Proust Questionnaire with Emmy Chung


What is your idea of perfect happiness? My idea of perfect happiness would be a moment when I felt confident in myself and prepared: [When] I was doing something that I’m really passionate about.

What’s your greatest fear? I would say regret. For me, regret is just the worst feeling. I know that it could have been something that I wanted. I always feel this gut feeling where I just wish I made a different decision.

What is the trait you most deplore and others? Lazy people that complain about things, when they have the opportunity or the resources to do it, and they just complain about not having it because they don’t want to do the work. People that aren’t hard workers bug me. 

What’s the trait you most deplore in yourself? I don’t like how critical I am of myself and how hard I am on myself. 

If there could be any living person that you could admire most, who would it be? I feel like there are so many people that have inspired me and have given me an example to look up to. Although, I would say [I] especially [look up to] female athletes. I look up to my sister, she’s a swimmer and [a] student athlete. I also look up to female athletes who have paved the way for women in sports.

What is your current state of mind? I would say excited, but also nervous. I’m looking forward to what’s to come, but at the same time, it’s the unknown. No one expected Covid-19 and that happened, which makes me a little bit nervous. 

What occasion do you lie? If I lie, it’s usually because I feel like it’s not that big of a deal. I lie when I think it will cause an issue for no reason. 

When and where are you the happiest? I’m the happiest when I’m around people that push me to be a better person. 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I was more patient. It’s hard for me to work on patience, because I just like to go, go, go. My life moves so fast [and] I wish I had more patience to just slow down and talk to people in a nicer way. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement? I would say becoming more comfortable with being able to become uncomfortable and try new things. When I look back to the biggest changes that I’ve made in my life, being able to try new things has caused the biggest turning points. It has helped me grow the most as a person. I think stepping out of my comfort zone has been the best decision I have made in the past. 

If you were to die and come back as a person, or thing, what would it be? That’s a tough question. I wouldn’t want to be someone famous. I would want to be a regular person, but someone that lives in another country. I just want to experience what my life could have been.  

What do you value most in your friends? I value humor. Trust. Also support because I like to be able to know that I can trust [them] and I feel safe with them. But I admire all the qualities of my friends.

Who are your heroes in real life? In real life, my heroes would have to be my family. I think they really just got me through 2020, Covid-19 and quarantine. They got me through everything. We’ve been through so much andI just wouldn’t be where I am without their support.

What is your greatest regret? My greatest regret would be caring too much about what other people thought of me in the moment. I’ll look back to some experiences that I’ve had, and I think about how I could have had a great time, or just been more comfortable or confident [in] myself, but I questioned myself because I cared [about] what other people were going to think of me.

How do you want to die? I would like to die when I am very, very old, in my bed, in my nursing home with my family around me. 

What’s your motto? “What happened happened. And it couldn’t have happened any other way. Because it didn’t.”  

What words or phrases Do you over-use? I say the word “like” too much. I think sometimes I’m trying to come up with the right words to say and I just use it as a filler. 

What do you want to be when you’re older? What’s your favorite occupation? Well, I don’t want a nine to five job. I don’t want a regular job where I’m sitting at my desk all day, working on the computer. I know I don’t want to sit at a computer all day. It is just not for me. I want to be somewhere out there helping people. Whether it’s for me or other people, I am not sitting at a computer. I feel like no one was made for that. 

What do you most dislike about your appearance? I wish I was taller. I’m pretty tall. I’m 5’7”, but I would like to be a couple inches taller. 

What is your most marked characteristic? I think my most marked characteristic from people that I’m close with is probably honesty. I would say a lot of people think I’m very honest.