Meet the Bloggers: Jovial Joana
Hi everybody! My name is Joana and I will be your conductor for this evening! [I am in no way related to Stan Shunpike, unfortunately, but I am so many other things.]
I have one very distinctive characteristic: I am Bulgarian. If you know where Bulgaria is, four for you; if not – shame on you! You better google it and learn where Victor Krum is from. I go to an American high school in the capital here and I am a senior, which makes me 18 years young.
I am a juggler. I multitask like it’s my job so that makes it very hard for me to pinpoint one thing above all others that makes me who I am, not to make myself sound more complicated than I actually am. I do probably enjoy writing just a tiny bit more than anything else, in the sense that I attempt to communicate an idea or a feeling to someone, be it in fiction or in a “journalistic” text. I have been writing ever since I can remember being able to and I have written in (almost?) every genre possible.
Speaking of which, I just wrote my personal statement for college and that made me realize which achievements of mine really mattered and which ones didn’t. Or rather, I realized which ones matter to colleges.
Nevertheless, one of the things I am most proud of is being promoted to become the school newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, active since this May. Not to brag, but we’re pretty awesome. I’m also the president of the school’s tolerance club, which we dubbed Embrace. We’re pretty awesome too, and we’re working for a hard, but deserving cause in one of the not-so-tolerant communities in Europe.
The more interesting part though, I guess, is what I do outside of school. I’m a girl of many fandoms – a Potterhead, a Gleek, a Starkid, a Whovian, a Sherlockian. What do we call members of the Supernatural fandom? I’m one of those. With a sprinkle of Teen Wolf and Vampire Diaries and The Hunger Games and whatnot. I was at LeakyCon 2012 in Chicago and I’m going to LeakyCon London next year. I am a Ravenclaw. You may not be quite able to tell that from this introduction, as it’s not the wittiest or the most intelligent you’ve ever read, but I can assure you. I am a Ravenclaw.
Except for writing, I also enjoy singing, playing the piano, drawing, painting, acting, taking photographs – anything related to the arts. I have a soft spot for live theatre and I make sure to pay it a visit at least a couple of times each month. I’m also very passionate about politics, especially US-related.I play tennis and soccer, though I prefer watching soccer to playing it. I’m also good at softball and I jog sometimes, but never mistake me for an athletic person. I would much rather read philosophical texts or just a good book on a Tuesday morning than go play a sport – or on a Friday night, for that matter. Music also plays a huge part of my life and I listen to too many different genres and artists to name them (but give me Nirvana, Bowie, Dylan, Muse any day).
One of my biggest passions is cooking and, in particular, baking. If you come over, I’d be glad to make anything for you, with a cherry and rainbow-colored sprinkles on top. If you want to talk to me, while you’re at it, you can throw lines at me in English, French (which I proudly say I’m quite good at), German, Italian, Spanish, Russian or Bulgarian (for bonus points!) and I’ll do my best to reply in a similar matter.