Michael Yoo, Who are You?

Before I interviewed Michael for his senior article, I had never spoken to him much. Obviously, we were in the same Newspaper class, and we were also in the same Anatomy class, but that was it. Hesitantly, I asked him the question in the title, emphasizing the “you” in reference to his name, and followed my pun with my first real question: “How would you describe yourself in one word?” Michael answered “Cool,” then corrected himself; “Wait a second, ‘food-loving.’”

I could agree with both of these, as he always seemed cool and frequently brought doughnuts and other food to class.

I then asked a question to which I didn’t know the answer; “If you could live anywhere, where would you live?” Michael thought about it, and said “I’d probably live in L.A. I just like L.A.; I think it’s the center of a lot of things. It’s a big city, so it’s exciting.”

Photo: Chronicle

Photo: Chronicle

I asked him another question like the first, one to which I was pretty sure of the answer; “What do you do for fun?” Sure enough, he said “I play tennis, I eat a lot, and I hang out with friends.” I always heard his name on the announcements about tennis; I already knew that he ate a lot and was pretty popular. Because of what he said about tennis, I asked him a joke question that I had found on the internet the previous day; “Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball?” Bemused, he said “You know, playing tennis for about five years now, you’d think I’d know the answer, but I don’t.” Then he added, self-deprecatingly, “Maybe when I get better.”

Wondering what answer that I would get, I asked “What is something that nobody knows about you?” Without embarrassment or hesitation, he answered “Today, I’m wearing black boxers.” I followed that personal question with another one; “What is the craziest thing that you’ve ever done?” He answered sincerely “I can’t tell you or else I’d get arrested.”

Because he was a senior and I was a junior, I asked him something for myself and the underclassmen; “What is the most important thing that you’ve learned in high school?” After we debated whether or not he could use profanity in his answer, he said “That there are hella hella many fake-(expletive) (expletive)s.”

As a fan of books and movies, I figured that I could learn more about him from his favorites; “What is your favorite book? Your favorite movie?” He thought for a moment before answering “The Alchemist is my favorite book and Good Will Hunting is my favorite movie. I don’t know, they’re just really good movies and books.” He corrected himself. “Movie and book.”

I then asked him a less funny personal question; “What is your greatest fear?” With the same sincerity that he used in his answer to my last personal question, he said “I think it’s that when I grow up, I won’t be as successful or doing what I really want to do.”

I then asked him a less serious personal question; “What is your proudest accomplishment?” He answered proudly “For tennis, my doubles partner and I, we made it to top twenty-four category in doubles at state, so that was a lot of fun; there’s some good memories in that.”

I asked him another question that I found on the internet; “Sell me this pen.” Again without hesitating, he jokingly answered “If you don’t buy this pen, I’m going to come to your house and kill you.”

In conclusion, I asked him “Is there anything else that you want me to know about you?” He summarized what I knew and liked about him in one sentence; “I’m Korean, I like a lot of food, and I’m usually pretty cool.”

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