How did you find out about this community? (Specify usernames if you remember them.) I'm a member of chocobo_stamps and saw the advertisement there.
1) List and expand upon your three best traits / strengths. (These should be personality-related, not physical.)
1. Compassionate: At least, I think I am. I do try to consider how others are feeling and I would genuinely prefer to help others rather than hurt them; I dislike wanton cruelty in particular (and every last one of you who's had to read my saying the same thing in three gazillion different stamping applications probably knows this). This isn't a case of 'won't hit back' - I can be provoked, of course, but I would much rather find a peaceful solution that doesn't hurt anyone. I'd much rather everyone be happy and safe. Also, I've been told I make a pretty decent shoulder to cry on.
2. Intelligent: I learn and memorize things pretty quickly, although I chafe at rote memorization. I can absorb new facts and theories pretty fast, and once I understand the theory behind something, I can usually explain it to people fairly well. Usually. I'm more book-smart than street-smart; I consider myself creative and witty as well but if it came right down to it I would say that those are because I'm intelligent enough to come up with solutions and snarky remarks. (Ye gods above, this sounds like I'm bragging.) I also like solving logic puzzles and riddles, and I like to keep my mind busy. I hate the feeling that I'm rotting away mentally. Must. Have. Something. To. Do!
3. Loyal: I do care a lot about my friends, and I try to be there for them whenever possible, especially emotionally.
2) List and expand upon your three worst traits / weaknesses.
1. Stubborn: The pretty word for this is determined, but the flipside is sheer mule-headed stubbornness. Both apply. It's good not to give up sometimes, but I'm not always the most rational person around, so...
2. Snarky: I really, really need to stop making flip remarks at the exact wrong time. I'm not that diplomatic. I don't actively try to hurt people's feelings, believe you me, but sometimes I make snippy remarks even when I know it's probably a good idea not to.
3. Emotional: I'm very much a heart-over-head person, and I'm usually okay with that (I mean, you have to get along with people, right), but I admit it makes me indecisive sometimes because I don't want to hurt people's feelings, and I can react pretty irrationally to a lot of things because I'm just stressed and frustrated and worried about people and it surfaces pretty quickly. I don't actually lose my temper very easily, though.
3) Rate yourself on the following traits by putting an 'X' in the box you think fits best. (E.g. if you are slightly more introverted than extroverted, put an 'X' in the second box.) Explain your choice as well.
Introverted [ ] [X] [ ] [ ] [ ] Extroverted
Explain: Today my professor told me she thinks I'm a friendly and outgoing sort, which is... fair enough, I think. I try to be friendly to people, but the fact of the matter is that big crowds drain me, and being expected to go out in a huge group sort of scares me because I know I'm going to be absolutely exhausted. Interacting with others is more than fine, but it takes a lot out of me.
Cheerful [ ] [ ] [X] [ ] [ ] Gloomy
Explain: I'm not an Eeyore, but I'm not a bright little sunbeam even at my best. I'm optimistic and I try to look on the bright side of life (*cue whistle), but I am an ABSOLUTE grouch in the morning and only start smiling a little later in the day. Generally that's 'past noon'.
Leader [ ] [ ] [X] [ ] [ ] Supportive
Explain: Centre, because I think the way I function kind of evens it out. You could also read this as a slash in the second and fourth boxes, I guess. I frequently prefer to play a supportive kind of role in games and with friends - emotional support, whatever, but I don't think that excludes leadership roles. Ideally this scale wouldn't be there at all, but as I have said on many communities, I'm very much a second-in-command person. I lend support, but I also want authority, and I insist that I be allowed to speak my mind - precisely because I'm the one lending you support, advice, whatever, and it's good to hear another point of view.
Confident [ ] [ ] [X] [ ] [ ] Modest
Explain: Confident about my self worth as a person, but sadly a great deal less certain of most of my abilities.
Reserved [ ] [X] [ ] [ ] [ ] Impulsive
Explain: I try to think about things before I do them, unless I've decided to let loose by gaming. Mostly, I'm cautious, with a healthy respect for my gut feeling. Oh, and a tendency to smart-mouth anyone.
Energetic [ ] [ ] [ ] [X] [ ] Calm
Explain: I'm usually a calm kind of person, but I can work up the energy if I'm really excited or enthused about something.
Feminine [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] Masculine/Tomboyish
Explain: I don't even know how to select anything here, since I have absolutely no clue what defines 'feminine' and 'masculine', and I've never given a damn.
4) Describe how you typically work in teams. Is it generally a good experience, or do you prefer working by yourself? Do you like to lead and make decisions or do you prefer to let others make decisions so that you can do the legwork? You may find it helpful to give an example of a team you worked on recently and how that went. Well, that depends on who the team is. I can generally get along well with most people, so that's fine by me, and I do value teamwork. Legwork, making decisions, whatever, it's all fine; what matters is that if I'm not leading, I trust the person who is leading, and I trust that the person will hear my opinion out if I give it. I would not do well under someone who keeps trying to run roughshod over me and would probably leave and do the work on my own.
