Interview of Meredith by Freya Bennett

Hey Meredith, how are you?
Hi Freya, I am great! I just got back from traveling in the Netherlands and Belgium and I had an amazing time.  I’m a little tired from all the travelling but all in all I’m great!
How old are you?
I am 19 years old.
Where do you call home?
I like to think that I have two homes.  One of my homes is where my family is and where I was raised which is Pembroke, Ontario, Canada.  My other home is Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  Waterloo is where I go to school and I love it in Waterloo because it is a big city, (to me), but it has a really great community vibe and there are always lots of cool events going on!
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a university student at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo Ontario.  The program I’m in is Knowledge Integration.  Knowledge Integration is an interdisciplinary program where students take courses from multiple disciplines and then we learn about how and why different disciplines can and should work together.  We do this through design thinking, communication studies, and collaboration.  I love my program and that I have the opportunity to learn about so many different things from speech communication to field ecology to social epistemology! I also love my university! I am a very social person so during the school year I try to take part in as many extra curricular activities as I can because I love being on a team and working with other people!
My hobbies include reading magazines, making collages, playing soccer, making playlists, eating really good ice cream, and just chilling with my friends.
Why did you want to be a Ramona intern?
I wanted to be a Ramona intern because I really love online and print magazines. The way that magazines use different mediums like photography, writing, and fashion etc to produce a cohesive product really amazes me.  My dream is to work for a magazine when I finish school and I wanted to have experience working for a magazine before I finish university.  I was browsing through the Ramona website one day and I saw an article from last summer about the summer interns and I knew that I wanted to be one of the people who got to be an intern at a magazine.  The opportunity to be an intern for a magazine doesn’t come along all the time so I knew I had to take the opportunity.
Where do you hope to be in the next five years?
In five years I hope that I am working for a magazine who’s main mission is to empower teenage girls.  I hope to work for a magazine that does this through fashion, art, and activism.  I hope that if I were to work for a magazine I would be able to work with others often and that I would be in a creative role for the magazine.
Who is your heroine? 
My heroine is Tavi Gevinson.  Tavi Gevinson is the founder and editor in chief of the online magazine Rookie.  I first fell in love with Tavi when I watched her Ted Talk “A teen just trying to figure it out.”  Tavi is very inspiring to me because she is so passionate about what she does and she works hard to create spaces and a world that she wants to live in.  Rookie mag has inspired me to be more creative in all that I do.  Tavi and the work of Rookie mag has shown me that it’s cool to talk about what you are passionate about and that being yourself is really the most beautiful thing you can be.  Tavi is smart, talented, and a sick feminist and she’s only 22.  She shows me and others that just because you are young and a woman doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your dreams and do what you are passionate about.

Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @thecinnamonsociety

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