Sadie in the House!

So you made it to my blog, way to go! 10 points to Gryffindor.

I guess it’s about time to introduce myself. Hi! My name is Mercedes Gaztambide, sometimes known as Sadie or Benzy. I have a couple of other names, but those are the easiest to remember, believe it or not. I’m writing this today as one of Ryerson University’s newest Student Ambassadors/Digital Marketing Assistants for the Office of the Registrar. But what does that mean? Well, I only found out a couple of days ago myself. In summary, I will be working with the Communications Team to produce content, focusing on information about the school for prospective students. It’s broken down into one blog or vlog every week–I’m still brainstorming topics!

I can’t WAIT to get started, and share my story with all of you. For now, I thought I’d take this time to introduce myself a little! Keeping with the blog-style format, I thought I’d ask and answer a couple of questions about myself…

What program and year are you in?

I am in my first year of the journalism program. I hope to one day become a broadcast journalist, either reporting news or entertainment! But as I’ve already seen in my first few weeks, there are hundreds of career paths for journalists to pursue–I’ll keep you updated on that front!

Do you live in residence at Ryerson?

Yes! I am fortunate to live at the HOEM on Jarvis residence–Ryerson’s newest student res building. I have three roommates, and we live in a beautiful condo on the 16th floor. No meal plan, though… Hooray for Kraft dinner!

Do you have any siblings or pets?

I have one full brother, four step-siblings, and two beautiful huskies! I’ve attached some pictures because I want to show them off. That  may or may not be the purpose of this specific question…

What do you do in your spare time?

Besides working for the Communications Team, I also work in the Ryerson Library as an Accessible Formats Assistant. This means I scan and edit PDFs and books before processing them through systems that will make them accessible to students with developmental disabilities. I work very much behind the scenes (literally in an office chair) but nevertheless, this is a vital service at Ryerson!

Besides that, I have recently become a member of the Ryenamics competitive acapella group. Yes, it’s a real thing! This year, Ryenamics is going to the International Competition for Collegiate A cappella (ICCA). I couldn’t be more excited!

I also LOVE to read. If you caught my Harry Potter reference in the first sentence, you already know a ton about me. Definitely going to do a feature on books! P.S., I’m a Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff fusion. For anyone who’s really into it, I’m a Pukwudgie in Ilvermorny! I went to Universal this past summer, and had a wand chosen for me… I nearly cried.

So… You sing?

Follow up question! Yes. As a self proclaimed triple-threat, the last 16 years of my life have been spent singing, dancing, acting, and performing in any way I can. I have been a student of First Act Youth Company for the last 4 years, and I have been involved in over a dozen shows in that time. Some of my favourite roles have been Fantine in Les Miserables, Maureen in Rent (I also got to direct that one), Olive Ostrovsky in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown, Gabriella Montez in High School Musical,and Vivienne in Legally Blonde.

Okay, so what can’t you do?

Okay, lemme break it down for you. I can be a real hot mess sometimes… fine, a lot of the time. Can’t make food without the fire alarm going off, can’t play guitar (it hurts my fingers and I’m a pansy), stubborn as a bull, the most sensitive Cancer you’ve ever met (I cry during commercials), and my anxiety is through the roof. HOWEVER! Here I am, facing my fears, and becoming the journalist/student/social media guru that I have dreamed for years of being. This is me, this is my story, and I can’t wait to invite you all in.

Final thoughts?

I guess this is it! I can’t believe I made it through this thing. I’ve probably read this over 100 times… Anyone in journalism will know- I’m analyzing ALLLL my CP style errors. Screw it.

In conclusion… Thank you so much for getting to the end of this post. If you’re still here, I’m shocked (and flattered!) I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit about me, and I can’t wait to get started.

Peace out, girl scouts!
xo, Mercedes

Follow me on instagram: @itsbenzy, and Twitter @mercedesgaz

(BTW here are some pics… Enjoy)



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