Name: Caitlin Tremblay
Location: New York, NY
1. What book has most impacted who you are today?
I have to pick ONE? You’re just asking for trouble. You see, I have a deep, emotional attachment to books. When I left for college, and then grad school, I packed six boxes of books not enough pairs of pants. I have a problem. If I had $20 to my name and had to choose between dinner and the newest Chuck Klosterman publication I would choose the book every time…unless there’s chicken souvlaki, is there souvlaki?
ANYWAY, I loved The Great Gatsby for teaching me that it’s not okay to have an emotional affair with an alleged bootlegger. Chuck Klosterman made me want to become a writer, I think he’s one of the great minds of our time. Harry Potter was awesome but kind of depressed me because my Hogwarts letter STILL hasn’t shown up. But, honestly, it’s Shakespeare that’s changed my life–especially Hamlet and Henry V. Good old Billy S. is timeless, his women taught me everything I know about being a woman. Shakespeare’s women could make a great TLC show: “What Not To Do” and there could be weekly makeovers. Don’t know what I’m rambling about? Check out Sassy Gay Friend. I like to think that I would have been Shakespeare’s Sassy Gay Friend.
2. If you unexpectedly received $100 today, what would you spend it on?
Right now? Well I have a Pinkberry craving and that shit’s expensive. I get the chocolate with Cap’n Crunch on it if you’re delivering. Considering grad school is stressing me out (more than I’ve ever been in my life) I’d probably drag some of my friends to Lion’s Head Tavern and grab some Shock Tops and nachos…because that’s just the kind of gal I am. And their nachos are TO DIE FOR. Not kidding. Book a flight to NYC and take the 1 train to 110th. See you there.
3. What are 5 brands/products that you can’t live without?
MacBook: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Oh yes. Steve Jobs may hate on student journalists but he knows his shit. I named mine David Bowie. Ya dig?
Nutella: Nom, nom, nom.
Coffee: The elixir of life. I would like to take this time to thank the Portuguese for colonizing Brazil and making coffee available to the huddled masses. Thank you, thank you, thank you, King Joao VI.
Netflix: It might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
Post-it Notes: I’m OCD about being organized. These little babies are integral to keeping me sane and not sending me into a Stephen King-Carrie-esque murderous rage of anxiety. I stick them on a mirror in my room in chronological and color-coded order of when things need to get done.
4. What are you most thankful to your parents/guardians for?
For putting up with me. I’ve struggled with an anxiety disorder my whole life and honestly, if I were my parents I would have looked for the receipt and returned me about 15 years ago. Also, they make me laugh (you should really meet the Tremblay’s–there aren’t enough words. Do YOU dance to George Gershwin/Chicago in your kitchen with your Dad or go see Bob Dylan in Woodstock with your mom?) Also, they taught me how to work my ass off and not pay attention to the haters…which, thus far in my life, has been a very important lesson. There are lots of haters. Pshhh.
5. What’s your favorite website/blog, and why is it so dang awesome?
Hmm…I’m obsessed with WTF Is Up With My Love Life and not just because I wrote about it. It makes me feel normal that my love life more closely resembles Courtney Love’s bathroom than, say, Queen Elizabeth’s bed chamber…which is nothing to turn your nose at.
Also, Lady Gaga Thinks–mostly for making me laugh when I’m so tired from school I could cry.
6. What’s the most “scandalous” thing you’ve ever done, that you’re willing to admit to the public?
Oh dear. I’m not sure I’m scandalous…I once went skinny dipping in the lake on my undergraduate school’s campus. It wasn’t so much scandalous as stupid because it was November and I went to school in Buffalo. I ended up getting an epic cold which turned into an even more majestic flu. Scandal, fail.
7. What have you done so far in life that you’re most proud of?
Getting into my journalism graduate program at Columbia. It sounds cliche and corny but I did it all by myself. I worked hard, got the grades, got the clips, kicked some GRE bootay. It was something I’d been working towards since freshman year of high school. Four years of high school, four years at SUNY Buffalo, an internship and two school publications later, I did it. But now I’m so busy all the time that I run around New York City looking like Britney with the umbrella. Oh well.
8. What accomplishment (personal or professional) do you hope to achieve by the time you retire?
I want Jann Wenner to like me and to pay me to write for his esteemed publication, Rolling Stone.
9. What is the #1 issue that you wish your peers would pay more attention to, or care more about?
I was going to say Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but Lady Gaga stole my thunder (in a good way). I wish my peers would vote. They turned out in droves for Obama, but I’m worried that was an isolated incident. Read the paper, read blogs, be informed and just go vote. It takes five minutes. We’re such a huge demographic, things could very well go our way if we dropped our iPhones and got ourselves to a polling place.
10. What should older generations realize about your generation?
We’re not lazy. We’re not crazy. We’re not what you think we are. We don’t want to move back home. We’re not moochers. We work hard and we’re ambitious, we’re just trying to figure out how to do it. Be patient with us and we’ll blow your mind.