When I asked Cynthia about where she was planning to live this year back in January, she told me, “I don’t have any plans, but I want to let you know why I’m going to be a bad roommate. I don’t like people checking up on me, I’m a sloppy person, and I’m not going to be home much. If you’re good with that then I am too.”
Almost a full year and several furry paws later, Cynthia is definitely my favorite person I’ve ever lived with. Our relationship as roommates is one of the most balanced I’ve ever had. Sometimes the trash is piled up on the counter and sometimes I forget to switch my laundry over for a couple days. But she understands that sometimes I want to be in the same room as her without saying anything. She gets it when I go on a cleaning rampage and have to organize everything in our house down to the spice rack.
In a lot of ways, we are complete opposites. She’s a math major who will (hopefully) take a job as an actuary after she graduates in December and she lived in the same place her entire life before coming to UofL. She’s a size 4 and I’m a size 14. She drinks her coffee black and I have to have at least a little cream and sugar. But Cynthia is one of my very best friends, so getting to ask her some questions about herself that don’t usually come up in regular conversation was certainly a unique privilege.
My nickname is: Pooh Bear
What is the first thing you do when you wake up? Check the time and go back to sleep, regardless of how close it is to when I’m supposed to leave.
If I only had $10 in my pocket: It would be a typical Thursday.
Everything tastes a little better with: Salt!
What is your dream job? A zoologist working at a large zoo.
What has been the most memorable experience of your life? My dad’s death.
What does it mean to you to be a woman? It’s so much because there are so many expectations for how women are supposed to look and act and what they’re supposed to be. You have to figure out how to fit into those expectations while still being yourself. Can I wear a pretty pink top and still be respected when I go to work and do a traditionally masculine job? If I don’t want to have kids and become a mother, will that mean I’m a horrible monster?
What kind of person you think you were in a past life? Probably one of those late 1800’s European spinsters – not submissive to anyone or any of society’s standards. (Can you see why she’s my bestie?)
What is your proudest accomplishment? Passing my Financial Mathematics exam for the American Society of Actuaries.
What form of transportation do you prefer? Apparition. (She’s a Harry Potter nerd like me.)
If you could share a meal with 4 people, living or dead, who would they be? Eleanor Roosevelt, my dad, Adolf Hitler, and Marie Antoinette. They’re all people whose perspectives I think are really interesting.
What does success mean to you? Being able to look forward to the next day.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? One time after Derby, I punched a girl, threw her out of a room, and called her a C U Next Tuesday*.
Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? Those flowy bell-bottom pants from the 70’s. Those things look so darn comfy.
What was your first job? Setting tobacco on a tobacco field.
Who is the most intelligent person you know? My little sister, Rachel.
If you could write a letter to your past self, what would you say? Chill out – it’s not as serious as you think it is. Take every chance you have to spend time with family. Don’t waste your time on people who won’t make time for you. Not everyone has to like you.
What is something you wish more people knew about you? I’m not a super serious person. I enjoy being inappropriate and vulgar!
*edited just in case my grandma ends up reading this