Sorry if this seems anal, but I’ve numbered the questions for easy reference and my sanity.
1. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
This is a simplistic answer, but I’d like to change the way we all treat ourselves and each other. This means respect. Everywhere I go all I see is a lack of respect for ourselves and for each other. Its amazing how much can be accomplished when people respect each other. This also fits into the idea of tolerance and acceptance. I don’t expect anyone to accept me, but I do expect a level of tolerance, in that our beliefs may differ but we are similar underneath it all, so why picker over petty things? All of this, however, must begin with introspection. If you cannot or will not look inside yourself and accept yourself, how can you respect anyone else?
2. Who is your favorite Hogwarts teacher?
Both McGonagall and Lupin, but I’m going to go with Lupin. McGonagall is very strict and comes off as uptight, but she is an excellent teacher who expects the best from her students, but isn’t cold hearted and will give help to those who need it. Lupin is one of the best professors Hogwarts has ever seen. He not only cares about what he was teaching but who he was teaching. He wanted the kids to learn what they would need to know for real life, and that’s something not a lot of professors in actual RL do. Theory is grand, but useless if you can’t actually apply it.
3. Who is your favorite character in Harry Potter?
Ronald Weasley. I have a penchant for sidekicks, and Ron is one of the funniest, I’d say. He is sarcastic and witty, though not always incredibly intelligent during class, and fights a bit too much with Hermione. He takes her for granted a bit as well, but I think he’ll realize just how much later on. Anyway…
I just like the way his character is written. He befriends Harry not because of who he is, what family he’s from, or how much money he has, but because they get along. He stands up for his friends, and is fearless when he has to be, unless spiders are involved. I get that, I have arachnophobia, it’s ok, lol. When he sacrifices himself in the Sorcerer’s Stone so Hermione and Harry can go on…that’s when I was sold on his character. Ron is far from perfect and has a lot to learn about life (and women , GoF) He’s a pretty cool kid, and I am looking forward to seeing how his character develops in the next two books.
4. Who is your least favorite character in Harry Potter?
I don’t hate any characters…some kind of annoy me, but overall it’s really hard to answer this question in complete honesty. Many people are apt to say Snape, Umbridge, Voldemort or Draco. I love reading about Snape and Umbridge, for example, because I like and understand Snape’s character, and Umbridge was written to be hated and Jo did a fantastic job. Umbridge is the character on the soap opera you love to hate.
On the other hand, I don’t like Cho Chang or Percy all that much. Cho is an overly emotional git who needs to control herself and Percy is an uptight brown noser who has no idea who he is or what family means. I do NOT like the way Percey treats his family; the lack of respect he has for his parents is downright appalling.
5. What makes a person respectable?
This comes up on nearly every questionnaire, and I answer it similarly each time:
The ability to respect yourself and others. If you lack those two, how can anyone else respect you? Also, a part of this is how you carry yourself. If you carry yourself with dignity, pride, and confidence, that is respectable. Smugness and conceit, however, will not make you respectable in my book. It’s all in how you feel about yourself and how you relate to others. If it’s done with intelligence and good intentions, that is respectful.
6. What is your take on religion?
I’m not a religious person but more of a scientist. As a psychology major, I’m constantly looking for the explanation behind everything. To me, the idea that there is some force defying the laws of physics that we cannot see, touch, or measure, makes no logical sense to me. However, I’ve come to find the religion, much like love, is not logical, and this does not mean it is a bad thing. I have a great respect for people who are religious; I lack faith, and I’ve seen their faith help them through hard times and make them stronger people and I wish I had something like that in my life. That about sums it up; any further explanation would be too personal, if you don’t mind. However, if you would like to know more, feel free to contact me.
7. What do you think about house elves?
Quite frankly, not much. I don’t like how they are treated, but they are so deeply rooted in their behavior that trying to free or even pay them all may be worse than letting their treatment continue, not to mention the dependency humans have on them would take a long time to adjust (mostly Hogwarts, because families, I’m sure, do not have as many elves as Hogwarts does, and I’m sure they’d be able to get long without a house elf, whereas Hogwarts would have to change an entire system and that would take time. It could be done and probably should be done.) not that this means the treatment of house elves should be excused or continued. I’d like to believe that some are treated with dignity, warmth, and respect, but I am sure this is not the case for the most part. I do wonder how their belief in their inferiority started—who started treating them this way, why did they allow this to continue, and how do they raise their young to believe this? Are they born with free will, or is it automatic from birth? Which would bring up the question of genetic altering….ok, I’m on a tangent now, forgive me. Do you see where I am going with this? While I do not have personal feelings about house elves, I am curious about why and how they’ve kept up their submissive behavior. That’s it.
