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Jessica Murphy
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Name: Jessica Murphy
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Grade: 12th
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: Cheerleading, swim team, babysitting, being a lifeguard, teaching swim lessons, and reading.

Appearance: Jessica stands at a relatively average 5’4, and weighs in at 115 lbs. A lot of this is muscle weight due to how active she is. Some of her weight is a bit of the curvaceousness she has picked up over her teenage years, with most of these curves being around her hips rather than around her bust. She has a heart shaped face and brown eyes. She uses makeup only on days where she isn’t planning to go swimming, usually choosing a small amount of eye shadow and mascara. Her blonde hair, when not put up, goes down to the base of her neck. However, it is normally in a simple bun with bangs in the front. She typically dresses in a comfortable manner, usually wearing a t-shirt and jeans. For footwear she normally wears a simple pair of sneakers, but occasionally wears flats or heels if she’s feeling fancy that day.

Biography: Jessica was born in raised in Seattle, living in the same house the whole time. She is the oldest child of three, having two younger sisters, Sara being two years younger, and Brittany six. Her parents both work at nearby corporate buildings, her dad writing up presentations for executives, and her mom works in human resources.

When she first started school Jessica was a bit shy, but by the end of her first year she had a lot of friends in her class. At the end of her kindergarten year her parents signed her up for swim lessons. She loved it almost immediately due to her feeling it was like flying, but without being able to fall.

Most of elementary school passed without incident, other than that in fifth grade she was allowed to stay at home without her parents or a babysitter. This is when she first had to keep watch over her siblings, and led to her starting to babysit to earn a little money once she was in seventh grade.

In middle school she joined the cheerleading squad, due to having a few friends who were also trying out and also because she enjoyed the exercise. Now that she’s in high school, she tends to have a slight dislike for girls who joined cheerleading just to be popular, rather than actually enjoying it.

In late middle school she didn't have to watch over her younger siblings as much, as her parents started trusting them to stay home without her. However, she still took the time to look out for them and give them advice. With Sara, they go through periods of being really good friends, and then times where they rarely speak to each other. This is due to Sara often getting slightly obsessive over perceived insults. Jessica rarely has a problem with Brittany, mostly due to the larger age gap. Brittany often tries to live up to Jessica and recently joined the middle school cheerleading squad. This level of reverential attitude is part of Jessica's conflict with Sara, due to a bit of jealousy on Sara's part. She gets along pretty well with her parents. They occasionally have to get on her if her math grade is slipping, but otherwise they are pretty happy with how she's doing.

Once she got to high school, Jessica joined the swim team to continue her love of swimming. In the summer before her sophomore year she became a lifeguard at the public pool after getting her certification. She has only had to rescue one kid during that whole time, a little kid who had parents that didn’t pay much attention. She also became an instructor for a few classes of beginning swimmers, and she instantly liked being called Miss Jessica. She tends to be a bit soft with the kids, except in situations where something is unsafe.

In school her attitude depends on the class. In English she’s very involved in class discussion and even takes the AP level of the class. She also stops by after class to discuss books she’s been reading with her teacher. Typically she reads mystery novels, but occasionally will read some sort of romance. She also takes AP French. In other classes she tends to get involved in off-topic discussion a lot, although she always makes sure to get her work done. The exception is math where she has to focus the whole time to have a chance to do well.

Socially, she does pretty well, getting along with most people. She tends to have a rather happy personality, although her way of explaining things, while being good with kids, can come off as condescending to those her own age. She tends not to have a problem during normal conversations, but explaining something to someone sometimes causes problems. She tends to hang around with the other swimmers and cheerleaders, but also has made friends in different groups from her AP English class. She tends to decline commenting on certain activities of friends, such as partying or drugs. It's not enough to stop her from being friends, but she avoids being in that part of their lives.

She tends to like guys who stay out of trouble, which isn't always obvious when she starts dating them, leading to a breakup later. Another reason is that the guys she goes for generally get annoyed over how she cares more about feelings and going out, and not so much about anything physical.

