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Meet the Exec: Aaron Hagey!

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Wilfrid Laurier chapter.

This week, Her Campus WLU is introducing you to our executive team! Make sure to check out our hiring post and reach out if you have any questions! 

What’s your name and position?

Aaron Hagey, Head Editor

What are you studying?

History and English

What’s the best part about being in your position on Her Campus WLU?

Getting the opportunity to watch these talented women write about topics they’re passionate about. Seeing them share their stories, and use HC to discuss difficult subjects, has been a great experience. As well, watching the growth of writers and editors throughout the term has made me feel like a proud dad.

Have any fun facts?

I have double-jointed shoulder-blades, I can make my eyes shake in their sockets, and I was born right-handed but broke my arm when I was young and switched dominant hands.

Any other commitments on campus?

I’m heavily involved in WLUSP (Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications): I’m a news editor for The Cord, I’m the news director at Radio Laurier, a member of their Board of Directors, and I submit pieces for Blueprint Magazine. I’m also an editor and reviewer for LUJA!

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first?

I’ve always told my girlfriend the first thing I’d do is take her on a shopping spree, wherever she wanted. It’s the least I can do for all she’s put up with over the years.

Go-to meal at Wilf’s?

Honey garlic Seagram with sweet potato fries (their chipotle mayo is actually delicious, and I hate mayo), and their spin dip to start.

Best study spot?

The Science Building. If you can find a spot on the second floor or higher, it’s always so peaceful and calm up there. Also, there are fewer people go to the higher floors, so there are less distractions.

Favourite animal?

I realize this is probably a very odd choice, but I love squirrels. If one came up to me I’d probably start to cry.

Best Bath and Body Works scent?

Cucumber melon. It’s fresh and fragrant without being overpowering.

Favourite memory from high school?

Meeting Emily and somehow convincing her to date me.

Any pets?

Two cats: a black-and-white, slightly chubby, senior cat named Molly, and an orange and white tabby named Archie (who gets scared of me when I put on a hat, because I look like a different person).

Where would you like to be instead of writing exams?

At home, in bed, watching Netflix with a big mug of hot tea and something sweet to eat.

What form would your patronus take? 

Definitely a rabbit.

Any fun hobbies you have? 

I’m such a stereotypical guy: I love video games (I’ll talk about them for hours if you let me), food, and sleep.

What’s your perfect date? 

I’m predictable and like routines: dinner at our favourite restaurant, a nice movie we’ve excitedly been waiting months to see, and finishing off with a nice quiet evening in, doing whatever we feel like (so probably ordering UberEats and watching Netflix). Otherwise, I’d love to have a double, or triple-date, with some good friends, go out and have a couple of drinks and just enjoy the company of my favourite people.

Movie you think everyone should see at least once?

The Iron Giant and Dead Poets Society. Always perfect choices.

Any advice you’d give your first year self?

I know you’re rolling your eyes at all the people telling you to get involved in clubs and stuff, and it’s the last thing you think you’d ever want to do. But you’ll meet some of the most incredible people: the kind of people you never thought you’d deserve to meet. And they’ll like you for who you are, not who you think you have to be to impress them. The worst part of it: because you got involved so late, this might be your last chance to see so many of them. Also, I know you didn’t think you’d be able to get through university, that you wouldn’t feel committed to it, or you wouldn’t be smart enough. But you’re capable of so much more than you think you are, and sometimes it just takes a little push to get you there.

Celebrity you’d love to meet?

Keanu Reeves, easily. I’m very much a person who would never want to meet their heroes, because I know I would become an embarrassing, bumbling mess, but I’m pretty confident that Keanu wouldn’t ever let me down, or vice versa.

Anything else about you that we should know?

For someone who has had to edit and read so much of other people’s writing this year, I’m really glad I got the opportunity to share a little bit of myself with all of you. I’m so excited for what next semester brings, but I know I’ll be sad when it ends. 

Want to get involved like Aaron? He oversees both the writing team and the editing team! Apply to join here

Madeline McInnis

Wilfrid Laurier '19

Madeline graduated from the BA+MA program at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. In her undergraduate degree, she majored in Film Studies and History with a specialization in film theory. She later completed her Master's of English degree, where she wrote her thesis on the construction of historical memory and realism in war films. If you're looking for a recommendation for a fountain pen or dotted notebook, she should be your first line of contact.