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atashi no turn! 
October 26th 2009 11:45 pm
Restamp. I rambled. :D Have fun!

5'5", brown hair, hazel eyes, long face, swimmers' build-- nothin' special.

About you

Name: Lina
Age: 17
Gender: Female

Likes: LAUGHING, theatre, water polo, equestrian horseback riding, food, swimming, world history, ancient to modern East Asian history and culture, Chinese-Japanese relations, Russian-American relations, Chinese influence on world affairs, historical and classic literature, languages (especially the non-Romantic languages), politics, environmentalism, playing piano
Dislikes: people who just don't think, ignorance, bigotry, people who don't laugh, swimming (yes, I listed that above as well), mainstream music (way too overplayed)

Strong Points: My friends say I'm a Hufflepuff-- loyal, hard-working, caring, and someone whom they can trust to come to for advice. I like to think that I'm intelligent, especially in the liberal arts; I pick up languages quickly, I write well, and I'm a total world history nerd (and proud of it). I really do like sitting around and having conversations about politics and history, as weird as it may seem. Even outside liberal arts, I just love knowing things, and I still challenge myself with advanced sciences and maths even though I'm not as good at them. I actually like sports, especially water sports-- my friends can attest to having their ears talked off about water polo. But it makes me passionate, and I have a drive to improve. I'm stubborn and proud; and while those can sound like negative qualities, it means that I won't let myself quit until there's nothing left to learn.
Weak Points: While I like to be intelligent, I have my stupid moments as does everyone, usually from a complete lack observance. I can whine when things get bad (I do try to be optimistic, though), and I have an inferiority complex, especially when it comes to my older sister-- a severe inferiority complex. I'm stubborn, almost to the point of thick-headedness, and can sometimes refuse to admit that I was wrong. I am also a little vain-- not in the idea that I see myself as beautiful and perfect, but the other way around-- that I don't quite see myself that way enough, so I'm constantly worrying about my appearance.

Fears: This past January, I climbed to the top of Shackleton's Waterfall on South Georgia Island in the Antarctic circle. The day was rainy and overcast, and the extremely steep slope was wet and slippery. Although other students on the trip with me were falling and sliding down the hill, my friends and I hiked to the top so that we could have a great view of Shackleton's final stretch of his amazing journey to Grytviken to rescue his crew stranded on Elephant Island (not to mention there was an amazing view of the summertime Antarctic mountains). We couldn't stand, so we slowly edged our way to the bottom sitting down. Yet despite our slow speed, I lost control. I had barely any time to react as I gained speed and scrabbled for a handhold; yet my attempts only spun me around so I was shooting backwards headfirst. I had enough time to panic, to tell myself that I was heading for a cliff waterfall and that I had to turn myself back feet-first. Next thing I knew all was black, I was in the air and thinking This is going to hurt and I felt a huge thud. I opened my eyes to find myself alive, soaking wet, and miraculously uninjured but for a sprained wrist.

Needless to say, since then I've been pretty bathmophobic.

Goals for the future: I want to become proficient in two or three more languages. I want to travel to every country in the world to learn a place's history and culture. I want to get into college and then law school so I might join the government or foreign relations track and be a successful diplomat. It'd be cool if I became an Olympic water polo player, too, but that probably won't happen...

Describe yourself with 5 words: Easily-amused, curious, stubborn, excitable, lazy

What do you feel is your best quality? Why?: I love to laugh; it's one of my favorite things to do, and I do it easily. Having the ability to relax and laugh at myself, at anything, means that I can go through life happier and pleased. I constantly find myself saying "Well, I was amused", but I think it makes me look at things in a brighter light.
Your worst? Why?: I can be pretty lazy; I procrastinate sometimes to the point where it really screws me over and I wind up scrambling to finish. As someone with high ambitions in life, it's definitely not a habit I should have.

What's your favorite quote? Why?:

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
- E.E. Cummings

Ahhh, it's SO TRUE. For years I had very few friends. I was concerned with being "cool" and with how others viewed me. When I left for boarding school at the age of fourteen, I was still unhappy for the next two years. Though I loved my friends, I still felt as though I had to hide things from them, as well as noticing that they were ignoring me on occasion. I felt uncomfortable. Over the summer between my sophomore and junior years, I began to talk to a girl who had lived on my hall the year before, to whom I began to go when I was feeling lonely and who made me laugh after hugging me when I needed a good cry. In the beginning of my junior year, I made the scary decision to leave my old "friends" behind and spend more time with her and hers-- and after one night, I knew I was with people around whom I could be myself. I have changed so much in the past two years-- I don't even recognize my freshman self-- and I am so much happier now than I have ever been before.


