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Working to become fluent in French and Spanish by 25th birthday on November 25th, 2015!
Oh hello there...
Born and (mostly) raised in Austin, Texas in the United States, I'm hoping to be an epidemiologist after I finish my degree next May (not a dermatologist, think Kate Winslet from the movie Contagion).
I love to meet other passionate people from all walks of life and believe that everyone has something to teach you. People I've met in the past have introduced me to world travel, minimalism, various religions and beliefs, and other activities/ideologies that have helped shape my world view. I strongly believe that open-mindedness is a crucial part of success in the modern world and that international travel is one of the best ways to curate it and keep from getting too caught up in routines.
Some times I like to spend a whole day by myself reading (see introverted quip above), but others I prefer letting loose, enjoying the company of other interesting people. If we're in the same area and you're up for it, I'd love to grab a coffee or a beer and chat about life!
Religiously, I'm fairly agnostic, though I guess mostly open-minded. I have a hard time believing that any one religion has all of the answers, and dislike that most people "choose" religion purely based on cultural upbringing, but I also know that pure rational reason and science can't explain everything (emotions, love, and what have you). That said, I enjoy widening my experiences in this regard and learning more about others' perspectives!
As far as personal philosophies, I tend to lean fairly liberally, choosing to own few possessions as I would rather spend my time and money on experiences than more stuff.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
For now I'm couch-less, but looking to meet up with interesting people wherever I may be. I recently surfed for the first time in Colombia and had an amazing time during Medellin's Feria de los Flores (check it out if you're ever down there)!
Meeting people with interesting stories to tell, photography, public health, sociology, epidemiology, lots of -ologies, minimalism, travel (of course), outdoor activities, skiing, craft beer (IPAs are like liquid from the gods), red wine, writing, reading, cooking (and eating the results), philosophy, deep conversations, psychology, backpacking, the smell of freshly-ground coffee, and dogs. Also I like the idea of learning languages, though I'm currently fluent in exactly 1...
Music, Movies, and Books
Oh man, music and books are the best, right? I read a ton, maybe a book per week, and listen to music every day. There's no way I could list all of my favorites, but here are a few to give you somewhat of an idea.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Enchiridion by Epictetus, anything by Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, or Malcolm Gladwell, Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, The Black Swan by N.N. Taleb, Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, The Great Gatsby, The Importance of Being Earnest, etc., etc.
Fitz and the Tantrums, Phoenix, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Two Door Cinema Club, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Shins, Spoon, The National, Tinariwen, Phantogram, M83, MuteMath, Cults, The Kooks, Broken Bells, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band...
What can I say, Austin is the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
In college, I was part of a wonderful group called GlobeMed where we partnered with a grassroots health clinic in Guarjila, El Salvador. Rather than the standard model of charity, our work was truly founded in solidarity, in partnership, and we worked together to create healthier communities in El Salvador and Texas. Together, we were able to raise over $40,000 in 2 years to fund sustainable health infrastructure projects like latrines, a nutritional facility, and a community health library.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm a big fan of being a lifelong learner and what better way than to travel internationally? I'm a fairly accomplished photographer, decent cook, and craft beer aficionado and love to talk about any of that. Always looking to learn new things, especially about food, wine, languages, philosophies, and whatnot.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Guatemala, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Nicaragua, Peru, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Peru, United States