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CURRENT MISSION - Smile and be grateful every day.
ABOUT ME - I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Philippines) and just finished my third-year as a Phd student in Human Development and Family Studies. I recently found out that I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct my dissertation research in Sri Lanka from Nov 2016-Aug 2017!
I grew up in the south, and am just now learning to appreciate the seasons. I want to work to make the world a better place, and think education and compassion are critical pieces in that quest.
PHILOSOPHY - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING - I have benefited from being hosted, it is a wonderful thing. I have also enjoyed hosting, attending gatherings, and saying nice things about CouchSurfing to people I meet.
COUCH SURFING EXPERIENCE - So Positive! I've surfed in: Hawaii, Seoul, Singapore; New Britian, Connecticut; Jackson, Mississippi; Savanna, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Burlington, Vermont; Keene, New Hampshire; Baltimore, Maryland, and Ypsilanti, Michigan. I've hosted in: the Philippines, Alabama, and Connecticut. I've partied with CSers in: Manila and Alabama...and loved every minute of it!
Currently, my life is all consumed by research and studies. At the moment I spend a lot of time thinking about at-risk youth, why larger social issues aren't targeted more in policy, research, and practice.. and how those issues interact with individuals and relate to resiliency ...really, how we can use critical thinking and knowledge to change the world?
When I'm not studying, I enjoy any or all of the following combinations of activities: live music, bicycling, reading, diving, eating, and sitting outside. I also enjoy re-purposing and recycling. I hope to reuse and reduce waste as much as possible and lessen my dependence on new materials.
Music, Movies, and Books
A few miscellaneous: mason jennings, my morning jacket, east bound and down, andrew bird, radiohead, fire and ice series, cat power, feist, parks and rec, canned heat & john lee hooker, pan's labyrinth, the office, a tree grows in brooklyn, jack johnson, les miserables, curtis mayfield, louis armstrong, john prine, dave matthews, charles dickens, david byrne, jose gonzalez, xaiver rudd....
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Taught a grandfather how to float on his back in the ocean...and watched him turn around and teach another man, who then turned and taught his friend standing in the ocean beside him. We were a floating party.
Teach, Learn, Share
/Teach/ I can outline the basics of operant conditioning and the behavioral contingency ...fun to use with children and pets:). /Learn/ Languages and instruments fascinate me, and I admire people who they seem to come easy to. I hope one day I will learn a few of each really well. /Share/ I am notably frugal and don't mind sharing my skills (but only if people ask).
What I Can Share with Hosts
I would love to share time with hosts and surfers alike. I can't cook, so would be happy to buy dinner at a local establishment....ohh... also, if my host is within driving distance I can share some home-brewed beer that my boyfriend and I have been working on. Unfortunately, I'm too cheap to check a bag while flying, so any long-distance hosts will have to come visit me to get a taste :) I can also share my newfound love for feminism and critical theory, as well as some things I learned during my life in the Philippines, and now my life as a Phd student.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Laos, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Philippines, United States