman moved to Toronto to study Publishing and then Lifestyle Media at Centennial College. Writer, social media strategist and content creator, Anisha is the founder of Five Question Series, where she profiles people… you guessed it, by asking five questions. In her free time, she enjoys reading and trolling people with puppy GIFs and memes. Her only phobia? Losing her sight, but staring at the screen all day long doesn’t help much.