You see them wandering campus in packs, lanyards a swingin'. Ever wondered who they are? What they do? Where they go? Get up close and personal with these fresh faces on campus with project #findnewfriends. This week, meet Tiler Wilson.
TEXT BY SOLENNE SPITALIER ('20)
IMAGES BY LUCIE PLASSE ('20)
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I am from Larchmont New York, which is in Westchester it's right outside the city, it's a fun time.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOU MISS THE MOST ABOUT HOME? My dog. Literally my dog, I'm not even going to lie. Not my parents, not my siblings but my dog. My dog and maybe like, no, just my dog actually. My dog and I guess certain types of food. The other day I was craving my mom's eggplant parmesan and was like why, I wanted it so bad but clearly I'm not going to get it until I get back home. I was just sitting in class like I really want eggplant parmesan!
DO YOU HAVE A PLACE BACK HOME THAT'S SPECIAL TO YOU? I would say my bathroom. My bathroom has a skylight, so my bathroom has a window on the ceiling so when I'm showering I don't have to turn on the light or anything, I can just use the natural light and it just feels so peaceful and serene.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE ITEM IN YOUR ROOM HERE AT WESLEYAN THAT BEST REPRESENTS YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I have this poster of this little kid like flipping off the cameraman and I just wake up and I'm like "you know what, I feel that, I feel that today." He's just sitting there and his tongue is sticking out and he has sunglasses on I'm like "ugh, that's me," that's kind of my spirit animal so I'm gonna say that.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PERSON AT WES SO FAR? Hm, myself. Um, my favorite person at Wes so far? I love Manny Unger or I don't know how to say his name but I'll figure it out because we're literally gonna get married, I love that boy. I love this kid named Lance, I love everyone on our hall, I think our hall is the best and we're the funniest, Butts C floor 2, we've had more people on the NESCAC story than the whole campus, I made it on there today I'm like ohmahgod.
WHERE COULD WE FIND YOU ON A FRIDAY AT 1AM? Out, or you can find me in front of the food trucks, I haven't been going to the food trucks recently because Halloween was coming up and I was basically naked so I wasn't going to go eat burritos every week, so it was kinda sad. I liked my costumes a lot, I had two costumes, I don't know if my mom would like my costumes hahaha. I was a hooters waitress and then I was a sexy butler, yeah it was very revealing.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN GENERAL? I guess just like super creative people, people who just think of ideas where it's like oh my god I would never think about that. That's just super cool and I think Wes has a lot of those people and that's why I think it's really amazing and it pushes you to be creative, it pushes you to think and to be innovative. I'm about that. So I think that's pretty cool.
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TWO CELEBRITIES TO BE YOUR PARENTS WHO WOULD YOU PICK? UGH. I don't wanna do a basic answer. Oh god, I just wanna say Beyoncé. Okay how about this, let em think what are my favorite celebrities. Oh actually I really love Wendy Williams. That's also what you can find me doing on a Wednesday night, is watching Wendy Williams in my room. I love Wendy Williams, so one of those people is going to have to be her. I was just watching her show this morning. So Wendy Williams and Beyoncé.
SO WHAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN STUDYING? Um, it's a tricky question and it's not definite and it's an evolving process. Right now I'm in two government classes and I'm really into them.
WHAT ARE THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE FILMS? I love "Back to the Future", I think it's amazing, I just watched a movie in my European films class called "The Battle of Algiers" I think that's an amazing movie, the best I've seen in that class so far, I would watch it again right now. Then I love "The Wizard of Oz". I'm in love with that movie.
WHAT'S THE COOLEST/MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT YOU THAT YOU WOULD WANT OTHER PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT? Ugh, I'm not cool. What's cool and interesting? I always have the worst answers, the last time someone asked me this you had to write it down, it was for an audition and it was like what's your special talent/what's so cool about you? And I said like burping on command and they made me burp. So talented! No, I'm joking I'm the worst... What's cool about me? One time when I was in 7th grade I met Tyra Banks and she told me I had a nice bone structure.
NO WAY, HOW DID YOU MEET HER? I met her in Brooklyn, I was walking down the street, she was just in a coffee shop and my friend walked past her. We, me and my friend, walked past her and my friend was like "was that Tyra Banks?" And I was like "shut up, what the fuck, no." And he was like "I swear this is Tyra Banks." So I was like "you're such an idiot I'm gonna go see." And I asked if he wanted to go in and he was not about it so I was kinda shy but I was like you know what I'll do it. She was just sitting there no makeup on, still looking good just like reading a book and I was like why the fuck do you look so good right now! She was telling me about her book and said I had really good bone structure.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE TO GIVE SOMEONE? I guess, don't be too serious. Like I think that I'm- even if something bad happens you're just going to take it as a joke because there's no use sitting there being upset about it, that's not doing you any good, like when something bad happens it happens. And I mean you could like cry for a second! But like it's not important in the long run, just it's whatever.
WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO AND DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ARTIST AT THE MOMENT? No shame, me and my friends listen to very vulgar music, like as a joke so there's this song that we're really into right now I just don't think I could explain it well enough, it's called "Deep Throat". It's by an artist called "Cupcake". And it's just like something that you go to, it's really inspirational. She's just such an artist, one of her lines are "all I need is my body" "my pussy pink just like salami" I'm just like yes why not compare that, why not compare your pussy to salami, me too. I relate, so relatable #relatable. So like joke music and I really love Chance a lot, I've been listening to Christmas music, that's the reason I was on the NESCAC story. Check it out! Just like, what do I listen to sometimes I just go on the discover playlist on Spotify and just let it play.
WHAT QUESTION DO YOU HATE TO ANSWER? Umm, UGHH okay, there are two questions I hate. One question I get, this usually comes from kids, they're like "Why do you look like a girl?" and I'm like [whispers] shut the fuck up, like fuck you you twat and I always have to explain that and I'm like ooh my god. So I hate answering that, especially when their parents are there and they're like "hahaha." Like, you still expect me to answer this? And I hate questions about my hair when people are like "oh my god, how do you do it??" And like I understand it's not coming from a bad place all the time but sometimes I"m like I don't know... I get a question about my hair everyday, I'm not exaggerating. I just don't feel like it everyday I'm like can you ask me tomorrow? Go to Google! Or like when people ask me very blatantly or very audibly "so do you wash your hair?" I'm like what the fuck, yes you're supposed to wash your hair I wash my hair, how do you wash your hair? I wash my hair like you wash your hair, I put some shampoo in it, move it all around, rinse it out, condition. I feel like people are expecting this very mystical answer but like I don't have it, I'm sorry.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE YOURSELF TO SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T KNOW YOU AT ALL? Um, I guess I would describe myself as pretty outgoing, I'd say I'm funny, a Windy Wiliams enthusiast and I don't take things too seriously.