1. What was your favorite food when you were a child?
“When I was a child, I used to love coleslaw – then I saw it had cabbage in it. I stopped eating it after that, even though it was my favourite food (I was a fussy child!) I only tried it again a month or so back when I was staying at a friend’s, and their mum gave it to me. I feel rude leaving food on my plate, so I ate it and to be honest I’m glad I did. I really like it now!”
2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
“Taylor Swift – 22. My friend at uni, Jane, got me into Taylor Swift. My last boyfriend tried to get me to listen to her music but I always put it off, then I listened to it with her and realised just how much I love her voice, and the lyrics! Her songs are really relatable.”
3. What is one of your favourite quotes?
“Live well. Love much. Laugh often.”
4. What’s your favourite indoor/outdoor activity?
“Indoor – as lazy as it is, I love watching films. I love to watch all genres. I prefer to watch films with other people that they have recommended, that way you find out what interests them throughout the film. It’s a great way, I think, to get to know someone.”
“Outdoor – I love to go for walks. Along the beach, through the woods, across a field – anywhere. I like to feel a sense of adventure, and whilst on a walk, you will always have a new adventure even if you know the place like the back of your hand, each time it’s a new experience.”
5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
“I don’t mind washing up, I just really detest putting my hand at the bottom of a sink. I have a phobia of the feeling of food in the bottom of a sink so have to get someone else to pull the plug.”
6. What is your favourite form of exercise?
“I love to swim. I think it’s probably because I never go. If I could, I would go swimming every week, but due to the cost of it, I only ever really go when I’m on holiday – but at least that way, I appreciate it more I guess!”
7. What is your favourite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
“Time of day – Sunset/sunrise. I love to see the sunset and rise – it makes any landscape that little bit more beautiful.”
“Day of the week – Sunday. This is because I use it as my wind down evening. I work in the day, and then use the evening to prepare myself for the week ahead and look back on the past week.”
“Month of the year – September because it is the month that throughout most my life so far, has introduced me to a new way of living. September has been the start of a new era, every year.”
8. What’s your least favourite mode of transportation?
“I don’t think I have a least favourite.
I like buses because you get to see the interaction between people. Buses are the most friendly forms of transport. I love trains because I always get a sense of adventure when I’m on one – it’s taking me across the country, and I get to watch it all pass by, country side to city. I like the freedom of cars and their ability to take you just about anywhere. Bikes are a great hands on transport and allow you to experience all the journey has to offer. And as for planes, they are the closest we can get to flying.”
9. What is your favourite body part?
“My favourite body part has to be hip bones. I can’t explain why, I just love them.”
10. What sound do you love?
“I love the sound of the sea, seagulls and waves.”
11. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
“I would love to throw together a spring party. One where its warm but raining – where everyone is outside enjoying all of what British weather has to offer!”
12. If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?
“The first thing that pops into my mind, is the sea view bench in Holly Hill park. I love that scene – combines both woodland and the beach.”
13. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
“Every year of my life I say I never want to get older, but I’ve reached the point now where if I had to stay an age I’d go with how old I am now. I’m young enough to have a good time, but old enough to know what really matters in life.”
14. If you knew the world was ending, what would you do differently?
“I would be more committed, and less afraid of my own fears. I change my plans last minute because of fears, or alter them to match others. If I was to do anything differently it would be to not hold back, and just do what I want to do and make the most of every second.”
15. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
“I don’t know of anyone in particular, but I would want them to be honest, experienced and positive.”
16. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
“Past – I would love to have seen the world when it first started out.”
“Present – To see what life is like in a 3rd world country.”
“Future – As morbid as it seems, I would like to witness death, just because that is my biggest fear.”
17. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
“I really want to learn sign language. I would love to be able to communicate with people through it because to me, it’s a whole new form of communication and expression, which to some people, is all they have.”
18. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
“It would be building a better community for people in a 3rd world country. As common as it sounds, I would really love to experience this. Not only will it help others, but it would also help me – it would give me the ability to understand life in a whole new way.”
19. If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
“Fly, or get as close to it as I could.”
20. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
“I’ve always disliked my name for how common it is, but at the same time there is no other name that I can think of that I would want. It’s common, but it’s still my name.”
21. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
“I honestly have no idea.”
22. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
“Give some money to my family, and take them all on holiday. The last time I went with all my family was around 10 years ago, and since then my grandparents have never stepped on a plane. I would love to be able to go on holiday again with them all, whether abroad or not. Just one more time.”
23. If you were reincarnated what would it be?
“A bird. I love to be able to go where I want, whenever and witness just about everything our world has to offer us.”
24. If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?
“As morbid as it sounds, the thing I would want to know most is ‘What happens after we die?'”
25. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
“Matilda. She has true strength, imagination and determination.”
26. Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
“I’ve never been mistaken for a celebrity, but I guess they’d have to be blonde?”
27. What do you want to be when you grow up?
“A Journalist. I want to travel the world, writing articles that offer people advice, inspiration and hope.”
28. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
“Write lists of things that inspire me to write.”
29. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
“Never say no – for the fact that I don’t ever like to miss an opportunity, and that most the decisions I make in life are due to the fact that I don’t like to say no to people.”
30. What song would be included on the soundtrack to your life?
“Rusted Root – Send me on my way”
31. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
“Most the things that have happened to me, at the time, I thought was the end of the world, but now looking back at it, they’ve all been the times that I’ve learnt to grow.”
32. What was one of the best parties you’ve ever been to?
“A friend of mine hired out a hotel for her 18th birthday where we all wore out prom outfits. It was so much better than prom because we were all so close!”
33. What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
“The only film that I’ve cried at is The Notebook – I’ve only ever watched it once because it made me cry.”
34. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
“Getting into university was one of the hardest things I’ve done. Honestly worked my ass off for this opportunity!”
35. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
“A ‘friend’ of mine, screwed me over and used me. Not only did this make me a stronger person, but it made me proud of who I am.”
36. What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
“I once argued back at my mum when I was about 8. My punishment: She locked me outside the house, in the pouring rain and thunderstorm while I cried and banged on the window to let me back in. I still use this against her to this day.”
37. When was the last time you had an amazing meal?
“Thanks to my best friend, I cooked a meal for my parents last night. I cooked them swordfish, homemade salsa, garlic prawns, roasted baby potatoes and baby veg. Without sounding big headed – it was beautiful!”
38. What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?
“Best received – My auntie brought me a Bagpuss teddy when I was younger. I still have it!”
“Best given – I made a scrap book of the memories I shared with someone. I would class it as the best present I’ve given because I enjoyed making it.”
“Worst received – I was given a bracelet from a friend.. which was already mine.”
“Worst given – When we were younger, me and my sisters used to wrap chocolate bars from the cupboard, and give them to each other for our birthdays.”
39. What do you miss most about being a kid?
“I miss the stress free life. How my biggest concern was what colour hairband I wanted to wear. I miss being able to do what I want and not be classed as immature or childish. Being able to enjoy life for what it had to offer – to not know the downside to things.”
40. What is your first memory of being really excited?
“I remember being given my first pair of roller skates for my birthday and instantly going outside my house to try them!”
41. What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
“I used to help a neighbour with her paper round. At the end of the week she would give me £2 and each week I would buy us a bag of Haribo’s and then sit up the top of the road with her and eat them.”
42. When was the last time you were nervous?
“I get nervous around new people, and people that I have feelings for. Before there are any feelings there, I’m as relaxed as ever around them, but once the feelings start to build I become shy and nervous – the complete opposite to my normal self!”
43. What is something you learned in the last week?
“After meeting a new person, I researched into Crohn’s Disease. It’s something I knew nothing about before, but I’m glad I looked into it. It gave me an insight into the lives of those who have it.”
44. What story does your family always tell about you?
“When I was younger, we stayed in a chalet. I spotted the climbing frame outside through the window, then as soon as someone opened the front door I went for the great escape. After running out, I ran straight into the pole by the steps and fell back. Teaches me to run away from home!”
45. At what age did you become an adult?
“I would still say I’m a child at heart, but university has definitely matured me. So I guess I would say at 19, I become an adult. At 19 I learnt how to fend for myself, how to deal with my problems by myself, how to make the most of what I have.