Opinions: Duality: Expect the unexpected

Opposites attract

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Ryan Bircher

Mary Kay Gagnepain, editor-in-chief, and Natalie Hinds, opinions editor, mess around at the Publications Picnic, Sept. 13.

People come in all shapes and sizes, with different interests and activities and different styles and personas.

But part of growing is learning to never judge a book by its cover and reading what one never thought could be interesting before. In the end, we all could be pleasantly surprised.

Mary Kay 

When I first met Nat, I was really young, too young to even notice the differences that we both possessed. Sophomore year, we became close and started to hangout a lot more. That’s when we began to see just how different we really were.

I was an etc… theatre geek with all my hipster friends. We listened to Pink Floyd and The Neighbourhood, went to concerts in our spare time and wandered The Loop aimlessly just to visit Sunshine Daydream and Vintage Vinyl.


MK and I started hanging out more and more. We are good friends now, but damn are we opposites.

MK listens to bands I’ve never even heard of, while I’m over here listening to Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw. She wears cardigans, her hipster frame glasses, and her signature bracelets. Then there’s me, t-shirt and jeans or dresses with my signature cowgirl boots.

On the outside we are complete opposites. But, beneath all that we both have loud quirky personalities.

We can sit for hours and come up with new ways to make one another laugh. Whether we’re eating Chipotle, awkwardly taking pictures of strangers at QT, or working on an opinions piece, no matter what we do we have fun, despite the differences.

It’s those moments in time that truly bring out the inner workings of friendship. The realization that two people that run with totally different groups, could come together and form a bond that is unlike any other.

If we would have judged a book by its cover, we would never of been able to become as close as we are today.