militantstemmed (militantstemmed) wrote in platform_934,

Present and ready for sorting

  • What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why?
    I would like to be a professor (possibly do research as well), but not at Hogwarts. I taught middle school for a couple of months and I’m really not good at teaching that age. Classroom discipline was a nightmare. Are there magical universities? I prefer teaching high school or college aged students. I’m pursuing an academic career in RL so I imagine I would enjoy doing the same in the magical world.

  • If you could teach one class at Hogwarts, what would it be and why?
    Astronomy. I love astronomy; it’s why I studied physics as an undergrad. I still enjoy it, though I’ve moved on to other subjects formally. I could probably be good at potions too. It seems like the magical equivalent of chemistry. And chemistry can be really cool too. Unless it’s more like cooking. God am I a terrible cook. Somehow I don’t think they have boxed potions: boil water, open the box, dump all the packages in and stir occasionally, voila, Veritaserum! No, I think astronomy would be the safer bet. Less explosions, more learning. And it always helps to be passionate about what you teach. I’d hate to be like Professor Binns or like some dodgy ancient professors I’ve had.

  • This year, The TriWizard Tournament is being held once again and you're of age. Do you put your name in the Goblet? Why or why not?
    No way. I think I would enjoy the challenge if I did it. I get a kind of thrill out of being put on the spot like that. (I actually enjoy tests sometimes for just that reason.) But I’d really prefer to stay out of the limelight. I’m a very private person. I’m not crazy about being on display for strangers. And there are other ways to be challenged. I’m also not very competitive. I prefer team sports to individual competitions. And there’s also the peril. I have a well-developed sense of self-preservation. So, no thanks.

  • If you could choose your animagus form, what would it be and why?
    If I could choose, I’d like to be a penguin. I just like them. They’re funny and they seem to have a good time. I like the cold and swimming (though not usually together). They’re kind of awkward, which I think could describe me sometimes. They’re really tough. And they mate for life.

  • What HP character do you identify with most and why?
    Tonks. She’s easy-going, funny, but can be stubborn too. And I’m way too clumsy for my own good. I like that she went after Remus when she wanted him. She didn’t give up even though she knew it would be difficult because of what he was. I like to think that I can be like that. Love someone because of who they are even if it will be frowned on. It’s a nice parallel to a homosexual relationship so it fits for me that way as well.

  • What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
    I think I’d see myself much like I am now. Maybe my family would live a little closer, I miss living near them sometimes. And maybe I’d have definite offers (with lots of grants) from the PhD programs I’ve applied to. This question is really difficult to answer because I’m really happy at this point in my life. I’ve got good prospects education/career-wise (though somewhat indefinite). I love what I’m doing. I have great family and friends. I feel content. The rest is just incidental. That said, I find it difficult to imagine someone looking into the mirror and seeing only themselves. Part of what makes us human is striving, wanting more, wanting to be better. It think it would be difficult to turn off. An then there’s the question of visibility. There are things I want that would not exactly be visible in a mirror. But this is getting kind of theoretical.

  • If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
    First thing: hire an accountant and follow her advice to the letter. Without consulting an expert I would use the money as follows (approximately):
    Invest 25% for continued returns
    Charity (Sexual assault awareness-type programs, Medecins sans Frontieres, Diabetes and cancer research, public radio, Amnesty International, etc...) and scholarships 30%
    Pay off student loans and help out my family 25%
    Tuition and living for the next 8 years or so while I finish my Mater’s, get my PhD and post doc, and do a stint in the Peace Corps and some traveling, 20%

  • What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now?
    The first thing I remember wanting to be is a paleontologist. It’s changed a lot between then and now (with a detour to an engineering physics degree and applications to Master of Fine Arts programs in poetry), but I’ve come close to full circle. I’m not studying paleontology, but I am studying another branch of geology (medical geology—the interaction of Earth materials with the human body). My ideal job now: research professor who still teaches and mentors students. And since we’re talking ideal. Research grants, TA’s, and lab/office space with windows would be plentiful. Oh, and I could keep my dreadlocks as long as I wanted. Aaahhhhh.

