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My biggest passion in life is following the path that leads to greater self-awareness. It turns out that a person learns some cool things when their biggest goal is to know themselves fully. I feel a sense of duty to share my learning with others, and that's why I'm moving to San Francisco from Minneapolis, Minnesota to start a Master's in Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in late August.
I grew up in Maine and moved out to Minnesota to go to college at a school that was well known for study abroad programs. I have always been big on travel -- it's a core part of who I am. There are very few things about myself that I derive more meaning from than my experiences in other countries. Exploring foreign cultures and becoming fluent in Spanish has strongly shaped my identity and has challenged me to be more honest with myself about who I am. I am fascinated by language, culture, and social psychology, and consider myself to be, generally speaking, very curious about people. I often welcome opportunities to thoroughly engage another person's mind.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I appreciate the exchange of different perspectives on life, and when possible, some kind of language practice.
I spend a significant chunk of time practicing Spanish, reading about some new breakthrough in the psychotherapy world, or reading existentialist novels. I also enjoy playing sports, particularly soccer. I play the guitar and sing a little as well (not in a band). Remaining interests involve spending time with close friends and engaging with my community.
Music, Movies, and Books
Diverse range of music interests from oldies rock to modern hip-hop to flamenco to dubstep.
Favorite movie is Good Will Hunting.
Favorite book is Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Went to the Amazon rainforest to drink Ayahuasca with Shamans when I was 19.
Teach, Learn, Share
Share open ears and curiosity. Teach random facts about Maine. Learn the location of the bathroom light switch or your opinion of Donald Trump.
What I Can Share with Hosts
An open mind and the correct pronunciation of my first name.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, India, Mexico, Spain
Countries I’ve Lived In
Dominican Republic, India, Mexico