Ding ding ding! That's correct. (;
1. The GPA thing is less significant than the lack of all-nighters. (I try not to bring this up in conversation around my sister, because it makes her want to kill me.) The latest I remember ever having to stay up is maybe 1:00a or so, when I had a research paper for an English class I had to turn in online (which I think was during my first year, when I was still in a bit of a procrastinating mode). The only way this was physically possible [for me, at least, there are superhumans out there who can do more, lol] was that while I was going to school, I never took more than 14 hours in a semester, I never worked, and I never joined any extracurricular activities. (I had a semester in my second year where I took a printmaking class, an upper division writing class, and an art history, and I literally did nothing but homework before classes, between classes, and after classes, to the point where my week-long Thanksgiving break I didn't have time to do anything but work on an essay and go to the printmaking lab. But I always got enough sleep.) As I said, I think there are superhumans who achieve the same grades while doing more class hours and working, among other things, but I tend to be set to a certain speed...I just have to put a lot of time into things before I feel like I can show them.
2. I really don't like spicy food...it doesn't matter how mild it is, I just don't like how it tastes. (And it makes my nose run. X3) The first thing I ask when I go to an Asian or a Mexican restaurant is, 'Is it spicy?'
3. I didn't study much of it in college, but I realized sometime in high school that I have a love for old works of literature. I read (well, listened, because I mainly do audiobooks) Moby Dick, Don Quixote, Jane Eyre, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, many of the Jane Austen novels, Tarzan (is that literature? it's old and famous anyway, lol), Crime and Punishment, and possibly some others I'm not thinking of, on my own time outside of school, and sometimes when I finish reading a work, I like to go online and look at essays and interpretations of the works. If I chose a favorite, it would probably be Uncle Tom's Cabin—it's been called 'political propaganda', which it is, but it's so incredibly well thought out and emotionally powerful (and the arguments are so sound) that I would put it in more modern terms of being a work to create social awareness.
Moby Dick, on the other hand...gosh, I know there are critics out there who love this work, and I guess there is a lot of beauty about the subtlety of the devices the author uses, but all in all, I think this is a work of literature for high literary critics and not for the lay reader. I think when we're kids we all have an image of 'boring literature,' which is ridiculously long books written in poetic, archaic language that's hard to understand, and goes off on endless tangents that only vaguely relate to the plot—I know I had that picture when I was a kid, and it wasn't until high school when I started reading books like Scarlet Letter and works by Alexander Dumas that I realized 'literature' could just be normal books that are very enjoyable to read just for themselves. But Moby Dick...I think Moby Dick is basically the epitome of what we think of when we picture 'long, boring literature.' X3 (Entire chapters spent on whale genealogies and the color white, I'm telling you.) There were a lot of very interesting aspects of Moby Dick (the author was a whaler himself, and so knows the details of the practice intimately, and some parts are very intriguing, once you get past the horror of the practice itself), and I was very interested in the character of Ahab. But honestly, I would have hated having to read this book for school—if you do have to read it for school, hopefully the teacher will allow you to read an abridged version. (I don't generally believe in choosing to read abridged books over the original, but in the case of Moby Dick, I would be willing to make an exception.)
So, who's next? (:
“After all, absolutely no one can help but suspect a criminal, liar, and manipulator of committing crimes, lying, and manipulating. And of course, no one is more aware of that simple fact than Artemis Fowl.”
Opal sets into motion her most diabolical scheme yet, to frame Artemis and turn his closest friends against him. Only this time she has a new calculating partner who knows Artemis better than he knows himself. [An Artemis Fowl fanfiction, set after The Atlantic Complex.]
...Shameless self-advertising, guys! C;
(And if you're really bored: http://axxonu.deviantart.com/gallery/28 ... temis-Fowl
AF fanart. ;J)