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Olivia Walker
Topic Started: Apr 9 2012, 04:34 PM (804 Views)
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Name: Olivia Walker
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests:Literature, History, Biology

Appearance: Olivia stands at a modest 5’3” and weighs 123 pounds. Her oval face sports eyes that are a piercing deep green, a small nose and thin lips. Her hair is a dirty blonde that is almost brown in color and it reaches down onto her shoulder. She keeps it in a ponytail most of the time. Her eyebrows are thin. She is not particularly curvy with only a slight bust. She is unremarkable physically due to the fact that she doesn’t work out or participate in any sports. Olivia is Caucasian with a slightly tanned skin tone.

She typically dresses plainly, usually in polo shirts and loose jeans or shorts. The clothes she wears are usually in light pastel colors such as pale green or salmon pink. She wears very little make-up aside from lip gloss and mascara. Her skin doesn’t suffer much from acne, though she does use concealer whenever she has a breakout. The only noticeable jewelry she wears is the fake-gold chain necklace with a heart-shaped decoration. It has a special sentimental value to her because it was a gift from her mother. Olivia diets constantly to stay in shape. She has a habit of constantly tidying her clothes.

Biography: Olivia was the only child born to Denise and Blake Walker, a middle class family. They were old high school sweethearts and they married soon after Blake received his Bachelor’s degree. Denise would get pregnant only a few months afterwards and she decided to be a stay at home mother.

Olivia’s early childhood was a rather uneventful but happy one. She didn’t have many friends because she would rather play by herself when the other kids wanted to play. Olivia began reading simple books to pass her time and as she became further drawn away into them, she discovered a natural love of reading. In her older years she began to broaden her interests to include biology and history. She became fascinated by nature through her books, a fascination which developed into a passion for biological studies. Despite the fact that she mostly friendless during this time, she was never unhappy because she always had her parents who doted on her constantly. She felt closer to Denise because Blake would often be away at work, leaving the two at home. It could be said that she was a momma’s girl since she would spend all her free time with Denise and it was obvious that she idolized her. Denise was careful to make sure that her daughter didn’t end up spoiled rotten, though. Denise would usually enlist Olivia into helping with the household chores and instilled within her the idea of working hard for what she wanted.

The family lived in Belleview before moving to Seattle because of Blake’s job. Olivia was ten and had trouble making friends at her new school since she transferred in the middle of fifth grade. Not helping this was her introverted personality and she was picked on for keeping to herself, which some of the other students interpreted as meekness. Her problems were further exacerbated by her parent’s suddenly rocky marriage. They had begun to grow tired of living their lives together. What love they did have dried up at this point and they soon grew sick of each other. They had begun fighting with sudden regularity that frightened Olivia, ultimately ending in a bitter custodial battle in which Blake won out. Blake moved away with Olivia when she was 12, her mother visiting her a few times a month.

The separation had been a complete surprise to Olivia and it had completely rocked what she believed had been a mostly perfect life. Even though she knew better, Olivia couldn’t help but blame herself for the incident, if only a little bit. This divorce had been a quiet source of anxiety in her life. She certainly didn’t blame herself as much as she blamed her father. She saw him as the reason that her parent’s marriage had begun to fall apart and she was unwilling to see her mother as anything but innocent this divorce. She resented and grew apart from him even though they live under the same roof and she tries desperately to remain close as possible to Denise. But recently, she had begun to feel some regret for her treatment of Blake, wondering if there could have been some way to patch things up between the two of them. There was never any doubt that Blake loved his daughter and deep, deep down she loved him too. She would never admit to having these feelings though.

After the divorce, Olivia’s demeanor changed considerably. She dealt with her anxiety by burying herself into her schoolwork, deciding to find happiness in academic success. She took her mother’s ideal of hard work close to heart and as a result, Olivia studied long and hard. She consistently excelled in her studies, earning high marks in most of her classes, particularly in history and language arts. The exceptions would be physical education classes which she has always despised. She signed up for several AP classes and involved herself in the school’s debate team. She has thought about starting a career as a biologist after high school, though she was unsure of what sort of biologist she wanted to be. She has shown particular interests in marine biology. She did not have a job in high school, though she applied for several.

