By: Adam Perkinson
My name is Adam Perkinson. I’m contending for the tallest Herald staff member and seeing as Twumasi is the second tallest and is still almost 4 inches shorter than me, I think I have that under wraps. I was born on December 28, 2001, so that makes me a senior. I plan on majoring in something to do with computers (probably computer science), doing AFROTC in college, and then joining the Air Force. Writing about yourself is actually pretty tough. I have 3 dogs at home; Maverick is a 6-year-old Pitbull and he has my heart. Ramzy is an almost 3-year-old Boxer mix who slobbers too much for my personal taste. Daisy is a 2-year-old Pitbull who is either 0 or 100 percent hyper – there is no in-between. Writing about yourself is actually really tough. My best experience with literature is probably when I read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary at the ripe age of 7 years old. Needless to say, I was mortified and hated horror movies until I was probably 15 or so. I get my love of horror from my mom. She has literally read every book and short story Stephen King has released.
I was born in Henderson, North Carolina. It’s a small town with a lot of problems; I don’t recommend visiting unless you know the area you’re going to. Most of my family is from northern NC and southern Virginia. I moved to Raleigh in 2011 and lived there for almost 5 years to the day before I moved to Wake Forest right before my freshman year in 2016. I lived in Wakefield before I moved just outside of Heritage, but I can’t wait to get out of Wake Forest. It still thinks it’s a small town, and even has the same roads as one, but it has the traffic to rival some parts of Raleigh. For reference, I live roughly 8 miles from my work, but it takes me roughly 30 minutes to drive there just because our infrastructure is so bad.
I’ve played guitar for 7 years. I wrote my college essay about the guitar and how much it means to me. Sometimes I half-heartedly wish Rivers Cuomo would adopt me. Weezer is the greatest band since Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; you cannot convince me otherwise. That being said, Stevie Ray Vaughan is the greatest guitarist to ever live (Eat your heart out, Eric Clapton). Stevie has influenced my playing more than anyone else. I also really enjoy gothic metal, like Type O Negative and Danzig.
I played football for two years but didn’t enjoy it, so I’m not playing this year. I’m not really involved in any extracurriculars other than newspaper. Outside of school, however, I’m involved in a couple of different organizations. Firstly, I am a member of the Civil Air Patrol, which is an auxiliary of the US Air Force. We are best known for our search and rescue operations in addition to the cadet program of which I am a part of. It mainly consists of emergency service, aerospace, and leadership education. The coolest thing about CAP is that I’ve gotten to fly a Cessna 172 four times for free with them. Not solo, unfortunately, but there are flight school scholarships I can apply for so that I can get my private license for a reduced cost or even for free. I’m also a volunteer for Paws for Life, which is an animal rescue that covers the majority of North Carolina and parts of southern Virginia. After getting mine, I’ve developed a soft spot for dogs, Pitbulls especially. They get such a bad rap when in reality all they want is cuddles/Beggin’ Strips.
I’m pretty interested in aviation, music, cars, and computers, all four of which are very expensive hobbies. My career plan involves the Air Force as I mentioned before and the dream would be to fly for them, but I think I would be just as happy doing cybersecurity for them as well. I’ve always been interested in computers and technology in general, but I’ve only recently become interested in flying. If you haven’t watched HBO’s Chernobyl, you’re missing out. I give it a solid 3.6 rating…it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. (You should really watch it. You’ll understand the average rating after you finish the first 2 episodes.) The Office is some of the best television up until season 7, and Friends is *the* most overrated show of all time. Also, if you have AirPods but still have a home button, you’re still broke. Sorry – I don’t make the rules, that’s just how it is.
So yeah, that’s me. It took me almost a week in class to write all of this and it progressively got harder as I wrote more and used up what few good ideas I had. We took Polaroid pictures of all the staff, and I took mine with a decapitated baby doll head Schweikert had staring at us from the whiteboard, so I think in addition to “Tallest Herald Staff Member”, I also have the “Creepiest Staff Picture” award as well.