Natalie is a sixteen-year-old petite brunette. Attractive, intelligent, and popular, she’s the class secretary and one of the best runners on the school track team.
What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
Well… I was born in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. I’ve lived here in Ketchton since I started kindergarten, so most people think I’ve lived here my entire life. But we also lived in Hong Kong for a year or so and then Gloucester before we moved to Michigan.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Last year I broke my high school’s record for women’s hurdles and brought home a divisional trophy. That was pretty awesome. And I worked hard for it.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Hmm… I’d have to say having a job that I love so it never seems like work, while also making enough money to support myself. And to be with someone who loves me for me and wants the same things I do.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d really love to be able to draw. It’s not like I’m not creative, I mean, I can do arts and crafts kinda stuff. But if I have to sketch something, forget it. Especially people; I make stick people.
What qualities do you look for in a boyfriend?
Honest, trustworthy, loyal… do you see a pattern there? (laughs) Seriously though, I think it’s important to know someone really well before you sign up long term. Otherwise, when you find out they’re not exactly who you thought they were, it can get messy and hurtful.
It sounds like you speak from experience?
Yeah, my mom left when I was small. Once she realized my dad intended to stay in a suburban town she was out. I can’t say I exactly know what went on between them because my dad doesn’t like to talk about it, but it seems really unfair to just bail on your family.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I can’t stand people who are fake. You know, someone who’s nice to your face because they want something from you, and then they go and say mean stuff about you to others. Or people who pretend to be your friend and then tell your secrets to others.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Wow, off the top of my head, I’m going to say Indiana Jones. He’s awesome—he saves artifacts and people. I love watching those movies; they’re adventurous but funny too.
What real life people do you most admire?
People like Steve Jobs, or J.K. Rowling, or even Mark Zuckerberg. I admire people who have an idea and stick to their guns, even in the face of adversity, and make their dreams come true. I don’t aspire to change the world like those people, but I’d like to have that same kind of mindset and dedication.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Oh my gosh, I hate to admit it, but I use “cheese and crackers” as an expression, you know, like instead of swearing. My dad encouraged it when I was younger, but now I’m trying to break myself from saying it because it sounds so dumb!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My temper. I can be pretty defensive, so sometimes I fly off the handle without thinking things through first. I’m better now than when I was a kid. Once I was old enough to get embarrassed for lashing out for no reason, I kinda calmed down.
Thank you Natalie!