Better yet, turn away from the screen and take your pen off the test paper. Ask the person who knows you best to describe you. Be forewarned: the conversation might not necessarily end with a hug and a kiss. Truth can be unsettling, as both reality TV and actual reality prove. Nevertheless, you’ll probably learn new and surprising information about yourself. While you’re at it, ask about the shape of your face.
Gina Barreca is an English professor at the University of Connecticut, a feminist scholar who has written eight books and a columnist for the Hartford Courant. She can be reached through her website at ginabarreca.com.