1. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I thought this would be a really easy question but now that I've read some definitions and started thinking about it hard, I'm really not sure. Having always thought I was introverted, maybe I actually lie more in the middle of the scale. I don't really say much to people I don't know and I don't make friends easily, but when I'm with people I know and like, I'm very involved and chatty.
In my previous school I had a couple of very close friends, but now in my current school, I have a much larger circle of friends. Though I haven't had (and unfortunately won't ever have) the time to get so close to these new friends, I like and respect them all a lot, and having a big group of people to hang out with has a lot of advantages. I don't mind it either way.
What I do reject to, however, is pigeon-holing yourself into introversion or extroversion. Someone I know did that to herself - she saw herself as an introvert and seemed to be so obsessed with this, she gave up on trying to socialise and make bonds. Labels are convenient and useful, but if used in the wrong way on others or even yourself, they can be very harmful.
2. What is the thing you're obsessed with now?
At the moment I'm very much in a Pokemon phase. Pokemon is like some kind of virus that once you contract, you can never get rid of it. After getting over it the first time, you'll think you're immunised, but then it will come back and consume you all over again. I don't play competitively or anything, but I get really emotionally attached to my Pokemon. Earlier this week I was rocking out to those ancient and inconceivably cheesy Pokemon songs from a decade ago. They're hilarious, but despite this, I actually find the (awful) lyrics quite inspiring, because they're all about being ambitious and trying your hardest to become the best. It's a lot more relevant and motivational to me than songs about fancying a girl or having a crazy party... not that I don't listen to those too.
3. What OS do you use?
90% of the time I'm on the desktop computer in my house (because it has my school files and music on it, has decent speakers, and I can type at my fastest on its keyboard) which is Windows 7. There's a laptop with Windows 8 on it, but we had to install loads of mods to make it more like Windows 7 - like, a start menu. You know an OS is failing when people are making stuff to make it more like its predecessor. Now I never have to see that stupid start screen. A laptop is a laptop and a phone is a phone. I'm not very techy but I think it's inappropriate to make us use an interface designed for phones while we're on a laptop.
4. Do you like the place where you were born?
I don't remember a lot about the place I was born, as I lived there for four or five years. It was cold and grey, but there were also many family friends we visited and went on trips with. I've had - or rather, I'm having - a relatively blissful childhood and I have this excellent habit of not thinking about and sometimes eventually forgetting bad times. I think this leads me to be a happier person, because I know someone who only remembers the worst of her childhood, and it only leads to bitterness.
5. When was the last time you wrote a letter?
Sadly, I don't ever remember handwriting a proper letter. Maybe I have in the past, but I've forgotten. The last letter I typed was an email to some dental practice begging for work experience, but I don't think that should count.
Nevertheless, I do enjoy the physical act of writing something on clean lined paper. I have a posh A4 book I've had for some time, which sort of acts as my physical journal. I only write in it a couple of times a year, and when I do, it's very much a therapeutic exercise. I started the book so I could have something to read and laugh and cringe at when I'm older, and it's already working.
6. What is your favourite entertaining web site?
That would probably Awkward Zombie, the web comic by Katie Tiedrich. She is hysterical. Every week she posts a comic about whatever video game she's playing. In my life I have probably spent several tens of minutes laughing at her comics, which are mostly but not all about gaming. Also, she looks exactly as she draws herself.
7. What would you do if you woke up and realised all your life was a dream?
I would be very much disappointed, because I have put a lot of effort and worry into this life, but also because I got lucky with it in the first place. I'm always thankful that I was born into such a comfortable, stable and developed environment. I do wonder what other life I would wake up into, though.
8. What is the last place you visited?
My last day trip was to a university open day. On all the open days I've been to, the weather's been great. I attended a talk on life sciences and talked to dentistry students and admissions people, but while waiting to go into the dentistry talk, I decided that I would not be applying to this uni after all. So we went to the talk as planned, and then hit the shops for the rest of the afternoon. It was a good day.
9. If you had to choose between 20th and 22nd century where would you live?
I would rather live in the latter half of the 20th century because it's more familiar and less risky - who knows what's in the 22nd century? But if it was a choice between the beginning of the 20th and the beginning of the 22nd century, I'd definitely go for the latter.
10. What is the last quote that touched you?
"Men are as the time is" - Edmund from King Lear, Shakespeare
My English teacher can hardly stop raving about how cuttingly insightful this quote is, but as usual, he's right. Most people go along with whatever is the norm at the time, and I'm one of them. If I were born in a dystopia, would I stand up or speak out and risk my life? Hell, no. I'd keep my head down and try to survive like everyone else. Maybe that's cowardly but I think, in that circumstance, survival would be my priority.
I think being 'normal' is underrated - there are many advantages with going along with the crowd, as there's safety in numbers. I'm not trying to preach conformity but some people try too hard to be 'different' for the sake of feeling unique. There's no need to lie to yourself - there's nothing wrong in being ordinary.
11. Do you believe in aliens?
I think that in the universe(s) there will be other stars with planets at just the right distance from it and just the right composition to sustain life, simply because statistically, with mind-boggling numbers of stars and planets in existence in the past, present and future, surely life will pop up a few times in a few places.