The Questions Project: Sarah Darby

Sarah Darby is one of the most sunshiney, joyful people I have ever met. She’s a journalism major at Mizzou and was my freshman roommate. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to begin college with and she’s easily one of my most cherished friends.
She’s spent the semester traveling the country for various conferences, so I’m convinced she’s already a professional journalism/business woman. She’s also worked for AP on two different projects already and she’s only 21, so make of that what you will.

Much love to my dear friend, Sdarby.

1. What was the last picture you took with your phone?

The last picture I took on with my phone was of a candle burning in my room. I bought a candle for the first time last week, and it’s such a stress reliever. It smells like pine cones and cinnamon.

2. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?

I have not! I am convinced that I have an eye for cops. I usually spot them far off in the distance and slow down a bit just to be safe.
3. What’s your heritage?
I am mostly Scottish. My great grandparents on my dad’s side came to America on a ship, and I’m told they had pretty cool accents. That lineage, the Robertson clan, has a dedicated kilt pattern, and I used to Scottish dance when I was little. I’m also English, Slovenian and German.
4. What was the last lie you told?
Hmm I can’t remember specifically.
5. What’s the weirdest prank you’ve ever done?
I think most people who know me would agree that I’m usually the one being pranked, not the other way around. I’m very gullible, and I fall for things easily. To this day, my best friend still talks about a time when she jumped out from a corner and I screamed so loud that it woke up her entire family.
6. Do you trust anyone with your life?
Yes, definitely. Especially family and friends I’ve known for a long time.
7. Describe the perfect pizza.
Oh my gosh there’s this place called Spin Pizza back home that has a mushroom, spinach and garlic pizza that is amazing. I like pepperoni too, but you can’t beat veggie pizza.
8. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?
I woke up at 7 a.m. to study for a test, so the first thing I thought was, “How long should I work on this before I let myself go back to sleep?”
9. You discover that your wonderful one-year-old child is because of a mix up at the hospital and not yours. Would you want to exchange the child to correct the mistake?
I think I would want to keep the child I had already raised for a year. It would be really hard as a parent or as a child to have your environment change so suddenly otherwise. I think the relationship with the child would be more important to me than the fact that they were biologically mine. But, I’d also want to know my biological child too, so I’m not sure.
10. Would you be willing to lie to a court for a close friend if it meant saving your friend from going to prison for life?
Yes, although it would depend on the circumstances of the crime, and I’m a bad liar so I don’t think anyone would believe me.
11. Would you be willing to eat a bowl of crickets for money?
How much money?
12. If you could have anyone locked in a room so you could torment them for a day, whom would you choose and how would you torment them?
I can think of plenty of people I want to be locked in a room with for a day, but not many I’d want to torment. I’ve always wanted to ask my parents things about their youth they may or may not want to share. Maybe I could torment them with questions for a day.
13. If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be?
I would definitely be five years old. When I think of that age I just have images of running through sunflower fields in my head. I’d like to go back to that nostalgic time.
14. Who was the last person you sang to and what did you sing?
This morning, I sang to my capstone partner Natasha. We’re on the phone a lot for this project we’re working on, and we end up listening to the same hold music like five times a week. I sang the hold music to her (sorry Natasha).
15. What question do you hate being asked?
“Can you help pick up hedge apples today?” Growing up, there were tons of trees on our property that grew these giant inedible fruits that look like green brains. Every fall, my brother and I would have to pick up hundreds of them. It’s still one of the first things my dad asks me when I go home.
16. If you could have only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A double steak burger, fries and a mint chocolate chip milkshake from Steak ’n Shake, hands down.
17. How do you start a conversation?
I usually go with a standard, “Hey, how are you?”, and try to really mean that.
18. If you had a brainwashing machine, who would you use it on?
Everyone who has ever commented on my hometown paper’s Facebook page. I helped moderate the Facebook page this summer, and I was so terrified by some of the hateful things people would say. I just want to make everyone love other people.
19. Have you ever eaten a crayon? What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten?
I have not eaten a crayon. I ate blood sausage when I was in Argentina last fall, and it was gross. It’s literally sausage with thick blood.
20. Are you still learning who you are?
Yes, absolutely. I learn something new about myself and how I think about the world every day. I hope I never stop learning who I am.
21. What’re you afraid of?
I’m afraid of people not liking me. It’s something I’m working on, but it makes it hard for me to deal with conflict and disappointment.
22. Do you dance?
YES! I definitely dance but not always in public. But, if there’s a dance room at a party, I am there.
23. What’s the weirdest thing about you?
I really like cleaning out lint from drying machines. I also really like picking seeds out of pomegranates.
24. What’s the most normal thing about you?
I love junk food and Netflix.
25. What are your thoughts on honesty?
Honesty is very important to me.
26. What do you want your tombstone to say?
I really like this quote from “Tuesdays with Morrie” that says, “The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” But, “loving daughter and friend” works too.
27. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I hate when my nails snag on cloth. I keep my nails really short to avoid this at all costs. I also hate when people pop their fingers and back.
28. What feels like love to you?
Love to me feels like comfort. It feels like hearing a loved one laugh from another room and being overcome with warmth thinking about those people/that person.
29. What’s a skill you’d like to learn and why?
I tried to take a woodworking class this semester, but I ended up not having time for it and I got frustrated after whittling a spoon for like three hours. If I can find some patience, I’d love to learn how to build my own furniture.
30. How would your friends describe you?
I think they would say I’m really goofy, and I hope they would say I’m caring and loyal.

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