Name: Kathryn Nguyen
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: softball, watching TV (especially Supernatural)
Appearance: Nearly everything about Kathryn Nguyen appears delicate. Standing at 51 and weighs 110 pounds, many of her classmates tower over her. Her large, almond-shaped brown eyes, sculpted eyebrows, and bowed lips give her an almost doll-like appearance. Her straight nose is just slightly turned up at the tip, giving her a perky appearance.
True to her Vietnamese heritage, Kathryn has straight, dark brown hair that is styled in uneven layers that fall just past her shoulder blades. It is usually worn down to frame her heart-shaped face. The most distinct layer is the top layer, which begins at the part and ends at her chin and is dyed a light brown. During softball practice and games, she throws into a ponytail to keep it out of her eyes.
Favoring a casual but athletic style, Kathryn dresses to accentuate her curves. She chooses clothes that make her feel good, and that annoy her great-grandmother. Her favorite outfits include broken in running shoes, very clingy yoga pants, and an Aurora High Softball hoodie.
Biography: Kathryns great passion in life is softball. Her father, an avid baseball fan, decided to enroll her older brother in baseball. Kathryn tagged along to every practice and was soon running and training with the older boys. The coach noticed her dedication and love of game and encouraged Kathryns father to put her on a softball team. She began playing softball at the age of 7 and has never stopped. Over the years, Kathryn has played on a variety of local teams. Her first coach was a firm believer in letting the girls on his team get a feel of all the positions so they were frequently rotated around the field. Kathryn displayed a knack for pitching and for the last nine years, her parents have paid for private lessons so that she could continue to improve.
Kathryns father has also spent a lot of time in the familys backyard working with her and her brother on their skills. Kathryn joined the freshman team even though she was offered a spot on the varsity team. She was incredibly excited by the offer and nearly accepted. However, her father knew that once Kathryn started on Varsity, she would always have to play at the Varsity level. He demanded that she start her high school career on a team where shed get the most playing time. He felt if she jumped into the varsity team, she would spend most of the time on the bench in favor of older, more seasoned players. Kathryn was on the junior Varsity team for her sophomore year, before moving up to varsity.
Kathryn is very competitive and has been known to hit players on purpose if they are crowding her plate. She has been warned on this behavior and, for now, is content to work the inside and deliberately pitch to the inside of the strike zone in order to rattle batters. She gets along with most of her teammates, though her emotions before a game can make her hard to be around. Kathryn is superstitious at the start of her games, having a routine that she changed very little from when she pitched her first winning game. Kathryn is very focused on softball and wants to turn it into a career either playing professionally or coaching. In school, Kathryn maintains a 4.0 GPA in the hopes that her grades and softball skills will result in a scholarship to a university with a strong softball program.
Part of Kathryns ability to function well in a group stems from her large extended family. She lives in a large four bedroom house with her two brothers, parents, grandparents, and great-grandmother. Until the arrival of her great-grandmother, Kathryn was the one person in the house who did not have to shares a room. However, for the past two years, she has been roommates with her very traditional Vietnamese great-grandmother, Ngoc Minh.
As much as Kathryn loves her great-grandmother, she resents having to share living space with the critical and very traditional old woman. Kathryn values her privacy, and since her grandmother has moved in has been forced to redecorate her room to fit her grandmothers tastes. All of softball and TV posters that adorned her room had to come down, and were replaced with an altar to honor their ancestors and shelves that contain porcelain and ceramic figures. As a result, Kathryn has been spending a lot of time at her friends houses watching TV or just hanging out. Ngoc Minh is very critical of Kathryn finding fault with just about all aspects of Kathryns likes, and behaviors.
Kathryn gets along well with the rest of her family. She is closest to her older brother; they share many interests besides athletics. Sam, five years her senior, was eager to share his love of science fiction with his younger sister. He dragged her to see Galaxy Quest when she was five and trying to get her involved in the few TV shows that were on. Kathryn pretended to like it at first, to please her older brother. Soon however she developed a love for science fiction all her own. She loved the idea of space travel and the possibilities that it opens up. Kathryn favors optimistic views of the future. The few times that she tried discussing the latest events in a science fiction movie or show with her classmates, she received only blank stares and confused glances. To avoid these stares and having to explain herself Kathryn tends to keep this interest private. Her latest passion has been the TV show Supernatural; she hasnt missed an episode since the show aired.
Kathryns mother insisted that her children be read to every night. She also used this opportunity to have some one on one time with her children. Kathryns dad and grandparents would often join in this ritual, as the children were far enough apart in age to warrant different books. Trips to the book store were often taken as a reward for good grades or good behavior. For these reasons Kathryn has grown up with a love of books. Kathryn always has a book in her backpack and more often than not it is the latest science fiction title.
Kathryns grandfather is a jeweler. He fled Vietnam during the war, coming to America to reestablish his shop. Kathryns grandmother worked in the shop part-time and raised their children. Kathryns grandparents instilled in their children that education was important. The importance of education has been passed down to Kathryn and her siblings. Through hard work the business thrived, and after 10 years the couple was able to buy the house the family currently resides in. Kathryns dad followed in his dads footsteps and is also a jeweler, taking over much of the day to day operations. Kathryns mother is a nurse, and the combined incomes allow the family to live comfortably.
Advantages: Kathryn is in excellent shape and has a very accurate throwing arm.
Disadvantages: Kathryn has very strong ties to her family and is superstitious, which may cause her to over think her actions on the island.
Hi Arscapi! Just here to help you flesh out your bio. It's DENIED, pending some additions.
I understand that most of the characters life is dedicated to softball, but the bio still feels sparse in the face of focusing on it. There may be other things you can do to flesh the character out. Her love of sci-fi, for example. Why does she choose to hide it? Does she read it often? Maybe she tries to write it. What's hear reasons for enjoying sc-fi?
Also, it might give us some more insight into the character if we know her family's financial status. Normally I wouldn't ask about it but emphasis is given to the size of their house, so I was curious.
Why does she dress to accentuate her curves? Is it a conscious choice? Is it for purposes of flaunting herself, or is it merely for comfort?
There's a few spelling errors and typos that need to be ironed out, too. In the first paragraph of the bio, "coach" was spelled, "couch." Also, later on in the bio you write: "She lives in a large house four bedroom house with her two brothers, parents, grandparents, and great-grandmother." Here you should be able to eliminate the bolded word as it's unnecessary.
Thanks, and I look forward to looking at this again!