21 Potentially Interesting Things About Me

It’s now 2020 and this May, I’ll be turning 21. To better acquaint you with myself before I begin my ramblings, here are 21 things about me that may be of some interest!

1.) I was born and bred in South London but I’m the child of an Iraqi Kurdish father and Finnish-Turkish mother.

2.) I have a 14 year-old sister called Maia, whom I believe to be a witch because she simultaneously claims to remember her time in the womb and being JFK in a past life.

3.) I appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records when I was 13- a post about this will come!

4.) I’m the UK #2 and fastest female at Super Mario Kart (PAL) in the Time Trial Mode…for now!

5.) When I was 11, I fell into the Bosphorus in Istanbul and sank so deep underwater that fishes swam in front of my face as I gazed upward at a boat’s anchor.

6.) I’ve appeared in British, French, Dutch and American TV and/or media for Super Mario Kart.

7.) I love to do impressions and different accents, notably Irish, Southern US, Russian and Welsh.

8.) My favourite film franchise is Star Wars and I’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of the stars, including Carrie Fisher, just a year before she passed away ❀

9.) Once I craved a kebab at around 2am so my uncle secretly took a bus to the only kebab shop open at that time and we had a secret feast in my room, all while my family slept one door down and were none the wiser.

10.) Often I like to sleep flat on my back with my arms crossed on top of my face and this has bewildered anyone I’ve ever told.

11.) My uncle and I have organised Super Mario Kart intermediate-level tournaments at gaming expos in Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Margate and London. Our own competitions have taken us to Louisiana (USA), France and the Netherlands.

12.) I don’t have a single piercing on my body- not even in my earlobes!

13.) Whenever I play a game on my Nintendo Switch, I have to complete it 100%. I spent HOURS doing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and I’m currently undertaking Assassin’s Creed 3: Remastered…but I’m only at 50% and it has already taken nearly 40 HOURS!

14.) If time travel was possible, I would be the FIRST person to leave 2020. Back to the Future will always be one of my favourite franchises and it should NEVER be rebooted.

15.) From the ages of around 10-12 I took weekly Jazz and Tap dancing classes.

16.) I’m fascinated by Henry VIII and his relationships with his six wives; even my UCAS personal statement was about Anne Boleyn (wife #2).

17.) I love action-packed, psychological thrillers and I’m not really one for soppy romantic comedies.

18.) For my GCSE Textiles course, I made a Star Wars themed gown from a wedding dress pattern and the stress of this project has prevented me from using a sewing machine ever since.

19.) My guilty pleasure is the Real Housewives franchise because it’s the best mental tonic after a long, laborious day of studying.

20.) My favourite platform video game is Super Mario Bros 3 on the SNES.

21.) Finally, I love both the Spanish and Portuguese languages- I did a lot of work trying to learn them a couple of years ago but I since had to stop. One day I’ll get there though!

It’s actually quite hard to come up with so many things when you put yourself on the spot. But hey, if you stick around then you can always find out some more once I remember them πŸ˜‰

Published by Leyla Hasso

I'm an anxious, 23-year-old Modern Literature postgrad and competitive gamer born and bred in London, who is trying to navigate this crazy world while always looking on the bright side!

19 thoughts on “21 Potentially Interesting Things About Me

  1. Very impressed at the Carrie Fisher fact. But even more impressed at you taking care of a blog. πŸ˜‰

    Keep it up, girl! Very proud of you, as always. πŸ™‚


  2. Leyla please don’t feel anxious! Reading about your accomplishments makes me feel proud for you, I hope you are too, it is a rare gift to have success in something you enjoy so much πŸ™‚ Your language gift is equally special, you have made me read with interest something I know nothing about! You obviously have a lot to share, and are doing it wonderfully. Good luck with your competitions and your writing 😊 you’re going to be amazing.

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  3. Wow Leyla! I am impressed with this! I don’t think that at the age of 21 I would have been able to write 21 unique things about myself! So well done you! And carry on adding to the list! You have a long and exciting journey ahead of you!

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  4. Excellent! Not potentially interesting, Definitely interesting! Pleasure to read, looking forward to comes next! Pulitzer? 😁

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