"Adopt A Duckie" or "How Zac Efron Almost Ruined my Reputation as an Academic"
by: Ellen Black
At this point in time you’ve probably heard a thing or two about “Adopt a Duckie”. You know, the program where a Bishop’s students let you (a QUEUC delegate AKA a "Duckie"... get it QUEUC sounds like Quack...) stay on their couch or spare bed? Well I’m here to tell you that this is not only easy on your wallet, but it’s also a wild ride – and that’s what QUEUC is all about: ‘experiences’.
If you weren't already convinced of the merits of Adopt a Duckie, let me tell you a story
Two years ago fellow quarterback Ariane (Social QB) and I planned to host two ‘duckies’ at our house during the conference. The two ladies were to be coming from out of town, one from McGill, the other from McMaster, and would to sleep on a spare mattress and a blow up mattress in our spare room. The weekend was to be cozy, yet functional, in our house of (regularly) four girls plus our two guests.
However, this is not a story of six girls getting to know each other. This is about our surprise guest, Aaron.
Aaron, a returning QUEUC delegate, decided to show up in Lennoxville not booked at any hotel, knowing that he could rely on the last minute hospitality of a Bishop’s student. He asked, and he received. Aaron was welcome to stay on our couch during the conference, as all of our additional beds were full and we have an abnormally large couch. Apparently when my roommates and I rally together, we have enough bedding for 3 additional beds. That’s right, the couch had its own duvet cover and sheets. And multiple pillows.
Aaron was honestly the easiest houseguest: he was up and out of the house before 8 and quietly let himself in after his evening out in Lennoxville. He even gifted us a bottle of wine at the end of his stay.
Although this story had a happy ending (no freezing duckies with no place to stay), I will say a word of warning to all possible hosts: you are never embarrassed about your house until you see it through a stranger's eyes. Upon receiving houseguests, you will suddenly realize that things you thought were normal, are in fact not.
For example, my roommates and I have a ‘Valentine's Day installation’ on a feature wall in our living room, which features pictures of heartthrobs such as Leo DiCaprio, Zac Efron and Bill Murray. It had been up for over a month and has become part of our permanent decor. I look at this everyday and never once questioned it. To make matters worse, I also came to realize that maybe we had a Zac Efron obsession – we have a grand total of 4 Zac Efron magnets on the fridge, and our wifi network is called (yup, you guessed it) Zac Efron.
Aaron’s presence in my home made me hyperaware of how terrifyingly-hilarious the pictures were. After this display of my inner most self, presenting a paper was no problem.
So, if you host someone for QUEUC, you will not only learn something new about a stranger, but will also realize new things about yourself – and that’s what QUEUC is all about.
So what have we learned?
1) Having a delegate stay in our house is an easy way to get involved in the conference, meet your peers, and have a good time
2) Bishop’s Students are notoriously (according to Aaron) welcoming and generous
3) In light of number 2, you should plan your sleeping accommodations in advance, or risk sleeping in a Zac Efron shrine
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