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Open Mind ~ Open Heart
I was a Sociology student at the University of Scranton with a minor in Psychology. I lived with 12 crazy housemates, graduated in 2012 and moved back to Rochester for the Summer. That same year I moved to Hong Kong to teach English for 10 months. After that I traveled around the Gulf western Asia for 5 months before moving back home for another year. The year is up and I'm ready to make moves again, so here I am in Seoul, South Korea for another fun year of teaching!
While I attended Scranton, I studied abroad in Italy in 2011 and traveled around Europe, now I want to see Asia. I'm so incredibly excited for this experience, especially incorporating the couchsurfing aspect of it. I can't wait to country hop and meet new people again, it is such an exhilarating and rewarding feeling.
I try to live in the present as much as possible, I feel like that's really important. Dwelling on the past or feverishly planning for the future can take away from current moments, to the point where you may not even actually be living anymore.
If not now, when?! I'm down for spontaneity, the worst that can happen probably won't, and as crazy as it sounds, I live by that religiously. This is my incentive for joining this community and I have had nothing but great experiences thus far.
I'm a firm believer in projection, whatever you exude out into the world you will receive. I have found that the more optimistic I am, the more positivity I experience and I would love to share that with the new friends I make throughout my travels:)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I began couch surfing around Europe when I was studying abroad in Italy in 2011. Every country I went to, I couchsurfed in and when I had downtime, I attend couch gatherings around Florence. When I came back to Rochester, I hosted as much as I could over the past two Summers. Not too many people are dying to see Rochester unfortunately, so they were few in number, but large in heart! I also have met some couch surfing hosts in Buffalo and in Syracuse during my time home, who I have gotten together with on a pretty consistent basis.
At the moment, I am currently teaching in Korea, which means- once I can get some time off, I'll be traveling again, except this time it'll be around Asia! Right now, I unfortunately can't host due to the fact I am staying in a flat that does not belong to me, but I am more than happy to attend couch gatherings and meeting other couchsurfers out in South Korea to hang out.
Couchsuring has always been a delight and unique experience for me. People are so kind hearted and always seem to go out of their way for the mere purpose of showing others a good time. I try to do the same when I am home, though people aren't flocking to Rochester, when they do- I try to give back to the wonderful couchsurfing community!
My hobbies include drumming, writing, reading, biking, HIKING, playing Frisbee, listening to music, watching movies, seeing musicals/plays, a bit of shopping occasionally and now traveling as much as possible!
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards, Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, Star Wars, Good Fellas, A Bronx Tale, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Butterfly Effect, Not Another Teen Movie, Mean Girls, Dazed and Confused, Inception.
Music: ABBA, Nirvana, The Cranberries, Avenged Sevenfold, System of a Down, Thrice, Matchbook Romance, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and Papas, No Doubt, Santogold, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Transplants, and Black Eyed Peas.
Books: Through the Looking Glass, The Dharma Bums, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, To Kill a Mockingbird, To Walk Two Moons, Wicked, and Holes.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
One thing I saw:
The overwhelming amount of solidarity in El Salvador. I did a week of service there and I can say without reservation that they did so much more for me than I could have ever done for them, because they taught me about their culture and exposed me to an intense amount of compassion and consideration, which are the two things I believe are what this world need most. I try to live my life everyday with that experience in mind.
One thing I have done:
May not have been one of brighter moments, but it was quite astounding. I jumped off the wrong side of a cliff near a gorge in Scranton. The side was apparently loaded with rocks. The fact that I didn't hit one and break every bone in my body is nothing short of a miracle.
Teach, Learn, Share
What I can teach:
Nothing will make one happier than living in the present, even if the present isn't all too good. The knowledge that things can get better is enough to keep anyone's spirits high. I try to radiate this belief and energy toward others.
What I would love to learn:
New Philosophies! Who better to teach me than people who live differently than me? I would love to hear about other people's culture, experiences, values, opinions, thoughts, stories, lifestyle, languages etc. Learning about the perspectives of others is the best part of meeting someone new and the best way to grow.
What I Can Share with Hosts
~Expectations low, spirits High~
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Hong Kong, Italy, North Korea, United States