Residing in Ontario, Canada is our beloved book columnist for this year, Maia Gaskovski! Dubbed Mayo by her friends and Maymay or Mickey on TPS, Maia, aged fourteen, is a second-year student at TPS. Her personality type according to the Meyer Briggs Personality Test is INFJ, and she’s just in the middle of the introvert-extrovert scale. However, she likes to clarify that she’s “happiest around others.” This year, you can find her in Modern History, Literature and Composition Honors, French 2, and German 2.
Since this is Maia’s first year with clay, I decided to ask her why she decided to apply this year. She responded that it was a nice way “to participate more in the TPS community” and that it was “a great opportunity to share my love for creativity and art with others who can be inspired by it.” Sounds like we will be blessed this coming year by Maia’s articles. Her love for writing and literature is displayed through other aspects of her life. So far, her favorite books and book series include The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Hunger Games trilogy.
Maia also proves to be an ambitious teen girl, as the top three things on her bucket list are to write a book before she’s old–not only to write the book but to write it with the Olivetti Studio 44 typewriter that she personally owns. Second, to be able to act in a classical theater piece, such as something written by Shakespeare just for the experience. And last but not least, to learn how to play the cello. She also added an extra, which was convincing her parents to get a pickup truck. On top of these things on her bucket list, Maia would love to be a starling for a day because of their gracefulness. Plus, starlings can see everything from up above while traveling in peace and living amongst themselves.
Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 32:8 which says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Maia lives out this verse as she relies on God to guide her in decisions such as her career. Although she hasn’t decided on what exactly she wants to do, she plans on focusing on something that includes art, French, and literature.
From her perspective, Maia sees her best trait as a combination of loyalty and kindness. She elaborated on that by saying, “Loyalty and reliability are some things I truly value in a friend because they can be great to hang out with.” She ended with some profound wisdom: “Friends should be an extension of your family, and loyalty is vital in that.” I think we can all agree that friends are almost as important or even more important than family in some situations. Just as Proverbs 18:24 says, “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”