Personality-wise, Sylph will always be my favorite. Each of the other spirits has its own way of hurting her (slapping, drowning, lighting on fire) and she has animations for all of them. Gnome's silent, Undine's quiet for the most part but she's pretty much a more sensible Erubitie, and Salamander is really helpful. The discussions they have in Luka's mind are pretty boring until Salamander joins, though.
It's fricken difficult to beat the hydra although the villagers made me die laughing. Gnome and Sylph are very helpful indeed and I can't help but think that all 4 spirits are going to make this party a little bit too crowded.
Yeah, you're definitely in part 2. The hydra/orochi thing is when you get an upgrade to Gnome, I think. When you get Undine and Salamander they're pretty much useless for the longest time. Sylph + Gnome gets you everywhere.
Part 1 ends after you get Gnome, although part 2 picks up right after that with a centaur battle. It's a seamless transition; there's no tutorial, summary, explanation, or anything at the start of part 2. It just picks up.
You've got plenty of time to find something, so it's no use worrying over. Some people need to actively seek out what they want, and others just have it come to them. Anyone who's decided on a career at your age is either wrong or has been touched by God.
School is long and, for the most part, pointless. Life after school is great, though. Even if you're in college, you're still teaching yourself more useful things than you ever learned in a classroom. Need to learn how to do taxes? You can learn it. Want to build a sweat lodge in your backyard? You can learn how to. Want to hand-sew an entire maid outfit, from the headband to the stockings? Do it. There are no limits.
School itself is complicated, but you're got plenty of time left so it's not worth worrying over. Don't believe the crap they tell you about how important things like test scores and certain classes are.
I guess it depends on where you go and what you are doing mainly but there are also many various things that will effect it... (I really debated on using effect or affect) and it just seems unpleasant to me.
It depends a lot on the school. Two of my friends are going to separate four-year schools and they're having completely different times. One doesn't talk much about it because it's just really dull and the other completely hates it.