8. What do you look for in a friend?
Honesty, loyalty, intelligence, interests similar AND different to mine. I look for kindness and a sense of honor and decency. A lot of hufflepuff qualities, actually. Hufflepuffs make great friends and with good reason. They are very accepting and loyal, and not afraid to stick up for a friend when it counts. These are qualities I try to hold to and hope that I have, and are qualities I like my friends to have. I’m not pushing for Hufflepuff here, just making my point.
I look for intelligence because…ok, I’m sure you must have had, or rather tried to have a conversation with someone who is very kind, but cannot seem to hold a normal conversation for the life of them. I hate that. If I cannot talk to you like a normal person should, then you’re wasting my time and yours. Harsh, but hey, that’s how it is.
Having hobbies or just things in general you’re interested in is important as well. I like being able to discuss similar interests with friends as well as learn about things they are interested in but I know little or nothing about.
9. Would you rather have friends and family or money and success?
Friends and family, hands down. I have neither money nor the incredible success I desperately want, and quite frankly, I’m fine. I’ve wanted to become a famous psychologist since I was 11 years old, only changing the field in respect to the discipline, and if I don’t achieve my dream, it wont be the end of the world so long as I have my friends and family to be there for me. I have people who love and support me, and that’s all I need. Sure, I’d love to be rich and successful, even famous, but if it came down to it, my family and friends are worth so much more to me than that.
10. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’m very judgmental, and that needs to stop. I consider myself to be very open minded, but once I get to know a little bit more about a person or situation, I tend to put them into little categories and then have trouble thinking about them without that label. This is something I have to work through while getting my psych degree—I need to see the person, not the disease.
11. What do you feel is your best quality?
I am very empathetic. I have always been able to “put myself in other people’s shoes” to see and feel something of what they are seeing and feeling. While I cannot see everything from their perspective because that is not physically possible I get the gist of what is going on in their head, something I’ve noticed not a lot of people can or are willing to do. This is my best quality because, while others see it as a weakness, it is a part of who I am and helps me to relate to others better. This has helped me to become a better friend, heck, a better person. I am very stubborn and tend to not want to see the other side’s point of view, but my empathy comes through and I can’t help but understand where they are coming from.
12. What are your hobbies?
I love to read, I just wish I had more time for it. When I do have time to read I end up reading books I’ve already read multiple times already because they are familiar and I’m too tired to get my butt out to Barnes & Noble. Luckily for me, I’m an English minor, so part of my reading for fun is reading for class. That is my kind of studying, let me tell ya. I also enjoy sketching. Art is a huge outlet for me: I like to draw from pictures, as well as listen to and play music. I have played clarinet for 11 years, am learning to play guitar, and used to piano, alto saxophone, and percussion. I used to play clarinet a lot more during high school than I do now…as I am not a music major or minor, all I have time for is wind symphony, and the wind symphony at college is barely up to par to what mine was in high school, and the college orchestra flat out sucks. In high school, my orchestra was ranked in the top 5% of US high school orchestras and top 8% world. I ended my senior year playing in Carnegie Hall…so yeah, I was a little let down once I got to college and experienced the music department there. As for listening to music, my favorite band is Incubus, though I’ve only managed to see them live once, I’m a rabid fan. Not fangirl, mark you, but fan. I wish I had money so I could see them live EVERYWHERE. Otherwise, I like to spend my free time hanging out with friends, discussing movies and music, and watching my favorite TV shows: ER, The OC, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Lost, Alias, CSI and Real World Philly.
13. Do you want to have children?
Absolutely! I love kids, and after working with them through babysitting, camp and after school programs (and being raised by some absolutely awesome parents) I do want children. I don’t care if they are male or female…though I’d love to have boys because they’re so much fun! I was very much a tomboy as a child and I think having boys would be great. Just not right now, I’m only 21.
14. Have or would you give time and money to a charity?
I have given money, and I would like to give both time and money to cancer research and children's organizations once I have more of it. Part of the reason I want to become successfull is not just to have the money and prestige that comes with it, but to be able to help others, which is what my job would consist of. Outside of my work I want to give money to charity, and my time if I can spare it. I think others should try as well. Even something as small as a dollar can help--just think how much money a charity can raise if everyone in say, one high school gave $1 to a charity? One college? It doesn't take much, and not only does it help others, it makes you feel good. I think more people ought to try it.
15. If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world) beast), what would you do?
Jump to their defense, in a heartbeat. I’m fiercely loyal and defensive when it comes to my friends, combining a little bit of Hufflepuff and Gryffindor there, that’s how I am. You mess with my friends, you have to answer to me. I don’t take kindly to threats and am generally a non-violent person, but if a friend is in danger, I am there.
