Before Madi Laughlin became old enough not only to work for but also to talk back to her former youth director (!), Eric Hauck sat down with her to chat about life, faith, math, science, music, eating worms, macaroni and cheese and other favorite and not-so favorite things.
Interview date: October 2015
MEET the TEEN!: Madi Laughlin
What School and grade level are you?
Junior at Northeast Magnet HS
What movie could you watch over and over again?
Shark Tale, for sure
What three things do you want if stranded alone on an island?
Fire utensils, an unlimited water supply, easy food access
What is your greatest pet peeve?
When people are rude to restaurant wait staff.
What is one question you will ask God when you get to heaven?
Do the lifeforms on other planets know you too? Or just the human race?
Scariest Disney Villain?
Favorite amusement park?
Cedar Point, no doubt
If you were going to get stuck at the top of a giant ferris wheel with a celebrity for 2 hours, who would it be?
Ed Sheeran. Definitely. He’s hilarious and a duet would for sure happen.
If all food in the whole world tasted the same, what would you want it to taste like?
Macaroni and cheese. I’m a macaroni and cheese enthusiast
If you were allowed to throw one thing off the empire state building what would you throw?
A paper airplane
Ever cried at a movie? If so which one?
I’m a crier. I cry at all movies, especially Beautiful Creatures because they ruined the book completely
Favorite app on your phone?
Instagram – I love pictures.
What is one of the coolest “God moments” you’ve experienced?
On the Denver missions trip, we met a man named Larry who kept repeating to me “you don’t know it yet, but your helping a child of God”. I got to clean up some wounds on his face from a fall and talk to him about his walk with God. That was awesome.
Craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I ate a worm!
what famous person does Pastor Jeff most remind you of?
He has the kind nature of Tom Hanks, I think
What was the coolest thing you ever picked out of a dumpster?
I found a mini stapler still in the package near a dumpster once.
What comforts you when you are sad?
Hugs, talking about it, and macaroni and cheese
If you were going to be an animal, what would you be?
I’d like to be one of the fish at the bottom of the ocean who are a mystery to scientists and create their own light. Or a butterfly.
if you could choose one superpower what would it be?
To control time. it’d be neat to be able to re-live moments.
Have you ever sang out loud to a Justin Beiber song?
I sang “Baby” with my friends for the 7th grade talent show.
Coolest place you ever visited?
Belfast, Ireland. It was absolutely beautiful
What are a few things that help you draw closer to Jesus?
Simple things like prayer before meals and thinking about the ways he’s working through me and around me every day.
What kind of hair-do do you want for the first 1,000 years in heaven?
Maybe a cool mohawk? Or dreads.
What is something you are really good at?
Math. I actually really love math.
Oldest person you ever met?
My great grandma was 92. She was hilarious.
What is one thing you really like about Chapel Hill UMC?
I love the community and welcoming feeling all members provide.
How many times have you fallen asleep while pastor Jeff is preaching?
Never! He always keeps me interested.
Most fun memory with your dad?
A road trip to pick up a car he was getting, and we laughed a lot in the car.
Most embarrassing moment?
The entirety of preschool
Three things you want to do before you die?
Sky Dive. Dive the Great Barrier Reef. Have my own concert
Where will you be living and doing in 10 years?
I’d like to be living in Florida as a marine or zoo veterinarian.
What do you do to relax?
Listen to music and lay under my comforter
What’s the scariest thing about boys?
You never know what they’re thinking.
Who’s your hero?
Scariest moment of your life?
My best friend was in a car accident and I thought he had died.
Three words to describe Jesus as you know Him?
Kind, wise, loving
I love seeing all of my family at Christmas.
What song gets stuck in your head?
Breeze blocks -Alt-J
Who influenced you most in your faith and walk with Jesus?
Sarah Herrman, one of my Camp Hiawatha counselors who helped me to find Jesus.
How do you connect best with God?
During prayer I genuinely feel as though I am speaking to Him.
What’s your favorite clip on youtube?
“I’m Your Dad Now” by KidPOV, it never fails to make me laugh!
What is your greatest fear?
Being in a hostage situation
What was your favorite toy when you were five?
A little stuffed blue bear that rattled.
Farthest from home you’ve ever been?
If you could be professional athlete what sport?
If money were NO issue, what would you do with your life?
Travel the world
If the President gave you power to change one thing about USA, what would it be?
Worst injury you’ve had?
A cut on my leg that needed eight stitches
On the airplane, do you try to talk to person next to you? Or ignore them and hope they don’t even see you?
I’m a very conversational person, so I always try to talk.
Favorite board game?
Longest time in hospital? For what?
The day I was born