Peter Fourlaris: What year and program are you in?
Simone Alaine Polo: I am in my third year of my bachelor of Philosophy. This is actually my last semester for my degree.
Peter: You write the politics section here at the Bolt, what inspired you to write about that?
Simone: I just kind of jumped on it, liked social studies in high school I also like reading literature with critical lenses, so this lent itself to political readings such as post colonialism, or feminism, or queer theory. With the Bolt I started playing around with reporting some issues and over my second year I started to not only present news, but also try and look at the news through critical lenses.
Peter: What is your favorite part about being a student here at Concordia?
Simone: I have always liked the fact that it is such a small community, I like that I get to know the people I tend to hang around with. I am very much a fan of embracing community and looking out for one another. Having the professors being very available is great, having people to talk to about certain things is very important, and also helping Concordia grow is very important to me. For instance, trying to work with Concordia Pride, which is the LGBQT club at Concordia, a growing group. Taking part in that, and building community is important to me.
Peter: What is your all-time favorite movie?
Simone: This is probably going to be a two-part answer because there are movies that I love because they are bad, and there are movies that I love because they are so good. So, most importantly for the movies that are bad, it’s tied between Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, and James Nguyen’s Birdemic, both of them are awful and I love them! But for an all-time favorite movie, I used to like a lot of Stanley Kubrick, especially his movie Eyes Wide Open which left an emotional impression on me.
Peter: What is your ideal vacation spot?
Simone: Well, I mean, ideally, the moon would be a fine vacation spot. Very private, and I would have a lot of time for reflection. But, I would like to look at a lot of historical places; I would like to get immersed in a lot of history. My ideal vacation wouldn’t be much of a vacation; it would be time for me to go work on my own research. If I could give different presentations in different Universities that would be something I’d really like to do. For example, going to Germany to study German idealism is something I’d really love to do, or go to Japan’s Kyoto school of Philosophy, or India to learn more about Buddhism and all of their various religions. I’d also like to go to Africa; with its very oral traditions of philosophy it would get my attention.
Peter: If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Simone: I have always liked the idea of flying, but in Canada that wouldn’t work, because if I were flying it would probably get really cold, so I would have to say super-speed. Super-speed, because then I’m also building heat on my body, and I could get to places really fast.
Peter: Do you have any advice for students in their first year?
Simone: Don’t do drugs haha! But seriously, in terms of doing your studies, make sure you take time to engage in the subject, and care for it a little bit, because then you can get so much enjoyment out of it. As much as the work may suck, there is a lot of growth and development that can open a lot of doors for different things.
Thanks for a fantastic interview Simone! Your answers were entertaining and very well thought out, definitely fitting for a Philosophy student!
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