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Double degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and Business.


Good ol’ congested Mississauga

Relationship Status:

I had a nice date with a potato last night. And then I ate it.

Tell me about yourself and all the things you do at Western!

Imagine Raven Symone circa That’s So Raven. Now imagine that instead of her disasters and hot mess of a life being caused by her ability to see into the future, it was because she was always late, always juggling 5 million things, and always reading. Got it? Yep, that’s me.

I’m an Arts and Humanities soph, a blogger for Purpology, an executive member of Oxfam Western, and a social justice activist. I’m from Kenya, Africa and love witty, sarcastic humour. I do not like long walks on the beach but I love watching movies with that activity in them. 

What do you most enjoy about being a soph?

I love being surprised. I walked in without any clue how the program worked since I hadn’t partaken in O-Week and my soph wasn’t really into commitment. All of a sudden, I had inside jokes and coffee dates and late night McDonald’s runs with these people I hadn’t known weeks before. I found such a lovable group of people and solid community where I thought I would just find another line on my resume. When I met my frosh, I was baffled by their creativity and blown away by their intelligence. They are so much smarter than me that it’s ridiculous. I knew I wanted to be a mentor when I signed up but it was a pleasant surprise to realize that I could be more and that would be ok. 

What’s your favorite thing to do off campus?

Go home. Is that a thing?

Sidenote: I am obsessed with this little restaurant downtown called Spageddy Eddy’s. Do you want $8 pasta in huge bowls to blow off steam after a 4 hour business exam? Then Spagheddy Eddy’s is the place for you.

Who is your role model?

My mom, my dad, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all morph into a super being in my head. My mom will go to work, do homework for her PhD class, and pick up my 4 in the morning phone calls about boys. My dad is so intelligent and naturally garners tons of respect wherever he goes. And don’t get me started about my girl Chimamanda, killing it as an acclaimed Nigerian novelist and a fighter for women’s rights.

What is your favorite song right now?

Cherry Wine by Hozier makes me drink wine and cherries by myself in the dark. 

Do you have any mottos that you live by?

I have a giant poster of Muhammed Ali on my wall that stares at me and firmly says, “Don’t Quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” That about sums up my entire mindset. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Successful and happy. Oh, and a CFO of a Fortune 500 company. 

What do you like about Arts and Humanities?

The openness of it. It literally feels endless. Any thought or idea is welcomed, no matter how radical, as long as there has been thought into it and it can be backed up. There are no straight lines because no one even remembers how to use a ruler anymore. 

Do have any guilty pleasures?

At this point, I’m basically a Pop-Tart. My friends buy me them in lieu of birthday gifts. 

What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I love having movie nights with my roommates, reading books outside the syllabus, chilling with my frosh, and going to all the weird events on campus. 

What superpower would you have if you could pick any super power?

It changes based on my mood. Today feels like an “I wish I could read minds” kind of day. I may or may not have a midterm later. 

What are you watching on Netflix right now/what’s your favorite show?

This is the hardest question to answer because I have so many shows that I’m juggling right now. But The Mindy Project is just too funny not to mention. She is just the right amount of weird, sassy, and successful that I want to be.

Ariel graduated from Western University in 2017. She served as her chapter's Campus Correspondent, has been a National Content Writer, and a Campus Expansion Assistant. She is currently a Chapter Advisor and Chapter Advisor Region Leader. 
Kellie Anderson is incredibly proud and excited to be Western Ontario's Campus Correspondent for the 2015-2016 year. She is currently in her fourth year of Media Information & Technoculture, and has an overflowing passion for creative writing. While Kellie loves to get wildly creative while writing fictional short stories, she has found that her true passion is in shedding light towards hard-hitting topics like Mental Illness - she believes that writing is the best healer. Kellie has some pretty BIG plans for her future and can't wait to graduate as a Her Campus Alumni! You can contact her at kellieanderson@hercampus.com.