Just Kaycie Things

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Believe it or not, the semester is already coming to an end and for me, that means it’s almost time for graduation. One of the things that professors and counselors tell students who are graduating and about to enter the workforce is to know what separates you from other people so that you can stand out from all of the other applicants in your position. Be able to tell your employer the good, the bad and the ugly…okay maybe not the ugly. But they will want to know what your weaknesses are. If you are thinking, “…yeah right, I’m just going to tell them I don’t have any flaws,” think again. This will not look good. Employers want to hire people who can identify their weaknesses as well as what they are doing to improve them. In light of thinking of all of the things that make me different from other people, I ended up making up a list of all of the things I do that make me, well…me. To help, I recruited some of my closest friends and family members, the people who I feel have known me the longest and would be able to tell me some of the things I do on a day to day basis. No bullshit, here is a list of 51 things they all claim are “Just Kaycie Things.” Read them and enjoy…or cringe like I did.

  • Carrying a spoon with me wherever I go. I can never wait until I get home from the grocery store before I open the new pint of ice cream I just got, or jar of peanut butter 🙂
  • Getting cookie dough ice cream and only eating the cookie dough chunks out of it. (wtf? Why didn’t I just straight up get cookie dough then? The world may never know)
  • Only eating the charms out of the box of Lucky Charms.
  • Always being cold but refusing to wear pants. What can I say, they’re annoying. I usually opt for a pair of volleyball spandex instead.
  • Wearing beats headphones everywhere. Everywhere. Starting from the moment I wake up in the morning.
  • Never saying no to peanut butter…and never having enough of it. The peanut butter challenge? That’s an actual problem for me. I will eat the whole jar if left unattended.
  • Run ten miles a day. I think my brother just meant that I workout a lot, because I don’t actually run that much anymore.
  • Always drinking Dunkin’ iced coffee.
  • Always searching for a Dunkin’ or trying to figure out where the nearest Dunkin’ is to me when I go places. Don’t ask, I just need to know.
  • Making combats work with any outfit. We all have our staple articles of clothing, these are one of mine.
  • Never being able to throw away old clothes.
  • FaceTiming my mom or family members as much as I can throughout the day.
  • How I clean when I’m stressed or drunk.
  • Doing one of two things when stressed: cooking or cleaning/organizing.
  • For me, there’s no such thing as watching too much One Tree Hill.
  • Never having enough camis.
  • Never has enough leggings.
  • Never has enough pairs of spandex.
  • Never has enough baggy sweatshirts. Okay, my mom is proof that we are creatures of habit. I have more clothes than china has rice but I’m usually only ever caught in gym clothes or leggings and basic tees and camis. Again, they’re comfortable, so shoot me.
  • Sitting in the front of all of my classes. Yes, I’m THAT student.
  • Always getting sucked into a shoe store, (usually Nike) no matter where I am just to look at the shoes.
  • Dipping everything in peanut butter. Yes, everything. Name it, and I’ve tried it.
  • Always making time for the gym no matter how busy I am. I can think of very few things more important than your physical health and well-being.
  • Making random faces at people in public.
  • Always singing at the top of my lungs when I drive, no matter how short the car ride.
  • Goes to a steakhouse and orders a salad. While I LOVE steak with a burning passion, this is usually what happens.
  • Always needing to make notecards for quizzes/tests/etc.
  • Always doing all of the required readings for a class, no matter how long. My subconscious won’t let me sleep if I don’t do it.
  • Always doing extra credit. Again, I’m THAT student.
  • Always attending the exam/review sessions. If I’m doing all of the extra credit and all of the readings, you bet your ass I’m going to the review sessions when in reality, I’m probably the last person that needs to be there.
  • Never skipping class. Almost perfect attendance my entire life. Have the flu? You bet your ass I’ll be in the front row sneezing on everyone. Sorry not sorry, education is of utmost importance to me.
  • Wearing pajamas to the gym. Okay so I’m not in a onesie or anything, but I will wear fuzzy pajama shorts to the gym with no hesitation or regret. They’re cute as hell and comfortable, so why not?
  • Never being able to take naps.
  • Despite the last point, being able to fall asleep anywhere, at any time, in any position. 
  • Going out to eat with friends but having the will-power to not get anything. My self control is ridiculous,
  • Only eating egg whites but never the whole egg. 
  • Always doing research on random topics of interest. Knowledge is knowledge…you never know when it will pay off.
  • Running late is my cardio, but I’m never actually late.
  • Always correcting people on their grammar. If you cannot use the correct forms of “your,” “too” and “their,” we are not friends and you should go back to whatever school you are in and demand a refund because they haven’t taught you a damn thing.
  • Always having that mom-in-a-supermarket walk; low-key sprinting to places. My dad is 6’10”, one of his steps was three of mine growing up, so naturally I always had to run everywhere we went just to keep up with him.
  • Always striking up conversations with uber/lyft drivers, people in lines at grocery stores, etc. You never know who you are standing next to or who you will meet.
  • Always asking random questions about random things. What can I say, one of my degrees will be in Journalism. I’m naturally a very inquisitive person.
  • Setting unrealistically high expectations and goals for myself, and making sure that I achieve them.
  • Always holding myself to a higher standard.
  • Always wearing a hair-tie on my wrist.
  • Always coming up with creative marketing ideas for companies, but never implementing them.
  • Never being satisfied. No matter how high of a score I got on a test, I’ll be upset it wasn’t a perfect score
  • Doing abs before bed. I always try to do some form of light exercise before bed to clear my head and help me get into a deep sleep faster. Some people meditate, I like to do core work.
  • Always waking up hair and makeup ready. Don’t ask me how, it just happens.
  • Writing papers or completing assignments weeks before they are due. I’ll have to do them eventually, why not do it now while I have the time?
  • Never failing to turn a normal conversation or situation as sick as possible. My mind was born in the gutter, and it will die there.

When making this list, I realized it’s extremely important that while it’s hard to do, we should really take the time to get to know ourselves and become more aware of what exactly makes us unique as our own individual selves. These are a lot of little quirky things, and you may share some of them in common with me, but no two people are ever exactly the same. They aren’t by any means the best traits and are probably may not be things I’d want to share with a future employer, but these are just some of the hundreds of little quirks that make me the amazing human being that I am and I’m completely embracing all of them, all of me.

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