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To adventure and explore.
Meeting new people and connecting with old friends is something I truly enjoy, I'm very much interested in how others spend their time; spend their lives.
My life has been quite comfortable. Growing up in Columbus, nothing terrible or traumatizing has happened, but I feel a little challenge is a big thing. This mindset is what brought me here. It's very easy to travel using hotels and hostels, but I believe there's something to be said about approaching strangers and asking them to share their lives with you.
I take responsibility for my life and If I want something to be done, I do it.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Recently I've been utilizing this site more to connect with people on a local level. Although I do take trips, and I do CouchSurf on those trips, a majority of my time is focused on bettering the Columbus CouchSurfing community and my relationships within it.
I feel very privileged to have enjoyed the company of many CouchSurfers.
A special shout out to those who have hosted me, I appreciate your generosity.
Surfed with Rory Layden in Dublin, Ireland
Surfed with Paddy O'Toole in Dublin, Ireland
Surfed with Konstantin Gridnevskiy in Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Surfed with Libby and Ron Chapman in South Bloomingville, USA
Surfed with Ben Salatin in Pittsburgh, USA
Surfed with Jon Wells in Cincinnati, USA
Surfed with Taylor Killian in Columbus, USA
Surfed with Lynn Lynn in Cincinnati, USA
Being out in the world discovering things I hadn't yet discovered is something that flicks an inner switch of mine. I feel I'm quite young and need to be out experiencing moments and opportunities to really learn in the world, so I do just that. I love to be active and I love a great adventure. 7800 days is the amount of time I've spent in the world and I'm not guaranteed 1 more second, so how I allocate myself is very important to me.
Most of my time these days is spent between work, school and engaging people.
Transportation Systems and Transportation Planning
Transportation systems and transportation planning fascinates me. I'm currently working on my undergraduate degree in city and regional planning at OSU, working towards a duel masters degree in transportation planning and transportation engineering. I'm particularly interested in the development of efficient and effective public transportation within the city, including the development of high speed and light rail systems to be implemented in Ohio region. I also drive buses.
During high school I developed a passion for the fine arts specifically sculpture and ceramics. Currently I have a ceramic and plaster studio in my home and I love to share it. Check out some of my fine art. These days however, my creative energy has moved into combining form and function. This is the genesis of my fascination with transportation.
I truly value community and believe it is of upmost importance to invest what one can into it. For me this investment comes on a social level by engaging the community through initiatives like CouchSurfing and facilitating open public discussions on various topics and ideas through open dialogue.
Music, Movies, and Books
I love to read and love a good book, so if you have any recommendations let me know.
The following books are recommendations because I have found that they were not only enjoyable, but also quite profound, but don't take my word for it..Props to anyone who just got the reference to Reading Rainbow...
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Massive Change by Bruce Mau
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Walden by Henry Thoreau
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
1984 by George Orwell
Captain Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
The Emperors Handbook by Marcus Aurelius
The Hero with A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
Human Transit by Jarrett Walker
Columbus Bookclub Books:
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Endgame by Derek Jenson
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Typically I'm not one to sit down and watch movies, but if I do more often than not they're documentaries or films involving epic adventures.
Been listening to some Hip Hop.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
After serious reflection on an Amazing Thing Done/Seen worthy enough to earn its place in this section, I've decided to put CouchSurfing. I know some out there may find this to be a little cheesy, but this organization has provided the opportunity to meet so many beautiful people and do so many amazing things, that it truly deserves this honor.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In