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  • Fluent in Chinese, English; learning German, Japanese, Russian
  • 25, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Student and Community Activist
  • B.A. in Political Science and Chinese - Spring 2018
  • From Bismarck, ND, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Firstly, finish my final few credits of Undergrad with good standing. Meanwhile, I'll take the LSAT and see if I can apply to a decent law school. If not law school, I will go teach English abroad (likely East Asia) and later work my way into International Policy or Business.

ABOUT ME

Before I started college I was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota, with few opportunities to travel beyond our maddeningly flat farm-state. So, I became an exchange student and went to Taiwan which changed my life and got me hooked on exploring the world. Though, for now, my aim is to finish school, I will always seek opportunities to travel elsewhere. Above all else I love to experience new places, challenge my beliefs, and meet people from all different backgrounds.

Beyond Taiwan, I've only explored Canada. I'm hoping to get back abroad as soon as I can.

While I whittle away at school in Grand Forks, I continue to learn and improve myself to work towards what I want to pursue in life

PHILOSOPHY

I believe adamantly that any two people from even the most different backgrounds and beliefs can find much more in common than they would ever have imagined. The trick is giving everyone a shot to tell their story. Friendship knows no bounds.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I haven't yet stayed at any place arranged through Couch Surfing, but I've definitely been hosted many times. The most exaggerated of these were the 6 host families I had in Taiwan where I stayed as long as 3 months in their houses. From there, I've traveled and been accommodated by great people from Ontario to New York to Minnesota to North Carolina to Delaware.

Interests

Languages,Cultures, Talking with Foreigners about their Beliefs and Values, Geography, Soccer, Cross Country, Plants, Camping, Caves, Trekking, Football, Reading, Practicing Writing, Politics, and Travel

  • writing
  • beauty
  • running
  • politics
  • reading
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • investing
  • hiking
  • camping
  • american football
  • soccer
  • hockey
  • teaching
  • geography
  • languages
  • political science
  • science
  • mountains
  • football
  • stargazing
  • plants
  • biking
  • activism
  • cross-country skiing
  • coaching
  • caves
  • caving
  • trees
  • birdwatching

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I hope I always remember as well as I do now that passenger car jostling around cutting through the mountains of Taiwan. That particular journey I got the chance to converse at length with traveling Buddhist monk. We spoke about her religious beliefs, devotions, sacrifices, values, and joys. She spared no shred of interesting details about finding a balance between purpose and obligation. But, and I only realized this near the end, we had been having such an existential exchange but I hadn't had to slip into any English at all the entire time. This was the experience I had been looking for all year, and the whole year of pouring over Chinese books was worth just that one conversation and the insight it gave me on another person's life.

Also, while on a sailboat in Minnesota one summer, I saw a vicious battle between two male Bald Eagles.

Teach, Learn, Share

I aspire to be an English as a Second Language teacher abroad someday soon. I feel like I'm a really good Chinese teacher and a good tutor in general.

I'm studying Political Science and I follow politics heavily and really enjoy talking about everything political with other open-minded people.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Japan, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Taiwan, United States

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