Embrace your inner geek!
By Lia on July 12th, 2012
Working at Scholastic has opened my eyes to a whole slew of national celebrations that I’d never heard of before: National Ice Cream Month. National Bike-to-Work Day. National Adopt-a-Cat Month. But when I heard that July 13 was the official Embrace Your Geekness Day, I knew I had to celebrate. As a total geek (I think I’m more of a “nerd” than a “geek”, but that’s a separate issue…), I was excited to see a whole day dedicated to, well, geekiness. And so, in anticipation of Embrace Your Geekness Day, I asked OOMers to send me their inner geeky secrets (geekrets, if you will.) Check ‘em out:
- Morgan admitted that she’s a total X-Files geek and still loves Scully and Mulder, while Anne ‘fessed up to being a Buffy the Vampire Slayer buff.
- In high school, Nadia was on the Color Guard. As part of the marching band, they had routines with flags and performed at halftime during football games. The coolest part of her geekret? They were chosen to perform at Epcot in Disney World!
- Emily revealed her utter obsession with everything Abraham Lincoln. (She even went to his 200th Birthday Exhibit in Washington, DC for her 18th birthday!)
- When Kristen was a kid, she was on the synchronized roller skating team at her local rink.
- Megan sang in an a cappella choir all throughout high school and college, and some of their songs had choreography. But the geeky part? “Our attire included neck ties. So nerdy,” she confessed.
- Lauren’s geekret is super crafty: it turns out she’s a huge quilter! All of her old t-shirts end up sewn into giant patchwork quilts, many of which are themed (see above for her quilt made of old concert shirts!)
- When he was in high school, Dante co-founded an after-school club dedicated solely to watching “Seinfeld” on recorded-from-TV VHS tapes. To earn the school’s approval, he cleverly named the club The Screenwriter’s Guild… and included his leadership role on his college application.
- Katia is an avid reader of American and Japanese comic books, and she admitted that she sometimes translates the Japanese comics into English as she reads. How awesome is that?!
Michael is a self-proclaimed “Star Trek geek.” He also pointed out that he wears sweater vests pretty regularly…
- As for my geekret? I can think of a million (you’re talking to the girl who — for her 10th birthday — begged her parents to drive for two hours each way so she could spend the day at Denver’s Tattered Cover Bookstore.) My official geekret, though, is that I used to read those Fiske Guide to Colleges front-to-back, as if they were novels, and then use color-coded tabs to organize the different schools into “reach”, “good-fit”, and “safety” categories.
What’s your geekret? Let us know in the comments, or check out Twitter’ #geekret!