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Thu May 16th, 2019 @ 1:50pm
Lieutenant Commander Dessa McCallum
Name Dessa McCallum
Position Chief Counselor
Rank Lieutenant Commander
|Physical Description||Dessa, for the most part, is very average. She's been told that her best features are her big bright blue eyes. She prefers to keep her long dark hair pulled back and out of the way. She's often seen with a little bounce in her step and is almost always smiling despite difficult situations. She has a heart shaped birthmark on her left shoulder blade.|
|Brother(s)||Andrew, Colin, Quin, Royce|
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Dessa is very curious about her world and the people in it. She makes friends easily because of her normally calm exterior. Internally she isn't as confident about her relationships and second guesses herself a little bit but is extremely loyal. It takes a lot for her to let someone go. She sees them at their worst but believes the best in people.
Dessa is well adept at venting her emotions in a healthy manner so they do not interfere with her duties. Her cheerfulness is genuine, and she excels at accepting issues from others as she helps them work through their troubles. Situations have to be very dire for them to have a lasting effect on her. She is human however, and not impervious to feeling troubled every now and then. This does not normally last more than a few days and she is back to her old self.
|Personal History||Dessa was raised on Betazoid by her father's sister after the death of her parents. Being Human, her childhood was spent learning to understand facial expressions and body language that would clue her into the silent communications of Betazoids. She learned at a young age that it was useless to keep things hidden, and over many years developed a very outgoing personality. Though growing up there was very different from Earth, she learned to really love the people and their customs.
She was home-schooled along with her four other brothers Andrew, Colin, Quinn and Royce. Her relationship with her brothers was complicated because of a large age difference, but she remains close to them as an adult. She keeps in regular touch with them despite travelling all over the universe. Family to her is precious, and she includes friends as family.
At home, her aunt ran a tight schedule of classes ranging from technology to gardening, as she believed one must be prepared to survive anything. Dessa learned to appreciate any alone time she had, and to this day will organize every single second of her agenda for the day to give her as much free time as possible. Her aunt was also a very loving woman who would have given the shirt off her back to any who needed it, and Dessa learned from her example; she has always tried to help others no matter what the cost.
As an adult, she joined Starfleet Academy with an interest in helping others cope with difficult situations. After she graduated, she joined Starfleet Medical with an interest in counseling. Always a lover of learning, she was almost sad when she finished, but quickly got over it when she was assigned to the USS Berlin as a counselor. Shortly after, she met Jacob Phillips, a Lieutenant in the Science department. She fell in love, but the relationship did not last past her being assigned to the USS Truman a year later. The two drifted apart and, although Dessa is willing to enter into other relationships, she does not actively seek them, believing that relationships with fellow crew members usually don't work out in the long run.
After the Dominion War, Dessa saw extreme devastation for many families who lost loved ones with the destruction of so many Federation starships. It was a turning point in her life and she decided she needed to sort out her beliefs before returning to duty. After a few months of contemplation, she returned to Starfleet and joined the USS Axca.