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What People Notice About You


At different points in my life, people have taken a “first notice” to different things about me. I thought it would be interesting to ask a few people who I have met along the last 20+ years what they first noticed about me when we first met.

My mom (who obviously “met” me on Day 1): “I first noticed your red hair, and thought: where did that come from [Author’s note: I have long, long not been a redhead, natural or otherwise]. But it was too cute! I also immediately noticed you got your dad’s blue eyes, which I was so thankful for! And then that cry of yours, you coughed then cried, I’ll never forget it.”

My childhood best friend (who met me in first grade): “Your cool Gap overalls. I had the same pair. If that doesn’t make a best friend, what does? Luckily we’ve bonded over more than a shared love of overalls these past years.”

My middle school best friend (who met me in sixth grade): “You had a LOT of energy. It had some sort of bizarre appeal. You’re lucky I can’t remember what cool middle school outfit you had to have been rocking those days.”

My high school best friend (who I met sophomore year): “I noticed how chatty you were. I think I remember you seeming confident and outspoken.”

My college ex-boyfriend and now good friend: “You had a cute smile and were funny.”

It’s interesting to see how few people noticed my actual looks. But it makes sense. While I may often envy someone’s looks or think a guy is good-looking, it is more often something unique that really sticks out about them (even if it’s just their cool colored Gap overalls) or some sort of manifestation of their personality that really makes them seem appealing.

I could tell you how my high school best friend has the most wonderful long, long, blonde hair (a length I wish I could attain), but I would be lying if I said that’s what I noticed about her first. I noticed how smart she was, how she spoke up in class and always seemed so organized and on top of it. I could tell you how my middle school best friend has killer blue eyes, that everyone always talks about, but that didn’t make her sixth grade self stand out to me; it was her attitude and strength.

When you think about how to stand out – yes you can wear false eyelashes, rock a bright red lip, and have the best arm party of all time on your arm – but the most amazing people you meet, will probably notice your quirks and true personality traits that make you, you. Those are the qualities that make other people want you in their life. Anyone can rock a cool necklace, or apply makeup perfectly; that doesn’t make you Think about that next time you stand around in your perfect outfit, with perfect hair and makeup, but with a pout on you face. If you smile, and just be you, someone will take notice.

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Cara Sprunk has been the Managing Editor of Her Campus since fall 2009. She is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University where she majored in American Studies with a concentration in cultural studies. At Cornell Cara served as the Assistant Editor of Red Letter Daze, the weekend supplement to the Cornell Daily Sun where she also wrote for the news and arts section and blogged about pop culture. In her free time Cara enjoys reading, shopping, going to the movies, exploring and writing.  
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