You Asked, I Answered (Q&A)

@ohbrekker: A book you used to love but don’t anymore?

The easy answer is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, but everyone’s heard that story, so I’m going to go a different route. When I was a freshman in high school, I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, but when I tried to reread it as a senior, I couldn’t even finish it. 

@misplacedkings: What is the most interesting part of college for you so far?

The classes! I’ve taken some absolutely wonderful classes (more on that later) and I’ve met some of the most wonderful and weirdest (but in a good way) people through them! 

@misplacedkings: What is the most annoying aspect of college for you so far?

The partying. I hate partying myself and the people on my floor go crazy on the weekends, so it’s incredibly loud in the wee hours of the morning when I’m trying to sleep 🙁

@misplacedkings: If you could bring one fast food place from your hometown to college, which would it be?

In Southern California, we have a restaurant called Rubios, which is Coastal Mexican food (basically, it’s just got a lot of seafood and fish tacos and whatnot). I miss it so much when I’m in Pennsylvania, particularly because there’s not a lot of Mexican food (and if it’s there, it’s awful). 

@misplacedkings: Is there a place on your college campus you’d like to take book photos, but haven’t yet?

The architecture on campus is extraordinary and someday I’d like to muster the courage to have my friends photograph me on the steps of the buildings holding a book! (But we also just have some really pretty trees that change beautifully in the fall that I’ve yet to photograph a lot). 

@misplacedkings: Do you have a favorite celebrity?

I tend not to care that much about celebrities, but I suppose if I were to pick one, it would be Emma Watson. She’s just been in my heart since the early days of Harry Potter. (And I watched Little Women recently and it was a dream to see her act again.)

@cabeswaterstars: Favourite type of pasta dish? (Spaghetti? Fettuccine? Pesto? Lasagna?)

What a fun question! I’m pretty basic and boring in that I usually only eat buttered noodles, but if I’m at a restaurant that serves it, I’ll order shrimp scampi (shrimp with fettuccine noodles). Shrimp is one of my favorite foods 🙂 

@darlingreads: What’s your favorite thing about being a part of this community? Has it changed over time?

I’ve been a part of bookstagram for about five years, actually, which is insane, and it has changed so much. I’ve watched the app icon change while I was on bookstagram, I watched the algorithm take effect, I watched my favorite accounts stop posting and delete their accounts, I watched bookstagrammers graduate high school or get married and have children. My favorite thing is how I can always go on there and find someone asking something kind in their captions or commenting wonderful things on my post. My reach may not be that large thanks to the algorithm, but the people I do reach are some of the kindest people out there. I started it for the books, but I’m staying for the people. 

@anjamackreads_: Do you have a roommate at school?

I do! Although, it was randomly chosen and I did not know her before starting college. We are now friends! 

@anjamackreads_: How was your first term?

Most people say first term is difficult both academically and socially, but I adjusted surprisingly well, especially coming from across the country. Academically, it was challenging as I entered with above a 4.0 GPA (light flex, sorry) and had to learn how to fail (although I still managed all As, so woot to that). Socially, it was surprisingly less challenging? I made my closest friend on the first day of orientation, one of my other close friends through my roommate, and another because we have a hometown in common (which is wild since I’m from so far). They’re some of the best people I’ve ever known and I’m so grateful to have made such strong connections so easily and early, especially as an introvert. So, it’s safe to say my first term was wonderful. 

@lifebytheink: What are you majoring in college? How’s it going so far? Any favorite classes?

I haven’t declared yet, but I am intending to be a Political Science and English with a Writing Concentration double major! As aforementioned, college is going wonderfully, despite a few bouts of homesickness. I was away from home for four months and I’m grateful that this semester I can come back during Spring Break. But anyway, my college is wonderful and the professors are incredible and I have yet to be disappointed. My favorite course was a seminar on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, particularly delving into the impact both World Wars had on their literature. It was utterly remarkable. What do you want to be remembered for? 

You see, I have a thing about legacies, particularly that I am so desperate to leave one. I could easily say that I want to be remembered for being kind, generous, helpful, a friend, but I selfishly want to be remembered for having published novels. I’m not there yet, but I will be someday. In a less selfish way, I’d like to help people with those books, give them a home within my pages. 

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