Eleven Questions From the Proust Questionnaire: Cherie Woodhouse


To get to know our first years, we decided to ask them eleven questions from the famous Proust Questionnaire. In this first installment of the series, we catch up with English student Cherie Woodhouse.

1. What is your favourite word?

Cloister or egg – there’s something appealing about the way these two words roll off the tongue.

2. What is your least favourite word?

Soundbites – I know this is more than one word, but the use of soundbites to try and persuade/cajole people (especially in politics) is so superficial. We need more depth and analysis, not soundbites.

3. Which talent would you most like to have?

To be able to do a handstand into a bowl in the skatepark.

4. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Juggling a young family and working to complete my first year at uni.

5. Who is your hero of Fiction?

Julia in 1984 – she is full of rebellious spirit and daring. I would love George Orwell to have expanded on her character more, rather than just her relationship to Winston.

6. Who are your heroes in real life?

Anyone who stands up against discrimination, the less ignorant we are, the more tolerant we are.

7. What is your greatest extravagance?

My rollerskates! The full set up of boots, plates and wheels cost me £750 but they are worth it! They’ve been well worn on the roller derby track, so I’m getting my money’s worth.

8. What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty and the ability to make me laugh when I don’t feel like it.

9. What sound or noise do you love?

The waves crashing in the beach.

10. What sound or noise do you hate?

Cutlery scrapping on a plate.

11. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

“Hey bud, you looked like you were having fun!”

by the Falwriting Team