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Gabrielle Matthews

Take a break from mid-sems and check out this week’s Campus Cutie: smart, stylish second year Gabrielle Matthews!


Age:  19!

Class Year: [2017]

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Hobbies:  Writing, knitting, photography, longboarding.


Grinnell Life:

Major: I just turned in my major declaration forms! Spanish and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies.

Favorite Prof: Rebecca Bender has been my favorite professor ever. I had her for Spanish my entire first year. (She baked for us guys. True love.)

One Thing You Like About Grinnell: I’ve a lot of freedom to express myself.

One Thing You’d Like to Change about Grinnell: We need more accessible counseling services! And I would like to create a culture where people are less afraid to speak out or be wrong about topics they’re not 100% knowledgeable about.

Love Life:

Single or Taken? That is up for debate haha. But new friends are always welcome; holla at cha gurl.

Turn-Ons: Oh, this is embarrassing haha. Intellectual conversation, music, hair pulling. The basics.

Perfect Date: *likes romantic walks on the beach* Haha. Honestly, I don’t really know. I’ve never thought about it. Let’s just have a LOTR marathon or something.

Celebrity Guy Crush:  Jonah Hill, Sebastian Stan, and Chris Evans.

Celebrity Girl Crush: No one at the moment, but Emma Watson and Miley Cyrus have been past crushes (lol).


Past, Present and Future:

Favorite Summer Memory: I went to a couple of concerts. One weekend, I made a friend at a Mac DeMarco concert and then the next weekend, I saw the same girl at a DIIV concert. It was really bizarre. Small world. (Or just weird taste in music.)

Craziest thing you’ve ever done:  Stick ‘n poke tattoos with my best friend.

What you’re thinking about right now: How annoying my text message notification sound is.

Where is one place you hope to visit? Really wanna go to Spain some day.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Working at a non-profit.

Dream Job: I’ve recently developed an intense desire to have a radio show. Shout out to KDIC for letting me and my friends goof around on public broadcasting in the wee hours of the morning.


Favorite Color: Orange

Favorite thing about yourself: My clothes are weird, but I’d like to think I’m stylish.

Favorite Song:  Currently “Michigan” by the Milk Carton Kids.

Favorite Music Artist/Group: Nirvana.

Favorite Word: Shambly. Because according to the internet it has no synonyms (other than weird stuff like “ungainly”) and I’ve been using it describe things an awful lot lately.

Favorite Nickname:  Everyone calls me Gabi or Gabz. So really I’m probably the most pleasantly surprised when someone calls me by my actual name haha.

Favorite Smell: Sugar cookie scented candles and chapstick. So, baked goods?


Life Advice:

Role Model: Dave Grohl? But then again, I’m usually more inspired by images and ideas than by people.

Pet Peeves: When people pretend they’re listening, but haven’t heard a word that you’ve said.

Guilty pleasure: If it makes you feel good, why feel guilty? Mozzarella sticks from the Grill(e), I suppose. But mostly I just feel guilty because they’re draining my funds.

Favorite piece of advice you’ve ever received:  “Life is absurd so start acting like it.”


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