Name: Lisa Marie Grzybowski
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: Soccer, music, gaming
Appearance: Lisa prides herself on looking as average as she can possibly manage to, and generally speaking, she succeeds. Despite her typical wardrobe choices, her athletic pursuits keep her Caucasian skin tone from going too pale. Her oval-shaped face is framed by a fringe that hangs past her wide, olive eyes, centrally parted so as not to interfere with her vision. Her straight, brown hair is kept cropped short, just about neck length, for ease of management, and tends to get wavy as it gets longer; it tapers off noticeably into waves at the very ends as it is. She stands at five foot seven, weighing in at a muscular one thirty, most of that muscle in her legs. Her smallish chest is offset noticeably by her narrow waist and curvaceous hips, though on a normal day, i.e, when she's not in her athletic clothes, it doesn't matter, as she favors more masculine, baggy clothing year round, only rarely leaving more than her hands and head exposed.
Biography: Lisa Grzybowski was born on January 24th, 1994, in the small parish of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Quebec, Canada, to Annabeth and Hal Grzybowski, a French teacher and an architect, respectively. Growing up, Lisa was an only child, and due to Hal's work, the family relocated frequently, passing through, in order, Halifax, Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland, Calgary, Vancouver, and Walla Walla before taking up residence in Seattle in the summer of 2008, making this her longest stretch in a single home. Always an outgoing child, the moves were never easy on her, and have led to her fair share of abandonment issues, but rather than shut people out like some might, knowing that she could up and leave at any time led her in the opposite direction; namely, to make the most of the time she spends with others, and to make as much time for as many people as she can handle. As such, she's always made friends easily, but tends to spread herself thin socially. She's had four years now to ease up on this, but old habits tend to die hard.
Life at home for the Grzybowskis was rather chaotic as Lisa grew up, in small part due to the constant moves, and in significantly larger part due to Lisa herself. Fortunately for her, she was blessed with two of the most patient human beings in existence as parents, though she brought even them their fair share of headaches. Even for a young child, her manic tendencies made her a frequent handful, and the three of them have been in family therapy for various reasons for the better part of fifteen years, at first to help the couple deal with the rigors of parenthood, though Lisa's behavior brought increased focus to her as time went on. Still, Hal and Annabeth care deeply for their daughter, and have made a point to see to it she has any chance she can get to succeed, while still doing what they can manage to do to instill a sense of discipline in her, something Lisa has the good sense to appreciate.
Her inability to stick to one particular social circle has led her to cycle through hobbies and interests throughout her childhood the way some might change clothes; so often, it's scarcely worth going through the list. It wasn't uncommon for Lisa to be nigh on unrecognizable when held up to who she was a year, or even a month, earlier, at least until high school, when she finally found herself able to settle into her own skin. Though mostly a coping mechanism, to a certain degree, her frequent shifts in behavior can be attributed, though certainly not entirely, to her Bipolar I disorder, something she was first diagnosed with in 7th grade, largely on the basis of the severity and frequency of her manic episodes, her depressive periods being unusually difficult to distinguish from her baseline behavior, her preference being not to let on when they occur. At present, she is medicated for this, and has mellowed accordingly. A few things, however, have remained constant: an almost pathological need for social interaction, a disorganized set of priorities, and a sense of compassion for others, if at times a seemingly odd one.
Since entering high school, she's settled into the role of somewhat of a tomboy, and with assurances from her parents that Seattle would be a more permanent setting, combined with her quickly approaching freedom and a 500mg daily dose of Depakote, it's how Aurora High has always known her. She's been a member of the varsity soccer team since her junior year and has demonstrated herself to be a competent goalie, if not an outstanding one. She also took up the drums in middle school and has continued to play since, and has been a part of a handful of unsuccessful garage bands throughout her time in Seattle. She's also a fiercely competitive gamer, and takes potentially unreasonable amounts of pleasure in dominating others at Call of Duty, Team Fortress 2, and other assorted first-person shooters, something she succeeds at more often than not.
Her academic track record, unfortunately, is not as successful as her extracurricular activities. It isn't for lack of intelligence; she has one of the sharpest minds in Aurora's senior class. In fact, it's not even for lack of effort. She simply has a tendency to nod off in class, as lethargy tends to be a side effect of her medications. As a result, she skates through primarily on B's and C's. Despite it, though, she's as active as she's ever been socially. Still, she's not without her detractors; her strong sense of social justice and disorganized priorities make for something of a well-meaning troublemaker. She has something between contempt and pity for bullies and other haughty personality types, and goes out of her way to deliver them their comeuppance. While she prefers vastly to rely on guile and abuse of loopholes in the school code of conduct, her attitude does brush with authority on occasion, though she accepts the consequences of her actions without protest.
Advantages: Lisa is athletic, quick on her feet, and has excellent stamina from her time playing soccer. She's also intelligent, savvy, and thinks well outside the box, and can form alliances easily, and her attitude makes her a valuable ally to someone with less survivability.
Disadvantages: Without access to her medication, she is liable to suffer the effects of withdrawal and slip into manic episodes easily. With it, the side effect of lethargy causes its own set of problems, not least of which is the possibility she'll be difficult to be stirred awake enough quickly enough at a crucial moment, such as the presence of a player or a shift in danger zones. Either way, it poses an issue.
Lisa Grzybowski is temporarily DENIED pending some adjustments.
I have a few questions and things that need a clarified about Lisa's Bipolar l Disorder. You mention that Lisa's manic behavior has been apparant since she was a toddler. Specifically, you mention that the family has been in therapy for over 15 years, which means Lisa was 2-3 years old at the time. So are you saying she's been manic depressive since she was a toddler?
Also, you do a great job covering the manic periods and how her family addresses them, but you make no mention at all about the depressive periods. Does she experience depressive periods at all? Are they just very short?
Finally, in the Disadvantages, you mention that when medicated, Lisa is so drowsy that she cannot be awoken. If this is true, how does she function in every day life? With her being unable to be stirred awake at crucial times, it sounds like she might also have narcolepsy.
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