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Austin Everett (He/Him)
GET TO KNOW AUSTIN.
- What is your Favorite film or book and why?
My favourite book is called Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality written by John Boswell, it is a history of gay people in Western Europe from the start of the Christian Era to the 14th century. For starters, I love this book because as a gay person it is so fascinating to learn how gay culture has always existed and that despite its acceptance and overall popular interest in today’s society gay people have been prominent leaders throughout history. As an ex-Christo-religious person myself, I find it especially fascinating how John Boswell argues the origins and rise of homophobia in Christian culture. This really is Boswell’s main thesis; explaining the rise of homophobia in the Christian world and it’s riveting!
- What was your favourite trip you’ve taken and why?
One of my favourite trips I’ve taken was a road trip from Krakow, Poland to a well-known southern Croatian island called Hvar. The road from Poland to Croatian lead us through a couple of beautiful countries all with different stories and cultures to share. One of my favourite stops was the night we spent in Tokaj. As a total wino and history nerd I was very exited to visit a wine region that dates back over a thousand years. Tasting the modern day “liquid gold” that was served to Kings hundreds of years ago was an honour. Although, to be totally honest the dry Furmint that is widely served in the region was not my favourite but the experience was really all worth it. Of course laying on the rocky shores of Croatia’s Hvar was incredible in and of itself. All in all it was a trip for the books.
- How many languages do you speak and why?
I speak three languages, English, French and Chinese (Mandarin). I speak these languages because as a young person I was interested in joining the French Immersion program in my town which gave me a decent understanding of the language. Later on I found myself with an opportunity to live in Paris, France for two years. Part of the program I signed up with was to learn a different language while I was there— that is where Chinese learning came into my life. I was sent to a 3-month intensive learning program in the U.S. where I learned the basics of the language. I was then sent off to Paris where I not only cemented and grew my understanding of French but also troubleshooted my Chinese to eventually (after 2 years) speak the language decently. I now have continued studying Chinese in Vancouver and feel conversationally fluent in the language— reading and writing is a whole different story!
- What if anything did you learn about yourself during this past year of Covid?
I always saw myself as a socialite, someone who needed to be out and about every night. Although there are times where this is true, I have rediscovered myself as someone who wants to stay in a bit more. I suppose I guess what I have learned is how to take time for me. The term “self-care” or “self-wellness” that I once scoffed at, I now crave. I don’t necessarily know if there is a silver lining to this pandemic, but I do think that if there were one, for me, it would be this concept I learned and internalized of self-care and alone time.
Height: 6'2" | Chest: 36 | Waist: 31 | Inseam: 34 | Eyes: Blue | Hair: Light Brown | Suit: 38 | Shoes: 10