Charles Zhou

Plano, TX, United States

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  • Fluent in Chinese (Simplified), English, Wu Chinese; learning Italian, Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • just graduated from school
  • University of Notre Dame, Columbia University
  • From Dallas, TX, USA
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About Me

I just finished school. I just started working in Brooklyn recently at an architectural design firm, so I am new in this adult-life business. I think my first big hurdle will be to file my income taxes come April.

From China originally, but grew up in Texas. Went to undergrad near Chicago and did my graduate studies in NYC.

I think I am more of an ambivert (combination of extrovert and introvert), but that is just my opinion.

As an aspiring architect, I think I've inherited some of the traits common to people in this profession: we can make a conversation based on nothing in particular, we think the things we spent countless nights staying up doing actually matter, and we definitely believe there are at least 50 shades of black.

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 have surfed a couple of times and have met up with a bunch of surfers since joining Couchsurfing in 2009/10, and each experience has been amazing in its own way. Since starting graduate school 3 years ago, my frequency of use had declined significantly, but now that I am done with school (finally), I hope to jump back in and really try to meet more people. After all, I am in NYC and it's summer now!


Sports. I love to watch all major North American sports - hockey, baseball, basketball, football. I typically only play basketball and badminton if I am at the gym, and occasionally, toss a ball or frisbee around. I am trying to get a bike one of these days and become more active. In general, I am inclined to move and be outdoors if I can.

Traveling. In my opinion, it's definitely not cliched to say traveling is a method of self-discovery and a way to heal and inspire the soul. I have been fortunate enough to say that for a person of my age, I've traveled more than the average. However, there are still many places I would love to see in the near future! I enjoy both traveling alone and with a group, and I definitely recommend trying both out. Recently started reading Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" and am developing some inspiration and itch for some future hiking adventures.

Becomes of my own background, I've always been intrigued by cross-cultural exchanges, particularly my own. I have had the opportunity to spend some time in China in the last few years, and it has had a profound impact on me, to say the least. The dichotomy between the east and the west is truly incredible and immensely interesting - I almost ended up doing my graduate studies in international affairs but architecture wouldn't let me go.

Relationships. For some reason, I am really into talking about relationships. I guess part of the reason is that I am in my first relationship, and am constantly curious about understanding relationships. This is a bit strange but when working in school, I often watch dating shows as a way to relieve stress. These shows tend to be Chinese dating shows, and they are oftentimes educational and humorous.

Music, Movies, and Books

As a child, the Harry Potter series was a dose of magical escape.

More recently: Hot, Flat and Crowded, Eyal Weizman's works, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, Da Vinci's Code, just to name a few.

Movies + TV:
Amelie, Lord of the Rings, October Sky, Pride and Prejudice, Garden State, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, most Pixar movies, the Goonies, Lost, Walking Dead, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Office

Music-wise, I've been stuck on mostly music from 1999-2004. I am really out of it! Lately, I've been trying to catch up on all my Chinese music from nostalgia and from the gap years. It's a phase thing.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Made some real genuine friends - people whom I would entrust my life with - through the internet.

What I Can Share with Hosts

At the least, my smile and upbeat attitude.
I could definitely share a bit about home improvements, architecture, history of architecture, Chinese culture, sports, my traveling experiences, dealing with parents who do not approve of your girlfriends, etc.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, Italy, United States

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