Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff: Jocelyn Beausire

Another staff member that will be coming back next year is Jocelyn, who can sing opera, design buildings, and make a budget all at the same time (probably, she’s that cool):

  1. What’s your role in Bricolage?
  • Development Officer
  1. You’re on the Ave and suddenly become ravenously hungry. Where do you go to eat?
  • EJ burgers, if I have the energy to hike that far up the Ave. Or, if it’s open, I’ll go to Morsel.
  1. What are you currently binge-watching?
  • Mad men because John Hamm. The sixties makes me swoon, and although there’s so much drama, the action never feels contrived (except for maybe the tractor-foot incident). I also just caught up with Girls and Broad City, and I’ll occasionally binge on Bob’s Burgers because Tina speaks so much truth.
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of prose?
  • I honestly really like The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Also some of Ray Bradbury’s gory, surreal short stories.
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of poetry?
  • This is also really difficult. I really like Gwendolyn Brooks and Sylvia Plath and E.E. Cummings. But I’m very open.
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of art?
  • Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #479. I just like how she uses herself as a medium of expression, and I like how her work is kind of ugly and kitschy but it’s also saying something, loudly.
  1. Batman or Superman?
  • It’s probably not the most popular opinion, but I kind of like the limitless quality of his power and he’s technically an alien and that’s kind of hot.
  1. You have to model your house after a building on the UW campus. Which one would you pick?
  • Ha, but actually…probably Gould, even though it would be kind of enormous for a private home.
  1. What’s the best musical act you’ve seen live?
  • I think the first concert I ever went to, which was Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. I was way too young to appreciate it, but it was awesome nonetheless. Also when I was studying abroad in Italy last summer, I saw the opera “Armida” by Rossini in the opera house in Pesaro where he originally composed it almost 200 years ago.
  1. Why did you decide come to the UW?
  • I’ve always been attracted to the Pacific Northwest, and the mix of urban culture and the outdoors. I also was accepted to the voice program and the honors program, and after being landlocked my whole life I was looking forward to living on the coast.
  1. Would you rather skydive or bungee-jump?
  • Bungee jump. I just heard an NPR story about a man who went skydiving and ended up hurtling to his death in a field like a human asteroid.
  1. What’s been your favorite experience with Bricolage?
  • I think attending the open mics, and hearing what everyone has to say. It’s so cozy and supportive, and it’s always really neat when people present their art in new or unexpected ways.
  1. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
  • Woman in Gold, as a last minute decision. It was a little slow and taught me that Helen Mirren shouldn’t attempt an Austrian accent.
  1. Are you a sports fan and do you follow any teams?
  • Not really, although I occasionally watch soccer. Also I grew up in Wisconsin so I do own a cheesehead and a cheese-tie.
  1. Where’s your favorite place to study?
  • If I’m alone, Ugly Mug because independent studiers flock there for some reason, and they have THE BEST dark chocolate mocha. Or, if I’m with a group I’ll head to either Café on the Ave or Odegaard.
  1. Besides Bricolage, what else are you involved in?
  • I was in the chorus of an opera – Magic Flute with Pacific Musicworks – and also I’m in Chamber Singers choir. I also work at the music library.
  1. Pick five songs that would be included on the soundtrack of your life.
  • Cat Power – Sea of Love
  • Bob Dylan – One Too Many Mornings
  • Bon Iver – Holocene
  • Gene Wilder – Pure Imagination
  • Alex Turner – Piledriver Walt
  1. Cake, cookies, or brownies?
  • Cake, either lemon or German chocolate.
  1. Do you like scary movies?
  1. Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen?
  • Not yet
  1. What are you majoring in?
  • I’m double majoring in Architecture Design and Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance.
  1. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
  • I don’t know, assuming it likes being domesticated, I would definitely choose a gorilla. They are my favorite animals and it would be like a best friend and a pet rolled into one, and they don’t take shit from anyone.
  1. Coffee or tea?
  • Coffee
  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • Honestly whatever gets me the most sleep.
  1. What have you learned from being a Bricolage staff member?
  • I have learned that, honestly, even people you would think have everything together don’t. We are all just fallible humans. Also I learned that opportunities often open up if you aren’t afraid to be assertive and ask for what you want.
  1. What’s the first thing you check when you go online?
  • I don’t want to say Facebook, but it’s the truth. My fingers just type it in before I know what’s happening. I usually exit out of it within a few seconds.
  1. You can travel anywhere for a year without having to worry about money. Where would you go?
  • I’m curious about a lot of countries – Nepal, Mongolia, Djibouti, Turkey, Czech Republic, Chile. My family is from New Zealand, and I absolutely love it there, but I would love to go even further afield and experience real foreignness and unfamiliarity. I also want to eat a lot of weird things.
  1. Are you afraid of clowns?
  • Yes especially the sad ones because they seem even more unstable.
  1. What’s your go-to snack food?
  • Raisins and walnuts, mixed.
  1. Favorite class you’ve ever taken at UW?
  • This is difficult. I took Geography of Global Poverty and Care last winter with Professor Vicky Lawson and it was absolutely life-changing. It made me reevaluate the way I look at the people around me, and the structure of my society. I have been carrying lessons from that class with me ever since.
  1. Who always makes you laugh?
  • My best friend Claire, who I’ve known since fourth grade. She just gets it. Also my brother, who is just ridiculous. As far as famous people go, Rachel Dratch, Hannibal Burress, Tracy Jordan, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader as Stefan.
  1. Advice you wish you had received as a freshman?
  • Don’t do what everyone else does. Also don’t restrict yourself to on-campus dining.
  1. Plans for after you graduate?
  • Um…graduate school, New York City, and owning a greyhound.