There was such an overwhelming response when I asked readers to introduce themselves on a weekend open thread that I decided to give you all a weekly column to do just that. I’ve always said this site wouldn’t be what it is without the engagement and participation of its readers and this column is the place to learn more about who you are what makes you tick. After the jump, let’s meet Kelsey.
1. What’s your name (both name in the site, and “real name,” if you’re willing to share), age and whereabouts?
I’m Kelsey, age 22, currently situated smack dab in the middle of Tennessee.
2. What’s your relationship status?
I’m in a committed relationship with an awesome guy. In February, we will have been together for four years.
3. How do you spend your weekdays?
I’m usually in a classroom in the mornings. I’m a science major who’s trying to get into a nuclear medicine technician program upon graduation. I also work two jobs- one on campus and one at a local grocery store.
4. How do you spend your free time?
When I’m not trying to snag a moment with the boyfriend (he goes to a different college) or friends, I try and veg out with “Parks and Recreation,” “Community,” and a couple others that I’m way too embarrassed to admit *coughcoughSayYestotheDresscough*. I also love to draw, and when I have the time, I am an avid reader.
5. What are your top likes and dislikes?
Likes: online webcomics, FOOD (seriously, anything with food. I am addicted to Iron Chef America), Prismacolor markers, drawing, old fairy tale illustrations, and puppies
Dislikes: rude people, ignorance, gardening, people who refuse to use proper syntax or spelling, and Kim Kardashian.
6. What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever been given?
The only person who can make you happy is you. You can’t ever rely on anyone else, no matter how wonderful they are, to be responsible for your own happiness. It’s not healthy, and it will slowly and agonizingly kill your relationship.
7. What’s the best relationship lesson you’ve ever learned?
I feel that almost every relationship problem can be resolved by employing the use of effective communication. Seriously, people, talk to your significant others!
I read a Shannon Sullivan book, Living Across and Through Skins: Transactional Bodies, Pragmatism, and Feminism, and it changed the way I interacted with my boyfriend. I would definitely recommend it (or at least chapter 3, which deals with communication).
*If you’d like to be a Reader of the Week, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Reader of the Week” in the subject line and I’ll send you some questions to answer.