What are one to three books that have influenced your life?
Hmm... When I was a toddler I grew up hearing English, Spanish, and Danish simultaneously. It was very confusing and unlike my sister I couldn't handle of it, so when I was around five I focused on just English. The following books are the ones I remember reading enthusiastically and helped me with my English.
- Harry Potter (Earliest novels I can remember reading. It's been so long but I recall enjoying it)
- Skullduggery Pleasant (A series my sister got me hooked on. It's fantasy but less childish than most YA novels. It's also written with remarkable wit and originality. These are the first long books I can remember reading)
- Phantom of the Opera. (I read this a couple times. Way back in Elementary school I tried it because I liked the Musical and couldn't understand anything. I've reread it a couple times and it's been a good benchmark for how much I've learned and improved. This got me interested in old books, like stuff by Victor Hugo, but I segued this into great sci fi ones like H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Isaac Aasimov)
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)? My readers love specifics like brand and model, where you found it, etc.
I had a smoothie yesterday with a friend on campus. I had a rough week, and spending positive time with another person, and relaxing without worry for just 20 minutes really made a difference.
How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?
My high school GPA honor roll got ruined by a low score in a ceramics class I had. I decided to accept stuff like that, and not let it bother me too much.
If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph.
If there's something you really want to do, it's usually as simple as doing it. It can still be ridiculously hard, but you need to self-start. Motivation from others doesn't really help if you don't act on it.
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?
A literal razor blade. Infinitely more comfortable and effective than the electric one I was using before.
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
I really like pickles with chile powder.
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
I don't most most, but I picked up guitar again and I'm loving it. It's a part of my brain I haven't used in a while and it's very satisfying.
[I'm going to skip 8 and 9 because I'm the type of naive college student that should take this advice rather than give it.]
In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?
I'm gonna cheat and say I got better at saying yes to things. I've been always been anxious and nervous about pretty much everything, but now I'm getting better with being more social, asking for help, and being kinder. I suppose it's a 'Practice makes Perfect' kind of deal.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
I walk and think. I try to keep doing this until my heart rates goes down and I'm calm. Then I make myself at peace, and try to solve my problem accepting what happens with the understanding I'll try my best.