Name: Jessica Cabral

Position at The Medium: Features Editor

Year: Fourth year

Program of Study: Double major in English and Professional Writing and Communication

How did you get involved with The Medium?

JC: When I was in my first year, I was super nervous to write for the paper but I really wanted to. In my second year, I finally started volunteering as a writer for the Features section and here I am now!

Why the Features section, and not any other section?

JC: I love interviewing people, having conversations, and learning about people’s stories. I love Features because it’s a lot like storytelling.

What’s one of your favourite articles you’ve written so far?

JC: My favourite article I’ve written has to be the story about Martha Cedeno and her two children who are all graduating with a Bachelor of Science this academic year! What an amazing way to celebrate convocation and a memorable way to end their university experience.

What’s the most recent book you’ve read?

JC: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. Our News Editor actually recommended it to me. It’s a beautiful novel that merges culture, recipes, romance, and heartache into melodious prose.

What is one of your favourite smells?

JC: I’d have to say fresh cut grass in the summer time.

I find it super relaxing, especially on the weekend. It reminds me of my childhood summers when my family would end the day basking in the sun, eating BBQ and cool watermelon.

Who or what motivates you to keep pushing forward?

JC: Definitely my mom! She’s probably one of the strongest people I know and she has taught me that I’m a lot stronger than I think I am. I want to make her proud! (Hi Mom!!)

What skill would you like to master?

JC: I’d love to learn how to cook. I love watching the Food Network, but I’m not very confident in the kitchen. Cooking seems very daunting to me. What if what I make tastes bad?

If you didn’t have to sleep, how would you spend your extra time?

JC: I’d definitely spend my time reading. It’s easy to become absorbed with academics and extracurriculars that I often forget to take time to read for pleasure. I have a lot of books on my “To Read” list.

What piece of advice would you give to people?

JC: Only make a committment if you know that you can follow through with it. Know your limits and your schedule. If you can’t do something, then it’s okay to step back, take a breath, and dedicate time for yourself.