  • If you were able to invent one spell, potion, or charm, what would it do, what would you use it for or how would you use it, and what would you call it?
    I’d like to understand people better. I’m really terrible at reading people so I think I’d like to create an empathy charm that gives the person it’s cast on the ability to sense and interpret emotional responses. Empatheia, from the Greek would be an apropos name. Maybe I’d use it on myself when I went on dates or went on an interview. Of course, there could be some sticky problems, ethically speaking. Would it give you an undue advantage? It could definitely be used exploitatively. Hmmm. I’d still like to have it.

  • If you were to face a boggart, what would it turn into? And what does it turn into when you throw the counter-spell, Riddikulus?
    My abuser. I’m not really sure I’d be able to make that funny. I’d like to see me kicking his butt though, maybe I could see me going all kung fu and he’d run away screaming like a little girl. Well, it’s empowering but not funny. Moving on...

  • What do you look for in a friend?
    Someone who’s fun to be around and likes to go out an have adventures. I like hanging out with people who enjoy art and music. Someone who’s energetic, witty. People who can hold up their end of a conversation, easy to talk to. Someone caring and mindful of other people. Someone who’s easy-going, open-minded, and intelligent (not necessarily a formally educated person). Someone with some modesty can be good; there’s nothing more boring than talking to someone who’s only conversational channel is "All Me All the Time." And above all, someone who doesn’t create drama!

  • What trait most annoys you about other people?
    Intolerance. I’m a member of my college’s gay/straight alliance. We had shirts printed for National Coming Out Day last semester. I was excited to wear my shirt that morning. I forgot that I had a lunch meeting with some people from my department and I was really uncomfortable being out at that meeting. Part of the discomfort was personal and part was just not being sure what could happen. I felt I had to be ready for anything good or bad, and that just sucks. I want to live in a world without prejudice, without intolerance. Intolerance stands in the way of reaching our goals as a global community. How can we solve the big problems we face if we can't get past something like the color of a person's skin or their religious beliefs.

    Stepping off the soap box now.

  • What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?

    1. my adaptability and openness to new things. I'll try almost anything (though I'm not interested in trying really dangerous things; Everest is perfectly good without my frozen corpse).
    2. my desire to help others (both by volunteering my time and by pursuing research that will benefit people)
    3. being a good listener. I've really had to work on this, but I think my listening skills have been improving. I'm volunteering for a crisis hotline now and that works those skills a lot.
    4. my curiosity. I just can't leave things alone. There are just vast amounts things about which I know nothing. For instance, the airspeed velocity of an unleaden swallow, how bubble gum is made, the 14th person in the line of succession, etc... I really like libraries.
    5. spontaneity. The unexpected detours are what really make good stories later. Like the time I got lost in the mountains with some friends when we decided to take the "scenic" route back to school (and by scenic, I mean, we took a few random turns). We used the compass I got from one of those gum-ball type machines to eventually make our way out (Go East young man). We missed all our afternoon classes, but it was a great time.

  • What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?

    1. p r o c r a s t i n a t i o n. I'll discuss this more later.
    2. acting/speaking without thinking everything through
    3. my reluctance to let people in
    4. not standing up for myself/my opinions in personal situations. I was talking to this guy at a party recently. I can't stand him, and he stank of his crappy Pabst Blue Ribbon. We were talking about the Patrick O-Brien novels (I love them; he'd never read them), and he asked if I'd "had the misfortune to see the movie, Master and Commander" (based on two of the novels). Rather than defend a movie I loved (and the original inspiration that lead me to a series of 21 books), I just changed the subject. It's a stupid example, but it's been bothering me since then. He's a moron; I just should have said I like the movie and moved on.
    5. I can be somewhat (read "very") oblivious to what’s going on around me. It can be problematic. I think it is the source of my tendency to fall down stairs. Even if it's just partly to blame, I need to pay more attention. My tail bone agrees.

  • Define in your own words the following key traits:

    • Courage: being able to stand up for yourself and others and do/say what you think is right even when speaking or acting a certain way may not be considered “right” by the majority
    • Loyalty: steadfastness, not only for a group of people, but also for a cause or for an ideal
    • Intelligence: quick-wittedness, the capacity for understanding, interpreting, and reasoning
    • Ambition: having a clear purpose and the self-assurance to reach for what you want

  • Name: milli
  • Age: 27
  • Where did you find out about us? from 2_4_joy
  • Do you plan on being active in the communities once you are sorted?
    Yes, it sounds fun.

Tags: sorted: ravenclaw, term x

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