When presented with the topic of writing about an important event or person at BMHS, I chose to write about one of the most influential people here: me. At first some people told me this article was a bad idea, but as a genius, I knew that their opinions were inferior to that of Mr. Campbell’s and mine.
Thanks to my enormous intellect and organizational abilities, I was already aware of how to collect survey information prior to starting the article. Any lesser mind would have to research the best way to collect results and write transcripts. I wrote down eleven questions that would bring out relevant information from people’s breadth of knowledge about my existence. So, like a missionary in foreign lands, I went forth to gather data about how well known the name Inuk Prasad is to the students at BMHS.
Most people would find it awkward to answer questions about the guy who is talking to them. They may even break down from embarrassment from such questions as, “Would you consider us to be friends or acquaintances?” Luckily, I am blessed with unparalleled social grace and charm that relaxes most people and compels them to open up to me. To start an interview, I always asked the same question that I believe did not exceed the cognitive capacity of those I interviewed:
1. What is my name?
Having a unique name like mine makes one even more apt to be noticed. After interviewing nineteen people, I found that 90 percent of people could pronounce it correctly, (the “K” is silent in case you somehow didn’t know that) while out of the remaining two, one failed to pronounce it correctly and the other did not know my name.
2.When did you first hear of me?
Out of my nineteen illustrious peer-study members, 21% claim to have first heard of me when I attended a class with them. Of course, in a classroom setting, it is monumentally difficult to NOT notice me, with my elegant posture as I sit in my seat, like a stoic lion watching over its pride, interrupted only by the compulsive need to answer some of the more difficult questions in class.
15% of the interviewees report first hearing my name when someone they knew talked about me or pointed me out.
A further 10.5% said they heard of me from Facebook, but one of them reports a negative interaction (We’re over that now, though!).
21% said that they first knew of me when we had direct interaction;
“You got lost one day trying to find TreeGo and came to me for help.” ~ Grade 10
10% of people said they met me through a mutual friend. I have a lot of friends, by the way.
Another 10% said that they noticed me because I “stood out”.
“You were really confident and because of that I noticed you even though I didn’t know you yet.” ~Grade 11
The remainder of people claim to forget where they first heard of me…Jerks!
3. Do we have any of the same friends?
Since, I’m probably friends with everyone in this school, if not everyone on earth, this question should be no contest, yet I received varied responses.
47.3% said that we do have the same friends.
21% said they did not know if we did or not.
31.7% believe that we do not have the same friends, although, to be fair, I am not acquainted with people’s imaginary friends.
4. What was your first impression of me?
60% of people said they thought I was just really funny.
20% said they thought I was super smart because I kept getting all the right answers in class and using big words.
10% said that at first they thought I was rude, but began to like me when they got to know me.
An additional 10% added that I was really social and friendly.
“Pretty chill guy.” ~Ryan Wallace (Grade 12)
“You knew all the answers in class.” ~Scott McKim (Grade 12)
“You were very sociable when you got here, trying to make friends and stuff.” ~Eric Duplessis (Grade 12)
5. Do lots of people know me?
95% of people answered ‘’yes’’ to this question, with reasons like, “Yes, from Facebook, all the funny stuff you write.” ~ Grade 12.
The remaining 5% of people were unsure of whether I am well known or not, but assumed so because I was asking them questions like this.
“ Definitely, Inuk gets around!”~ Grade 10
6. What kind of clique would I fit in with?
“I feel you’re well-rounded in a sense that you don’t fit in with one, but at the same time, would get along with everybody.” ~Eric Duplessis.
That quote represents the vast majority of answers I had received. 38% said that they think I would fit in with anybody.
38% said I would fit in with the super smart or funny kids (assuming they have formed a clique based off personality traits).
The remaining 27.7% think that I would fit in with what they call, “jocks,” “preppy kids,” “stoners,” or otherwise do not know.
“Probably the people who are intelligent, not the nerds with glasses who get bullied, but the kids who are into science and doing well in school.” ~Chris Leblanc (Grade 12)
“Really smart kids, preppy kids, because you’re super smart, but you’re not a prep. You’re like a preppy comedian!” ~Grade 9
“I feel you like sports a lot, so maybe the jocks, because you’re confident and I associate confidence with sports.” ~Grade 11
“I think you could go anywhere and fit in with anybody.” ~Grade 10
7. What am I known for?
29% said that they believe me to be known for being funny; this includes certain posts on the BMHS Facebook page and making “these interviews,” which for some reason they consider a topic based off my own greatness to be amusing.
