Five Minutes of Fame: Grad student eases into Texas life
Austin Miller: What made you want to come to UH?
Allie Gallaugher: I had to do my grad program in the state somewhere, so I applied to several schools in Texas and UH was the most attractive.
Miller: So where are you from?
Gallaugher: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Miller: Canada! Wow! So what is your first impression of UH?
Gallaugher: It’s big and it’s hot and it’s really nice; it’s a really beautiful campus, I really like it.
Miller: Is this your first time being in the states?
Gallaugher: No. I’ve been in the states before, but this is the first time I’ve lived here.
Miller: So there is a quite a political race going on, do you follow politics?
Gallaugher: From the news that we get in Canada it seems like Barack Obama is going to win. Although living here, I’ve heard a lot of people saying John McCain is the better candidate.
Miller: So how do you feel about the two candidates?
Gallaugher: I’m not really caught up on it at all.
Miller: If you were elected as president of the United States, what is one thing you would change?
Gallaugher: Free health care.
Miller: Well that sounds like you’re an Obama fan.
Gallaugher: Does it? That’s just what we (Canada) have. If I do live here after I graduate, that’s one thing I wouldn’t really like, that it’s not free.
Miller: What’s your favorite band?
Gallaugher: Rascal Flatts
Miller: Have you seen them in concert?
Gallaugher: Yeah, I’ve seen them three times!
Miller: Are you a sports fan?
Gallaugher: Yeah, I’m a big football fan.
Miller: Do you follow the NFL?
Gallaugher: Not as much as the CFL.
Miller: So I’m assuming you’re a Cougar fan. Did you see the football game the other day?
Gallaugher: Yes I did. We tailgated the whole day, starting at noon.
Miller: OK, so walk me through your tailgating experience.
Gallaugher: We got there at one and then we just drank, played games and barbequed. It was so hot, though.
Miller: What do you like to do in your free time?
Gallaugher: I’m not used to having free time, as I was always working. But now since I can’t work, I like being outside, watching TV, and going to watch any kind of sports game.