A common response I get after I introduce myself is, “Oh! Like the Little Mermaid!”
It used to annoy me so much, and I was adamant about making the point that no, I was not named after the Little Mermaid nor did I want that to be any sort of nickname (errr…actually, I still don’t). I take it humorously now, though, especially when moms come up to me and explain that their daughters were amazed that my name is Ariel because they thought that only the Little Mermaid had that name. (Yes, this has happened several times, actually.)
But enough about Disney characters.
My name is Ariel Siegelman (prounced “seagull-man,” my name is very ocean creature-themed), I’m 15 and going into 11th grade at York Suburban High School.
I live with my funny and easygoing dad, my sweet and work-a-holic mom, my sporty and sociable little brother, Josh, and my absolutely adorable miniature long-haired dachshund, Simon. We’re a fun family, I’d say; our favorite things to do together are travel, eat good food, laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. When we get together with extended family members, we have a “tradition” of playing the game “Scattergories,” which often results in fits of laughter.
As for my own personal interests, I’m not very sports-oriented; I played soccer for years and years and was still terrible at the end of it all. I also attempted baton twirling for two years (sport? yes? no?) but wasn’t nearly as devoted as most of the girls, so eventually, seeing little girls half my age becoming a heck of a lot better than me seemed to tell me that the little experiment should come to a close.
But off of what I’m not and on to what I am.
One of my favorite things to do is sing. I’m a proud Alto II (I can reach lower than a couple of tenors in my school choir, which unfortunately led to the nickname “Man Voice”…haha, it’s a joke, don’t worry) and I’m in the York Suburban Singers, a select ensemble, as well as the York County Senior Honors Choir. This week, for the second year, I volunteered at the One Voice Choral Camp, which is for elementary kids, and that was a blast. Seeing how much the kids grow and improve after only five days is a wonderful experience.
I also enjoy acting. I was in a few York Little Theatre productions when I was younger, and recently I’ve been in school musicals and joined Drama Club and ITS (International Thespian Society). I can also very proudly say that I was a part of The Laramie Project production at YSHS earlier this year. To see our auditorium stuffed with almost 1000 people, all there to support a great message…that was an experience that is indescribable.
I think this one is obvious: I love to write. I like journalism, but I love creative writing. I write stories and poems occasionally. Oh, and I try to write in a journal every night (on the computer, writer’s cramp isn’t exactly pleasant). I love looking back on my old journals and having a good laugh or simply taking a trip down memory lane. It also helps me organize my thoughts, and many times I have sorted out little things that have been confusing me or bothering me by writing them out.
A little more than a year ago, I began teaching myself Italian. I take Spanish in school, but I had always said that if I were to ever learn another language, it would be Italian. So I said, hey, why not? I researched the programs and bought one myself (the most expensive, go figure), and I am just about ready to go onto the intermediate level. I absolutely love it. The language is not only gorgeous, but I think I’ve really gained a better appreciation for it by taking the initiative to learn it on my own. In fact, I love it so much, I’m seriously considering becoming an Italian teacher. I know for a fact that I’d love to major or minor in it in college.
My friends are amazing, and we all always laugh and have a great time together (our endless list of inside jokes never leave us bored). I also like playing “Dance Dance Revolution” and “Guitar Hero II.” I like messing around with HTML and Photoshop as well as go on AIM and websites such as YouTube and Facebook (which, by the way, is much better than MySpace, although I still go on MySpace sometimes).
I’ll listen to any kind of music except for most country and rap and all screamo (which is not music, it drives me insane). I also enjoy reading both fiction and nonfiction, although I’ll admit that I’ve been terrible with it lately (I plan to change that this summer). My favorite TV shows are South Park, House, The Amazing Race, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and Kyle XY.
And as for a few other general facts, I’m a very laid-back kind of person. I look at life with a sense of humor (sometimes a very, very sick sense of humor, I may add), and I love George Carlin’s quote, “People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point”…but I love pretty much anything George Carlin has said. But I’ll be serious when appropriate, of course. I’ll admit that when it comes to things I have to do but don’t like doing, I’ll do just enough. But if there’s something that I really love to do, I’ll go over-the-top (ahem, this entry, ahem). I enjoy learning about new things in which I’m interested and will take the time to go research them. I’m pretty open-minded; it’s when people start attacking me on issues and beliefs that I get mad.
Well, now that I’ve practically revealed myself to the York community, I’m not quite sure what else to say. I am extremely excited to be a part of Teen Takeover and look forward to sharing information as well as my own personal thoughts. Arrivederci!
(Oh, and just for the record, the room in the picture I posted is NOT my room! Haha.)