Ariel Hartman

I am from Abbotsford BC, it’s about 45 minutes to downtown Vancouver and 30 minutes to the mountains. It is the church and berry capital of Canada, and every July there is the Berry Festival. That is all you will ever need to know about Abbotsford.
I have always liked writing, but never actually thought about being a journalist until grade 10 when I read Sex,Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman and thought “Man, I want to be him.”
There is a three-way tie for my favourite book: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson.
Procrastination is one of the things I pride myself on being able to do really well. I have become quite adept at doing no work at all, instead choosing to fill my time with an inordinate amount of Project Runway, creeping fashion blogs, and painting my nails. (I am not as vapid as I just appeared to be, however)
I don’t necessarily live by something someone else has said, I have pretty much always just done my own thing, and it has worked so far.
When I graduate (after my huge I-am-a-grown-up freakout) I am planning on getting very far away. I adore Canada, but I have been living here for 19 years, it’s time for a change.
If I could have dinner with one person, it would definitely be Hunter S. Thompson. I am certain I would sit cowering in a corner watching him drink himself silly, while I smiled awkwardly for the entirety of the meal, but it would be the most exciting meal of my life.
The hardest lesson I have learned this far in J-School is definitely that I have to get over my fear of sounding stupid. I have learned that I can get over my fear of sounding like a lunatic when approaching people on the street to ask them questions. Apparently most people aren’t mean and don’t really care if you sound as though you know what you are talking about.
Finally, if I could have any job it would be to work at Vanity Fair. I would LOVE to be able to talk and interview interesting people who do interesting things and write long-winded articles chronicling their interesting ways. Doing all of this while donning Louboutins, of course. That is the dream.


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