The INTP sits in his room on his computer, casually yet skilfully coding a website – either that or splicing together a meme. Not for any criminal reason, of course. Simply because … well, he can. And he’s good at it.
A man of many talents, yet only a 16-year-old junior in high school. Of course, this opens up a multitude options for his career, but he’s planning to study mechanical engineering or cyber security engineering. He’ll most likely study at George Mason University in Virginia, or George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Gai plans to go on to become a mechanical engineer or security analyst, one of which would involve a math-centered skillset, and the other would require talent with computers, which Gai certainly has, more than anyone the author knows, in fact.
Kornell Gai Rancy III was born in the suburbs of Atlanta in 2001, but as a member of a civil servant family, he currently resides in Seoul, South Korea and greatly enjoys it there. Formally Kornell Rancy III, he goes by Gai to make it easier to differentiate between all the Kornells in the family.
As far as hobbies go, Gai codes, reads, writes, cooks, and sleeps (in that order), and is fond of 3-D printing as well. He swims competitively, and enjoys rap, EDM, and contemporary piano music, with Sho Baraka and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bassnectar, and Yiruma being his favorite artists from each genre.
As someone who loves to watch movies, Gai has a lot of favorite TV shows and movies, most notably all the Star Wars movies and TV shows. He also loves cartoons and anime, Voltron and Naruto in particular.
But among all the questions Gai was asked for this article – the hardest one to answer for him was to choose his favorite books. His response was heartbreaking.
“I’m being forced to choose from between my dear children, “ he says, a tear glistening in his eye. “This is just really hard, okay?”
He goes on to list several books and series, including Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, Ender’s Quartet by Orson Scott Card, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Lee, Rick Riordan’s renowned Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, as well as its follow-up, the Heroes of Olympus.
He hardly stops to breathe before resuming his inventory, which he finishes off with Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks, Genius: The Series by Leopold Gout, and Little Brother X by Cory Doctrow.
Gai’s taking French 2, World History, Algebra 2, Photography: Beginner to Brilliant, English 3: Literature Survey, CADD for Mechanical Engineering 2, Physics, and Health and Wellness. Out of this multitude of classes (the TPS baseline is five, and he’s taking eight), his favorite is Photography.
The interview is just about over now, and the time has come for Gai to leave the readers of clay with his favorite verse of Scripture and a quote.
Gai’s favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” His family moves around the world very often, so he appreciates the assurance that God is always with his family, through transitions and harder times.
We couldn’t have expected Gai’s final quote to be any more different, but it’s a quote from one of his favorite books. And it’s… enlightening, to say the least.
He proposes, based on the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, that “a towel… is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”, and then come several possible uses for said towel, including the following:
- You can keep warm with it
- You can lie on it at the beach
- You can sleep under it
- You can use it to sail a small raft
- You can get it wet and use it in hand to hand combat
- You can use it to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (don’t ask)
- You can use it as a distress signal in emergencies
- You can dry yourself with it
In the author’s opinion, the hand-to-hand combat use of the towel is obviously the most useful, but this is a newsletter, after all. You’re the readers. What do you think?