Outside of school, Olivia often visited the Central library in the downtown area. There she would spend her time reading and studying history and biology. Those were mostly personal forays as she already passed her necessary social studies and science classes. For literature, Olivia mostly read realistic fiction books, usually those that focused on family and personal problems, and she often carried them around with her. She disliked fantasy and science-fiction books, mostly because she couldn’t see the point in reading about things that could never possibly be true or true within her lifetime. She didn’t care much for escaping off into fantastic worlds and had tendency to view people who read such books as childish. As for history, she studied mostly North American and European history, especially around the seventeenth century to present day. Olivia has attempted to write creatively from time to time but she does not consider her writing and creative abilities to be particularly noteworthy.

Olivia’s personal philosophy of working hard for what she wanted had changed quite a bit since she became a high schooler. She believed that she shouldn’t only work hard but that she actively needed to fight for it, in that she needed to be more proactive in getting what she wanted. This had made her self-confident and decisive but also had the unfortunate side effects of making her bossy, harsh, impatient, prideful and sometimes uncooperative. Her more negative traits appear whenever she tries to work with others as she always wants things to go her way. Olivia holds herself in high regard, sometimes arrogantly, and usually thinks that she is the best candidate to lead or direct any group she works in. This has the predictable results of her butting heads with other teammates more often than not. Olivia wanted to pursue her own plan of action instead of following someone else’s. She viewed her classmates impassively unless she saw them as competition or an obstruction to whatever it is that she was trying to accomplish, in which case they became enemies. Despite what others might think, Olivia doesn't hate or dislike the company of other people but prefers to remain by herself nonetheless. The fact that she has little in the way of friends was always another source of private insecurity but she doesn't quite know how to socialize with others in a normal way. She can enjoy the company of others except those who she considers loud and annoying. She doesn't have anyone she can call a true best friend though.

Olivia just wasn’t the type to take things lying down. For her, life was a constant struggle that she needed to come out on top of. And she would certainly charge ahead no matter what.

Advantages: Olivia is very confident in her own abilities. It is rare for her to be without some sort of plan of action. She is a smart girl and will likely put her knowledge to good use. While she isn’t violent or particularly deceitful, she is willing to fight and trick if she needs to. She is also unlikely to give up without significant pressure.
Disadvantages: Her abrasive, bossy attitude will make it difficult for her to win friends. In addition, while she is confident in her own abilities, she is not particularly brave. And most of all, her athletical abilities are completely unimpressive, even for your average high school senior.
Edited by DawnStar, May 1 2012, 10:46 AM.
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Hello Dawnstar, I'll be looking at your bio here today. Olivia's profile is DENIED pending some additions.

Mainly, her interests aren't fleshed out all that well. You mentioned her on the debate team, but you say nothing about her interests in Literature and History. The issue here is that these are more like school subjects than interests. However, if you were to mention that she studies them outside of school, this would cover that issue and also give us some more insight into the character.

What Literature does she like? Does she read a lot of it out outside of school? Does she write, too? The same could be said of history. What does she do with history outside of studying it in class? If her academic drive pursues her out of the classroom, then we'll know a little more about what makes Olivia take.

Also, make sure your tenses are consistent. Small thing, but sometimes you slip between present and past tense so be sure the bio stays in past tense.

Make the additions and edits, and I'll take a look again!
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Thanks for the review, Outfoxed! I added some things and edited some others. I decided to place an emphasis on her interest in biology since I didn't think that politics place right with her.
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Oops, small error I didn't catch. In the appearance you mentioned the character as Abigail, when she's Olivia. Be sure to get her name consistent in the bio.

You might want to make some more mention about Olivia's interactions with fellow classmates, maybe some about her friends.

Fix the name and some of that info and I'll take one more look at it.
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I apologize for the very late update. Had some issues with school and my computer so I didn't have the time to update when I wanted. I hope that I updated Olivia up to code.
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Abigail is Caucasian with a slightly tanned skin tone.


Still missed it, looks like. In Appearance.

Also, candidate is misspelled toward the end.
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Gah, I can't believe that I got that wrong both times. Hope she makes it now.
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