Ask @KellyLuvsBirds:

How does your parents react when you get low marks in test?

They don’t react well at all...worst case being that they started cracking down on the computer time I barely had in high school (which made my grades even worse because I couldn’t do essays) and isolated me from society even further. I don’t tell them or most people about my college grades (which are much better than in high school), and this is one of the reasons why I’d prefer it if my grades were never spoken about ever again, no matter how good they are.

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What kind of person are you?

I'm trying to be someone who's kind to others, and always consider my actions and the consequences before going through with something. I have to think long and hard before I let anyone in. Especially with the things people assume of me without letting me talk (like I freaking HATE talking about my education and grades in spite of doing well in school, and would rather never have to hear about my grades ever again) among other things. I don't like talking unless it's with someone I've known for a long time or someone I met in a classroom setting. In short, I don't want things assumed of me.

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Would you like to go on a date with someone you meet on the Internet?

It’s not for me, that’s for sure. I only even start feeling attracted to someone after I’ve known them for at least a couple of weeks, and by known I mean talked to them beyond small talk and got to know what they’re like, their hopes and dreams and how they react to important issues. I also don’t get attracted to appearances, so a website that sets up dates solely based on that is out of the question.

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Do you struggle to find your place in the world?

Sometimes. I feel like I'm so easily replaced, both in friendships and other aspects of life. It's a lingering feeling, but it gets overwhelming at times, especially when I'm all alone. That being said, I'm going to keep trying to find a place-and people better stop mistaking that feeling for me being desperate, cause the truth can't be further from that. I want the world to see me as a human being who has out-of-place personality traits (not just flaws, I mean things people would find very shocking for someone like me) and not just make assumptions based on something like a 10-second-glimpse of my appearance or transcript.

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Do we become happy only when we meet the one we love?

It's something that makes people happy, but that's not to be confused with it being the ONLY thing that can make you happy. There's so many other things worth being happy about out there, not just finding the one, and we should seek out those things too. Plus...I feel like pushing this notion can lead to some romantic errors being made. Just saying.

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What do you think makes a good mentor?

An amazing mentor has to have all of these: wisdom, empathy, experience, social skills and patience.
The wisdom and experience part is obvious; they're trying to teach you about the world, and those two things require, well, a lot of knowledge about the world. And not just from books either; some street experience is nice. And that's where the social skills part comes in: this, along with the empathy and patience, is how you make sure that your student learns and what you teach them stays with them. There's a lot of people in teaching positions who know something very well, but unfortunately many just don't get that their students may have never seen this stuff before and/or can't learn at the same pace as them, and thus get angry about it easily. Social skills help you understand that other human beings just aren't like you, and it takes patience and observance to find out exactly what kind of pace they work at. And when you find that out, empathy helps you think about how they might be feeling or thinking, and then you can create a plan that works for THEM and you, but especially them.
And that right there, is what good mentorship looks like to me.

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Do you like being alone?

Yes, I love my alone time.
Somehow, though, having alone time feels a lot better when I know I have friends who I can have deep conversations with about our lives, the universe, science, music, etc.; ones who know the full extent of my personality and still don't give up on me, etc.
If I didn't have those, I'd much rather be alone except for some animals.

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