This week, my fellow Hopkins Interactive students and I have decided to change things up a bit and all present a common blog topic. Through the blogs and message boards, we really enjoy providing you with a glimpse of our lives here at Hopkins while trying to show what your future could hold, if you choose to make the decision many consider the best of our lives to date–the decision to become a Hopkins student. However, in addition to detailing life here at Hopkins, we also enjoy getting to talk about the totally random things we love. We’re people too! Well, sorta…Anyway, just like we’ve done with the OFF-TOPIC DISCUSSION FORUM of the message boards, we’re taking a break from talks about Hopkins and discussing our favorite things–all the aspects of our lives that make us who we are.
So here we present our personal answers to a common survey of our favorite things,including books, movies, television, and much more. I suggest you check out some of the other bloggers’ surveys as well, and head over to the message board to check out the surveys of some Hopkins Interactive members who don’t write a weekly blog. Be warned, we’re about to get REALLY random.
Who is your favorite author?: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Franz Kafka.
What is your favorite item in your bedroom?: My flowers; I often have fresh flowers, thanks to Mike. I also happen to LOVE my new super-thick mattress pad my parents bought me…as if I needed any more reasons to be tempted to sleep in!
What, in your opinion, has been the greatest invention of your time?: Probably the internet. and the iPhone, but that’s just because I happen to be obsessed with it.
What is your favorite news source?: BBC.com for world news. I used to like CNN.com a lot, but I feel like it’s becoming more and more useless things. I hate when I am on their website and the "hot topics" menu includes Britney Spears but not anything of real international meaning. CNN is okay for entertainment purposes and to follow major trials, but when I want to know what’s going on in the world, it’s BBC.
What is your favorite movie series?: Shrek. I usually don’t like sequels, but I loved Shrek 1 and 2 (still haven’t seen the third).
What is your favorite time of day? Why?: I love the morning if I can actually feel awake and not just be wishing to go back to sleep. I just like the color of the sky and the general feelings of quiet and calm that a new day brings!
Who is your favorite one-hit wonder?: EDITED: I originally didn’t know, but I remembered the song "Blue" by Eiffel 65. I just like all the memories I associate with the time it came out and was popular
Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to have a cup of tea with?: Oh, gosh, there are so many…Jack Kerouac, Emerson, Kafka…all would be interesting. Probably most of all, I’d like to have tea with Linus Pauling. Maybe he could explain all of chemistry to me.
What is your favorite quote?: It depends on the mood, I have a lot that fit different things, but one I particularly like is Oscar Wilde saying, "I like persons better than principles and persons with no principles better than anything in the world." I also love when Dr. Seuss said, "You are you. Now isn’t that pleasant?"
Are you a dog person? Cat person? An "other" person? Why?:
DOGS. I am OBSESSED with my dachshund, Dixie. I have had the privilege of growing up with at least one dog in the house (at one time we had four), and I just love every single dog I ever meet. I love big dogs because they’re so friendly and just generally goofy–particularly a rottweiler we used to have–but I love that small dogs can cuddle up with you. There are few better feelings than to come home and have a dog just SO happy to see you. And you know it’s genuine too.
What is your favorite game?: I don’t really ever play board games, but I like Scrabble and Pictionary. As for sports, I LOVE baseball and I’m an avid Orioles fan (no hating necessary, I’m well aware that they’re not a good team).
Who is your favorite TV villian?: I actually don’t watch enough shows to have one. When I do watch television, it’s usually the Discovery Channel or movies on TV.
Where is the one place in the world you would want to visit?: Just one…oh dear, this is tough. I guess I’d have to pick Spain. I’ve been once and just fell absolutely in love with it, Northwestern Spain especially. Other than that, pretty much anywhere, I’d just love to see things.
To finish the survey, we will be stealing questions used at the end of Inside the Actor’s Studio. James Lipton, the host of the show, always finishes each interview with a questionnaire invented by the great Bernard Pebo. Here goes:
- What is your favorite word? — "dedo" (Spanish for "finger.") I just love how it sounds
- What is your least favorite word? – anything vulgar.
- What turns you on (creatively, spiritually, or emotionally)? – Gospel Choirs, cold crisp air, soft music, understanding chemistry (seriously…I love to understand the world on the atomic level! I get so happy and mentally productive), when you can see the good in people.
- What turns you off? – hypocrisy, disloyalty, loud noises, strong smells, obnoxiousness, and people who choose to remain ignorant.
- What sound or noise do you love? – I really like the sound of some big thick chalk on chalkboard, haha…you know, like the tapping type noise. I also love music, obviously. I like the sound of turn signals, canaries (and most other birds), wind, water currents/waves. When I was younger, I liked to play with dry beans because of the noise they made when you’d drop a handful slowly into the bag…also those rainstick things with the cactus needles in them. haha, I wasn’t kidding when I said things were going to get random.
- What sound or noise do you hate? — The aforementioned people who choose to remain ignorant that happen to talk REALLY loudly (if you hadn’t guessed, I overheard some very annoying conversation this past weekend); screeching tires (I’ve been in a bad car accident); erasers on chalkboards or normal pencil erasers on paper; screechy violin noises (I heard my fair share of those in 6th grade beginning orchestra)
- What profession would you like to attempt? — I’d love to be a practicing Neurologist in a hospital and also have a J.D. and work with legal mental health issues, such as innocence by insanity and just general mental health system reform.
- What profession would you absolutely not like to attempt? — I could never be a politician.
- Finally, if Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? — "Your efforts and empathy were not in vain."
To comment or debate any of my answers, or just to share your views and continue the discussion with me, be sure to head over to MY PERSONAL MESSAGE BOARD THREAD. I look forward to hearing from you all! And as always, if you have any Hopkins-related questions, don’t hesitate to ask them there as well, I’m always happy to answer anything.