The remaining categories included, being very intelligent, being social, being honest, and one guy said I was known for “being the harbinger of death.” No joke, a kid said that.
“Doing stuff like this, making funny videos, being a general jokester.” ~Nikhil Joshi (Grade 10)
“ You’re very social. You talk to everybody.” ~ Grade 10
(Didn’t know) “I can tell by these interviews that you’re very intelligent and you’re not afraid to put yourself out there.” Emma Prevost (Grade 11)
“You’re known for being a savage man! Straight up!” ~ Grade 10
8. Would you consider us to be friends or acquaintances?
This kind of question would be really awkward for most people; even for me it was really awkward when I did not know the person that well. It exposed me to truths that I did not really want to acknowledge, but through my ever-resilient spirit I prevailed and collected the following data.
52% of those interviewed considered me a friend (Even that one who said I was a jerk when they first met me!) the remaining 48% said that I was either an acquaintance or someone who was becoming their friend.
“Bros!” ~ Connor MacDonald (Grade 12)
9. How do you feel when I ask these questions?
Even though this article covers the popular opinion about moi, I decided to ask some of the participants about their feelings and stuff, as it pertains to being involved in a project of true greatness, just so that they feel important. The largest categories were feelings of neutrality and slight awkwardness, with 83.3% saying that they felt fine and 11.1% reporting feelings of mild discomfort. Other responses I got were:
“I feel important, like I matter to Inuk!” ~ Grade 10
“They’re funny.” ~Connor MacDonald (Grade 12)
10. Was I any different when I first met you?
People change, unless you’re already perfect like me, then you wouldn’t expect much of a dynamic, but I decided to go ahead and ask this anyway. The polls indicate that 68% of people believe me to be the same person that I was when we first met, while 32% report some slight change or otherwise do not know.
“ You were different, but at the same time you weren’t. You were really open to meeting everybody, but now that you know everybody it’s like you have been here since grade 9.” ~Lance Sequin (Grade 12)
“When I first met you a year ago, you were a little bit more shy, but not by much.” ~Grade 10
11. Do you think this is a good article idea?
Prior to gathering data for this article, when I presented the idea to my peers, some of them had the unmitigated gall to suggest that it is not in fact the amazing article that I had proposed. Others had the absurd assumption that it reflected the large ego of its author. Can you imagine, a benevolent figure like me having a large ego?? With their harsh criticisms fresh in mind, I asked the same question, “Do you think this is a good article idea?”
The polls show that 100% of the people interviewed believe this to be a good article idea, although mostly on the grounds of humor.
“It sounds fun if it is going to be from the comedic perspective, but it also helps you with your self-image, because you’re okay with your innermost flaws enough to exploit them.” ~Eric Duplessis (Grade 12)
“Yes, it’s really cool; it’s a nice opportunity for people to learn other people’s names. I feel that we stick to our own social groups and don’t really go outside them. I think this article makes a statement about being more diverse socially and getting to know some of the kids you otherwise wouldn’t talk to. I also applaud you for bringing this fact to light through such a humorous and interpretable analogy.” ~Grade 11
“You’re graduating this year, so I think it is a really clever way to get a final poll in on what people think about you.” ~Nikhil Joshi (Grade 10)
In the end, it appears that I am more well known around the school than I thought. Everyone I interviewed knew who I was, if not by name then by face. My thoughts on my own social standing have been elevated slightly; mind you, it was already elevated enough to have an article written in its honor.
To lesser minds that read this masterpiece, this article would be merely ambiguous, but one should understand, as a very smart eleventh grader pointed out, that it touches on a slight issue of a very homologous social order. Like bacterial colonies in a petri dish, different student cliques at BMHS often do not intermingle, and as a result are robbed of the opportunity for a more diverse social experience. While “crews” in high school tend to stay relatively consistent, they rarely survive out in the much more diverse, and unpredictable, real world. Kids should be more encouraged to get to know more people, step out of their shells and talk to people, not just the really cool, approachable ones like me, but everyone.
High school is a short four years, make it last!