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I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, USA. In August, I left my world there to explore a much bigger one. I chose to study at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland because I love meeting new people and exploring new things. I have an adventurous spirit and a desire to explore all the world has to offer. I love sitting down and having conversations over a cup of coffee, listening to music, taking pictures, and enjoying the little things that often get overlooked in this big, big world.
Become fluent in Spanish
Make a difference
See the seven wonders
Learn some new dance moves
Brew the perfect pot of coffee
"Do not be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin."
There is too much happening in the world to sit back and not become a part of it.
Laughter really is the best medicine. :]
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I have couch surfed in London and in Paris and I absolutely love it! Such a great idea. Meeting new people has never been made easier :)
Traveling, music, people, photography, reading, nature, outdoorsy stuff (kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, camping), history, politics, learning, art, the world, peace, love and happiness.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: (I could go on forever.) I'm Not There, Into the Wild, Forrest Gump, Remember the Titans, The Royal Tenebaums, Blood Diamond, Little Miss Sunshine, Almost Famous, Old School, Step Brothers, The Breakfast Club, Fight Club,
Books: I am actually obsessed with anything related to government, economics, etc. I find it fascinating. I have also fallen in love with Into the Wild, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Kite Runner, A Long Way Gone, Three Cups of Tea and any other story that makes me truly appreciate life.
Music: Bob Dylan, The Beatles, John Mayer, Bright Eyes, Brett Dennon, Brian Benham, The Weepies, Sufjan Stevens, Bill Withers, Van Morrison - really though, I like it all.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The summer of 2006, I lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico for a month with a Spanish speaking host family. I didn't know the language, and I was completely alone. I came back from the trip speaking Spanish better than I ever could have imagined, and I learned more about myself, the world, and my place in the world than I ever thought possible. I saw some amazing things and met some amazing people. This trip sparked my passion for traveling and desire to understand the world around me.
My first week at school we went to Valley Verzasca to cliff jump into glacier water. I did it 5 times. :)
Teach, Learn, Share
The power of positivity. Throughout life we are all faced with trials and tribulations and our ability to persevere, to overcome, to learn and mostly, to grow from these events demonstrates our true character.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Mexico, Switzerland, United States