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DA Voices: What’s your “ick”?

Lauren Linh Bui

“DA Voices” is a recurring feature used to spotlight De Anza College’s diverse community voices. We ask the same question to different people and arrange their quotes so that readers can see varying points of view. This week, our reporter Lilah Schuck asked, “What’s your ‘ick’?”

Quotes have been lightly condensed for clarity.

The term “ick” describes an action or trait that one perceives as an instant turn-off, commonly used in a dating setting. If someone you are attracted to does something that causes you to quickly lose interest in them, that would be considered an “ick.”

Diego Quintan, 21, physical therapy major, sits in front of the financial aid office. (Samara Williams)

Diego Quintan, 21, physical therapy major, says his “icks” are people who are irresponsible and who have low self-confidence.

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“Confidence issues and not being accountable for your actions,” Quintan said. “I see that a lot. A lot of people do stuff just to do it, like, ‘Oh, I did this. I have to deal with the consequences.’ They find a way around taking accountability.”

From left: Chris Nguyen, 19, computer science major, Anthony Dinh Ngo, 22, aerospace engineering major and Brandon Thai, 19, kinesiology major pose for a picture at the De Anza dining room. (Samara Williams)

Brandon Thai, 19, kinesiology major, says his “icks” are overconfidence and people with poor hygiene.

“If I’m around you and it physically hurts my nose, it’s a bad thing. It’s OK if you haven’t showered today, right? Just let me know,” Thai said. “Overconfidence, too. There’s a fine line between ‘OK, I got this’ and ‘you’re bad, I’m better’ but they’re bad themselves.”

Chris Nguyen, 19, computer science major, says his biggest “ick” is when people talk excessively and always need the final say.

“Number one: not knowing how to shut up,” said Nguyen. “And always needing the last word.”

Anthony Dinh Ngo, 22, aerospace engineering major, says his “icks” are when people constantly bother him and judge his masculinity.

“Always hitting me up and always judging me because I’m a man,” Ngo said.

From left: Kenneth Datu, 19, music major and Jeremy Berjes, 19, nursing major pose for a picture. (Samara Williams)

Jeremy Berjes, 19, nursing major, says his “icks” are girls who have close friendships with other men while still pursuing a romantic relationship.

“When you have a significant other and they have a boy best friend, I can’t trust them because I was a boy best friend too. I know their intentions.” Berjes said.

Kenneth Datu, 19, music major, says his “ick” is when people adopt a similar music taste to his own.

“(My “ick” is) when they start listening to the same music as you do,” Datu said. “They start listening to artists you listen to all of a sudden.”

Saachi Grover, 18, computer science major, stands next to parking lot B and smiles for a picture. (Samara Williams)

Saachi Grover, 18, computer science major, says her “icks” are poor hygiene and impoliteness.

“I think bad hygiene would be a pretty big one,” Grover said. “Bad manners, too, like when they treat others badly.”


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Lilah Schuck
Lilah Schuck, Staff Reporter
I'm interested in learning from other people about new topics and writing for the paper. I hope to make a contribution to La Voz!
Lauren Linh Bui
Lauren Linh Bui, Copy Editor
Lauren Linh Bui is a sophomore at De Anza College pursuing journalism. Lauren's ambition as a journalist is to amplify underrepresented voices and use her influence to create social change. She was proud to be the editor-in-chief in fall 2023 and is now enjoying life on her backpacking trip to her homeland, Vietnam. She is contributing to La Voz this quarter as a Copy Editor. She is dedicated to increasing the paper’s visibility and continuing to uphold the La Voz mission as the voice of the De Anza serving community.
Samara Williams
Samara Williams, Features Editor
Journalism became an interest to Samara because of the shared goal: truth. She believes that bringing stories to complete justice is extremely important and essential for peace.

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