We’re excited to introduce you to Victoria Calderon. Victoria is a chai loving Leo studying broadcast journalism at Ohio University who put on one of the most impressive TBTN events we’ve ever been a part of. She’s helping shift the culture in her community and we’re confident her leadership with One Student as a member of the Editorial Board will inspire her peers to jump on the social change train.
Interview with Victoria.
Are you majoring in the area you thought you would?
After too many viewings of the movie Twister when I was seven, I did want to be a storm chaser, but I think journalism suits me just fine right now. I like telling stories with words and a camera. As a senior in high school, I applied to everything from art school in Savannah to international affairs programs in Washington, D.C, but I think I ended up exactly where I need and want to be.
If someone came to visit you in your hometown, where would you take them?
I would start at the Erie Street Market in downtown Toledo, Ohio if I could on a beautiful Saturday morning. The open market is one of my favorite places to visit when I home. The fresh flowers, foods, art and overall fresh atmosphere are worth the trip (especially after you buy the raspberry lemonade). The day would continue with a visit to the Toledo Art Museum and its Glass Pavilion. If there were time, the Toledo Zoo would fall next on the list!
What is a little known fact about you?
I can’t whistle!
What holiday or annual event do you most look forward to celebrating?
I always look forward to my university’s homecoming events. Ever since the first time I saw the homecoming parade coming down the main street my freshman year, it’s been one of my favorite weeks all year. The alumni who are brimming with happiness to be back at OU, the university’s Marching 110, and the beautiful fall weather are a few of the things that make it so special.
Do you know someone who has been sexually assaulted?
I do – too many beautiful, strong men and women who should never have been hurt the way they were.
If they made a movie about your life, what actor should play you?
I always have such a hard time answering this question. I have no idea! Could we dye Emma Watson’s hair and give her an American accent?
Why do you think sexual assault is so common on college campuses?
I wish had an easy answer to this question. I fear it’s often because “no” isn’t listened to when individuals really mean it. College students need to be more adamant about getting consent before sex. Consent means an enthusiastic, “Yes!” and an uncertain “Okay…” does not suffice. More students should know that consent can be withdrawn at any time and should be given every time (even if you’ve been dating your significant other for years). In addition, alcohol can take away that ability to give consent and drinking can be a common part of college life. I also think students need to learn to play a part in bystander intervention and be unafraid to step in when they see someone who needs help escaping a dangerous situation.
What is your favorite word?
What book could you reread again and again?
Looking for Alaska by John Green followed by The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I highly recommend both of them.
What is the one thing you would most like to change about the world?
I would raise the standard of public health and living for people around the world. Access to proper healthcare can change and save lives. Things as simple as medicine or clean water are impossibilities for too many people.
If you ran One Student, what would you do?
I would do everything I could to spread its message to students (and make everyone cupcakes).
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
The ability to appear anywhere I would like – home one day, Rome the next!
Coffee or tea?
Neither! I would choose tea if I had to pick, but I’ll take a hot vanilla chai over both any day.