Campus Cutie: Christy Harris

Name: Christy Harris

Major: Global Development Major, Geography Minor, and attempting to get her International Studies Certificate

Year: 4th

Hometown: Tavistock, Ontario

Ultimate Goal in Life?

I want to own a zoo and live there with all the animals

What’s your spirit animal?

Florence from Florence and the Machine but she’s not an animal so that doesn’t really count…if I have to pick an animal it’s a turtle (I feel I closely resemble a turtle, and they are just awesome, they take their time doing their own thing and you can’t turn them around they know what they want and they just go for it)

Name 5 guests you’d like to have at a dinner party?

Che Guevara (some political rebellion might be interesting), Gandhi, The Pope (a little religious conflict as well), Florence (from Florence and the Machine for entertainment sake), and Nemo from Finding Nemo (in a fishbowl, of course)

What would you cook for them?

Okay, well, given that there’s some dietary restrictions…I’ll have to go with eggplant parmesan with homemade garlic bread (that way Gandhi is satisfied, him being a vegetarian and all). Oh! and fish food for Nemo. We can’t have fish on the menu, that it would be rude to Nemo.

Craziest thing you’ve ever done in your time at Queen’s?

My string of Christmas lights broke in residence in first year, so I stuck a bobby pin (collective effort with my friend Evan) into one of the light sockets to conduct the current (I refuse to throw things out) 3 years later they are still working and hanging in my kitchen and no one has been electrocuted (I’ve been electrocuted but not by that particular string of Christmas lights) and nothing caught fire (which is surprising because they're pretty close to our curtains)

It’s your last semester at Queen’s…do you have anything on your Queen’s bucket list left to do? What is it?

I want to sail/or float in an inner tube (duck pattern, or pink) whichever works to Cedar Island in Lake Ontario and camp overnight

What about your non-Queen’s bucket list, what are a couple things on your bucket list?

Swim in Jello (100% serious about this), bike across Canada, pet a hedgehog, learn sign language, go surfing, and walk to Ottawa (on the Rideau trail from Kingston) …there’s lots more on my list but that’s all I can remember off the top of my head.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Does being super critical of the world count? I don’t usually share my opinions about the world with people because I don’t want them to be depressed.

Favorite Quote?

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you,” I like it cause I’m a firm believer in “you do you”

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? One thing you could live without?

Jokingly, Cheese, recently I’ve been talking a lot about my love of cheese, so basically dairy products, cheese makes everything better, it really does. 

 I could do without country music; I just don’t like it. Probably because I’m from the country, my mom always played it in the kitchen and I just didn’t want to listen to it (O guess I was scarred from a young age because of being forced to listen to country music against my will)

If you could go and live anywhere in the world for one year (all expenses paid) where would you go?

Madagascar, because it is the most biologically diverse place in the world, and they have lemurs, only problem is that I don’t know French yet…but I’ll learn. This is why I’m learning Spanish and need to learn French because all the places I want to go in the world are the French and Spanish speaking places, I’ve got this figured out.

What’s the next country you want to visit?

Do I have to pick one because I want to visit all of them

You went on an exchange last winter, right?

Yeah to the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, in Trinidad

What are three things you took away from your exchange experience? (About yourself or the country etc.)

I secretly love Soca music, and whining (their type of dancing), winter sucks I’m born for tropical climates, being on time is overrated everyone down there functions on island time and it’s great.

Is there one moment on your exchange that stands out to you?

There are a lot of things I won’t forget; Carnival I definitely won’t forget. Or even just going to Tobago for the weekend and seeing leatherback sea turtles laying eggs. There are just so many things!

Do you have any advice for other people on exchange right now or leaving to go on exchange?

Get out of your comfort zone and try something new, you do you, challenge yourself, don’t follow the crowd and go to Europe (because it's similar to here in a way) so go somewhere really different that you wouldn’t otherwise think to go

This or That

Late nights or early mornings? Early Mornings

A Cabin in the Woods or a Penthouse in New York City? A Cabin in the Woods

Do you prefer the company of animals or humans?  Depends on the day, sometimes humans can be nowhere nearby and I’ll be like ooh animals come snuggle with me, some days people suck

Christmas or Halloween? Christmas

A thousands words or a picture? If you can write well then a 1000 words is really fun to read and I like to read, but pictures can really help to bring a story to life as well.