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I grew up in Indiana in the USA, with frequent visits to my family in Mexico. I just graduated from Texas A&M University with my B.S. in chemical engineering. I'll start my Masters in writing fiction at NYU in September 2014, and move on to my PhD in chemical engineering at Cornell University in 2016.
I really enjoy making others happy. I don't know if that's a personal philosophy, and it certainly doesn't have one set manifestation. But I love to hear people's stories and really meet them and do special things they like.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Just getting started. I'll be visiting a few couches this summer, then hosting my own in NYC in the fall.
I've stayed at many hostels in the past. Through some other travelers, I heard about couchsurfing, so I've only just gotten involved (ie no experience yet as of May 2014). I'll be doing some traveling to learn more about it, and then I hope to host a couch in New York City for a few years.
I love writing, film, and music, all very passionately. In addition to engineering and various business-related activities, I've done acting and worked for literary journals. I enjoy sports, although I'm not particularly great at any. I love to travel and have had the great fortune of visiting several countries.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Vertigo, Apocalypse Now, Solaris (Russian original, haven't seen the remake), American Beauty, The Godfather, Nights of Cabiria, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Fanny and Alexander, Hable con Ella, Her
Music: Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend, Miles Davis, Pavement, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Kendrick Lamar, The Velvet Underground, Neil Young, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Mississippi John Hurt, Lauren O'Connell, Death Cab for Cutie
Books: Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller, had the pleasure of seeing it on Broadway in 2012), Paco's Story (Larry Heinemann), Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy), This Is How You Lose Her (Junot Diaz), Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut), Where I'm Calling From (Raymond Carver), Nine Stories (J.D. Salinger)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Changed careers: I got my engineering degree, but now I'm spending (at least) two years writing a book in New York City. It's really scary haha
Teach, Learn, Share
I love writing, music, and film. I'd be happy to have a detailed discussion on the structure, cultural impact, or meaning of any of these art forms. Additionally, I can play guitar and read music, so I'd be happy to help with some lessons if anyone's interested.
Countries I’ve Visited
China, Italy, Mexico, Qatar
Countries I’ve Lived In