19 questions with a Huskie – Ariel Owens

Year in School: Senior
Major: English
Hometown: Kenosha, WI


Q: Are you reading anything good right now?
A: Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)”

Q: What’s the last song you listened to?
A: Sam Smith – Make it To Me.

Q: What’s your favorite spot to study on campus?
A: Anywhere I can smell coffee.

Q: Most interesting place you have traveled?
A: Mexico for my parents’ wedding.

Q: If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?
A: Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) from 30 Rock. I am slightly obsessed with Tina Fey. I love Liz Lemon because she is a strong female character who is witty and awesome at her job (how I hope people view me).

Q: What are three things you could not live without?
A: Positive affirmations, my voice and relationships.

Q: What word or phrase do you most overuse?
A: “No, but seriously though…”

Q: What makes you laugh?
A: Friends. Awkward moments. Movies and TV shows.

Q: Who do you admire?
A: Anyone who has the courage to be true to his or herself and to do so unapologetically.

Q: On the weekends you like to…?
A: Catch up on the sleep I missed during the week. Spend time with me. Spend time with the people I love. Eat outside of the dining halls.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Dishonesty.

Q: What quality do you most admire in a classmate?
A: I admire classmates who achieve their goals, big or small, no matter what kind of crazy adversities are on their plates.

Q: What quality do you most admire in a professor?
A: I admire professors who challenge me to think about the world from different perspectives. Also admirable: Professors who remember that his or her class is not the only one I am enrolled in, so it’s not cool to assign what seems like endless work. Consideration is key.

Q: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned at NIU?
A: The biggest lesson I learned at NIU is to stop comparing myself to others. This campus is filled with amazing people and student leaders. Student leadership is not a competition. There is room for all of us to shine, and we are stronger as a university when we do so! Our different walks of life, strengths, and weaknesses are what make us unique. NIU helped me to accept and love myself.

Q: What was some advice a person gave you when you were young that you still hold onto today?
A: Good always wins in the end, so do the right thing.

Q: What is the best part about working on campus?
A: Being exposed to diverse groups of people and having the opportunity to serve as both a mentor and mentee to fellow students.

Q: What is your favorite advice to share with first year students?
A: Get involved with something positive on campus! NIU currently has 200+ student organizations. There IS something out there for you. The college experience is so much more than what happens in the classroom!

Q: What do you want to do after NIU?
A: Earn my Master’s degree in Education or Social Work, teach in an underprivileged community, serve in an administrative position within the education system.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to eat on or near campus?
A: Neptune dining will always have a special place in my heart, as I lived there for three years, but I love The Junction and Fushi Yami!

Written by People of NIU