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It's obvious I'm not perfect. (Un)Luckily, thousands of people are witness to that fact when the mistakes I make at work make it into print.

But this isn't a post about my love/hate relationship with spell check. No, no, no. It's a post about my already-abysmal-even-though-I'm-only-23-years-old ability to remember people's names.

The weird thing is, I have a photographic memory. I remember places, landmarks, pictures, etc. very easily. This was a big help in school. And my mom is still always amazed at how I can recall a really random memory of an event in my childhood just by visualizing it. Eh, it's a gift I suppose.

Recalling faces is another part of my "gift." However, I can't for the life of me remember people's names sometimes. It's so embarrassing.

I have to know/see someone new several times before I will be able to match their face with their name. Sometimes, I can remember everything about a person accept for their name.

Take this past weekend for example. I attended the wedding of a college friend in Massillon (Julie was a beautiful bride, by the way). As we entered the church, I recognized some other people from BGSU sitting in the back. Julie had told me of some other friends she was inviting to the wedding. Heck, I had even taken classes with a few them. But for the life of me, I could NOT remember their names.

Seriously, I only graduated a year and a half ago. I should be able to remember the names of girls that I had several classes with for our major/minor. Right?! I mean, I could remember the professors we had and what clubs they were in, but not their names.

Wrong. I had to ask another mutual friend to tell me their names before we got to the reception. It's a good thing too, because one of them sat at our table. Thankfully, she recognized me but couldn't think of my name either. We had a little laugh at that and recalled a boring marketing class we took together.

College friends are not the only people I have trouble remembering. It's really bad at work. I see/interview so many people on a daily basis. It's really hard to keep track of them all. Sometimes, months later, a person I interviewed for a short story will see me out and public and start talking to me. I can recall the face, sometimes the topic of the article, but rarely can I recall their name. Ugh. It's hard to cover up for my poor memory, but I think most of the time people buy it. (FYI - If you are ever in this situation with me, I am so sorry. Don't take it personally.)

Am I the only one with this problem? Do you have any tips to help me? Leave me a comment below.


  1. I also suffer from the same ailment. However, I am gifted in other areas...kinda like Rainman...geneous at some random topics and memories... however slow to go when it comes to names...


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