I'm Griffin Kiritsy, also known as the College Freshman meme. Ask me anything.
Not sure if this is legit or not, but the first time I received any sort of info on me being a meme was at the end of July last year so there's a chance that this is true. No I don't have the hoodie. Thanks I think.
What was the original intent for this picture? Some sort of brochure, or school website or something?
It was an interview for Reader's Digest I did as a freshman. The topic was people that are in touch with technology, and since I played Halo and had a laptop and a Sidekick, I was allegedly in touch with technology. The caption under the photo was something like "College freshman Griffin Kiritsy... blah blah" and it went on Reader's Digest online, and subsequently entered into the web forever.
i think you are pretty cool, even if you die everytime.
Great question... thanks though.
What are your plans or ambitions for life after memedom?
Who says I'm going to let my memedom die? I plan on being the College Freshman until .... I die.
In what ways has being a meme had a negative effect on your life?
Have you had intercourse as a direct result of the fame?
I haven't really had any negative effects from it. People have come up to me and recognized me as "that guy" but other than a few hundred random friend requests and follower requests there hasn't been too much of a positive effect either. I haven't had intercourse as a direct result of my internet fame either. Yet.
How often do people ask if you are GGG? Because I would totally do that. Just to be a dick.
Not often... UNH isn't a big school so people have a general idea of who I am and what I look like. But I'm sure people like yourself (who, I'm assuming, know memes well) have probably had similar thoughts.
It's an honor, sir. Do you ever find yourself laughing at your own meme?
Absolutely... People that make them are a lot funnier than me and I've seen so many of them played out over the years that it's impossible not to.
How did you discover that you were a meme?
My brother's friend from California (a dedicated redditor) posted a link to his wall with the simple question, "Hey is this your brother?" ... And it was.
Do people run up to you and say "you're that meme!"? And if they do, is it awkward?
Yeah the conversation usually goes like this: "Hey! You're that meme guy!" (pronounced may-may) and I respond: "Yeah, that's me." And they say something to the tune of: "Cool." Then we part ways.
Have you seen Rampart? Do you want us to?
No and it has Woody Harrelson so yes.
How did your Freshman year go?
It was cool. Met a lot of my best friends in the dorm and failed a couple classes. Hence being on the 4.5 year plan.
What were you listening to when the picture was taken?
Nothing. It was just for the shoot so the phone was off.
Lets say that the doctor has given you 24 hours to live. On the way home a mysterious man appears on the street that has some crazy, mystical powers. The man offers you a second chance at life, but in return you have to grant him permission to magically turn all of your freshman meme photos into an equally popular meme about moms doing anal. Then he presents to you a picture of your mom naked getting nailed in the ass. Very hardcore and very recognizable as your mom. What do you choose?
Gets presented with these options... Dies.
how many of those memes actually happened to you when you were a freshman?
The laundry jokes, the bragging about parties I went to, and all of the dying ones happened to me. I did have some posters in my room but they were generic sports posters and shit like that. I also made at least a few friends eating at the dining hall by myself, but I don't like admitting that.
Can we be together? I'm a man by the way.
Griffin, you have a great name. What's your middle name?
Have you moved yet?
This is a super creepy question.
Would it have killed you to do the same pose for verification?
Yes. The second photo almost killed me. A third would have been too painful.
What was/is your major?
Do you fear your internet fame will effect job prospects?
I'm an English major, and I think it will probably either be a neutral effect or a positive one. I've been able to make a lot of connections from people just in the last couple weeks, so hopefully it'll be just a positive effect.
favorite meme besides yourself?
Success Kid, Philosiraptor, and Joseph Ducreaux are all pretty awesome. I feel compelled to be well-versed in meme culture so seeing some of the shitty ones on the Facebook pages all over the place is pretty frustrating.
Have you seen any shitty ones of yourself?
Yeah, people that don't know what my meme is supposed to be are pretty hilarious when they try.
What advice can you give to incoming college freshman so they don't get themselves killed?
Never, ever, play beirut with any sort of hard liquor. So many popped blood vessels and there was puke EVERYWHERE.
Who should play you in the upcoming Hollywood production?
Michael Cera... I'm easily as socially awkward as he seems to be.
I just look Asian when I smile. That's not racist. Just a fact.
Do you still have the sidekick from the picture?
I think I do somewhere. I haven't thrown it out as far as know.
If you sign it, it'll probably be worth thousands of dollars one day
Ones of dollars.
I'd buy that for a dollar!
Do you know who did it? Who made you into the internet starlet that you are today?
Nope. Some random person found the photo online and used it as far as I know. If it was someone I know, they have yet to tell me.
How much shit did you get for being a meme?
Half my friends hate it a lot, and half of them think it's hilarious. I've definitely taken a lot of shit for it though.
Which one is your favorite?
Easily "Buys All Recommended Textbooks." When I got back to school this year I saw so many freshman going into the store before classes started and getting all their books. It was hilarious.
I understand you're a senior now. What are you going to do when you graduate?
Nothing in my field. English was a pipe dream that never panned out. Hopefully sales of some sort... I was a business major before I switched.
What do you think would happen if you and Sheltered College Freshman girl got together?
She's hot. Sex.
If you could be any other meme, who/what would you be?
GGG probably. There's really no one on the internet that wants him to die. Everyone wants me to die.
Huge fan, I'm the guy who made the first College Freshman and I would like to give you some closure about it. I'll give you the low down on how your fame came to be.
About seven months ago I was about to enter college and do a scholarship program. I was nervous like any college freshman and wanted to joke about the things I did. On this fateful day I decided to google "College Freshman" and find the first image that looked good. After uploading it to quickmeme I tossed a caption on it and uploaded to reddit. I never thought it would take off the way it did but over the next few days I saw something I did blossom into something all over reddit.
Anyway, do you still have the hoodie?
EDIT: It appears the people of Know Your Meme have another picture attributed to being the first. They clicked on "oldest" in the "featured" category. They should have used the "upcoming" link as seen here.
EDIT 2: Know Your Meme has been updated and corrected.
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