"Through this twilight universe Daisy began to move again with the season; suddenly she was . . . drowsing asleep at dawn with the beads and chiffon of an evening dress tangled among dying orchids on the floor beside her bed. And all the time something within her was crying for a decision. She wanted her life shaped now, immediately-- and the decision must be made by some force-- of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality-- that was close at hand."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Fitzgerald writes beautifully, and it is for this reason that I love the book, not necessarily because of the story or characters. But this passage jumps out at me because of its sense of effervescence, of the images of life and beauty dying around her as she realises that something within her is falling apart. Daisy is selfish, she is material, and she wants instant gratification, but she can't have it; all those things cannot last.

Where is your favourite place to be, and why? Libraries and bookstores are so peaceful, and I love the sense of having any kind of knowledge available at my fingertips. I often curl up in the history section with a soy latte and flip through random books that look interesting to me... they're great places to get out of the house, meet up with friends and relax, or to get work done.

If you could have one supernatural power, what would it be?:
I've always wanted to fly. I have so many dreams in which I am flying, and it's not easy; I have to struggle to get myself into the air but when I finally manage it I feel so free.

Something you admire:
I admire a sense of self-worth and pride while still being able to care greatly for others. To hold one's head high and forge one's own path while still having a smile and a helping hand is so difficult, yet it still exists. My older sister is one such person, and I only hope that I might be like her.
Something you detest greatly: Uselessness and ignorance. Do something. Learn something. If you don't have access to information immediately on hand, don't believe the first version of everything you see and hear. Stop lying and being ignorant and go with an open mind to find out something for yourself.

Optimistic, but I have pretty good sense of realism, as well, and don't set myself up for much disappointment if I can help it.
Leader/Follower Leader, though I like having a few advisers around to guide me and catch me if I start to make a bad decision. I just usually think that I can make better choices and stay better organised than most other people.
Mature/Immature I can be pretty immature when hanging out with my friends, but I know when is the right time to be serious and level-headed. For the most part, I think of myself as mature for my age.
Shy/Outgoing Neither. I'm not shy, per se, as I pretty easily open up once I get going in a conversation. But neither am I quite outgoing, either-- I'm quiet and laid-back, but I think I'm a good conversationalist. I'm not obnoxious but neither am I violently shy.
Light/Dark How about a healthy shading of grey? The two are relative terms; it is impossible to have one without the other. There cannot be the idea of darkness without the existence of light, just as light cannot be light without dark.
Intuition/Logic Both have their values, but logic certainly has better merit. Thinking things through always leads to better results than jumping into something on a whim. Logic is logic for a reason.

1. Favorite character(s)? Yuugi freaking Mutou. I LOVE him. He's an underrated character who is by far the most developed, dynamic, and strong character in the series. End of story.
2. Least favorite character(s)? Ech... comic relief villains. Go away, please. And ANZU. DO SOMETHING USEFUL. PLEASE GOD.
3. Favorite pairing(s)? Atem/Yuugi and Jounouchi/Mai are really the only two pairings in the series I see as feasible.

4. Are you re-applying? Yes.
5. Do you have a prefrence as to what gender of character you want to be rated as? Nope.
6. Are there any characters, for whatever reason, that you do NOT want to be rated as? I don't really know Doma Orichalcos characters (which is mainly why I'm reapplying, as I was stamped as Varon and know nothing about him), so maybe not any of them?

Links to three applications you have voted on
1. http://community.livejournal.com/trueduelist/100262.html#cutid1
2. http://community.livejournal.com/trueduelist/99921.html#cutid1
3. http://community.livejournal.com/trueduelist/99735.html#cutid1

Characters (for voters)
Vivian :: Solomon :: Seigfried :: Rex :: Odion :: Mako :: Mahado :: Kisara :: Bobasa :: Weevil :: Mana :: Leon :: Ishizu :: Bandit Keith :: Ryou Bakura :: Mokuba :: Tristan :: Yami Marik :: Varon :: Raphael :: Pegasus :: Dartz :: Amelda :: Yami Yugi :: Mai Valentine :: Serenity :: Rebecca :: Noa Kaiba ::Duke :: Yugi :: Yami Bakura :: Tea :: Seto Kaiba :: Marik :: Joey Wheeler
October 28th 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
After hearing about the things you admire, I have to say Yuugi.
Your older sister can be Yami? xD

(Though you aren't bathophobic because your fear is legitimate instead of unfounded /annoying useless comment
Also, that story was amazing. o.o)
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