Who Am I?

Who Am I?

A compiled list of random facts.
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Hello, all! I am a new writer for this lovely, online platform. So in order for you all to know more about the person you may in the future read articles from, I thought it would be cool to do a “get to know me” post. I have put together a random list of facts about myself, and I hope you enjoy.

1. Accident Prone

It’s true. I am your typical tripping-over-air-and-falling-up-and-down-stairs kind of girl. I’ve dislocated my knee… twice. I was once partaking in a very heated P.E. dodgeball match and severely sprained my ankle…. On my birthday. I went on a mission trip this past spring break and fell off of a moving golf cart (don’t ask). I unofficially fractured or dislocated something in my left foot, but that’s just the report from good ole Dr. Demi. On the bright side, I’ve never broken a bone (brb going to knock on wood).

2. 80-Year-Old at Heart

I am a sucker for watching game shows on TV. I will literally watch 95 percent of game shows out there. Oh, and my favorite? Jeopardy.

3. Down to my Roots

If my name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because I am in the World Record Book for being the whitest Italian in existence. OK… I may be over-exaggerating just a tad, but it’s pretty bad.

4. TSwift

I love to tell this fact because nobody ever believes me. I once met Taylor Swift. She had just released her "Fearless" country album, and I was only in the sixth grade. It’s not as fancy as it sounds, either. We didn’t run into each other while vacationing in the Hamptons or something. It was just a meet and greet after a concert, but a fact is a fact.

5. Hot or Cold

Maybe it’s because I was born in a cold month, or maybe I am just weird, but I am all about freezing a room/car. I can’t stand being hot, which is the main reason I don’t prefer the summer months. It could be 10 degrees outside and 50 degrees in my room, and I will still turn on a fan to sleep. Poll: Should I just move to Antarctica?

6. Baby Got Back

Last semester at school, I participated in a practice interview process set up by my work-study program. In it, each person had to draw a question and we had to walk up to assigned people to answer their question and them ours. It was a timed process, and we had roughly a minute for the entire interview, so the answer to the question had to be said within a few seconds. I got asked, “What would be the theme song for your life?” My answer: “'Baby Got Back' by Sir Mix-A-Lot.” I obviously would have chosen a better song if I had thought, but it is true. This is my go-to jam to get pumped up for anything.

7. Happy Birthday or Merry Christmas?

This is probably the coolest/most unique fact about me. My birthday is in mid-December, so naturally, the doctors and nurses thought it would only be fitting to send me home in a stocking to get into the holiday spirit. That’s right. I didn’t come home in a new baby blanket, but instead, a giant stocking. Surprise siblings! You were so good that year that instead of candy in your stockings, you got me. You’re welcome.

8. Next Stop: "The Voice"

Totally kidding. I’d be the contestant they show during auditions just to show how bad they sound. I know I have a horrible voice, but I like to pretend I can sing sometimes. I don’t care who hears me; I am honestly shameless with how bad I sound. I am still convinced I am going to wake up one day and sound exceptionally well, but until that day comes, sorry for the eardrums I break.

9. Movies

Many of my fellow classmates and friends want to condemn me for this one. I am a film major, which stereotypically means that I watch a lot of movies. Not true. I actually haven’t seen a majority of the classics. "Titanic," "The Lion King" and "The Wizard of Oz" have never made it to my Sunday afternoon movie marathon. When everyone is willing to give me the major plot details, why waste time watching the movie? Oh, and while I am throwing it out there, I like probably 15 percent of animated movies. Judge away.

10. Miscellaneous

Here’s just a few more facts that I didn’t have a story for:

1. I will always correct people for misusing “your” and “you’re.” (Politely, of course.)

2. Cats scare the heck out of me. One minute they’re purring, and the next, they want to rip your head off. I don’t get it.

3. My favorite word is tantalizing because it sounds pretty cool.

4. I’ve never met someone else in person with my name.

5. Also, no, my name is not short for Demetria.

6. I add a lot of commas in my sentences. I am not actually sure if they’re ever correct or not.

7. I was born in West Tennessee, now live in Middle Tennessee, but go to school in East Tennessee.

8. The Fray, MB20, Green River Ordinance, Tenth Avenue North and Matthew West are on my ultimate jam session playlist. (Among like 20 others.)

9. I’m bad at advice, but I have a quote ready for anything. It’s practically the same thing, right?

10. I’m convinced I pay to keep Starbucks open with all the vanilla lattes I purchase a week.

Apparently, it’s a lot easier for me to talk about myself than I initially thought. I hope you enjoyed this fun little sneak peek into my life. I can’t wait to write for you all every week! If there is ever a topic you want me to cover on here to see my position on it, please let me know! Also, for anything you just want to talk to me about or any questions you have, don’t hesitate to reach out! As always, thanks for reading!

Cover Image Credit: Demi Agresta

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.

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I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.

Love,

Your forever number one fan

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