Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.mmailliw
gave me: senioritis, thinking, reading, orchestra, astronomy
Well, I am a senior in high school. A second-semester senior. And I am already into several schools that I am seriously considering attending next year. This, along with my procrastinatory nature, lends itself automatically to senioritis (although I'm still quite good at getting all of my assignments in). Moving on!Thinking
Uh, thinking is good? I don't know. I always have been into, or at least interested in, philosophy. Ideas fascinate me even sometimes when I disagree with them, just as well-thought-out arguments can earn my respect even if my own opinions are different. I suppose that one thing I could feasibly connect to this topic would be my constant interest in the nature of belief; I love to learn about the ideas and histories behind all different religions, and have been considering a major in religious studies, among other things.
In a slightly different vein, I've always been more of a thinker than a doer. It's not so much that I won't do things - because I will - but simply that it seems like it's more in my nature to sit and carefully ponder, consider, or deliberate before jumping head-first into something.Reading
I like books. Om nom nom nom. Seriously, though, I was actually kind of slow to start reading. Apparently I had the ability, but was either too stubborn or too perfectionistic and afraid of failure to actually start reading at my ability level until sometime in the middle of first grade. After that, I was unstoppable. I devoured tons and tons of books and read way above my level, although the only concrete example I can think to give of this is the fact that I probably read the Lord of the Rings trilogy around what I estimate to be the fifth grade. I do believe I've slowed down since then, what with all of the demands of schoolwork and extracurriculars, but I still would consider myself to be a pretty good reader and enjoy reading a lot.
Hmm, genres. I'm willing to read in a bunch of different genres, although I tend to go more for fiction than nonfiction as a whole. I like things that I would consider to be well-written. Because I am lazy, I am simply going toOrchestra
I joined orchestra in middle school, where I learned to play the violin because I couldn't decide between that and the cello, and my teacher made the decision for me. She said that the school didn't have any half-size cellos. I was small then, okay?
In eighth grade (or the summer before eighth grade, to be precise), I switched over to the viola on my own volition and have never regretted it. I prefer the lower, richer sound of the viola to the higher one of the violin. Also, there's a lot less snootiness and competition among the viola sections. (Not that violinists as a whole are an issue, but in the upper orchestras particularly, some of them get to be rather ...eh.)
In my high school orchestra, we get to do lots of cool things! I've visited Boston, NYC, and Orlando (did not vote for that location) thus far with my school's orchestra, and am already anticipating the trip to Chicago that we have planned for this year. Also, by the time I leave my high school, I'll have seen Blue Man Group three times! (Yes, this is an accomplishment, I think.) Also, I like getting to play cool music. My favorite that I've done so far would have to be Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave
, last year. I plan to continue with the viola in college, but I don't want to study music.Astronomy
- Pictures! This year in my honors Astronomy course we get to operate remote telescopes and take pictures of various constellations/galaxies/nebulae/star clusters/other sky objects. Very cool! As of recently, I've started posting some of my color images up at hourglass_sea
. (You can also find one or two, I think, over on this journal. They've been tagged with "astro-awesomeness", I do believe.)
- Astrophysics! Okay, so I used to think that I would find physics terribly dull. And then I saw the light, with the help of books such as Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe
. And Astrophysics deals somewhat with the workings of the universe and of particles and oh my gosh, you guys, with gravity
! Do you realize how interesting gravity is? ZOMG. That doesn't even include all of the really cool things, like the dual wave-particle nature of light, or the awesomeness that is black holes, or relativity, or dimensions. So, yes. I like this subject more than I ever would have guessed because in middle school physics consisted of things like measuring velocity and that was that. I am considering some sort of study in Astrophysics in college, although I'll obviously have to experiment a bit more with straight physics classes to see if I'll really like those.