She plans to go to college after high school and become an elementary school teacher.

Advantages: Jessica’s positive attitude is unlikely to earn her many enemies. Her swimming has given her a lot more stamina, which would help her run longer, or deal with being exhausted for a lot of the time. She's also flexible. Her first aid and CPR knowledge from being a lifeguard could help her take care of injuries she gets, and also to help out any of her friends.
Disadvantages: She tends to be very nurturing, attempting to help people rather than hurt, which would make it very hard to harm others, even in self defense. Her condescending tone could cause issues with others.
Edited by Courtography, Jan 16 2012, 06:44 PM.
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Hey Bacon!


Ahhh....swimmer girls. They are ones after my own heart. Jessica seems like a sweetheart but is temporarily denied mostly because I just dun feel like I know her very well. Come with me and we shall dive into the deep end:

"A lot of this weight is in muscle due to the high amount of exercise she does. Part of the rest is the small amount of curviness she has picked up over her teenage years.."

This is just a tiny bit awkward. It would read a little better as "A lot of this is muscle weight due to how active she is. Some of her weight is a bit of the curvaceousness she has picked up over her teenage years..."


-I'd love to know more about Jessica and her siblings. You say that she started looking after them in middle school. Is that something she does a lot of even now? Is she a protective big sister? Is she a nurturing kind of big sister?
- You mentioned in the hobbies and interests that she's a swim instructor as well as a lifeguard but only lifeguard gets brought up in the biography. Talk a little about her job teaching swimming. Did that teaching experience inspire her to want to teach kids as a profession?
- Her parents seem normal with normal grown up jobs but just a blurb about how she relates to her parents would be nice.


"In other classes she tends to get involved in off topic discussion a lot," should be "off-topic."


-Talk to me a little more about her classmates. What sort of people does she hang out with? Is she friends with a lot of people from the swim and cheerleading teams? Also, how does she feel about dating and boys? Has she had boyfriends?
-Reading is one of her interests. What does she like to read?
- You say that since she's used to talking to kids a certain way, when she talks like that to her peers she comes off as condescending. That's kindda interesting. How much time does she spend with kids in relation to her peers? Also, being unintentionally condescending to classmates sounds like a disadvantage.
- In the advantages you say that being in shape should "help her survive." Be a little more specific. I know that when I started swimming seriously I found that I was a lot faster of a runner that I used to be. It's fair to say that her stamina is high from swimming and she can probably run decently. Cheerleading, I imagine, has made her flexible. Also: she's certified as a lifeguard. That means she knows CPR and first aid as they are requirements to get your certification. Those seem like pretty good advantages that should go under that section.
- The disadvantage of not being mean is....kindda....oddly worded. It'd probably be better to say something to the effect that she's kind heated or peaceful. Also this goes back to a question I had before: is she nurturing? That'd for sure be a damper to her ability to play the game.



To wrap it up, Jessica is a good start, I'm really just asking you to throw more meat on her bones. Kay, everyone out of the pool! Post when you've got it edited!
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Awesome! Almost there.

She's looking much better and I like things you included that clue me into her personality, like I smiled when I read she had a fondness for being called "Miss Jess" by the kids. Warm fuzzies >_<.


"The other reason is that the guys she goes for generally get annoyed over how she cares more about feelings and doing things, and not so much about anything physical."

"Doing things" means she's not so sexual? I can dig it. Just make it clear that that's what that means. Also from the paragraph on boys I'm getting that she likes good boys that stay out of trouble. S' a slightly more concise way of saying it.


Also, I still don't know much about her sisters or how she relates to them. I don't even know their names or really anything about how she is with them. I gather from all this that she's aces with kids, but some more about her siblings would be nice and maybe a word or two on how they affect her personality. Again, is she protective or people? Is she a disciplinarian with kids or a little softer? Is she tough with her peers as well or is she a bit of a softie with her friends?

We're gettin' close! Post it up when you're ready.
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Edits made!

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Neato. Hit the showers!

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