For April, I interviewed a well-known student – Seychelle Carter, hailing from the largest Cook Island in the South Pacific, Rarotonga. She’s aged fifteen and in tenth grade, taking College and Career Planning along with English 3 Literature and Composition at TPS this year. She doesn’t have any siblings, she tells me – not by blood, anyway, but she gives me the names of the four girls she considers her “sisters” – Diana Montenegro, Teryn Orth, Aspen Fleming, and Corabeth Pierce. Her personality type is ESFP-T, the Entertainer, matched by the words she describes herself as – vivacious, kindhearted, and always sleepy. Her favorite movies are The Fellowship of the Ring and Avengers: Endgame. Her favorite color is blue, and her favorite food is pasta chicken. She loves summertime and horses. Her favorite band is Hillsong Young & Free, and her favorite artists are Riley Clemmons, Alec Benjamin, and Tate McRae, with her favorite song being “Hold On” by Riley Clemmons. Her favorite subject is English (and she dislikes science). She likes writing, singing, reading, talking to her friends, listening to music, napping, traveling, and photography.
Seychelle’s hidden talents are that she can memorize songs really quickly, especially if they’re in foreign languages, and she can also tell if rain is coming by sniffing the air. She’s known for writing and posting fanfiction on Forums – something I can back up. I’ve read her fanfictions, and she’s a wonderful writer (go check them out if you can). She is also known for being an absolute fangirl over Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Marvel – she’s Team Iron Man, Han Shot First, and no, the eagles could not have taken the ring to Mordor! In regard to her famous accent, she says it’s rather obvious that she’s a New Zealander. She finished second in an open women’s 750-meter ocean swim competition in the 2020 Cook Island Games – an impressive achievement. She has visited England and France, along with Australia and New Zealand.
Seychelle has two dogs, Gracie and Griffie, and a cat, Mollie. Most importantly, she has four goats with the wonderful names of Billie, Lexie, Paige, and Mistie. She speaks three languages – English, German, and Sindarin, Tolkien’s language from The Lord of the Rings – which is an incredible ability. She plays guitar, sails, participates in triathlons, and swims.
I asked her what her flaws and strengths were from her personal viewpoint, and her answer is repeated verbatim here.
Oh boy. Flaws – I have a tendency to 100% trust someone even if I barely know them, I can be a bit of grammar nazi, I’m too vulnerable and open with people, and the list goes on. Strong points – I’m patient and can motivate myself to get up, clean the house, and do my schoolwork, although it took forever to train myself to do that.
She wants to be able to earn an A in science someday, attempt to get first place in the 2021 Round Rarotonga Road Race’s ten-kilometer walk, finish a Lord of the Rings work in progress she’s been working on since 2018, and start researching how to drive so she can take the test as soon as she turns sixteen. Seychelle is planning to pursue a degree in psychology, a subject that she just very recently decided on and is very excited about now. Before college, however, she’d love to travel to Europe and visit all of her overseas friends.
She laughed as she told me her most embarrassing memory. It’s probably one of her family’s favorite stories to tell and regards the time she vomited in a department store’s changing room.
Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Timothy 4:12 – “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”