Hi there. Glad to see you're interested enough to learn more about me! I'm Spoiler, but you can call me Jonathan. Fun fact: I actually love it when people want to know more about me. So feel free to read out to your heart's desire, and if you'd like to have a chat you are more than welcome.
My Time on Mineplex
I joined Mineplex in March 2014 from a friend that introduced me to Draw My Thing. Later in the year, I became actively involved in the community and tried my hardest to become a trainee (known as "helper" at the time). I befriended various people, staff and community members alike, many of whom I have lost contact with unfortunately (if you're one of them reading this hmu!). Although I eventually got interviewed in February 2015 after hard work and 6 previous applications, I never made it past there since the interview went terribly. Fast forward a few months later and I would have moved on from Mineplex for 3 more years.
I returned to the Mineplex community officially in March 2018. This reason stemmed due to my loneliness and lack of interaction with people in real life, and also to drag myself away from various social media. Only a week after returning, I applied for staff which actually happened to be exactly 3 years since my last application. After getting interviewed once again, I was eventually accepted in April.
I was promoted to mod in June 2018, eventually resigning in August of that same year. At first I felt a little bit of remorse from resigning, but much later I realized that it was beneficial rather than detrimental. This was because I had just started my senior year of high school and needed the time to focus on getting used to my new classes, studying for the SAT, and applying to colleges. I reinstated in November 2018 and have remained on the team ever since.
I'm not apart of many subteams, however I was apart of the Reports Petrol team since around the time I reinstated, (and also some time before that) but eventually left. In total I've processed around 1,000 forum reports as well as over 7,000 reports in-game (/reports). I'm also apart of the Newsletter Team, where I help create and edit the articles of fellow peers. Furthermore, I was a mentoring assistant from July 31, 2019 to March 2, 2020.
I was born and grew up in the suburbs of New York, around an hour north of NYC. My childhood and teenage years have been long filled with much fear and anxiety, usually stemming from all sorts of different issues. Today I'm a freshman at Stony Brook University as geology major with minors in astronomy and French. It's not the best college in the world, but it certainly is very good, as it is one of the top colleges in the State University of NY system. As well, we developed the MRI here so that's pretty cool.
In the future I don't really know what I could see myself as. Lately, I've been seeing myself as potentially becoming involved with either law, criminal justice, all the way to studying environmental science or marine biology. However every year this has been changing for me. Every year I see myself doing something different. That's a common dilemma I suffer from. As of right now, I'm thinking about pursuing a phd in planetary science, specializing in comet science (if I can do that? Honestly, phd's can be confusing to me). I'm sticking with this goal for now mainly because I have had an interest in astronomy for almost my whole life. Yet, with that said, physics and math are my weak points and they are a fundamental aspect to studying astronomy.
In terms of astronomy, I do like to think crazy, "existential" questions. What's the origin of dark energy? How can we harness the speed of light? What would Earth and civilization look like thousands of years from now? Is there life beyond Earth?! There is a theory called the Fermi paradox. It suggests that according to statistics, there should be at least millions of other species of intelligent life in our galaxy. Yet we haven't found anything. Why? I mean, these are the questions people ask all the time. I just thought it was always important to me to at least contribute something towards the meaning of life, humanity's goal in the universe (if there even is one), and the ways of travelling among the stars. I always grew up thinking to myself that I didn't want to grow up like the average, working, middle-class man. I wanted to do something new. Impact the world. Do something, anything, that isn't like the average common man. And now I'm getting carried away.
I have no idea if my goal in obtaining a planetary sciences phd will end up changing though. Knowing my past and how much I am always prone to changing, it probably will. I've already went through 2 academic major changes. But as of right now, I feel this is exactly what I've been interested in my entire life.
I'm definitely more inclined to pursue a degree in the sciences, and I feel it will end up being this way. Both of my parents obtained degrees in the humanities/social sciences and because of this I have seen them do the same mundane things for my entire life. My mother obtained a degree in fine art and hasn't been able to do much with that, so she works 2 jobs. One as a cashier and another as a teaching assistant. Father pursued a degree in psychology/elementary ed and became a 5th grade teacher. For them, nothing much has changed, and watching them do the same thing their whole life really depressed me. After seeing this, I knew it's not what I wanted. I knew I wanted to do research, discover breakthroughs in the sciences, and make real impacts. I just wanted something less mundane, and to do something new everyday.
My high school experience certainly wasn't the best, but I'm happy with what has come out of it. If you know me well, you would know that I never really made friends in high school nor communicated with many people except online, which made Mineplex my ultimate paradise during those years. On the day of my high school graduation, I actually had no one applaud for me when I received my diploma. Like, the audience was dead silent. It was probably the most humiliating day of my life. (Fun fact: there's a pic of me during this time where I pretty much looked dead inside lol). But while only having a 3.5 gpa, I managed to get into the colleges I hoped for and thus have no reason to complain. In university however, I've been able to perform much better.
Most people don't see much differences between the high school vs. university experience but for me it was astronomical. My university has brought some of the best changes in my life for me. A new girlfriend, trips to nyc, the beach, and so much more made my experience all the better. It wasn't like that at all in high school (where I stayed home all day, talking and speaking to virtually nobody), but I'm thankful that's in the past now.
I'm going to sound really boring when I say this, but other than playing video games there really isn't much I do in real life. In high school I never played sports nor even pursued any other extracurriculars or clubs for that matter. Needless to say, this has made my summers quite boring where most of the time I usually spend on my computer when it's not going to places with my family. I do like to play a little viola on the side however, but I am definitely far from being a professional.
I will be honest and that is sometimes I do like to write. However writing can often make me emotional so I don't do it as often. When I do write, it's usually personal thoughts or just things on my mind (excluding the Newsletter of course). I have habits of having conversations with myself back and forth, and to have it all on paper is usually refreshing. It's something I did a lot in high school but not as often anymore. I don't do diaries either since they require a lot of dedication to be constantly consistent, and also because every day is usually the same for me.
I sometimes like to travel too but don't really have the opportunity to do so nowadays. I have never been anywhere outside the east coast of the United States (except for the time I was at Ohio for a bit when I was 3). Since I'm an hour from NYC, I love going there whenever I have the opportunity to do so. My favorite places would definitely be Times Square, Central Park, and Downtown Manhattan. The Upper East/West sides are also nice, but probably wouldn't be my go-to's. I hope to one day travel to a place outside of the east coast, whether that might mean anywhere from California to Texas. I wouldn't be so sure about going to other countries, as I'm not sure if I am ready for that yet.
Sep 14, 2018
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