Meet the Junior Editor: Abigail Sobin

THE BASICS 

Name: Abigail Sobin

Nickname: Most of my friends and family call me Abby. 

Position: Junior Editor

Age: 19 

Program: Honours Specialization in International Relations, Minor in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. 

Hometown: Mississauga 

FAST FAVES 

Favourite novel: It changes every time I read a good book. Right now, it’s A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini— the same writer who wrote The Kite Runner. It’s a difficult read, but it gives you an interesting perspective on women’s rights and the war in Afghanistan you wouldn’t otherwise see. 

Favourite beverage: Cappuccinos—you can find them anywhere. They’re special enough that they’re not just black coffee. It’s a treat. 

Favourite Halloween candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! They don’t hand out enough of them during Halloween. My mom would always steal mine. 

Favourite social media platform: Facebook. I always thought it was for old people, but when I got to university I found out that everyone uses it. 

Favourite bread: I’m not a bread snob. Rye, I think? 

Favourite part of your wardrobe: This changes every time I get something new. As of right now, it's my baby blue Wilfred cardigan. I paid an absurd price for it but I wear it with almost every outfit. Even when I probably shouldn’t.  

Favourite fact about yourself: I used to play violin for seven years. That does not mean I was very good though. 

GENERAL QS 

What does your average day look like?

A normal day during the year is pretty boring, to be honest. I wake up, have breakfast and coffee, work from 9:30 in the morning to 6 in the evening, eat dinner, and then chill with my roommates. As I've grown older, I've realized that you don't need to meticulously plan each day and that everyday does not have to be an adventure. 

Pick a historic figure to fight.

As a lover of history, this is a question that I really had to consider. I have come to the conclusion that if I had to fight any historical figure, it would be Edmund Burke. He’s a bit obscure, but he was a conservative living in the time of the French Revolution who wrote about how the revolutionaries were wrong to rebel against the monarchy. I think he would be an easy match considering how much he hates revolution and that he wouldn’t fight a woman, based on principle. 

If you were a work of art, what medium would you be in?

I'd be a novel. I’m a person that talks too much and I always do the most—only a novel could encompass my entire being. 

How did you get involved with HCW?

Back in August, I saw a Facebook post showing that HCW was hiring editors—I figured, why not?  I had previous experience in editing and I love getting involved. It turned out to be a very good decision. 

What has your experience with HCW been like?

I can tell this is a community that’s inclusive, cares about other women and supports other women. My experience has only been positive so far, even though I’ve only been here for a little while. 

What’s one piece of advice you think everyone should hear?

Do what you love in life. This especially applies to picking an area of study or a career. If you do what other people tell you is best, you run the risk of being unhappy and mediocre at what you do. 

Who’s your greatest inspiration?

Definitely my mother. I look up to my mom and ask her advice on everything—when they say that your mom knows everything, I really believe that’s true. She’s been through a lot of things in her lifetime that I couldn’t imagine experiencing. I admire her a lot for that: both her strength and her brilliance. 

Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck or 10 duck-sized horses?

10 duck sized horses. I’ve put a lot of thought into this. A horse’s size is terrifying, and they have teeth. But they are only really intimidating on account of their size. A duck sized horse would be smaller than a pony. And what could a pony do to you? Nothing. 

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