Getting By--Jennifer Callaway Jun 17, 2013 23:02:25 GMT -5
Post by JENNIFER MARIE CALLAWAY on Jun 17, 2013 23:02:25 GMT -5
Jen is from a middle class, stable, New England family. She grew up in a small town where she knew everyone and always had a friend nearby. The friendships she had had been there since birth, so she never really knew how to make friends, they were just always there. This was a lesson she learned when she first started attending Wentworth Academy. For the most part, Jen would attend her classes and then go back to her room. She really enjoyed her time alone, but she knew it wasn’t the best thing to do. So, in an effort to try and meet people, Jen started running. She had been on the track team in middle school, so she knew that it wouldn’t be too hard to get back into the sport. This became part of her daily routine, get up, go to class, take a run, and homework. Her grades were very important to her. Since she didn’t excel socially, she felt that she could make up for it by doing well academically. There really is no underlying reason for Jen being the quiet girl that she is other than the consistent classroom rule of no talking. There had always been a consequence for talking when in class and it must have scared her enough for it to flow into her regular life.
One good thing about not being very social is that you never get hurt, but on the other hand, you have to carry all your thoughts and emotions with you. For this reason, Jen turned to writing. She loves to write stories and in these stories are where all her secrets lie. She’s never been close enough to anyone to actually trust them enough to share secrets, swap gossip, etc. If you were to ask people on campus about Jen they would probably have a confused look on their face because of how quiet she tends to be. During class Jen tries to do everything in her power to stay under the radar. Very rarely will she offer up information willingly because of her fear of being wrong. It’s not that she has a need to always be right, it’s more about the reaction of the other students.
If one were to approach Jen and strike up a conversation with her, she would be friendly and talk, laugh, etc. When you get her going on a topic she can be very talkative, but don’t expect to hear a lot of personal information. She is very guarded with what she shares with people because she doesn’t want to be embarrassed by saying something idiotic or different. Not many her age are interested in writing or academics (not that she’s really interested in academics), most are interested in shopping, boys, sports, makeup, and the list goes on. However, this is not to say that Jen isn’t interested in those things, but it seems out of character for her. She has already slipped into her familiar mold and now she needs to try to break out of it with some help along the way.