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I would like to consider myself a citizen of the world. At least, I'm working on it!
Firm believer in laughter as the best medicine...it's pretty rare to see me without a big smile on my face. I'm an optimist and like to surround myself with like minded individuals! Positivity is powerful.
I identify as queer, as do most of my closest friends so its important to also make LGBT-friendly connections. Plus, this strongly dictates my preference for nightlife/social outings/etc.
Lastly, I LOVE to sing. Especially show tunes. I perform in local theatre as often as I'm able. I'm always up for karaoke or impromptu bursts of song!
My personal philosophy has a lot to do with my desired career path: education. I live my life on a constant quest for knowledge and new adventures. I crave that beautiful, alebit uncomfortable feeling of "culture shock" because it tests my ability to adapt and create new learning experiences. Never stop learning.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Three years ago, two friends and I couchsurfed across 13 European countries and it absolutely made all the difference in the way we experienced those cultures. Now, I just got a job in San Francisco and am looking to make new connections in the Bay Area!
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Sadly, this summer will be my first ever experience with CouchSurfing. I have the feeling, though, that I will have a long history with this organization. I am in love with the concept and can't wait to get started!
Currently reading A Song of Ice and Fire series. Usually, any book that includes a map of the fantastical world within is a safe bet. Also, I have a collection of young adult and childrens' literature that started as a preparation tool for my career in teaching but has transformed into a library of personal favorites.
I think if I was not interested in travel, I would have no business CouchSurfing. I caught the travel bug in college over two different study abroad tripsÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃâCosta Rica and Spain
I've been involved in volunteer organizations since I was 14. There's always been this intrinsic motivation to get involved in non profits and help the little guys. Most notably, my heart belongs to Club RIF (Reading Is Fundamental). We donate books to under served children!
Music, Movies, and Books
My favorite genre of movie is an uncommon one: documentaries. I find them absolutely fascinating! Can't get enough! I do find some movies equally as engaging, however, including: Fight Club, Life is Beautiful, Shawshank Redemption, 500 Days of Summer
I am really not picky when it comes to music but I like to dance to anything that has a good beat. To sing, I love showtunes!
Currently, I'm reading Dance with Dragons. I go for mostly fantasy novels--The Hobbit is probably my favorite. But again, my most prized possesions can be found in my collection of childrens' literature.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Waking up in the morning to sunshine and good health is pretty amazing in my book. I also lived in Vietnam for a year and taught kindergarten there. It's often the experience I recall when citing personal growth.
Teach, Learn, Share
I love the idea of this network of exchange. I'd like to approach this opportunity as a revolving door of learning, not asking anything specific of my hosts but having the open mind to pick up new lessons along to way, however random or inconsequential they may seem.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
United States, Viet Nam