Humans of ASIJ: Connor Corrigan


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What’s something you can’t live without?

I think my friends, to be honest. They keep me motivated because a lot of them are ambitious. Whenever I’m feeling lazy, I think to myself, “How am I ever going to catch up to them if I’m sitting around playing Minecraft all day?” Then I go out and do something.

You don’t think that kind of competition is detrimental to your mental health?

I think it’s fine. I guess it really depends on the type of person you are, but I believe that I am in a better place now, than I would be if it wasn’t for them. They cheer me up a lot too, so.

What is a common misconception people have about you?

I can’t really think of one right now. I think most of the time people are on the dot about everything. I am more or less what I seem like I am.

What’s something that infuriates you?

One thing that really gets me is when people are talking, or just being noisy or inconsiderate in general, while I am trying to study. I get it if you want to interact with friends and whatnot, but I believe there is a time and place for everything. 

Also, excuse my inappropriateness, but when people don’t flush the toilet, that really ruins my day. Flushing is such a simple task, like, how can someone forget to do it?

How do you like to spend your free time? What is the perfect day for you?

A lot of it depends on my motivation for that day, but the perfect day for me would probably be this: I wake up, do some exercise, study for a little bit just so I feel good or accomplished, and go hang out with my friends all day. When I get home, since I’ll be all tired, I’ll lay on my bed playing Minecraft while eating spicy chips. Yeah, that would be a perfect day for me. And I would like to eat a lot of dango and mochi as well. Also, there are these hotdogs in America that are really crispy. I don’t remember the name of them, but I’d like some of those too.

What is the meaning of a good life?

I feel like the age-old saying that money doesn’t buy happiness is very true, actually. I see a lot of successful and famous entrepreneurs, who seem pretty unhappy with their lives and say that money hasn’t done a lot for them. Of course, I don’t know their whole story, but, I think for me, a good life means setting a goal for yourself and achieving it. Being surrounded by people that you like, as well.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I would either be in a Lamborghini with a supermodel wife, or driving around at a high speed going to an award ceremony. Or I will be living under a bridge eating a moldy sandwich. 

I guess in more general terms, I’d like to spend my 20s just having fun, focusing on myself, and having a good time. Once I hit my 30s though, I’d like to settle down and focus more on other people. That could mean supporting my family or giving back to my community. 

Do you have any specific careers you’d like to pursue? 

I’d say it’s pretty up in the air right now, but I definitely don’t want to be working a 9 to 5. I want something respectable, though. If I can look back on my job or my career and I can be happy about what I did, then it’s fine. Even if it doesn’t make me money.

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