My path has crossed with Jordan Quinn's many times over the years, though we formally met when I reached out to her to interview her on the topic of sexual consent as she was writing korkscrewed: the cocktails & confessions of a modern dating girl, her guide to millennial dating. Jordan and I connected instantly, and she has since been an incredible mentor and motivator with my business. I feel lucky to count her as a friend, and I hope you enjoy reading her Role Model interview as much as I did.
INTRODUCE YOURSELF! TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR FORMAL AND INFORMAL EDUCATION.
My name is Jordan Quinn and I am a published author and entrepreneur. My education outside life’s constant classroom took place at Western University and Centennial College. I completed my undergraduate degree at Western in English Literature and received my BA back in 2014. In 2016 I completed a postgraduate certificate plus a 16 week internship in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from Centennial College
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON OR SKILL YOU LEARNED INSIDE THE CLASSROOM?
New perspectives. I love sitting in a classroom full of minds that think differently than my own. Everyone comes to a classroom with a different perspective, influenced by personal history, upbringing, culture, race etc. and I think the most exciting classes are the ones that offer the most diversity. It’s interesting to me how 30+ minds can read and interpret a text, poem, essay, or story entirely differently. Sharing of thoughts, opinions and ideas is how we grow as learners.
It’s interesting to me how 30+ minds can read and interpret a text, poem, essay, or story entirely differently. Sharing of thoughts, opinions and ideas is how we grow as learners.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON OR SKILL YOU LEARNED OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM?
- That kindness isn’t weakness
- That nothing comes easy but usually if it’s easy I don’t want it anyway
YOU ARE SUCH A TALENTED WRITER AND YOUR VOICE SHINES THROUGH YOUR FIRST BOOK, KORSCREWED. HAS WRITING ALWAYS BEEN A PASSION? DID THE COURSES YOU TOOK AT WESTERN AND CENTENNIAL HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON YOUR DECISION TO WRITE A BOOK?
Writing has always been a passion of mine. It was when I graduated from university and no longer has an essay a week to work on that I really realized I needed to channel that creative energy. I began blogging and a few years, blogs and features later I signed my first book deal.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO TAKE THE LEAP TO QUIT YOUR JOB AND LAUNCH YOUR BUSINESS? DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR WOMEN WHO WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE PLUNGE INTO ENTREPRENEURSHIP?
I suppose I’ve always felt entrepreneurial, but my business truly grew out of necessity. I was having a difference of opinion with an employer and after attempts at offering up suggestions to help improve my workload and time management, I knew I had to create a work environment that worked for me. And so I did.
TELL US ABOUT THE ANXIETEE PROJECT. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR STUDENTS WHO MAY BE SUFFERING WITH ANXIETY AT UNIVERSITY?
The Anxie(tee) Project is an initiative I started to create a much needed conversation, while raising awareness and funds for mental health.
Anxiety is invisible and as such so many people suffer silently. I wanted to build community, break down stigma and own my diagnosis by way of a simple t-shirt.
University is hard. A lot of the girls I have partnered with on this project have shared that University was where their anxiety was its worse. University is when I got my official diagnosis. Our culminated advice is to speak to someone first and foremost. A lot of universities have amazing FREE resources available to students. USE THEM. I did and it helped put so many of my feeling and emotions into perspective.
WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU YOU’VE LEARNED THAT YOU’D LIKE YOUNG GIRLS GROWING UP TODAY TO KNOW?
I’ve grown up believing I CAN (fill in ANYTHING here) because I have parents that support encourage and believe in me. Not everyone has that type of unconditional support.
I want every little girl to feel empowered and to know that they too can do anything they put their mind to. It’s not easy! But with hard work and dedication you really can do anything.
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW (OR FAVOURITE BOOK)?
Currently reading I’m Fine and Other Lies by comedian Whitney Cummings. I always keep my reading light. I like to laugh.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY?
That I should learn to say NO more.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?
Follow Jordan's journey on Instagram with SocialQ Relations, Korkscrewed and her personal page. You can find out more about the Anxietee project at this website; order Korkscrewed online; and learn more about Social Q and her influencer network.