Free Comic Book Day, May 2014
Free Comic Book Day, May 2014

Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they are saying is, ‘You like stuff,’ which is just not a good insult at all, like ‘You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.’

-John Green

I am a nerd. And I’m proud of it.

I have a plethora of interests that have shaped who I am today. I love to read, but rarely have the time to indulge in leisurely reading. I was raised as a Minnesota Vikings fan, then a NASCAR fan, and now a Minnesota Wild fan – I’m just really passionate about most sports. I love technology and learning about technology, which basically means I like playing around with different software and figuring out how to make programs do what I want them to do. I take too much pride in figuring out how to make advertisements in Photoshop when I don’t have access to InDesign.

Sewing is my prime creative outlet. I learned how to sew when I was seven from my mother, honing my craft with sewing quilts. Now I’ve taken it to the next level: Challenging myself with costume design. Or, as the Internet calls it, “cosplay.” My first attempt was as Marvel Comics’ Wasp from Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and for this year’s Free Comic Book Day I was the newly-redesigned Batgirl. As if it isn’t clear now, I’m also very passionate about comic books. I may not be an expert, but I love finding new favorite characters, then researching all the comics and trivia I can find involving that character. Marvel’s Phoenix is one of my favorites. As if I don’t scream NERD enough already, I also enjoy playing video games. And then analyzing them.

I am creative, and I am ambitious. (At least that’s what I’ve been told.) But if I was honest with myself, I think I have so many interests because I’m constantly seeking knowledge. I could go on about my passions for genealogy and YouTube, but I think you get the idea.