16. What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish?
I have many goals in life, the biggest being getting my doctorate in psychology, but there’s something more that I need. It’s not something I can so much accomplish as get or perhaps find. That is love. I have never been in love, and I haven’t had a good romantic relationship. I want so badly to find someone who will love me for me and not just pretend for the sake of having the title of boyfriend or to see how far he can get. Guys at the college age…there are good ones, but they are few and far between.
17. Who is your role model?
My mom. She came to America from Germany in the mid 1950’s at age 11, leaving just enough time between the war and her arrival for her classmates to have been told the horrors of what the Germans did to the Jews. She learned the English language by teaching herself from a dictionary, as no one else cared enough to teach her. She had to deal with a certain degree of hatred, though not too much, and found herself having to answer hard questions she herself wanted answers for regarding the war. Her mother was neither loving nor kind, and it’s amazing she became the woman she is today; strong, independent, loving, intelligent, funny. She overcame so much just to live a normal life. I love her very much and owe so much of who I am today to her.
18. What trait most annoys you about other people?
I’m sorry, I cannot narrow it down to one. Here we go:
1) People who chew with their mouth open, or breath loudly when they eat. It grosses me out to the point of nausea.
2) Stupidity. I am not familiar with the education laws of other nations, but I know that in America, education is not only a right, it’s the law. It’s also your responsibility to be educated. I’m not saying everyone HAS to go to college, just go through school, read something. Public school is your friend.
3) Close minded people. We live in a world full of people who are completely different, and to decide it’s your way or no way is idiocy. I try to keep myself as open as possible, and I know I fail sometimes, but for people to not consider how others think or feel at all, or the idea that maybe their way is not right or wrong, merely different is not only disturbing to me but disgusting.
19. What do you want to do for a living?
As mentioned before, I want to be a Psychologist. As not mentioned before, I want to work with people suffering from eating disorders. I like working with people, and I want to help people. If I can help a few people completely work through and get rid of their eating disorder, then I’ll have done my life’s work. Understanding where people come from and why they do what they do comes easily to me and fascinates me. I’m good at it, and am looking forward to the future.
That's in RL. If you meant in the wizarding world, my answer would not change. I've no doubt there is need for psychologists in the wizarding worlds, especially after the impending war.
20. Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason?
Yes, if I had to. If I was in the war, for example, and facing a Death Eater. You have to play on their level; they will most certainly NOT play on yours. Only then would I use an Unforgivable Curse, not for any other reason, as those are not curses you merely play around with. I would only use a UC if I absolutely had to, as in no other options, do it or someone dies. Otherwise I would have no need to.
21. 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.)
Slytheryn. I’m not very subtle all the time, nor am I very ambitious- I have ambitions like anyone else, but I will not achieve my goals by stepping on others. I know not all Slytherins do this, but it’s been listed thusly as a trait repeatedly. That's pretty nitpicky for me, as I'm pretty easy going about whatever house I end up in. I have no major qualms with any of the houses, I just don't feel like I'd really fit in well in Slytherin, considering the negative perspective Jo gives us on the house and its students. I know that's not much to go on for this question, but I felt compelled to answer it nonetheless.
Otherwise, I really don’t care, it’s up to you guys!
22. What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
I’ve used these in other sorting comms, so if they look familiar, that’s why:
1) Empathy- I find it easy (for me) to put myself in other people’s shoes and at least make the attempt to see things from their POV. This is only bad when watching movies…so I usually end up being the kid who freaks out in horror films, and cries in cheesy chick flicks.
2) Honesty- It’s so hard for me to lie. Sometimes, if it’s something meant to be a secret I can, no problem, but lying in general is hard for me. Also, if someone wants an honest opinion on anything I’ll give it to them.
3) Creativity- I’m artsy- I love music, both playing it and listening to it, sketching and going to museums, and artsy films and indie flicks. Art is life. Music is life. I could not live without music.
4) Common sense- I may not have the highest GPA at my college, and I may not have made it into Psi Chi (psych honors frat) but I have enough common sense to get me through life…and enough to realize that memorizing facts out of books and studies is not a complete form of intelligence- if you do not have common sense, you are incomplete.
5) SENSE OF HUMOR! If you can’t laugh at yourself, what the hell else can you laugh at???????? That's right, not who, what. I mean really, if you can't laugh at yourself, how can you really laugh at anything, any event, any person?
23. Where did you find out about us?
Through a sorting search in lj.
I really enjoyed filling out this app, and if there’s anything you’d like explained or clarified, let me know!