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Meeting UAlberta: Jessica Jack

Jessica Jack, 4th year English Major, Music Minor

Gateway: At what point did you know you wanted to study English?

Jessica: I always wanted to study English. I just really like reading and high school English was probably one of my favourite subjects, along with music, which is why I’m a music minor [laughs] so it makes sense.

Gateway: Describe any personal superstitions that you have.

Jessica: I’m not a very superstitious person, I guess to each their own, whatever floats your boat kind of thing. I guess the little things I have done, maybe because it’s a status quo type of thing, like throwing salt over my shoulder. I don’t really fully believe that if I didn’t do it that anything bad would happen to me, knock on wood, but yeah, I think its more of a status quo thing.

Gateway: Describe your idea of aliens.

Jessica: I am sure that they do exist because I think that its kind of ignorant and naïve to think that we are the only ones here. It’s kind of scary to think about though. I guess there is the ideal from all of the sci-fi movies and stuff like that, but I’d rather not think about it and just be ignorant until something happens.

Gateway: What is your ideal alien?

Jessica: Maybe the classic big eyed kind with the cone shaped head. Just like the emoji.

Gateway: What’s the strangest dream that you’ve had?

Jessica: Ohhh! I have a lot of really weird dreams, the strangest dream was probably being chased by dinosaurs. Just like transported into a Jurassic Park sort of world. I was chased by a T-Rex with my friends and it actually talked in the dream. It talked to us and told us how it was going to get us. Yup. I woke up not feeling too good.

Gateway: If you could make your own constellation, what would it be and what would you name it?

Jessica: That’s a good question, maybe I’d make it in the shape of a music note and name it after myself, especially if I was to discover it.

Gateway: What do you think of horoscopes?

Jessica: I think they’re fun, but I don’t really think there is much else to them. If I get a magazine or the paper or something like that, it’s fun to be like ok so this is my horoscope of the day and then see if anything in real life plays out with it. But I’m not shattered if I have a bad horoscope.

Gateway: What’s the best advice you have gotten from a horoscope?

Jessica: Usually, the horoscopes I read aren’t giving me advice really; they’re just kind of like “this is what is going to happen to you today.” I do get some good advice from fortune cookies though.

Gateway: What do you think of palm readers and tarot cards?

Jessica: Complete bogus, sorry, and same with the horoscope thing. Like if its something that interests people like very superstitious people [laughs], then go for it! I’m not very superstitious so it’s more of like a Halloween sort of a thing honestly, that’s what it feels like to me.

Gateway: What are some general thoughts and feelings you have about the universe?

Jessica: [laughs] Getting deep here. Ummm. The universe is very complicated, very complicated. And there is lots going on. That’s a difficult question. I honestly don’t think we will ever understand everything about it. No. Maybe like collectively we could understand a lot, but I think there’s so much going on with it that it’s kind of difficult to understand it.

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