starling (starling) wrote in the_allure,

Name: katie
Age: nineteen
Location: university of maine at farmington, dakin hall, 417. care to stalk?

Tell us what you wanted to be as a kid, and what you want to be now:
It's funny, the earliest employment aspiration I remember having was to be a "professional dog walker in Florida." I've wanted to be a marine biologist, an actress, a jockey--but I guess that just reflects the unsatisfied part of me.
Now? I am, and will be, a writer (of everything, because I know everyone asks that question).

What is your biggest accomplishment to date? Explain.
I suppose I'm most proud of deciding against the 40,000 a year private school and opting for the state university that I'm at right now. It's hard, when you're seventeen, a high school senior all ready to go out and "see the world", to proclaim and defiant no! to everyone pulling you in a certain direction. Going against the grain, that's my biggest accomplishment.

What's one thing you would change about yourself ((non-physical))? Explain.
I think I'd get rid of my nervousness. It's cliche to say, but I act completely inane around people I don't know. I cannot understand why I say certain things around new faces, and I fidget and blush and--oh, I just wish I could act normal sometimes.

What's something you're passionate about? Why?
I get so frustrated when people don't recognize beauty. I'm not talking the generic American Beauty "look at the plastic bag rolling down the street" beauty, but real, genuine beauty. Watching traditional Chinese medicine be folded into white waxpaper. The creased and worn cover of a book that has been loved over and over again. A young girl jumping from place to place. Sometimes it catches my breath, times like these. I wish others would recognize them, too. This is what I'm passionate about--respecting the beauty.

et moi,

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