Biography OF vIRGINIE t.p.

Name: Virginie Tardif-Plante ( Pronounced Vir-ge-ne Tardi- Plant )

Nickname: Ginny or Virg. Frenchie is occasionally used. Not that I like it, but it’s who I am.

Homeschool: Eastview Secondary School

Age: 17

Future career:
I had wanted to become a doctor since I was about 8 years old. As I grew older, I planned on becoming an oncologist and find a cure for cancer but now that I am in global, I am not certain if I want to go down that path. Learning about different world issues and the atrocities some people live directed my attention towards human rights studies. I am not sure what I will end up become but one thing I know is that whatever I end up doing will involve making change happen and helping people. 

Favorite quote: 
“Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you’ll die today”
This quote is painted on the wall where the headboard of my bed is. My days start with a reminder from James Dean to not worry about little things that could make me feel down. Of course, like every human being, I worry about important events that are not always pleasing happening in my life, but unlike most girls my age, I don’t let drama become the center point of my life.
My days also end with this quote to remind me that the next day will be a new day and to leave everything negative behind. We all know we that we will die someday but never when exactly so we should make the most out of it while it’s ours.
“Live every moment like it is your last and never regret anything you have done in the past.” -me

Why global?:
The main reason why I was interested in Global is mainly because it is different from the traditional schooling. I wanted to try something new and challenge myself. Also, I wanted to try something else than sciences and mathematics. The fact that the program included traveling around the world convinced me to apply and here I am now! I have to say, I think I t is the best decision I have made so far in my life. 

Unexpected things I learned in global:
Cooking
Something I would have never expected global to teach me is, believe it or not, cooking. I used to be the kind of person that would dump the content of box of Kraft Dinner in boiling water, without taking the cheese package out of it. I used to be a horrible cook. Sometimes during the first month of global, we decided to have a pot luck. Well, a few people did and dragged everyone else in with them. I didn’t have the choice so I decided to make my mom’s famous layered dip. I had a coach behind me telling me what to do but without interfering with my learning. With almost a finger missing, I finished the dip, and I don’t think it tasted bad. One accomplishment done! A few weeks after that, I took the initiative to bring cupcakes in. How hard could it be to make a box of pre made cupcakes now that I knew how to make KD? You simply follow the instructions. Wrong. It took me 4 hours to make those cupcakes. By the time I was done, there was cupcake mixture and icing everyone on my counter. I didn’t even burn them. Although it took me more time than it would take the average person, I persevered through the task and brought my cupcakes to school the next day. No one got sick from food poisoning which gave me hope. Now my last task was approaching. Colony to nationhood presentations. I had been practicing making different types of dishes for a while by that point. I was ready to tackle my three Laotian recipes. Cucumber salad, rice and oranges in syrup. I never would have guessed that I would be the queen of sticky rice and cook almost a kilogram of it. The cucumber salad wasn’t too hard since I had practiced not cutting my fingers off when making my dip at the beginning of the semester. The syrup part of the oranges was a bit tougher but with the help of my teammates, it ended up looking and tasting like syrup. * Tips for you future globoids, don’t go overboard with the recipes. Keep them simple and it will keep you from stressing the night before your presentation.