Most of my day is an active search for new things to learn and new creative projects to engage in. I love writing stories and composing music. I'm generally out-and-about for most of every day, meeting new people and growing old friendships. I spend a good deal of time in Santa Cruz since my folks got a beachhouse there a few years ago.
And since this seems a fashionable inclusion: I'm an ENTJ!
What I’m doing with my life
I'm going to grad school at Stanford, in an interdisciplinary environmental sciences program. I look at how people make environmental decisions via brain imaging - trying to adapt neuroeconomics to save the planet!
I love academic life and can totally see myself as a professor down the road. The next few years teaching, learning, and publishing will be a lotta fun.
I’m really good at
Creative stuff. I published a book in high school called Wolf Trails, about a pack of wolves learning to live in the wild after being in captivity. It's a bit like Watership Down. In college I got more into writing for the performing arts, making scripts for student films and plays. Lately I've been focusing more on science communication, and hoping to start the next book this year, a pop sci book about how we make decisions regarding the environment - so combining neuroscience, behavioral econ, and environmental science.
I've also been getting really into music creation in the last year or so since I traded in my piano for a Roland keyboard. As a kid taking piano lessons was a chore, because I'd always be learning pieces by rote - there was no creative element. The ability to emulate any instrument and edit in so many different ways lets me run wild - and I'm having a blast.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Borges, Murakami, Rushdie. Been reading a lot of popular
science, autobiographies, and travelogues lately.
Movies: Anything with Robert Downey Jr., Wonder Boys, Good Will
Hunting, Stranger Than Fiction. Many many more that aren't
springing to mind at the moment.
TV: House of Cards, True Detective, Penny Dreadful, Breaking Bad,
Shameless, Game of Thrones, Farscape.
Music: Mostly love listening to jazz, soundtracks, and Amon Tobin.
But I'm pretty open - I compose music in a lot of different
Food can be anything. I'm half-Indian, so spicy food is a definite
The six things I could never do without
Family, friends, and so forth - those are a given.
I'm pretty happy with living Spartan-style, even though I have learned since acquiring a disposable income that I am indeed a gadget guy (mostly for music composition). That said, I'm really happy to go long periods of time wandering the wilderness or bumming around with friends while living out of a backpack.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I daydream about creative projects quite a bit. And about new
avenues to explore in my PhD research - using neuroscience and
behavioral economics to understand how people make decisions on
environmental issues is a lot of fun!
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably out around campus with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I didn't start talking until age 4, when I abruptly started
conversing in complete sentences. My first words were "Can I have
butter on toast?" I'm not sure what this says about young Nik.
You should message me if
My height isn't a dealbreaker and you'd like to chat about
neuroscience, music composition, writing, environmental science,
behavioral econ, or a thousand other nerdy things over coffee!