Things That Made Me Realise That I’m Kind of a Nerd…
Last Friday, I had a revelation. I’m kind of a nerd.
At my college , we have a free Aptitude Assessment that we offer to potential students so that they may gain a better understanding of which area of I.T. they may best be suited for (I.T. Engineering, Programming, etc.).
Well, for some reason, I got it into my head that I’d like to do the assessment.
I’ve always been told that I should work with people because I’m more of the out-going type; from what I’ve seen of programmers, they’re more introverted. “Obviously”, I said to myself, “I am not a programmer. Programmers are usually awesome nerds. I’m not awesome and I’m not a nerd, therefore, I’m not a programmer.”
Apparently, I was wrong. I did the test and it said that I am well-suited to be a computer programmer.
Once I received my results, I began wondering if I even know who I really am. Apparently, I’m a nerd and I never realised it before. “How is that possible??”, I thought to myself. Then, when I really started to break it down, I realised that I am, in fact, a huge nerd. Here’s why:
1 ) I love Star Wars.
I have watched each of the films numerous times and can quote them verbatim. I am also very picky about which episodes count as the real Star Wars (Hint: I only like episodes 4-6. Episodes 1-3 assaulted my eyes and ears with its horribleness).
2 ) The first time that I watched Big Bang Theory, I completely identified with Sheldon.
I, too, have a spot on the couch that I have claimed and never want anyone else to sit on. It is equidistant from the fridge and the TV, and ensures optimum temperature is met year round.
3 ) I have a blog.
(Oh, relax…we’re all huge nerds for having blogs…)
4 ) I would rather contact my friends via social networking sites than actually call them.
This either means I’m a nerd or that I’m anti-social. Wait…maybe that’s the same thing…
5 ) I found an online nerd test and took it.
It said that I wasn’t all that cool. That’s pretty definitive.
6 ) I sympathise with Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.
7 ) I appreciate people who have taken the time to learn Elvish.
While in university, I found out that one of my professors was a huge Lord of the Rings fan and spoke Elvish. I once asked him to demonstrate his mad Elvish skills in class. In front of other people. And then praised his ability. In front of other people.
8 ) I like puzzles.
I buy books from Chapters that have nothing but puzzles and brain teasers in them. I actually pay money for these books.
9 ) I have a hard time watching films that are scientifically inaccurate.
I then point out the inaccuracies to the people that are watching the movie with me. For some reason, people don’t like this.
10 ) If someone says or does something that I don’t like, I try to use The Force on them.
This proves especially effective when someone tries to steal my candy.
11 ) I can do this:
12 ) I know what “Ubuntu” means.
13 ) I classify the dictionary as “light reading material”.
When I learn a new word, I try to use it in everyday conversation at least 3 times that day: “I don’t find what you’re saying to be cogent, but I will grant you clemency for being so capricious” (I also like to alliterate as much as possible).
14 ) I frequently begin my stories with, “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”
And when I say that, I gesture towards the sky with my hand. In slow motion.
15 ) My favourite candy is Nerds.
Again, pretty definitive.
I have always had mad respect for nerds (computer programmers, math whizzes, child prodigies of any kind, really)…probably because I consider my brother to be a nerd. I’m all, “You’re such a nerd. You’re brilliant, talented in everything, fluent in C++, people love you, you’re hilarious, and you have a beautiful family. Pfft. Nerd.”
And then I realise that I’m none of those things and question the whole legitimacy of my nerdiness…
Do you consider yourself a nerd?
Are there things in your life that make you a nerd?
Do you think the author of this post should take up computer programming? Is loving Star Wars enough to classify her as an awesome nerd?
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