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Humans of USU: Cameron Deelstra and Whitney Ashliman

On March 25, 2014

The Utah Statesman interviewed Cameron Deelstra, a freshman in biomedical engineering, and Whitney Ashliman, a freshman in graphic design, both from Smithfield, Utah.

Utah Statesman: How do you know each other?
Cameron Deelstra: We went to high school together and we’re dating now. This is Lucy. She’s our dog.

US: Who do you think will win the NCAA Tournament?
CD: I don’t think either of us really know who’s still in it. I didn’t do a bracket this year. I think I’m going to go with Oregon, unless they lost yesterday. I didn’t watch the game.

Whitney Ashliman: So it’s basketball?
CD: Yeah, March Madness. She would have no idea.

WA: Too busy with school and the dog.

CD: She says Oregon, too.

US: What temperature would you say it is appropriate to wear shorts and sandals?
WA: I’d just say 60, but I don’t know. I see some crazies wearing flip flops.

CD: 42 for me.

US: What is your favorite instrument and why?
WA: I was just thinking last night it was the accordion because we were watching a movie with a sweet accordion in it, “The Book Thief.”

CD: It made her cry.

US: What is your dream job?
WA: I really have a passion for graphic design, but dream job just opens up everything else. I was thinking it’d be really fun to be a dog trainer.

CD: I’d like to be a well-paid lumberjack. I love the outdoors. I like the sun. I work in a call center now, and it’s too artificially lit. I wanted a job where I could be outside all day, work hard, take my dog to work and wear flannel, grow a beard. So I’m going to say lumberjack.

US: What do you remember from your childhood that you’d like to make a comeback?
CD: The cartoons and those sweet moonboots that were like trampolines for your shoes.

WA: Sometimes I almost just have an angst against what has been invented since then more than wishing things would come back. You know what I mean? The constant cell phone attachment kind of a thing or sometimes I wish Facebook didn’t exist.

US: What was your most embarrassing moment?
CD: When I was little, I used to have those track pants, the pull-offs. We were playing tag in the park one time, and this girl grabbed my pants and they pulled off and I didn’t wear any shorts underneath, so I ran home in my whitey-tighties.

WA: You never told me that.

CD: So I’d probably say that’s my most embarrassing run home.

WA: Were you on your way home anyway?
CD: No, I was missing my pants, so I ran home to get different pants.

WA: You didn’t say, “Hey, give me my pants?”

CD: It was when I was little.

US: Do you have any summer plans?
WA: I’m really hoping that we get to go to Lake Powell just because I love it so much.

CD: We want to go to California, Lake Powell and Georgia this summer.

WA: Georgia just because my parents are moving there, so we’re probably going to help them move, which is going to be fun but not fun at the same time.

US: Do you have any relationship advice?
WA: I’m always friends with them first. I’m not very good at dating people just off the cuff.

CD: It was a lot of hard work to convince her.

WA: That’s a lie. I had a crush on you first.

CD: We have proof on Facebook that I had a crush on her first.

US: Anything else?
CD: It’s not a 50-50 relationship, it’s a 100-100 percent relationship. And that’s the way to do it.

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