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Demystifying the Universe
I'm a graduate student at the Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was an undergraduate at Columbia University in NYC, and originally from Springfield, VA, 20 min or so from DC. I am getting a PhD in astrophysics and I've done research related to the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, galaxy evolution, cataclysmic variable star systems, jets from supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, I even got to visit Geneva, Switzerland to work at the Large Hadron Collider, and I've simulated the formation of the first stars in the universe. Right now I'm trying to understand the evolution of galaxies that look like our Milky Way using enormous computers. If any of this sounds interesting to you, lets meet!
I'm in love with music, if I hadn't done astrophysics I would've been a clarinetist, for sure!
I'm also a vegetarian!
I constantly question my views, especially in college. Thats one of the most important parts of life. Finding structure is great and extremely useful but when it hinders your ability to learn more about yourself and explore the limits of what you believe in, thats when you have a problem.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've hosted many couchsurfers in New York and I've surfed in Rome once and Paris twice. I've had amazing experiences and I've met amazing people. This site attracts the best travelers who want to enjoy a city the right way! I also meet couchsurfers to talk and hang out all the time! Unfortunately since I've moved from NYC to Ann Arbor, I've had less opportunities to offer a couch to others since the demand for a place to stay in Ann Arbor is much lower than NYC. Still, whenever I travel, I try to meet/stay with Couchsurfers.
The people I've met through couchsurfing are amazing people! I hope to extend their hospitality to other couchsurfers.
Astronomy, all kinds of music, partying (!), traveling, philosophy, city life, doing new things, indian food, meeting new people, reading
Music, Movies, and Books
To list a few:
Books: 100 Years of Solitude, In Cold Blood, Harry Potter, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Old Man and the Sea, the Decameron, A Christmas Memory, Medea, Montaigne's Essay's, Don Quixote, Crime and Punishment, the Book of Tea, Chuang Tzu
Movies: Heathers, Shirley Valentine, Amelie, La Dolce Vita, Spirited Away, Paris Je T'Aime, Wait Until Dark, Nightmare Before Christmas, La Tigre e La Neve, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, All About Eve, Kill Bill, Lion in Winter, Les Amours Imaginaires
Music: The list is too long... but I like electro, house, R&B, anything that can get me dancing, jazz, classical (broad right? well I'm more into the Romantic era, new music, Impressionism, etc), and a lot of other stuff!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
performed at Carnegie Hall, took private lessons backstage at the Metropolitan Opera house, lived in NYC, worked at CERN on the LHC (crossing the Franco-Swiss border every day), been part of an effort to determine how the universe came to be, took a class with Brian Greene, crashed multiple Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week parties in NYC :P
Teach, Learn, Share
I like hearing about things people have done that I've never even thought about doing, I think those people can help me expand my views on whats feasible in the world and keep me from holding myself back. I hope to do the same!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bolivia, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, United States