An Augustana Treasure

Catching Up With Terence


  1.    Since when have you been working here?

Since January 2015.

  1.    What is your favorite part of the job?

Most likely the students and faculty I get to deal with.

  1.    What do you like about Augustana?

Augustana is a small local community so you get to interact with people you normally wouldn’t get to.

  1.    What have been your most memorable experience here so far?

So far…ummm. It has to be SCORE. Because it brings in local usable stuff. Nothing gets thrown out. So it’s a good thing for the community.

  1.    What would you recommend everyone to try at Café? Why?

Try our espresso, or like an Ice Latte or Cappuccino. The espresso comes from Transcend in Edmonton. So it’s local and good.

  1.    Which is your favorite type of coffee?

I like Americanos because it’s with espresso and water.

  1.    What is your favorite food?

My favorite food. It has to be Pasta. I am a Pasta guy; I love Italian meals.

  1.    When are you happiest at work?

At work… (laughing) usually at the lunch rush because there is lots to do. Keeps my attention focused somewhere. Lunch rush is the best.

  1.    Tell me about a difficult situation and how you handled it?

Difficult…. I don’t know if I had too many difficult experiences. The most challenging thing I do in a day is trying to make a good special. Try to make a sandwich that everybody likes and which suits different food groups.

  1.    Where would you like to travel this summer?

This summer, I kind of want to go up to Great Slave Lake and do some fishing. It’s a great place to do some camping and see the Northwest Territories at the same time.

  1.    What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time. I like movies, I like to make things, I am not into TV. I have been a year and a half off the internet. So, trying to find things that we used to do, to keep ourselves busy without smartphones and androids.

  1.    How are you surviving without the internet?

I am doing really good and you know like I am not living up to someone else’s expectations now that I have a lack of social media. So I feel things that I do in a day are relevant. They are actually adding up to something opposed to just checking out what somebody else did in a day. So it’s interesting but not using google… it was so easy to just google a question and find the answer. Now I actually have to think about it or research it. So, it’s a little different and then maybe start writing letters again.

  1.    What was the first dish you ever prepared?

The very first thing I cooked was wieners and beans and I was 6 years old and I stood on a chair and I stirred the pot and had to put my arm in the pot because I was so short.

  1.    What is your funniest experience at Augustana?

Monica and I were making a special. We did a pita that we didn’t warm didn’t even taste. Like, usually we taste it. And we just rushed through the rush. We found out later on that nobody liked it and so when we tried it, it was the worst special we had made. And so now we don’t make them but Monica and I laughed hours about that special; all we had to do was try it and we would have realized it’s taste. We never had that bad of a special.

  1.    Your words of advice for students?

Keep your head up. You know, a lot of you think less of yourselves during exam time. Studying for exams is only retention, so just retain the information and you will do fine. Our brains naturally recall so this should be less stress if you are paying attention in class. Studying should be just fine.

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