I’ve found myself challenged by these college applications. As I check the boxes and answer the questions, sometimes I find my mind panicking over the simplest of inquiries.
What is your favorite book?
Are you really asking me that? I’ve read hundreds of books in the past fifteen years. Besides what constitutes my favorite book? Is it if I’ve read it more than once? If so there is only really one book that fits that description and it’s a novel that I’m positive most people have not heard of, Beauty by Robin Mckinley. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Maybe I should go with something a little more intellectual, maybe one that is known but not overused. Of course it should be something that I actually like. How about Frankenstein?
What is your favorite movie?
How on earth would I determine that? You are asking the impossible, oh college app! There is no way I could come up with one, in particular. Is it okay to use Terminator? Or, I know I’m a sucker for a good chick-flick, is one of those acceptable? Gah!!! This is too hard, maybe I should do this later. No. I must be diligent. I’ll just go with one that I know was my favorite for a very long time: Safety Not Guaranteed.
What is your favorite recording?
Do you mean song? Are you going to judge me on these answers?
What is your favorite website?
I think Facebook might be a bad answer.
What is your favorite word?
Maybe I should put: Possum. Ooh, wait. Can it be a word in another language? If so I’d put “chameau.” It’s french, for “camel.”
What is your favorite source of inspiration?
What if I told you it was eating ice cream? Would you believe me?
What is your favorite quote from a movie or book?
Oh, this one is easy: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” (Mrs. Bennet, The Pride and Prejudice) Hmmm…maybe not.