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Overview

  • 4 References 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, English; learning German, Japanese, Russian
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Ramp Agent at GFK
  • B.A. in Political Science and Chinese - Spring 2018
  • From Bismarck, ND, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Right now I'm finishing off my final few credits of Undergrad. I'm looking at Business school in the future and hoping to do international business primarily with China. This summer I will be working with Delta and reaping the travel benefits to see as much of the world as I can.

ABOUT ME

Before I started college I was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota. My last year in high school I was an exchange student in Taiwan which changed my life and got me hooked on exploring the world. I haven't gotten the chance up until now, so I'm making up for lost time and looking to expand my horizons. 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.

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, Geography, Soccer, Distance Running , Plants, Camping, Caves, Trekking, Football, Reading, 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 remember that passenger car jostling around cutting through the mountains of Taiwan. That particular journey I got the chance to speak at length with a traveling Buddhist monk. We spoke about her religious beliefs, devotions, sacrifices, values, and joys. She went into all kinds of details about finding a balance between purpose and obligation. In the middle of it I realized that for the first time I didn't need a lick of English to truly understand a stranger. 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.

Also, while on a sailboat in Minnesota one summer, I saw a vicious battle between a couple of 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.

What I Can Share with Hosts

My unique perspective from a part of the country that has very few people.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Japan, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Taiwan, United States

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