My dad used to tell me, “Parties don’t even start until 11 so you can study up until then.”
OUT OF CURIOSITY, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME MISTER VACATION?
Mistervacation is a lifestyle! My friend John Tuite mentioned that I always seem like I’m on a permanent vacation. I’m never in one city for very long.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I want to say Detroit but y’all know I’m from the suburbs.
WHAT WAS YOUR UPBRINGING LIKE?
I was raised by two black doctors so I definitely had it easy! I didn’t really realize I lived in a bubble (even after moving to NYC) until I started hanging out with people outside of NYU. I was like “Shit, I’ve got a lot to learn."
WHEN DID YOU START COMING OUT TO THE NYC?
I moved to NYC when I was 17 and was faithful to my Chinatown fake IDs.
HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO STUDY MED AND STILL REMAIN RELEVANT ON THE SCENE?
-Sometimes I take hiatuses to hibernate and study for a couple weeks, but I always pop back up with a new look and new frontal so y’all don’t forget about me.
WHO TAUGHT YOU HOW TO DJ?
I started with a cheap controller and got written up my freshman year at NYU for trying to DJ the elevator… But HD taught me CDJs!
YOU HAVE A UNIQUE STYLE.. WHAT INSPIRED IT?
Meagan Good, Anna Nicole, KD Aubert, Lil Kim
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
It's hard just to name one person, or even a few! I’m inspired by everyone I know that is self-made and didn’t come from a wealthy upbringing. They make me feel lazy, but keep me going.
DO YOUR FRIENDS MAKE YOU FEEL BAD WHEN YOU TELL THEM YOU HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT AND YOU CANT GO OUT?
It's about 50/50 between “Yas girl! Get them other degrees” and “Wait why do you need a whole week of solitude
DO YOU EVER SKIP OUT ON HOMEWORK TO GO PARTY OR DO YOU WORK FIRST AND PLAY LATER?
I definitely used to! I remember nights going straight from the afters to Neuroscience class.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE THOUGHTS OF DROPPING OUT?
Well I should make it known that I’m not currently in school, I just applied for my Masters and then I’ll go to med school after that. I don’t think about giving up anymore but I definitely had my “Fuck this, I’m bout to be an actress or some shit” moments
HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO BALANCE SCHOOL WORK AND STILL HAVE AN EXQUISITE PARTY LIFE?
It's definitely difficult, but I’ve learned to balance. My dad used to tell me, “Parties don’t even start until 11 so you can study up until then.”
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A DOCTOR?
I’ve never known anything else. Being raised by doctors and having aunts and uncles and even my godmother be doctors definitely heavily influenced me. But I want to pursue psychiatry since I saw someone after they committed suicide in San Francisco, and people had been egging them on. I want people to understand that mental illness isn’t something that skips over certain groups. Anyone can be affected and everyone should have access to treatment.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A COLLEGE STUDENT THAT'S STRESSED OUT BECAUSE THEY HAVE 0 TIME FOR A SOCIAL LIFE?
I think having a social life in college is so important for personal growth and getting your true adult identity! I would say you could mix the two by joining a club or society. Enhance that resume and have a social life at the same time! I wrote/took pictures for the music section NYU News my first couple years so I could go to concerts and festivals for free.
DO YOUR PARENTS KNOW YOU’RE THIS WILD?
NO AND IF Y’ALL TELL THEM…
DO ANY OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS FOLLOW YOU ON INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER?
They're definitely not allowed on my twitter! But on IG, my cousins. And on my dad’s side even my aunts. But they appreciate my “eccentricity.”
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUR PARENTS IF THEY FOUND YOUR INSTAGRAM?
It ain’t mine. Someone trynna frame me.
WHAT IS KUNDLE?