Student of the Week
Tim Apedaile 1L – First year Law
Q: If you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would it be?
A: My cabin in the Alberta Foothills.
Q: What’s the one quality you admire most in others?
A: Being assertive.
Q: What’s your good luck charm?
A: Well, I did my undergrad at McGill, and [for] every single midterm or exam that I’ve ever written, I’ve worn the same either t-shirt or sweater. It’s mostly worked out.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: It’s a rhyme and I can’t remember—but I remember the notion behind it….It says something about ‘you can never have everything, but you just got to enjoy what you have in the moment.’
Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give McGill students?
A: Balance your life. Don’t just do school, don’t just not do school.
Q: If you were a course at McGill, which course would you be and why?
A: POLI 450, Peacebuilding. I’m in law school in part to look into dispute resolution and things like that. I think we need more of that.
Q: What reality TV show would you be perfect for?
A: Not because I’m actually a good chef, but Chopped is really cool. Sometimes, getting random ingredients in my kitchen is how I have to cook, because I never really plan things out, so I’m kind of forced to cook weird things…. [On the show,] they give you random ingredients, there’s four people, and then you have to make whatever you can out of them – it has to taste good – and there’s a starter, a main course, and a dessert. And at each round, someone gets chopped; but they’re actual cooks, whereas I’m scraping by and microwaving most nights.
Q: What’s your go-to stress-buster?
A: Going for a walk.
Q: Which historical figure would you most want to get a drink with?
A: Well I guess it’s sad to say, but I guess Jack Layton is [now] kind of a historical figure. People said, in the last campaign, that he was the only Canadian politician that people wanted to go have a beer with. I think regardless of politics, that was really true. So I’d have a drink with Jack.
Q: What’s your favourite Leonardo di Caprio movie?
A: I really wanted to see Titanic 3D when it was re-released, but no one wanted to see it with me. But I’m still going to say Titanic.
Q: Rank the Spice Girls from favourite to least favourite.
A: Can I phone a friend on that one? Can we just name them and I can make sure I’ve got them all?
Q: Can you name all five of them?
A: Baby spice, Sporty spice, Posh spice, Scary spice… Red head… Ginger spice. In rank order? Whichever order they drove around the Olympic stadium in, I can’t tell you on that one.
Q: Name one book you think everyone should read.
A: A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright. I read it a few years ago and it just always left an impression on me. It’s a quick read, so if you’re in [school] and you can’t take on a novel, take on this instead.
Q: What Guinness World Record would you have the best shot at breaking?
A: One of those ones where it’s just will power, where it’s not a skill like balancing things on your head.
Q: Like doing something for the longest amount of time?
A: Yeah. Well, no, because even holding your hand in the air—people do it for like twenty years, so I would not… I guess one of the group ones, like McGill hosted. I could cut some fruit and make a fruit salad for a while.
Q: Describe the McGill law school in three words.
A: Challenging, welcoming, and trans-systemic. I feel like that’s a bit of a cop out, but that’s what they pride themselves on. I actually debated between U of T and McGill, but I’ve just found everyone [at McGill] is really up to meet new people, and you know the faculty are very approachable. It feels like a small sort of family; the upper years are nice. I’ve enjoyed McGill a lot.
Q: Who would star in the story of your life?
A: Is it bad that I have a rehearsed answer for this one because I’ve said it before? Jake Gyllenhall, just because I want him to. Some people say actually John Krasinski, but I would say Jake Gyllenhaal.
Q: What’s the first thing you think of when I say Movember?
A: Men’s health stigmas. Because now everybody has a moustache, so it gives you a reason to talk about things you wouldn’t otherwise talk about.
Q: If you could say one thing to Taylor Swift, what would it be?
A: Please don’t ever write a song about me.
Q: Name a stand-up comedian you consider completely over-rated.
A: Dane Cook. He was funny. When you’re 13 it’s funny, but I just don’t see who he actually appeals to. It’s humour that’s supposed to be for like 20-year-olds but it’s just… I don’t know.
Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: Slow walkers. If I’m in a fast-walking mood.
Q: Why are you an asset to McGill?
A: Being nominated for [my role in organizing a team for] Movember I guess is one thing, but I think it’s just important, whatever it is, to get people together on things. In this case, being new at law, it was just fun to get my friends to join the team but then also people I hadn’t met before. And now we’re a whole team, 30 people in the faculty, and so, you know, to have something outside of class to get together for, and it’s a good cause.
Q: How has captaining the Mo’tion to Dismiss Movember team been so far?
A: We got an anonymous thousand dollar donation… and we’ve raised almost three thousand dollars so far. We’re trying to be the top-raising university team in Canada, or at least at McGill.
Q: Do you know if there are a lot of teams at McGill?
A: I’ve seen a number. The med team is right behind us. I don’t know exactly, across Canada they’ve raised four hundred thousand dollars already, and there’s probably hundreds of teams. At McGill there might be 15 or something.