One of our Randoms, Amanda, came up with a great topic this week: Five words to describe us as teenagers.
1) Over-booked. I played three sports (volleyball, basketball, and tennis), was part of about ten clubs, took around five honors classes per semester, read the morning announcements, volunteered in the lunchroom, was a Biology TA, etc. I remember going to bed at 2 a.m. and waking up at 6 a.m. most days.
2) Energetic. I’d have to be in order to subsist on four hours of sleep (see above).
3) Daydreamer. I dreamed about being a fashion designer. I’d doodle and doodle and doodle. Then I went to NYC and interned at a fashion magazine. That dream got popped by the harsh sting of reality.
4) Exchange-Student. (A girl can hyphenate if she wants to.) I went to Sweden for a year after watching an episode of Life Goes On. (Kelly Martin was in it. And Corky. C’mon, you gotta remember Corky.) Anyway, I remember watching an episode where Kelly’s character turns down going to Paris for a year because she didn’t want to leave her boyfriend. Can I say “Yeckkkkkk!”??? I remember turning to my mom and saying “What an idiot.” And that, my dear readers, is how I ended up being an exchange student.
5) Teenage Republican. It’s a phrase, I know, but it’s a big part of who I was. I wasn’t a Republican, but I wanted to learn about the political process. Plus, the guy who’d been the president Teenage Republicans was cuuuuuute. (I think he went on to lobby in D.C.) I ended up registering as a Republican for almost 10 years just so I could “thank” the Republicans for that scholarship I got senior year. Of course, I never voted Republican, but that’s between me and the ballot box.