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Humans of CPS: Jesse D.

Jesse D., Sophomore - Interview Conducted by Pearl Werbach

Thursday, December 1st, 11:05: The first real rainy day in a while—the Berkeley hills are enveloped in a milky fog, the windows clouded from the heat inside. I meet Jesse inside the library during open block, and we struggle to find a place unoccupied by students seeking shelter from the rain. Settling on a nook between the bookshelves, the interview begins...

Pearl: Hi, Jesse!

Jesse: Hi.

Pearl: Do you have any fun hobbies?

Jesse: Uh, yeah. I play piano. I love playing piano.

Pearl: Oh really? No way!

[laughter because we were talking about this pre-recording]

Jesse: Yeah. I do a lot of it outside of school. Right now I’m doing the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College program.

Pearl: I’ve heard about that! That’s amazing!

Jesse: Yeah—it’s, um. It’s okay. I also played a lot of Magic the Gathering in middle school, but I’ve been playing less now. Probably because I don’t have as much time.

Pearl: Ah, yes. That College Prep work.

Jesse: Yeah.

Pearl: Would you say that you’re more of an extrovert or an introvert?

Jesse: Probably introvert. Depends on the day, though.

Pearl: What was the last TV show you binge-watched?

Jesse: I haven’t binge-watched anything in a while.

Pearl: Nothing?

Jesse: Well, okay. Over the quarantine I binge-watched the Office.

Pearl: That’s a good one. Would you rather have telekinesis (the ability to move things with your mind) or telepathy (the ability to read minds)?

Jesse: Telekinesis. It seems cooler.

Pearl: Yeah…something you can show off. And I feel like it’d be scary to know what everyone thinks of you.

Jesse: Yeah.

Pearl: Would you rather be forced to sing along or dance to every song you hear? This is a hard one, since you play piano.

Jesse: Well, definitely sing along. Because I can't dance.

Pearl: I don’t even know how you’d dance with, like, your hands on the keys.

Jesse: Move around on the seat?

Pearl: Just like, wiggle back and forth?


Pearl: Thank you so much, Jesse!


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