5) What interests/hobbies do you have? How do you like to spend your free time? I love reading, writing, solving logic puzzles, playing video games, board games and tabletop RPGs. I also calligraph, sing, and play the piano. But my first love will always be reading.
6) Describe one to three careers you would find ideal, with a little explanation of why it appeals to you.
I can summarise mine as 'most things to do with literature and books'. I could gladly go into research; I did consider research librarian and am willing to take the Masters in Library Science grad degree needed for that; but first and foremost I wanted to teach and am teaching, although right now it's as a freelance tutor. I might keep that up, because I'm happier giving them the attention they need and being able to pinpoint things; that, and the students I currently teach usually do actually need help with their work and aren't the sort who are being hauled off to tuition just so they'll be ahead of their classmates, so I know I'm making a difference and actually HELPING. (I have nothing against people working harder because they're ambitious, but it just seems more meaningful to be helping those who actually have problems coping with their schoolwork because they're not fluent in English.)
7) List one to three favorite Final Fantasy games and why you like them. Sequels/spin-offs/non-numbered/KH/
I have also got a very soft spot for FFIX because of the huge nostalgia factor and VIVI.
8) List one to three of your favorite Final Fantasy characters and why: Oh, this is so difficult - how can I narrow it down? But I'll try.
1. Vivi: Aside from being ridiculously adorable, I really loved the way his character grew throughout the FFIX game. He was genuinely confused and lost and I think he took a lot of the worst emotional hits in the game. After all, he's hated, he's feared in a lot of places precisely because he's a Black Mage, and he has a huge identity crisis, but he deals with it as best as he can and he gets a deeper and deeper understanding of himself. He's sweet, he tries his best despite not knowing what to do, and I think despite the fact that he's one of the quieter characters in the FFIX series he's the kind that's full of determination. (I like Terra from FFVI for fairly similar reasons, but Vivi's more adorable.)
2. Zack: Opposite end of the scale - he's loud and outgoing, and he's also loyal and funny. I think I would find it a bit tiring to be around several people like him, to be perfectly honest, but I have a great deal of respect and love for characters like him - genuinely friendly people who aren't out for personal gain and who care very deeply for their friends, who love life and love to laugh.
3. Celes: Because she didn't start out the hero. She started out as a heartless villain reviled by a lot of people, the feared General Celes, and - well, I really felt for her after her backstory started unfolding. It's the fact that she's had to cope with a lot of things, including the sheer monstrosity of a lot of the things she's done in the name of the Gestahlian Empire, and she's actually trying to make up for it somehow instead of just giving up. I think that speaks of a great deal of honour and responsibility.
9) One to three characters you relate to (you may reuse answers from #8 if applicable) and why: I think FFVI's Terra, perhaps - okay, so I've never gone "I want to know what love is", but there's a Mama Bear aspect to her that I think I share, and I've done a bit of identity searching, myself. How I can make a difference to myself and hopefully to other people. Also, Terra has a maternal vibe to her and while I don't think I have a maternal vibe, I've been told I strike people as a sort of big sister and I am protective of my friends and my family, so I can really understand the way she reacts in the World of Ruin.
10) The FF game you liked playing least: I couldn't begin to stand FFXII. I don't know why. It just grated on me.
11) One to three FF characters you dislike and why: Cait Sith. I don't actually hate the guy, I just thought he was ridiculously pointless as a character except for that One Particular Point in FFVII.
12) Favorite weapon in a Final Fantasy game (either the name if you liked the name, or a picture if you liked the look of it, or a description if it had awesome stats/abilities): The one that comes to mind straight off is Beatrix's Save the Queen. I don't know why, I just happen to like it, perhaps because it also represents something greater than the character.
13) Your favorite Final Fantasy summon (e.g. Ifrit, Carbuncle, Bahamut, etc.): Phoenix. I love phoenixes.
14) Your favorite spell/ability/technique that can be learned in a Final Fantasy game (e.g. Esuna, Steal, special finishes/overdrives such as Tifa's Final Heaven limit break, etc.): Aeris' Great Gospel. Wonderfully convenient, looked fairly pretty on screen, and if your party is at full health AND invincible, it makes it that much easier to win a game.
15) A Final Fantasy mini-game/sidequest you invested entirely too much time into: I never actually invested all that much time in sidequests, but I admit the FFVII arcade games were strangely addictive. Random other info: when I was 16, my class was actually into Triple Triad. Someone printed little triple triad cards and we sat down and played, and it was actually quite fun, but I just didn't have the patience to pester everyone for a game in FFVIII.
16) Your favorite Cid: FFVII's. "SIT DOWN AND DRINK YOUR %#!*() TEA!"
17) Optional: Up to one class you think does not fit you, with reasoning why. Nah, go ahead.