Interview conducted by Sofia R.
2:06 p.m: Kanan and I finally found a time to meet in the afternoon on a sunny yet brisk day. It’s the beginning of November and the leaves are starting to fall, the only sign of seasons changing on the CPS campus. Kanan and I met under the awning outside Ms. DeVane’s office and sat facing the rest of the courtyard. I click record. Welcome Kanan. The interview has begun.
Sofia: So the first question is, what's something you're passionate about?
Kanan: Ooh. Um, okay. Well, I think a lot of people would say baseball, just because like I've been doing it for my whole life. But something that I've gotten really into, especially in the last couple of years, is baking. So, like, I really like to bake for my family, and for my CAP group. My CAP freshmen will tell you that I love baking. I especially like making cookies. I like different types of cakes and I have this one type of buttercream that I use a ton. It's called Swiss Meringue buttercream and it's so good. It's amazing. Just like, it's been my go-to because I could never find a really good one. And so I got really into that but yeah, I would say baking has been something I'm really passionate about.
Sofia: Would you say your favorite thing to make is cookies? Or-
Kanan: It’s tough. Sometimes it's cookies, but I like to switch it up because I'll get bored. I don't get to bake as much as I'd like. But hopefully once-, you know, after this semester, I'll probably do a lot more baking next semester which I'm excited about.
Sofia: Awesome! Okay, next one. What's one of your favorite songs?
Kanan: Oh, that's a great question. Okay. (pauses)
Sofia: This is a hard one.
Kanan: It is a hard one! Okay, there’s this one song. I'm really into country music. And there's just one song by Luke Combs called When It Rains, It Pours. And it's just a really good song. I don't know, I listened to it a while ago when it came out, like maybe three or four years ago. But then it's been all over the radio, like the Country Music Radio in the Bay Area recently, and I've been listening to it and I don't know, I guess it kind of just got stuck in my head. So it probably won't be my favorite song in a week. But right now it definitely is.
Sofia: Okay, cool! I don't think I've heard that one before. What's one item on your bucket list?
Kanan: Well, okay, I've always wanted to go to Northern Europe. So my family did a trip, like sort of around the world, when I was in seventh grade. And I, the whole time, I told my parents I really want to go to Northern Europe. I wanted to go to Norway, or like Poland, or somewhere like that. And I'm super into World War Two history. So I'd love to go to Poland, or like the Baltic States. And there's just so much to learn, and like history. I just think it'd be so cool.
Sofia: Is there like, I don't know, one place in particular that you want to go to?
Kanan: That's a great- yeah. I would say probably, and this isn’t in Poland, but Berlin just because it has so much like, you know, different history from it, like from World War Two, from the Cold War. I love history if you can’t tell. But like, I don't know, I've always wanted to go there. And I think I might go this summer, so I'm really excited about that.
Sofia: That’s awesome! Okay, shifting to different questions. Have you changed during your time at College Prep?
Kanan: Oh, that's- well I think I've changed a lot. You know, when I came - well, first of all, when I got to CPS, I was like, 4’11” maybe. I was tiny. (both laugh) And I also, I would say, was probably a little bit less inclined to just sort of talking and hanging out with people. I would say now, I'm like, you know, in class, I was always a big talker, but even outside of class, I just feel like I'm more comfortable now in the school. Yeah, I would say I'm more comfortable with myself.
Sofia: That's awesome. Okay, last but not least, what's one of your favorite College Prep memories?
Kanan: Ooh, that's a great question. There's so many different options. I would say, you know, what was really fun was, and I'm sure most people say this, but I think there's two for me. One was definitely sophomore retreat. And I know like most people will probably say this, but it's just like the river rafting. You know, being able to hang out with your whole grade doing something fun like that. I just really enjoyed it. I got to know people really well. And I would say the other was actually watching the World Cup, like last year in the winter. I think it was really fun because it was just like every day and I got really into it and it was just cool to get to, like, you know, do something like that during school. So I would say that's one of my favorite College Prep memories. But there’s just so many, you know.
Sofia: Are you happy with the outcome of the World Cup? (laughs)
Kanan: I was happy. Yes. I was rooting for Argentina.
Sofia: Tsk tsk. (shakes head)
Kanan: No, yeah. But you know, and I'm not usually like into soccer, but I thought it was really cool. Yeah, that was fun.
Sofia:That’s one of my favorite memories too.