20 Facts About Me

20 Facts About Me

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I've been writing for The Odyssey for almost a year now and my readers have gotten to know a lot about me along the way, but I'm always surprising people with my skills, hobbies, and special talents. Some facts about my life are minimal quirky things I do, while others are huge life events that have shaped me into who I am today. For everyone that wants to get to know me a little better, here are 20 facts about myself.

1. I love working out

I'm not a hardcore gym addict, but I love keeping myself active. Some days I go to the gym and do cardio and lift weights, or I'll take a group fitness class, while other days I'll take my bike on the trails for a relaxing ride or I'll take my kayak out on the lake. Whatever kind of activity I do I do it because I enjoy staying active and pushing myself.

2. I have 2 cats

I have two cats named Mitterz and Squeaks. I adopted Mitterz as a kitten about thirteen years ago and I adopted Squeaks, who's about three years old, this past fall. I love them both to death! My favorite thing to do with them is cuddle with them in my bed in the morning.

3. I grew up living in the suburbs and on a farm

Growing up I lived in the suburbs of Chicago with my mom, but I also visited my dad in central Wisconsin on the weekends and on school breaks, so I grew up knowing what it was like to live near a big city and to live out in the middle of nowhere where our neighbor was a dairy farm.

4. I'm a seasoned airplane traveler

Since my dad lived about five hours away, I started taking an airplane instead of driving to see him. Almost every weekend I'd fly out of O'Hare International Airport to the tiny Central Wisconsin Airport. I started flying when I was thirteen, so many people say I'm a well-seasoned traveler.

5. I'm an outdoors enthusiast

My dad started taking me out hunting when I was three, so it's no surprise I love the outdoors. I love everything from hunting, fishing, gardening, hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding. If it's outdoors I'm doing it!

6. I wore a foot brace until I was 11

Growing up I went to physical therapy every week, I got Botox in my leg every several months, and I wore a leg brace a lot. It was all because my right side of my body is a lot weaker than my left side and those were the things I had to do to improve it. When I was ten I also had surgery on my leg that was supposed to help me from walking on my toes. Ten years later I still walk with a limp sometimes, but it doesn't really phase me.

7. I want to become a mental health counselor

I've had personal experience going to therapy and through that, I've learned that the right therapist can make all the difference when it comes to battling mental health problems. This is what inspired me to want to become a counselor. I want to help my future clients as much as my therapist helped me. I'm also really passionate about breaking down the stigma around mental illness.

8. I sleep with a stuffed animal cow

Even at twenty-one years old I still sleep with an old raggedy stuffed animal cow. I've had it for over ten years, but recently I lost it. Instead of not sleeping with a stuffed animal anymore, I decided to replace it with a new one!

9. I have a passion for horses

I've always been interested in horses! I took my first riding lesson at thirteen and I've been hooked ever since. I've learned how to ride Western, where I showed in timed and judged events, trail riding, and how to ride English, where I also learned to show jump. I still don't own a horse of my own, but someday when I have a farm of my own I'd like to get one.

10. I want to own my own farm someday

Like I said in #9, I want to live on a farm someday where I can call it my own. I love waking up to the sound of birds chirping without all the hustle and bustle of city life.

11. I'm an only child

I don't have any siblings and I absolutely love it! The stereotypes of only children are all wrong. Others think we are stuck up and selfish when actually I'm quite the opposite.

12. I enjoy baking and cooking

I absolutely love baking! I learned how to bake at a young age and it's something I'm going to continue to do the rest of my life. The older I get the more I've learned how to cook actual meals and the more comfortable I've gotten with trying new recipes. I wouldn't call myself a master chef, but I definitely like to get my hands dirty in the kitchen.

13. I have a semicolon tattoo

About nine months ago I got a semicolon tattoo on my ankle. The meaning behind it is a semicolon is used when a sentence could've ended, but the author chooses not. The same thing applies to our life. There are times when we feel like giving up, but we have to push through the difficult times.

14. I hate coffee

I hate the taste of coffee. Anything coffee flavored is a no for me.

15. I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan

I was pretty much born into being a Packer fan. My dad had me in Packer clothes before I could even walk. I love them so much that I actually chose to go to Green Bay for college. I went to my first packer game this past November and it was such a unique experience!

16. I'm currently reading "Whiskey Words & a Shovel"

I don't really have time to read for fun during the school year, but in the summer I like to read. Lately, I've been interested in poetry after reading "Milk and Honey." At the beginning of the summer, I did some research on books similar to Milk and Honey and I came across "Whiskey, Words & a Shovel." There are three books in the series and I'm just finishing up the first one, but the second and third are also on my summer reading list.

17. I love playing with fire

It doesn't matter what kind of fire it is; I love it all. I love making campfires, bonfires, and especially lighting off fireworks.

18. Ice cream is my favorite food

Anyone that knows me knows I love ice cream. It's just so delicious!

19. Country music is my favorite genre

I didn't start listening to country until sophomore or junior year of high school, but ever since then, I've loved it. I like everything from Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, to Zach Brown Band. Last summer I was lucky enough to go to a three-day music festival, where I got to see some of my favorite country artists!

20. My nickname is Toast

My dad's the only person that really calls me Toast, but that's all he calls me. He barely ever calls me by my first name. He used to call me Toaster Roaster and over the years it just turned into Toast.

Maybe you knew these facts already, or maybe you didn't. Either way, I hope you know the person behind the Odyssey articles a little better now!

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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We Are More Than Categories And It's High Time We Stop Letting Online Personality Tests Define Us

Why are we letting online personality test define our greatest faults?

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Obsession. This is the best word that can be used to describe the era of online personality tests. Between "Meyers Briggs" and the oh so popular "Enneagram Test," the nation has become obsessed with primary numbers, wing numbers, personality codes, and "personal" descriptions. People are writing books, recording podcasts, sharing articles, and using up air time on anything and everything related to personality tests.

Which celebrity are you most like? What type of person do you want on your team? The search results are endless.

I can not even begin to count the number of times I have heard, "oh you must be a _____ (insert Enneagram number here)!" or "What is your Meyers Briggs? That makes total sense for you." What can be wrong with these online tests? We're learning about ourselves and how to relate and work with one another, aren't we?

Well... sort of. These online personality tests provide faults as well as strengths. They put people into categories based on what they struggle with the most — and we are taking those faults to heart.

The "Enneagram Test" breaks the world into 9 types of people. These 9 topics are 1. The Reformer, 2. The Helper, 3. The Achiever 4. The Individualist, 5. The Investigator, 6. The Loyalist, 7. The Enthusiast, 8. The Challenger, and 9. The Peacemaker. Once you receive your number you also are assigned a "wing" number or the number you are closest to ex: 3 Wing 2 means that you are considered to be a part of "The Achiever" group but lean toward "The Helper."

When you receive your results, you also get a ton of information pretty much breaking down exactly who you are, what you're great at, and what you struggle with. While I do recognize that some of this information can be helpful, it is even more important to remember that everyone is different and just because your test results say you have trouble committing does not mean that you're going to struggle in every future relationship.

These results are molds. They are meant to be used to aid in self-evaluation, not to determine exactly how you view yourself.

Like anything else, the obsession with personality tests will fade, but until then, we should be paying attention to the benefits of personality tests rather than the dangers. Spending 3 hours reading about why your type is doomed to fail is not going to help you with anything. Use your results to appreciate the things you're really good at. Use your results to improve your team skills.

But for the love of God, please do not obsess over every small personality detail. The world is made of individual people who are all very different from one another. There is no reason to stick yourself in a category that you feel like you can't change.

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