10-Second Anecdotes that Reveal Too Much About Me

Two years ago, I was in a grad class about families as educators, something I may have mentioned before. A significant part of the class dealt with memory and how memories shape us. As a thought experiment, I picked out specific memories that provide insight into my personality.  

  1. When I was in nursery school, I participated in a JELL-O eating contest. I came in last. Not because I didn’t eat the JELL-O, but because I refused to eat by shoving my face into the plate. I demanded a fork and waited to eat until presented with one. Personality adjectives: difficult, clean
  2. In the first grade, I failed a test. It was a counting test (apples and oranges, obviously), and I decided to sleep through it because it was so easy. I failed and had to get it signed. I think the nap was worth it. Personality adjectives: over-confident, lazy
  3. In college, I broke my foot crossing a street because I was not sober. Not wanting to miss a major campus drinking event, I spent the next day pretending it was fine, drinking to dull the pain, and laying as still as possible on a blanket outside. The foot still hurts sometimes. Personality adjectives: creative, irrational, belligerent, persistant
  4. From about age 4 to about age 10, I wore this green- and black-striped t-shirt dress as often as I could get away with it. It had a huge vinyl heart in the middle. I still have that dress. I don’t wear it anymore. Personality adjectives: resistant, nostalgic
  5. My cousins and I used to act out skits similar to the ones on “All That.” I was always the Amanda Bynes-type character. Personality adjectives: charismatic, egotistical, attention-seeking.
  6. I once unwittingly participated in sabotage via cheesecake plot to annoy a vegan in my senior Spanish seminar. I didn’t know it was happening, but once it was in motion, I very quickly jumped in. The plot was simple: have and offer cheesecake, make vegan who guilts everyone about their life choices feel guilty. I have (almost) no regrets. I just really enjoy revenge plots that are relatively harmless and involve cake. Personality adjectives: passive-aggressive, conforming, gluttonous.
  7. When I was little, my cousin told me there was a werewolf in my parents’ basement. I don’t believe in werewolves, but my parents’ basement still freaks me out, and I try not to go down there alone, ever.  Personality adjectives: fearful, gullible

Note: A version of this appeared on my personal tumblr.  If you’ve read it before, I have some tumblr posts to delete/set to private.

By Karishma

Karishma is a twenty-something living in New York City and is trying her hardest to live out every cliche about Millennials. This involves eating her feelings, drowning in debt and mocking infomercials. She likes sociology so much that she has two degrees in it, and is still warding off her parents' questions about a real career.

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