Cinnamon (cinnleigh) wrote in platform_934,

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
There are a couple things I would change if I could, but for the sake of brevity I'll only list one. Top on my list of "making the world a better place" is Equality. This encompasses equality in all aspects, but the part that concerns me the most is equality in terms of income, living situation and education. I am about to graduate with my teaching certificate, so educational issues are at the front of my mind right now. I have a strong belief that every child everywhere should be entitled to the same high quality education. I think that it is one of our nation's shortcomings that the our schools are so diversified in terms of education. Don't get me wrong, diversity is good, but not when we're talking about quality of education. Even if a family struggles to bring in enough money to keep itself just barely above starvation, the children should be entitled to the same quality of education that a child living in a big mansion with a pool receives. We've kind of accepted the fact that poorer communities are going to have worse schools than more wealthy communities - this shouldn't be acceptable! All that happens is that poorer communities get poorer, children get worse educations and the class divide widens.

It's a long rant, but it could be longer if I felt that people didn't mind reading about it for the next couple hours.

What makes a person respectable?
Different people will have different opinions as to what "respectable" means, this is mine.

What makes a person respectable is what makes up the inside of that person. A respectable person gives respect and doesn't just expect it all the time. A respectable person understands the similarities and differences between people, looking at these with understanding, or at the very least tolerance. A respectable person displays good conduct, and I don't mean in the first grade sense of "good conduct." When I say good conduct, I mean the kind of conduct that allows other people in society to interact with you in an at least semi-normal way. Society dictates a few heinous acts (murder, violence, etc.) that if committed would make it very difficult for everyone else to interact with you in a normal way. Being respectable, to me, means not putting other people in the situation of not being able to interact with you (because of fear, disgust, etc.).

What do you look for in a friend?
This is a hard question because I rarely have to think of what I want in a friend and then go out and find one. I meet people, there's a mutual bond and *poof*, we're friends. Maybe I'll look into the characterstics of my friends and describe what draws me to them.

What I like in all of my friends is that most of them seem to usually have a positive attitude. I wouldn't say this is necessarily something where if they had a bad attitude I'd drop them like a bad habit; I can often be blamed of having a pretty poor attitude. What I mean by attitude is that even if one of them is having a bad day, they could understand why someone else was having a good day. Maybe a confusing concept, but I don't know how else to explain it.

The other huge trait that draws me to the people I love is their ability to have fun! I am usually pretty withdrawn and quiet except when I surround myself with my favorite people. They always know how to make me laugh and even indulge me by making me think that I can make them laugh. Life would be so boring and hard without the ability to just throw your head back and laugh or spend a few minutes being silly. All of my friends are the sort that would take time out of their day to come play Tic-Tac-Toe or Disney Sorry with me if I asked them. With all the struggles life throws at us, having friends that know how to have fun is a must.

The last and probably most important aspect my friends have (and maybe this is something I unconsciously look for in a possible friend) is understanding. Sometimes I'm having a bad day and just don't want to be pleasant - what makes a true friend is the ability of him/her to just accept this and say, "Hey, even if you're grumpy and having a bad day, you're still my friend." Understanding is probably the most important aspect of friendship and probably the base that it relies on. I believe that all friendships are based on understanding, some people understand certain people better than others; some people are better friends than others.

What are your hobbies?
Everything is my hobby! Okay, well not everything, but I do have a lot of them! I enjoy reading (when I can get away from my textbooks), music, animals, nature, computers, painting, drawing, learning and educating. That's the shortened list. If you don't want to read more about each hobby, scroll down now! ;D

Reading: I love reading! Currently, my favorite authors are JKR, Anne McCaffrey, Jean Auel, Terry Goodkind and Maggie Furey. I tend to read a lot of sci-fi/fantasy because it gives me a break from the real world for a while.

Music: I started playing the piano in 2nd grade, the violin in 6th grade, the clarinet in 7th grade, the tenor sax in 10th grade and the bass clarinet in 12th grade. I've also dabbled a little bit in the guitar, baritone, french horn, trumpet and trombone. Although I'll say that my violin was my first love, my tenor sax is definitely my baby. My husband and I met in our high school band because we both played tenor and years later we got married and still play that gorgeous horn. Although neither of us has time for a formal concert band, we're both members of our school's Marching Band so M-Th (or M-Sat) we pull those horns out and go trotting across the football field. :)

Animals and Nature: I love animals and I love nature which is why I'm majoring in Biology Education. As far as animals go, I have a small zoo. I have a rat, dog, cat and cockatiel. This is actually the smallest zoo I've had in four years.

Computers: Hello, my name is Cinnamon and I am addicted to computers - I have been ever since we got our first computer 14 years ago. My current passion/obsession involves photoshop and livejournal. As far as my computer goes, at the simplest level of my obsession is the fact that I just love the sound of typing. Weird, huh. Internet wise - I love the interaction that the web brings among people. I love that just by clicking a button I can be connected to someone halfway across the world. It's great.

Painting and Drawing: Not much to explain here. I love to paint (when I get the time) and I love to draw. Although I love to write, I consider myself a very visual person; I express myself best through visual arts.

Learning and Educating: If the government would keep paying for it, I'd become a professional student. I love school and I love learning. This is why I chose the profession that I will hopefully be in within a few years time - High School Biology Teacher. The education profession in great (I'll leave out the parts that aren't) because I get to educate and share my knowledge with the leaders of tomorrow and I get to spend the rest of my life in a continual process of learning. Yay, fun times!

Have or would you give time and money to a charity?
I have sponsored a child through Children International, given to the Humane Society and I know that we are starting to support another organization (Children's Cancer) but I'm at work and the form is at home so I don't have the name on me. We tend to focus on children's organizations.

