50 things about myself that make me proud

My boyfriend is making one of these lists for his own reasons, and since I came up with the idea, I figured it was only right that I make one too. This will be a work in progress for quite some time, I think — though hopefully not too long! — but when I’m finished, I’m sure my humblebraggery won’t show too much. Or maybe it will, because that’s kind of the point. :)

  1. I got into all five graduate programs to which I applied.
  2. I play several instruments and I taught myself to play all of them but one. (Though I’m glad I took violin lessons so early — it meant I already knew how to read music when 5th grade band came along.)
  3. I am extremely organized. Like, color-coding, spreadsheet-making, list-fanatic organized.
  4. I feel like I am proficient in several subject areas despite not receiving formal training in most of them. (Music is one, but like I would ever subject myself to the terror of majoring in it in college. University music departments are notoriously overbearing.)
  5. People tell me I’m a good writer all the time, but I think I’ve been “good” for so long that I don’t even have to think about writing to meet certain standards anymore — it just kind of happens on its own.
  6. I managed to get my bachelor’s degree in four years. This accomplishment is notable because I had to take classes through five different universities to do so, and my illness and hospitalization freshman year forced me to withdraw from almost all of my classes.
  7. I’m good at solving problems in my life; logically, if not emotionally. Objectivity, and the ability to look at my life from a place beyond myself, is one of my strong suits.
  8. Surprisingly (if to no one but myself), I’m very good at interviews. If there’s one thing my pervasive shyness doesn’t touch, it’s my ability to speak fearlessly and eloquently in a professional environment.
  9. I am this close to catching all 150 Pokémon in the original GameBoy games. You say “childish,” I say “awesome.” (I even made a spreadsheet with the locations and game versions where each one can be found. See #3.)
  10. Sometimes, I give great advice. Not that I give terrible advice the rest of the time, but I am immensely proud of the times where the person I’m talking to has said, “That’s a really good idea,” or, “I’m really glad I talked to you.”
  11. I don’t compare myself to others as much as I used to. As long as I’m happy, there’s no benefit to fabricating reasons for me to feel otherwise.
  12. Moving out of state was the best decision I have ever made.
  13. A few years ago, I saved my friend’s life. More than anything, I am glad I was in the right place at the right time.
  14. I’m very self-motivated. That’s why this “online grad school” thing comes so easily to me.
  15. I know my way around the Internet, and can easily teach others how to perform tasks on different websites or where to find the best information for certain topics. Or where to waste their time. I’m good at wasting time.
  16. I don’t get bored very easily. Even when I complain that I’m bored, I’m often doing something that just isn’t enough to satisfy my need for excitement. But then I can slap myself and realize that true boredom would render me incapable of doing anything.
  17. I multitask all the time, and I’m quite good at it. From watching TV and doing high-quality work on my laptop, to texting while driving (kidding), I can get multiple things done efficiently and quickly.
  18. I’ve made some huge strides with my anxiety in the last year alone, to the point where I rarely take my anti-anxiety medications anymore because I simply don’t need them.
  19. In spite of my penchant for time-wasting, my time management is excellent.
  20. I’m a good critical thinker. Applying random things from one part of my life (or studies) to help me with another part is not only something I’m good at doing, but something I enjoy.
  21. I am confident enough about my views (political and otherwise) to be able to engage in meaningful conversation about them.
  22. After a long hiatus throughout high school and most of college, I’ve rediscovered reading for pleasure. Instead of being a compulsory activity, it’s become a release when the real world becomes too overwhelming.

I’m setting the same goal as my boyfriend: to have 50 items by December 31. Without a doubt, I will post an update when I complete the list.

Until then, feel free to humblebrag in the comments!

(last edited 1/6/14)

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