Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
It's the start of the school year, so why not reboot my OkCupid
profile? This is especially fitting because I'm starting a new job
this week in education, so why not wipe the slate clean?
In short: My name's Jess, and a goal of mine is to become one of
the most interesting people at the dinner table. I say "one of"
only because I tend to surround myself with quite the cast of
characters, so why battle it out with those I like most?
My story: I graduated from Smith in 2011 with a degree in American
Studies, Theatre, and Education. What did I do shortly thereafter?
Moved away from my roots in southern Maine to install healthcare
software in the Midwest. I spent a year traveling to all sorts of
exotic locales like rural Mississippi. After too many late-night
delays and too many struggles with Excel formulas, I decided to
move back to where I'm from. I plan on having many grand adventures
in the Portland area. Care to come with me?
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I'm trying to figure out what I want to DO for the rest of my life
- or at least the next few years. I'll keep you posted on how it
In actuality? I'm trying to create an awesome, healthy, balanced
lifestyle for myself in the Portland area. I never gave this place
a chance growing up, so now's my time to really dig into what
Portland has to offer.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Making fun of ridiculous movies.
Improvising with makeshift props and/or costumes.
Getting along with children and understanding where they are coming
Waking up at tiny noises.
Creating desserts. Analyzing popular culture.
Being terrified whenever scary music in movies starts
Playing evil characters in plays and musicals. Writing academic
Cracking jokes about my alma mater.
Laughing until my stomach hurts or until my eyes water.
Navigating my way through subway systems.
Trying new foods.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I'm short. People usually comment on this.
My hair has, at times, resembled Justin Bieber's. People usually
comment on this, too.
I'm quirky. My favorite movies as a child were The Nightmare Before
Christmas and Mrs. Doubtfire. These movies, I think, accurately
summarize my personality today.
I have really expressive eyebrows.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: Harry Potter. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Lost Souls by
Poppy Z. Brite. The Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I really like campy horror, okay?
I can't see the film versions of scary books I like because I FREAK
OUT, but I loooove reading terrifying books.
Plays: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. The Castle by Howard
Barker. Cloud Nine and Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. Glengarry Glen
Ross by David Mamet. The Judith of Shimoda by Bertolt Brecht. Song
of the Dragon Flying to Heaven by Young Jean Lee.
Movies: Rocky Horror. Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Camp. Gypsy '83.
Edward Scissorhands. Back to the Future. Pretty in Pink. Ghost
World. My Best Friend is a Vampire.
Music: Amanda Palmer. The Dresden Dolls. Rasputina. Jill Tracy.
Polly Moller. Matson Jones. Lunachicks. Bratmobile. Takenobu.
Bikini Kill. Universal Hall Pass. Bangs. Old AFI. Tragic
Kingdom-era No Doubt. Incubus through Morning View. Savage Garden.
Marilyn Manson. Orgy. The occasional smattering of Lady Gaga and
Musicals: Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Rocky Horror Show. The
Last 5 Years. Cabaret. Urinetown. Bat Boy: The Musical. Lucky
Food: SUSHI! Curry! Pineapple or mango fried rice! Summer rolls!
Any sort of dessert! Hard-boiled eggs. Seaweed. Herbal Corn from
Little Lad's. Peppermint stick ice cream, even though I'm lactose
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1. Blankets, coats, and sweaters. I am always cold.
2. Strong friendships.
3. An excellent sense of humor.
4. Some sort of creative outlet.
5. Lately, a morning cup of tea or coffee.
6. Showers. Hygiene's important, yo.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Darlings, I spend a lot of time thinking about a lot of things.
Case in point: Whenever I am in a car or on some form of public
transportation, there is a good chance that I am ruminating about
some aspect of my life. I like having time to process my feelings.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
There is no such thing as a typical Friday night.
However, here are the things I have done recently on Friday
Sang karaoke with friends.
Canvassed/phone banked for local politicians.
Traveled to Massachusetts to visit friends from high
Attended a play or a film screening by myself.
Went to a goth night at a club.
Slept at a reasonable (bordering on grannyish) level.
Daydreamed about the riot grrl band I wish to create at some
Really, though? I'm up for almost anything.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Alan Rickman as Severus Snape is my number-one celebrity crush. No
You should message me if
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* You want to make new friends in the Portland area and you think
we'd get along!
* You like going on adventures.
* You're a theatre geek / nerd / former academic.
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