Need to get around Boston? Kyle Donohue is your man. Having been born and raised in Reading, Mass., Kyle is the epitome of what a Bay Stater should be (much like Marky Mark, minus the criminal record and the strong Boston accent). A creative, yet structured writer, Kyle joined The Rock his freshman year, and will be on the E-Board for the 2015-2016 semesters to take on a larger role as a writer and editor for this publication. I sat down with Kyle to discuss some important (and some unimportant) topics to give our readers a better insight into what Kyle is all about.
BC has plenty of publications to choose from, but what drew you to The Rock? And why is it that you enjoy writing for The Rock?
I was drawn to The Rock because I wanted to be involved in something I really enjoyed at BC. I was originally interested in writing for The Heights, but I saw some random articles from The Rock, had a lot of fun reading them, and decided I could write my own pieces. I enjoy writing for The Rock because the scope and amount of topics I can cover feels limitless, and I like the idea of developing a burgeoning media source at BC.
You graduated from St. John’s Prep (for those who don’t know, it’s an all-boys Catholic high school in MA). So what were the biggest adjustments you had to make coming to a coeducational university? What surprised you the most?
There are the obvious adjustments like being in classes with girls everyday, but I went to public school before I went to St. John’s, so I had an idea of what it’d be like. My English teachers specifically told my classmates and I that we would be facing a lot of competition once we go to university. I wasn’t really surprised by much because my sisters tell me a lot about their school experiences.
While you clearly enjoy writing now, what was your greatest passion as a child? What did you think your career would be? Does it relate at all to what you think you’ll be at the present moment?
My greatest passion as a child was a tie between visual art, singing, and hockey. These three interests operated with each other in harmony, but sometimes I wish I tried to hone in on my art skills. I have a vivid visual mind, so art came easy to me. I had dozens of ideas for what my career would be, from governor to screenwriter to inventor, the list went on and on. I suppose it does relate to what I think I’ll be, but I’m still trying to be creative in terms of career path suggestions.
I love music, so what is your favorite group/artist at the moment? Favorite song?
My favorite artist at the moment is Elle King. She’s rock n’ roll, blues, a medley of styles. I love her attitude in her music, she is an authentic rock musician and isn’t afraid to pay homage to the greats, like covering Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s “American Girl.” Her song “America’s Sweetheart” is worth a listen. I also think No Doubt is great to listen to in the summer, and I’m hoping their next album is a hit.
What are your island book choices? The 3 books you’d want with you if you happened to be stranded on an island?
My island book choices are The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (though I’m still in the middle of it), Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
My favorite movie is Elf because Will Ferrell made Buddy the Elf such an annoying and loud character that I found him endearing. I agree with the Rotten Tomatoes score of 84%, because I really enjoyed it, it is one of the few movies I can watch again and again (besides Dark Knight and Father of the Bride), and it is a modern classic.
What are the 3 words you’d use to describe The Rock?
Fun, original, creative.
Lastly, how do you feel about the Boston accent?
If you have it, use it whenever you want. Please don’t imitate it; it’s only a local thing. I kind of have a Boston accent, but it only happens when I’m talking fast or when I’m with my family.
Kyle will be joining the Rock’s 2015-2016 eboard as an editorial assistant. Check out his writing here!