APEX SpotlightPOSTED May 18, 2016

Lauren Chin-You on “stick-to-itiveness” and childhood heros

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Who do you look up to? What is your proudest achievement? Where do you find inspiration? APEXers are chatting with colleagues to find out what makes them tick.

From hiking to Everest Base Camp, to cherishing grouchy old man Ove, Lauren Chin-You is full of surprises. Get to know her:

1. Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and in what subject?

I have an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Multimedia from McMaster University. I actually toured the campus twice because I loved it so much. McMaster is a great school and some of my dearest friends are the ones I met in my first year.

2. Who was your childhood hero?

Honestly, the only person who comes to mind right now is our town vet. I really admired his work, but most of all I really appreciated how well he knew each of our dogs and their quirks. It warmed my heart as a kid to see someone care so deeply for my pets as much as I did.

3. What is your fondest memory?

My fondest memory (so far) is learning to play poker while hiking to Everest base camp. I went to Nepal with G Adventures last fall and at every rest stop my tour group would pass the time by gambling snacks.

4. What inspires or drives you?

I firmly believe in squeezing as much as I can into this tiny life of mine. In addition to my professional goals, I outline a list of three to five things I’d like to accomplish before my next birthday. I find that having a deadline really encourages me to push myself a little further every year.

5. What is your proudest personal achievement?

I’m proud of my stick-to-itiveness (yes, that’s a word). When I was in university I struggled to commit to activities or follow through on ideas. Now I’ve developed a sense of grit and endurance that keeps me going.

6. What was your last purchase?

A bottle of Neutrogena oil-free eye make-up remover. I’ve been using this product for almost a decade, it’s the best for removing layers of mascara.

7. What is one of your favourite books?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Ove is the grouchiest old man who lives by the rules but his life turns upside down when a new neighbour moves in down the street. It’s a delightful story about relationships and the communities that we create.

8. What is your favourite thing about APEX?

We treat each other like family, and our actual families are an extension of APEX. We know each other well and make the effort to acknowledge both the professional and personal lives of our team. We genuinely care for one another.

9. Why did you choose to work at APEX?

A former employer connected me with APEX, and upon hearing its unique hiring process for interns (get your speeches ready PR students), I knew this was the place for me.

10. Describe your perfect day.

Attending corgi beach day. I’m sure there is no greater joy than being surrounded by corgis … and feeling the sand between your toes, of course.

If you want to know (even) more about Lauren, follow her on Twitter @Lchinyou.