33 Things You Didn't Know About Me

33 Things You Didn't Know About Me

I've played a Japanese man in an operetta.

Most people think they know me, but in reality, they know the "me" I pretend to be because it's easier not to get hurt that way. But now, I figure, I really don't care. Here are some weird, fun facts about me that I bet you didn't know (you might know some, but not all, unless you're my mom or dad).

1. My nails used to be really short.

2. I used to be really short.

3. I used to crawl on top of my fridge to get candy.

4. I've played a Japanese man in an operetta.

5. I broke my foot dancing.

6. I absolutely hated reading until 6th grade.

7. I was the top reader in my 7th grade class.

8. I was born in Vermont.

9. I have too many cousins to count.

10. The first song I learned how to sing on my own was "Part of Your World" from "The Little Mermaid" when I was about six or seven.

11. I used to put on 'shows' for my family of me dancing horribly.

12. I have a scar on my forehead from running into the side of a counter.

13. 13 is my lucky number.

14. I'm not supposed to have caffeine.

15. I'm better at writing poetry than I am fiction.

16. I want to own my own publishing company one day.

17. I painted my room purple when I was little because it's my dad's favorite color.

18. Whenever I go home, I always bring my family some form of candy.

19. I used to own a hermit crab named Shelley. She ate my brothers' hermit crabs.

20. I've never been out of the country.

21. I love sports.

22. I like to be alone.

23. I talk in my sleep.

24. I buy things on the quality of their softness.

25. I wear an eye mask to sleep.

26. I need to have a fan on while I'm sleeping, otherwise I won't be doing much sleeping.

27. I went through a growth spurt so fast that I grew six inches within a nine month period.

28. I used to "collect" stuffed bunnies because I liked them. Collect, however, is a very loose term. I didn't do it on purpose.

29. I love Shawn Mendes with a passion.

30. I have proper training on how to give CPR.

31. I like to look at the clock and make whatever the numbers are into a math equation.

32. I sprained my foot walking down stairs.

33. My favorite animal is a kangaroo because my last name is Roux.

There you have it, folks. My quality list of things you didn't know about me. You're welcome for the little insight on the true me.

Cover Image Credit: Kimmy Traub

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.

“It's so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it, but suddenly, there right in front of you is everything you ever need."


Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You've taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and, more importantly, adventurous.

You don't realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn't see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can't see my life without you in it. It's funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn't know existed.

I don't even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn't have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the yin to my yang, and I don't care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I've learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It's as if I wished up a best friend, and poof — you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn't trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.


I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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