Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
My name's Nicolas. I was born in Montreal, back in good old frozen
Canada. This makes french my first language, but I think I do
manage a pretty accent-less english, if I do say so myself.
I moved to Ithaca a year ago to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics
at Cornell. I love my job, which seems to be taylor-made for a
thoughtful, absent-minded person like myself. I also get to pretty
much make up my own work schedule, which I'm told you can't do when
you have a real job.
I'm a pretty easygoing person; there's little I enjoy more than
sharing jokes and stories with good company. I'm also very
enthusiastic about the things I like, which include but are not
limited to, books, musics, movies, pets, food, science, sports (Go
Habs Go!) politics, arguing, and people! I hope to meet someone who
will enjoy being enthusiastic with me about these things, and
hopefully about many more; if you think it could be you, don't
hesitate to send me a message!
What I’m doing with my life
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Right now? I'm working on my PhD in theoretical physics at Cornell
University. I'm pretty happy there: the work never ceases to be
interesting, the people are friendly, and I like Ithaca. I'm from
Montreal originally, and part of the reason I came here was that I
thought I would enjoy living in a small town. Some adaptation was
needed at first (and there's still some left to be done), but I do
appreciate the peaceful and safe environment there.
When not working, I usually pass the time by hanging out with
friends, reading books, watching movies and listening to music, or
discussing books, movies and music with friends. On weekends I do
volunteer work at the SPCA, which mainly consists of playing with
cats; it's a harsh job, but someone has to do it! I enjoy running
and cycling, but I had to put that on hold after I tore a few
ligaments in a silly (and entirely self-inflicted) accident back in
May. I'm back on my feet, but I'll probably give it a few more
weeks before I try getting on a bike!
In the future? Who knows? I don't feel like I need to have
long-term plans about the rest of my life: as long as I feel like
what I'm doing is interesting and is keeping my options open, I'm
happy to just do my best to take care of the present and to tackle
the future when it arrives. I'm with John Lennon: “Life is what
happens when you're busy making other plans”.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
At first I wanted to write “modesty”, but since no one likes a
smartass I'll try to give this a more serious effort. I usually try
to avoid tooting my own horn, but here goes:
I'm pretty good at learning and teaching stuff, I think. I'm a
pretty introspective person, so when I learn something new I like
to think about it a lot and consider it in different ways, which
usually helps me understand them better. Likewise, I think it helps
me communicate with people and make it easier for me to make them
understand new things, because I can approach difficult concepts
from different points of view. I won a couple of prizes for
teaching back at the University of Montreal. The fact that they
were awarded by the students made this an immensely rewarding
moment for me.
So how did I do? I hope that wasn't too obnoxious.
The first things people usually notice about me
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You'd have to ask them! I can try to take a few guesses though. I
would say that my height is probably what people notice first,
because at 6 feet 3 inches I'm usually taller than most people I
meet. After the first impression, I think I probably come across as
fairly silent. This is because, while I can be pretty outgoing when
I'm with friends and family, I can also be kind of shy around
people I've just met. Because of this I usually try to avoid saying
things unless I feel like they're worth saying, which means I
usually err on the side of silence. I hope that people don't take
that for coldness, because once they get to know me they find out
that I can put my foot in my mouth with the best of them.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I could really easily go overboard talking about the things I like,
so I'll try to limit myself to my top threes in each
Books: Catch-22 (Joseph Heller), 20 Years Later (Alexandre Dumas),
Lincoln (Gore Vidal).
I feel like this limited list is pretty unfair to many of my
favorite authors, like Isaac Asimov, Stephen King and Neil Gaiman,
but since space is limited I had to make some painful cuts.
Movies: The Big Lebowski, Fargo, Monty Python and the Quest for the
Again, some hard choices, but if I had only three movies to bring
with me to a deserted island (as well as a portable DVD player and
some sort of power supplies, obviously) it would be these
Shows: The Simpsons*, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Wire.
*I'm going to be a bit of a snob here (though not a very original
one) and say that the pre-2000 seasons of the Simpsons are the only
ones truly worthy of the name. The later seasons are still
entertaining, but it's just not the same.
Music: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Flogging Molly.
This one was pretty easy, because I'm pretty passionate about
liking these three.
Food: Vietnamese, Chinese, Sugary Stuff
Yeah I know, the last one isn't very descriptive, but I have quite
the sweet tooth: cookies, cakes, jelly beans, ice cream, if it's
there I'll eat it.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
-Learning new things
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Like I said above, I'm a very introspective person, so I usually
spend a lot of time thinking, full stop. A lot of that thinking
time is spent on physics, because, well, as a theorist, it's a
pretty big part of my job. I wouldn't be able to do it if I wasn't
fascinated by my work though. I also like to think about the stuff
that I enjoy, like books, songs and TV shows. I'm usually pretty
passionate about the things that I like, and reflecting on them
tends to heighten my enjoyment of them more. Besides that, I think
a lot about self-improvement and about how to make myself a better
person. Sometimes it slips too much into self-doubt though, which I
then spend a lot of time thinking I shouldn't do. Yeah, I probably
spend a little too much time inside my own head.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I value my quiet evenings where I can read a book or watch a show
sitting comfortably at home after a good dinner. Every once in a
while I also like to balance it out by hanging out with some
friends at a restaurant or a (not too noisy) bar, just having fun
and enjoying the company of people I like.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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It can take me some time to adapt to new situations, or when I get
out of my comfort. This usually clashes pretty violently with my
love for traveling and learning new things, so I've made strong
efforts to get better at it, and I think I've improved quite a lot.
It's still a work in progress, but then again, what isn't?
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