While every family is unique, and each one has different traditions, there are some people that you’ll likely see at pretty much every family gathering. Whether you love them or simply tolerate them, you’ll likely have to talk to them. Here are the six of the most common, and our suggestions for what programs they should take at Dal to broaden their outlook on life.
1. The conspiracy theorist
Maybe it’s Princess Diana, or Chem Trails. Whatever it is, your cousin’s got some interesting views. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something. But likely not. Perhaps they could take some courses in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience to find out what’s making them tick.
2. The holistic one
Maybe they’re vegan, or avoiding free radicals, or into essential oils. Regardless, this relative is full of natural health advice. Suggest they look into the Agricultural Business program in Truro (and the Netherlands!) or the History of Science and Technology program at King’s.
3. The political opponent
Maybe you vote NDP and they vote Conservative, or maybe you’re a liberal and they’re a libertarian. No matter what your political leanings, you definitely don’t agree with each other on the fundamentals of society and they won’t let it die. Suggest they take some comparative politics courses in the Department of Political Science.
4. The cringe-inducer
They grew up in a different age, and they don’t mean any harm, but sometimes it’s hard not to cringe at some of the outdated things they say. This is usually a grandparent, but assure them there’s still time to apply to the Gender and Women’s Studies program.
5. The one with all the questions
No Mom, I don’t have a boyfriend. Yes, I put apple in my stuffing—it’s not going to kill you. Please stop staring at the dishes in the sink or I’m going to have a meltdown. Perhaps some courses in the Department of Philosophy could distract her with some of life’s bigger questions.
6. The perfect human
Somehow, despite volunteering and working and playing varsity, this person has maintained a 4.1 GPA and a perfect record. You can’t figure out how they did it, and you definitely can’t do it yourself. Are they even real? There’s no sense suggesting any courses to the perfect human because they’ll just ace any they try.
In all seriousness, we hope you have an amazing holiday with your friends and family!
Dani is really looking forward to all the questions when she gets home for the holidays.