Interview with Anna and Kristina of The Shopping Bags

Welcome back to campus!

If you’re looking for some motivation to kick off your first month on campus, check out this interview with two very successful women, who are UBC alumni.

Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic were back on campus filming their latest TV show. These two smart and savvy women are famous for putting their investigative journalistic skills to work hosting their hit TV shows The Shopping Bags, Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bags and Anna and Kristina’s Beauty Call.

UBC Events caught up with them to ask, what were their most memorable moments at UBC.

Q: Favourite event at UBC?

Anna: Football games at Thunderbird Stadium.
Plays at Freddy Wood Theatre.

Q: Favourite place to eat on campus?

A: There was a place that sold cinnamon buns. I can’t remember the name of it but those cinnamon buns were the best ever. I think I ate one every day in first year. They were definitely to blame for my freshman 15!
There was a coffee shop at the SUB that I loved. Every morning I’d get a latte and a cookie with smarties in it and head to class. I loved being able to take snacks into class, something that wasn’t permitted in high school.

Q: Most memorable moment?

A: Going skydiving with the UBC skydiving club (I have no idea if the club still exists).
K: It wasn’t a moment but a whole year. I loved the Arts One program. I’m not sure if it’s still offered. It was a great way to ease into university life and I really enjoyed the program format, the books we studied and the small group environment.

Q: Favourite place to study?

A: The basement of Main Library. It was a great place to find a corner where no one would bother you. Sedgewick Library on the other hand was a total social scene.
I studied at the Main library, along with all my friends. I don’t think we got much done. Then I’d head home to study in earnest. I was definitely a work before play kind of girl.

Q: Your advice to future UBC graduates?

A: My advice is to always do what you love. Be interested and you will become interesting. The career will follow.
Don’t feel like you need to have your whole life planned out ahead of you. You just need to take a first step. Each course, each interview, each job and each experience will teach you something and give you insight into what career path is right for you.

Q: If you could sum up campus life as a theme song what would it be?

A: Rock and Roll all Night – Kiss
Who needs sleep by the Barenaked Ladies!

Q: First dish you ever cooked as a university student?

A: Macaroni and cheese.
I didn’t do a lot of cooking as a university student. I ate a lot of ramen noodle soups and of course, macaroni and cheese out of a box. They’re both such comfort foods, not to mention inexpensive and easy to make.

Q: If you could bring back one thing from your university years, like big hair or something, what would it be? And what would you rather leave behind?

A: I’d like to bring back acid wash as a fashion staple. But I’m happy to leave the big hair behind.
I’d definitely leave behind the perm I had in second year. What was I thinking? As for bringing something back, that youthful, wrinkle free skin wouldn’t be bad!

Q: Favourite outfit during your university years?

A: A pair of old ripped up levis from my boyfriend.
My favourite thing to wear was my black motorcycle jacket and faded Levi jeans. I actually bought a new motorcycle jacket recently. It has more modern styling than the one I bought in university. And I still wear jeans, of course. Some things don’t change much!

Q: Favourite place to hang out on campus?

A: The Pit Pub, every Wednesday night (I got a job there so I wouldn’t have to wait in line!)
The Pit pub. We had a quite a few fun afternoons and evenings in there.

Thank you ladies for taking the time out of your busy schedules to chat with us. We look forward to seeing both of you next time you’re on campus!

Just a note, the UBC Skydiving team is still active and the Arts One program is still going strong!