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Charles Zhou

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  • 7 Positive References
  • Fluent in Chinese (Simplified), English, Wu Chinese; learning Italian, Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • doing my masters in architecture now
  • University of Notre Dame, Columbia U...
  • From Wu Xi, Jiang Su, China
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About Me


"don't strive to be first, rather be the first to strive."


I studied Architecture at the University of Notre Dame in the United States. I just graduated this past May, 2012.

I am Chinese, but reside in the the United States right now.

I am currently studying for my M.Arch at Columbia University. So I live in New York at the moment.


this one i've always gone by, “lead by example.“

another one: "life is like a train ride: it will arrive at the destination eventually, so enjoy the journey."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


we are all each a piece of the puzzle, which together forms the fabric of this world. i believe each person is a unique being, rightfully deserving of attention and love. if i can make a difference in someone's life, i'd be honored.


i am new at this, but it's an interesting idea i hope will take off as i become a bit more travelled and learned. the world is more connected today than ever before. couchsurfing is but one of many examples that testify to this fact. now it's clearer than ever that people transcend physical and political boundaries; we are one race, the human race. i know this sounds cliche, but it's only because it is absolutely true. we all share this world, so let's act like it!


reading is great! sometimes, i fear that reading gets in the way of other things because it takes me so long to read...

travelling. i think i've finally caught the bug. ever since coming back from Italy, i feel the urge to do it at all times. of course, i need breaks here and there. i just think it's the sensory-shock factor that is really appealing. it always makes you want more of it afterwards. there is something universal about experiencing a new culture, meeting new people and making new memories. perhaps, it is the sense of growth one experiences and better self-familiarity that really resonates and keeps one coming back for more.

sports(and the outdoors). it's always great to be active. it just makes you feel good, particularly when stressed. i am a knowledgeable fan who enjoys following his teams, but not crazy enough to lose myself in it.

people. i am always very intrigued by human beings. we really are the most complex thing in the world.

architecture and art. yeah, i major in architecture so i've grown fond of it. i study mostly classical architecture. i've gotten interested in drawing again. it really is true, you remember something way, way better after you've drawn it. don't trust me, just try it. i also play the violin. i'm not fantastic at it, but i enjoy it as a hobby nowadays.

rambling. maybe i talk too much, somtimes...

Music, Movies & Books

books i've enjoyed (select list): harry potter series, interpreter of maladies, kite runner, hot flat and crowded, heartbreaking work of staggering genius, paris to the moon, angels and demon

a list of movies i've enjoyed: amelie, lord of the rings, october sky, gladiator, titanic, pride and prejudice, garden state, big fish, nuovo cinema paradiso, il meglio gioventu', all pixar movies, vicky cristina barcelona, despicable me

music-wise, i've been stuck on mostly music from 1999-2004. i am really out of it!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

common people leading very common lives never cease to amaze me.

being alive every day is a blessing and a miracle, so don't waste it! We don't know what happens to us after death, but we can be sure that this life right now is real - at least it feels real.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland

Countries I've Lived In

China, Italy, United States

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