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Emily Cheng

Stanford, CA, United States

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  • 26 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French
  • 22, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • Student at Stanford University
  • Pursuing an MS in Computer Science
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill


Hi, I'm Emily! In a nutshell I'm a college student with a love for all things creative and all things in the great outdoors. I'm studying computer science, but in my spare time I love adventure, whether it be urban exploration, hammock backpacking in national parks, or hang gliding.

My life would also not be complete without a hearty dose of art and social dance (I especially enjoy dancing swing/lindy hop and waltz.) I'm excited to learn about new experiences and new perspectives, so I ask a lot of questions.

It's most satisfying when my passions intersect in interesting ways. Case in point: while I was studying abroad in Paris I befriended urban explorers who enjoyed rooftopping, crane climbing, and exploring the 200-mile network of underground catacombs. Combining my love of art with my love of urban exploration, I lugged my paints and brushes underground and by candlelight, painted images on catacomb walls and utility tunnels.

I met these Parisian catacomb friends through Couchsurfing, like so many others I've met in unusual circumstances. I've been inspired by all the Couchsurfers I've met so far, whether we've become good friends or have only met once---there stories really inspire and delight me!

My art site: http://cargocollective.com/emc/

Learn about me here: http://stanford.edu/~emcheng/#fun


Embrace a "Why wouldn't I?" mindset

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I joined Couchsurfing not because I need a place to stay overnight, but because I love learning about a new place through someone else's eyes -- there's a powerful humanizing effect I can't describe.

Currently its difficult for me to host since I'm a full-time student. When I graduate and have my own place, I'll gladly give back to the community.


All of my Couchsurfing experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. It's really remarkable how selfless and friendly humans can be. I would love to host one day when I have my own place. I've tried, but have realized that it's a tad too difficult hosting when I'm living in a college dorm with a hectic schedule. I'm definitely always down for meeting new friends over coffee or dinner and giving you a tour of campus if interested!

Memories with my Couchsurfing hosts just to name a few: * Exploring the Paris catacombs overnight, rooftopping, climbing cranes * Riding on a motorcycle to the top of a hill at night to see beautiful views of Marseille * Discussing society and sociology as I made dinner with my host in Belgium * Exploring an abandoned sanitarium in Rochester * Climbing to the top of a bridge tower in Manhattan * Participating in a bike ride around Aix-en-Provence to raise awareness of the lack of good bike-share systems in the town * Helping my very first CS host paint the walls of his home * Going to a boardgames bar with a guitarist from a French metal band * Learning French slang from a CS host who worked in the French police force * Walking around Paris with a very talented and enthusiastic Singaporean urban sketcher * Countless wonderful conversations!


I enjoy: Urban exploration - roofs, underground, etc. The great outdoors - backpacking, hiking, hammocks Social dance - swing dance, waltz, lindy hop Drawing - making things, building things, art collaborations Hang gliding Running - I think I like 1/2 marathons the most Enlightening conversations about life... General adventuring

I am learning or want to learn how to: Longboard Sail Always improve my French

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I guess I don't know how to count to one ... ;-(

* Flying a hang glider. It's gratifying being the pilot: captain of your own flight. Embracing the mantra of "Let go, look forward, relax"

* Running my very first marathon at the 2013 Paris Marathon with 50,000 runners and 140 different countries

* Exploring the 200-mile network of catacombs in Paris

* Drawing a portrait art commission when I was in high school for an writer residing in Italy who wanted to use the sketch to complement his short stories

* Waltzed underneath a waterfall at Colombia Gorge, OR

* Leading a 5-day backpacking trip for incoming college freshman through magnificent Yosemite backcountry

* "Skytunneling" on campus while still wearing a dress and dance heels, since it was right after a night of dancing at Friday Night Waltz

* Climbing to the top of a bridge in New York

* Discovering "Smile Cards" (anonymous acts of kindness), weekly meditation sits, and Karma Kitchen through my very first Couchsurfing host in Portland, OR

Teach, Learn, Share

Art, tips for urban exploration, swing and waltz, backpacking tips maybe, etc!

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