The Woman with the Cape

The Woman with the Cape

Name: Kaitlynn Cancel
Year: Freshman
Major: Explore Andrews
Interviewed by Rachel Arner


Where are you from?
I was born in the Loma Linda area, but I don’t remember it at all because I was only three. I was raised in New England, mostly Maine.

What is your major?
I’m undecided at the moment. Well, I have a major right now, specifically Biotechnology, but after two semesters I decided I didn’t want to work in the field. I would love to study it the rest of my life, but I don’t think I could really do that as a job my whole life. I’m talking with my professors to try to figure it all out, but I’m thinking I might lean toward Psychology.

Why do you want to study Psychology instead of Biotechnology?
I’m thinking Educational Psychology, and I have personal experience with that. They helped me a lot, just by taking tests and things like that, so I could really relate to students because I’ve been there.

What do you like to do in your free time? What are your hobbies?
I like to watch TV, read, and enjoy embroidery and woodworking. I prefer historical books, but I generally like to read almost anything. Whenever anyone hands me a book and says it’s good,  I’ll probably read it. I got into woodworking my freshman year of high school. I fell in love with turning wood—making bowls in particular. I can also make pens and cutting boards, and that’s about it. For awhile I didn’t have the tools to do it, so I haven’t been making things lately, but now I’m getting more into it now that I have tools again.

What’s your favorite TV show right now?
Bones is my favorite show, but it just ended, so I need to find something new. I like to watch anime, or whatever I feel like watching on a daily basis.

Do you have any siblings at Andrews?
I have one older sister, Emily. She’s studying Behavioral Neuroscience and perhaps Archeology. There was math and languages somewhere in there too but, I’ve lost track.

So, you like to wear that awesome cape. Why do you wear a cape?
It’s warm, and it's like wearing a blanket to class. I get some really interesting looks from teachers when I first walk into class. They eventually get used to it, and they really don’t mind. Students don’t recognize me without the cape, which I find to be pretty funny.

Does the cape have a deep meaning to you?
It didn’t have much meaning before; in fact, I never used to wear it at all. Now it’s become my way of expressing myself. It was more of a necessity, because my parents had just moved here and I didn’t have a coat. I couldn’t find it anywhere, and so I had my cloak out so that’s what it came down to. I wasn’t about to freeze going to class, and then people started complimenting me on it so I enjoyed wearing it even more.

Do you have more than one cape?
I have two and I plan on making another this summer. I’m going to go to Jo-Ann Fabrics to buy some fabric and sew one together. My grandmother made the one people see me wear the most. I’m going to pull out a summer one that my grandmother also made. She does not appreciate how slow I sew so she motivated me to start sewing fast. I want to make a rain-proof one, because the one I have right now currently isn’t rain proof and it’s not very pleasant when it rains outside.

Do you think people misunderstand your cape?
I think people should ask me about it if they have questions. I understand where the misconceptions would happen, but they should ask me because I am more than willing to tell them about my cape. I wish more people would wear capes. Some people call me a witch, and I don’t understand that, because I’m just another girl studying on campus who happens to wear a cape. Some people have also said I’m levitating, but that’s a lie. My feet stay on the ground. People are very creative.

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
People always assume I’m an extrovert, but I’m actually really introverted. Most people think I’m trying to stand out by wearing a cape, but I have just been trying to stay warm. Before I started wearing the cloak I wasn’t meeting that many people. With the cape, though, I’m meeting a lot more people because people stop and talk to me often to ask me about my cape. I didn’t even look at people walking around before, but now I feel more confident talking to people. I’m still not an extrovert, but I enjoy talking to people. I won’t initiate the contact as much, but I’m starting to enjoy talking to people more and more. By wearing the cape, I wasn’t planning on getting attention, but it just kind of happened.

Would you make a cape for other people?
Probably not, because I’m really bad at sewing. So, it’s not because I don’t want to. You can find them on the Internet, but cheap ones aren’t warm at all and they’ll only last five minutes.

Do you have any summer plans?
I’m working on campus at Physics Enterprises. I’m going camping with my family back home in Maine. Camping is how my family vacations, and I enjoy it for the most part. Besides that, I’ll just be enjoying the summertime. I’ll probably go to the beach too.

Are you going to be here at Andrews all four years?
Yes, that’s the plan. I’m going to stay in the dorm the whole time too. I really like Andrews, especially the cafeteria because the food is really good. I haven’t experienced this much diversity, because I come from a small town, so I absolutely love that. It’s like having a little bit of the entire world right here. I think it is really important to expose yourself to different cultures. That’s life, you know, you need to be able to work with everyone. That’s one reason that really drew me to Andrews—the diversity.

Now that it’s warming up, should we still expect to see you in a cape?
I’m bringing out the summer cape. It’s lighter-weight, and it’s a different shade of blue, but it’s still blue. If anything, you’ll see me carrying my cape aroun

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