My name is Stephanie but feel free to call me Steph. I am turning 21 in April and while I’m glad to finally be rid of the giant, red “UNDER 21” on my driver’s license, I don’t feel like I suspect a 21 year old should feel. I’ve had to write descriptive paragraphs about myself many times before and I have yet to properly capture myself in words. I can describe the house in which I reside and the one room I occupy. Or I can explain that I am a graphic design major that spends as much time on Photoshop as a part time job except I don’t get paid for it. Or perhaps that I feel truly peaceful listening and watching the rain at night from my bedroom window. The list of things I could describe about myself is be endless but there would always be something else to add. The biggest part of my life currently though would be my involvement in a couple of fandoms.
Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, freedom, etc.) is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of sympathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the object(s) of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices (a fandom); this is what differentiates “fannish” (fandom-affiliated) fans from those with only a casual interest. (Wikipedia)
A lot of people are embarrassed to admit that they’re part of a fandom (what’s nerdier than admitting you obsess over something fictional?) and with good reason. Fandoms and fans are very often mocked and made fun of (think: Star Trek fans and all the jokes about them living in their parents’ basements and being virgins). I, however, am not particularly embarrassed anymore to admit that I am part of a fandom or two or three. Mainly, my fandoms are Supernatural (TV show) and AFI (band). My involvement in these fandoms range from fanfiction and fanart to roleplaying games. I primarily express myself and use my creativity to involve in these fandoms.
In conclusion: My name’s Steph and I’m what many would consider a nerd, and that’s fine.