MDES Blog: MDES Class '21

Class of 2021
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From 7 different countries, backgrounds and fields, the Masters in Design for Social Impact class wanted to share with PCA fun facts about themselves. As we come from different cultures and countries, it makes our group discussions and classes much more interesting. This dynamic challenges us to come to agreements and come up with reasons to defend our points of view. In this type of program especially, it comes in handy to have so many points of view and perspectives on each of the many topics that we get to talk about in our classes.

Even though we are not all on campus, thanks to technology and social media we have had the opportunity to meet and come up with a fun questionnaire to get to know each other!

Name-nationality- age
Kymberly – Canadian/Jamaican – 24
Carolina – Colombian -26
Travis Suzaka – United States – 33
Vandyaa – Indian – 28
Ali – British – 33
Suzanne- Lebanese – 34
Annie – United States – 24
Raffaella – Brazilian – 34

1. If you could hang out with any cartoon character, who would you choose and why?
K- It would be Timmy from The Fairly OddParents because who wouldn’t want to have “magic little fish to grant their every wish”.
C- I would hang out with the Power Puff Girls, they seem to have it all figure out.
T- Goofy. He was always so floppy and I loved his laugh.
V- Both Tom and Jerry because they live in the moment and are always happy and fun and naughty.
A- Ivy the Terrible. (From the Beano!)
S- Felix the cat- he’s 100 years old, he has seen it all (silent, 2d, black and white, color etc.).
A- I would choose Sponge Bob because he makes a mean krabby patty and would be very funny to spend time with :)
R- Lisa Simpson, because she is a vegetarian, a strong environmentalist, a feminist, and a Buddhist, attitudes I am passionate about.

2. The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are three people you want on your team?
K- Three of the Avengers maybe.
C- Harry Potter, Black Panther & amp; my dog.
T- My parents and brother.
V- My husband, my brother and my parents.
A- Three superheroes who will kill all the zombies and save us all?
S- Poutine, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harry Potter.
A- I’m choosing Iron Man, Forrest Gump, and DT so the aliens turn around and go home…
R- A doctor, an agronomist and a soldier.

3. If you had 25 hours a day, how would you use your extra time?
K- I would catch up on all the tasks that I procrastinated on for the first 24 hours.
C- Sleep!
T- An extra hour at lunch to be able to really sit down and enjoy a meal with my classmates.
V- I would paint!
A- Sleeping.
S- Nap!
A- If I had one extra hour a day I would spend that time doing ballet!
R- By practicing Yoga and Meditation.

4. Coffee or tea?
K- Tea.
C- Green tea & Colombian coffee.
T- One coffee then lots of tea!
V- Chai tea.
A- Coffee!
S- Both.
A- Coffee!
R- Tea.

5. What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

K- Muesli.
C- Fruit Loops.
T- Never really ate cereal, but i love savory oatmeal!
V- Not a cereal person, I love to eat steamed food for breakfast.
A- Not a cereal fan.. granola is ok.
S- The one with marshmallows in it.
A- My favorite breakfast cereal is any one with almonds and other nuts!
R- Crunch cereal.

6. What is your favorite TV show?
K- Most recently, The Circle or Plan Coeur.
C- Property Brothers.
T- Rita! a Danish show about a single mother who teaches elementary school children. A funny and heartwarming series about the overlap of childhood and adulthood, education, and the contradictions in societal structures.
V- Friends.
A- Just finished ‘I may destroy you’ which was incredible.
S- I don’t watch tv🙈.
A-My favorite tv show currently is Ratched.
R- Game of thrones.

7. What are you reading right now?
K- I just finished reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and it’s now one of my favorite books of all time.
C- I am reading The Metabolical Miracle, about how eating can be healing for certain diseases.
T- The last novel in Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan series.
V- Soda politics by Marion Nestle.
A- The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley.
S- Papanek😂.
A-Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius.
R- Design for the real world – V. Papanek.


8. Do you collect anything?
K- Notebooks with colorful covers that I never actually use because they’re too pretty.
C- I collect pencils from all the places I visit.
T- Japanese woodblock prints from the 19th century.
V- Antique furniture, jewelry and home decor. Leaves.
A- No. But when I was little I used to collect soaps…
S- Toupies (spinning top).
A- I collect old books (first/second conditions).
R- No.

As you can see there are so many different personalities and perspectives, which makes every class or project great to work as we can each bring something to the table.

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