Proust Questionnaire with Emme Joy

Emme Joy answers the questionnaire created by the famed French essayist and novelist Marcel Proust.


Caroline DeSimone

Emme Joy working on school work during a study.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Maybe not having any homework, stress, or worries and hanging out with my friends and playing soccer or watching a really good movie.

What is your greatest fear?
Accidentally becoming a cannibal. Like accidentally eating a human, and then I don’t know about it and then I find out later and then you can’t reverse it. That’s just the scariest thing.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I’m a big procrastinator. I wish I can get over that.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I really don’t like when people don’t get excited about things or when they are lame. I think that when you are in a group setting and people are excited about something and you are the one to be down on it and you try to rally people not to like it, it’s just the most annoying thing to do. Especially when you have people around you who are very excited about it. It’s just wrong.

Which living person do you most admire?
My sister because I look up to the way she is a sociable person and everyone who meets her instantly loves her.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Definitely coffee.

What is your current state of mind?
My current state of mind is really chaotic and stressed about literally everything in my life.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Honesty because sometimes it’s better to lie in certain situations.

On what occasion do you lie?
To prevent hurting people’s feelings or to my parents.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Definitely humor. He’s got to be funny.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Like, um, probably

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My dog, Duffy.

Which talent would you most like to have?
It would be awesome if I could sing.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Confidence. Like I feel like I am confident but not 100%. I wish I could be sure of myself.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Probably accomplishing my goals for senior year like being Student Council Vice President and a captain. Having a balance of extra-curriculars, academics, athletics, and friendships.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A dog

Where would you most like to live?
Lake Cuomo. I am a lake person, not an ocean person, I feel like I can just romanticize every day, and it would just be awesome.

What is your most treasured possession?
My closet. I put a lot of thought and effort into how I dress, and I feel like I’ve done a really good job of curating what I want to wear.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Finding out people don’t like me.

What is your favorite occupation?

What is your most marked characteristic?

What do you most value in your friends?
Relatability. I never feel alien in a group. They can always relate to me.

Who are your favorite writers?
Jane Austen

Who is your hero of fiction?
Percy Jackson

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Eleanor Roosevelt

Who are your heroes in real life?
My sister, my parents, and my friends.

What are your favorite names?
I love girls named after months like June, May, and April, and also seasonal names like Autumn or Summer.

What is it that you most dislike?
People who can’t hold a conversation.

What is your greatest regret?
Not picking a job that I’m really passionate about.

How would you like to die?
This is easy. Carbon monoxide. Painless and you fall asleep.

What is your motto?
Work hard