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Well, if you're reading this, chances are you're slightly curious about who I am. My name is John, I'm 22 turning 23. As with most self-descriptions of males on the Internet, I feel somewhat obligated to include my height (6'1), as if that has any indication of my character and ability to be a good host/visitor.
I am a graduate student in theology in Boston, and I have a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. My biggest interests include philosophy, theology, spirituality, history, and of course- human rights & social justice. I am a pretty open-minded person, and try not to allow differences in personality, politics, religion, etc. get in the way of a new friendship. Aside from academia, my great passion is music; I am a musician, I study voice and play trumpet.
I love giving back to the community which has been so gracious and generous to me. I work at 2 churches, and through these two churches, I consistently work in 2 hospitals, 3 nursing homes, several educational programs and my favorite- prison ministry. I have a vast array of experiences that (wait.. this is starting to sound like LinkenIn).
I'm a pretty amateur photographer (as in, I use my iPhone) but hey, the best camera is the one you always have on you, right? You can check out my Insta @suscipe_domine. I take pictures of everywhere I travel.
In regards to traveling, I have gone to Boston (where I study), Connecticut (where I'm from), NYC (where everyone in New England eventually travels to), Rhode Island, Maine (it's getting more interesting, trust me), Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), North Carolina, Texas, Miami, Philadelphia, and most importantly- Ireland & Spain to sing, and El Salvador on an Oscar Romero pilgrimage this past spring break. I'd love to travel to Iceland someday, but it probably won't be anytime soon.
All in all, I'm a pretty laid-back guy interested in academics, classical music, social justice, and iPhone photography. I'm happy that you came across my profile, and maybe we can discuss deep, philosophical topics over some Starbucks.
Or, we can just take a picture of it, too.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Well, I'm a pretty independent person, and rarely travel in groups. That said, all humans have a basic necessity to have shelter. So am I using Couchsufing as a way out of purchasing a hotel room? Possibly. But I also look at it like this- if you knew that you were going to a country (and possibly culture) completely foreign to you, wouldn't your fears be put to ease by a single friendly face? If I can help others in their travel goals by making their stay and experience as comfortable as possible, I would consider myself contributing to a basic human cause- safe shelter. No one should feel threatened being in a new country, or a new place.
So am I on here to avoid high hotel costs? Well, obviously. But isn't that second part just beautiful too?
Philosophy, theology, music, singing, trumpet, fitness, Instagram (yes I hate myself for putting this), mobile photography, literature, history, traveling (duh), putting parentheses after most phrases (to add some corny color commentary)
- human rights
- classical music
Music, Movies, and Books
Classical music is bae. BAE. Obviously, any "classical" music from the late Medieval to the early 20th century is good. An exception is made for John Williams, the composer of the "Star Wars" soundtrack, because, well... have you listened to it?!
I dig horror movies, documentaries, etc. I literally will have to seriously enjoy your company to watch a romantic comedy because I can't even deal with those.
Books? I love to read! Mostly works of philosophy (postmodernism is neat), theology, of course Sacred Scripture, but also religious texts that are not from my Judeo-Christian heritage, etc. Nonfiction works about history are neat too.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Sang the only song in Spanish I know ("Pescador de Hombres") to a group of about 100 poor, Salvadoran Catholic schoolchildren in a village. The song is about Jesus' gaze into our eyes, calling us to follow Him. That was pretty moving.
Countries I’ve Visited
El Salvador, Ireland, Spain, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In