Tuesday, 27 January 2009

The Primal Behaviour of College Students & an Interview

I don't know how much time you spend in a dining hall, but I'm there twice a day every day, with few exceptions. This isn't really a problem-- the food is pretty good-- but it's a nightmare because everyone else is there too. We are all swarming around, trying to get to the food. There's soup, there's a salad bar, there's an exhibition table, pizza, grill station, and a lot more; and there's a line for every single one of those. You have to figure out how to be distinctly part of the line, without getting in another line's way. It's almost impossible.

The term "feeding frenzy" definitely applies here. We all do our best to be polite and not get in the way, but it's essentially impossible. The dining hall is not that big, especially compared to the number of people trying to get food there. I've taken to dashing in, getting food as quickly as possible, and dashing out again to eat in my room. Because it's a whole separate complaint, how hard it is to find someplace to sit...


1. Why have you decided to start blogging for yourself?
I like to talk, and I enjoy sharing my opinions of what's going on. Sometimes funny things happen, and I just want other people to be laughing with me!
2. You say the adjective most used to describe you is "cute". If you could pick what was most used, would you pick cute or something else and why?

I would like a variety-- I mean, it gets kind of boring being "cute" all the time. Or maybe it's not that I want to be called a variety of adjectives, but I would like a different reaction than "You're so cute!" I think that's it. Instead of people describing me, I want them to join in! I want other people to slide on the wooden floors in their socks with me, I want them to roll down grassy hills with me, I want them to help me figure out if there's a way to make a chocolate chip cookie bake in a specific shape. Maybe there is-- but I might not figure it out on my own. Yeah, I think that's it. I don't feel any need for people to cry, "Blythe, you are so responsible!" or "Wow, you're so friendly." Those sorts of opinions are shown by what the person does.

3. Out of all the countries you've been to, which was your favorite?

That's like saying, "Of all of your children, who do you like best?" I like each country for different reasons. Taiwan will always hold a special places in my heart because I lived there from when I was 13 until I was 17. I had fabulous friends there, gained a lot of independance, learned some Chinese, you know. I just soaked it all in. It was glorious.

I think I'll simplify this for myself, and tell you my favourite holiday destination, and that is the Malaysian section of Borneo. Sabah is absolutely stunning, a paradise of rain forests, rivers, water falls, clear turquoise oceans, and more wildlife than you can imagine. I was this close to orangutans, saw a sea turtle lay her eggs, and drank rice wine in a long house lived in by the Iban people (formerly head hunters). It was a cultural and ecological experience, and the single most beautiful place I have ever been.

4. Is there a country you have not yet been to, but would like to see?

Of course! Greece, Spain, India, Egypt, South Africa,Tanzania, New Zealand and Brazil are the ones that come to me immediately, though I have no doubt that there are many more. There's a lot of the world I have yet to see, and I look forward to doing more exploring when time and money allow!

5. What is the most important quality to find in someone, in terms of friendship?

I think it's a blend. Trustworthiness is certainly a big one for me, and a sense of humour (preferably a sense of humour that I share) is also important. Beyond a sense of humour is a sense of fun. I like serious conversations very much, but I like to play too-- to go to Disneyland, to have picnics outside, to swim in waterfalls and so on.

I think I might know what it is, actually. I think it is mutual respect. That is the most important quality, because it manifests itself in so many different ways.

Now, Brandy Rose told me that I don't have to invite others to participate, but given that this is a fairly new blog, I don't think there's much of a chance of people taking me up on it. So, I feel like I'm pretty safe! If, however, you would like me to come up with some interview questions for you, here's what you do:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me." (Or something more interesting) If you dare.

2. I will respond by emailing/commenting on your blog and giving you five questions. (I get to pick thequestions).

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interviewsomeone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

(You don't have to do 4 & 5. I don't care.)


  1. Oh yes, I remember the dining hall experience now very well! Memories! Lol!

  2. Hey - I posted my interview today!!!