What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish?
If I had to list the one thing that I would most want to accomplish before I die, it would be to have made a difference. Through my teaching I hope to make a difference: in one child's life, in all my student's lives, in my community. It would be so easy to just have my children memorize facts and boot them out of my class at the end of the year, but I want to help a create a better tomorrow through these students. That means finding new and creative ways to educate them and letting them know that I am a human being that cares about them. In some cases, a student may not get this anywhere else. Making a difference is the most important thing to me and whether or not I will be able to accomplish this haunts me daily.

Who is your role model?
My mom is definitely my role model. Her childhood life was nowhere near ideal and yet she survived it and prospered. As soon as she could she left home and joined the military. Not too long later, she had me and became an unmarried mother - still a stigma back then. While under the time constraints of a military career, she raised me, always making sure I was involved with sports, music and other extra-curricular activities. After she retired from the military she went through school and received training to be a Medical Transcriptionist. At the same time she put herself through college (distance degree) received her B.A. in liberal arts and then went on to get her master's in counseling psychology. All of this while I was still in high school. Now she is finishing up getting the rest of her licenses and plans on opening a private practice soon.

Being a single mother is hard enough - being my single mother was probably harder. Being my single mom plus putting yourself through so much education and accomplishing your dreams is just incredible. She is such a strong person and I am so proud of her. When I feel down and start feeling sorry for myself, I think about her and how much she accomplished. That brightens me up pretty quick.

What trait most annoys you about other people?
I really dislike it when people are mean and artificial. Life is too short to go around talking about people behind their backs, gossiping, judging, etc. Everyone (including the mean people) would really be so much happier if people were just nice to each other. Probably the thing that I hate the most is when you can tell someone is just being mean to make themselves feel better. I'm sure everyone, myself included, has been guilty of this in the past but there are some people that make this a habit. I think that if you feel bad about yourself you should change something, not put other people down so they feel as bad as you.

What do you want to do for a living?
Based on where I live, it's not going to be a great living but I hope to someday be a high school Biology teacher. I really enjoy the processes of life and I hope to share this with my students. Also, I feel that a lot of people have been traumatized into thinking that science is just too hard; a lot of kids go into a science class thinking that they aren't any good at science. This just isn't so! A scientist utilizes the scientific method on a daily bases. This is the process of coming up with a question, making a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, finding results, drawing a conclusion and possibly having to draw up another hypothesis (very abbreviated). Think about what you would do if you walked into a room, flipped on the light switch and nothing happened.

Question: The light doesn't come on, why?
Hypothesis: The light switch is broken.
Test: Flip the switch up and down a few times.
Results: Nothing happens.
Conclusion: Well, the switch seems fine.
New Hypothesis: Maybe the bulb is burnt out.
Test: Replace the bulb and flip the switch on again.
Results: Light comes on.
Conclusion: The bulb was burnt out.

I hope to teach students that science is not as difficult as they think it is. They are all already scientists.

If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world) beast), what would you do?
If I were there during the attack (and there was no way of convincing the attacker to just let off), I'd fight tooth and nail to help him/her. I wouldn't want my friend to turn tail and run on me so I'd fight until we were both safe.

If I didn't find my friend or find out about the attack until after the fact, I'd try and provide the best shoulder to cry on ever! The most difficult thing would be to find out that a friend, someone you love and care about, had to go through a terrible ordeal without you or anyone else.

Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason?
Yes, if it meant saving my life or saving the life of someone I loved and there was no other way to go about this. I'd have to be backed into a pretty tight corner because I'd know that using an Unforgivable Curse was, unforgivable, and my conscience keeps a pretty strong hold on me.

What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
My top five abilities/qualities would include my organization, my compassion, my humor and ability to have fun, my friendliness, and my willingness to try and help anywhere I'm needed. This was hard to think about because I think most people focus on their negative qualities more than their positive ones. I tried to picture myself as someone else looking in to get a better perspective of my good traits.

What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
My organization (yes it's good and bad), my temper, my procrastination, my shyness (outside of my social groups), and caring too much for others (and what they think) at the expense of caring for myself. I have come to realize this last one just recently as I spent a week being sick because I was so stressed out trying to meet everyone else's expectations that I didn't take the time to focus on my own health and well being.

Define in your own words the following key traits:
Courage: The ability to stand up to the forces that try and put you down. This can come in many forms - the courage to stand up to some snarling beast bent on destroying you, or the courage to stand up to someone and tell them that they aren't being a good friend.

Loyalty: Doing what you say you will. If you say you will be someone's friend, loyalty means that you will stand by them through thick and thin. Loyalty is ensuring that none of your actions in anyway unjustly break the bonds that you've made with your social groups.

Intelligence: Being fact-smart/people-smart/world-smart, etc. - I don't think intelligence is just knowing all the facts there are to know in the world. A person who may not know the gestation time of an elephant may know a lot about people. This person may be able to tell how a person if feeling/thinking just based on their actions, voice, body language, etc. Another person may have no clue about elephants or individual people, but may know a lot about the world and the interactions between large social groups. This person is intelligent as well. To summarize everything, I'd say intelligence is knowing (and accepting) that there are things one doesn't know.

Ambition: Drive. That's the word that I feel best defines ambition. The drive and desire to achieve a particular goal.

What house do you think DOESN'T fit you? (This question is optional for those who feel they just DO NOT fit in a house. Please explain WHY.)
Each house is a balancing power. There isn't one I'd rather not be in or one that I don't think I fit into.

Where did you find out about us?
Userinfo of ohthatisbadnews

Edited: I fixed the referral name and some spelling mistakes. Sorry about that. :)
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