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Hi there, I am an Italian 4th year PhD student.
Disclaimer being at my fourth year, I do not have much time
for holidays, and it is likely I will leave Cambridge (maybe UK) by
the end of this year. Read the rest only if you are still curious
and/or interested. (or skip to "you should message me" for further
Atheist, open minded, with socialist political views and an
irrational attachment to foolish ideals. I like to discuss and
argue a bit more than advisable: sometimes I just speak out what I
have in mind and this might lead to disasters... but I do enjoy my
I am a bit more hesitant when it comes to take action: I do like
adventures but not the ones that may lead to broken bones and
I like simple and healthy food, and every now and then I try to
cook some dish. The result is usually edible.
I dislike the idea of cultural roles, in this sense I agree with
feminists. Instinct pushes me into thinking in terms of
stereotypes, but I always do that with high self-irony.
What I’m doing with my life
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PhD in Computational Neuroscience.
I struggle with my research, yearn for publications on scientific
Journals, travel around, and try to figure out what to do with the
rest of my life (always open to advice).
I’m really good at
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... learning, I guess, since I am student over here. Secondly I try
and do my best in listening and accepting others for what they
are... with deep sympathy for those who, despite intelligence and
inner richness, just cannot fit in this mad society. I love to
understand concepts and reasoning, I am a bit worse in accepting
feelings and hunches.
I have a good level of resilience, once I commit to something.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I guess I appear friendly and open, but at the same time somehow
introverted and a bit awkward. I am not sure on how geeky I look:
probably not as much as I picture in my mind. But I can work on
I hope that, being Italian, people notice that I am a bit more
passionate and straightforward regarding many issues... try and ask
me about politics :-P
However I don’t look as Italian as I should: for example, you will
hardly see me drinking coffee or watching a football match.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Here is a very a random list of authors I liked that come into my
mind: Fjdor Dostojevski
, Robert Musil
, Umberto Eco
, Daniel Pennac
, James Ellroy
(LA Confidential), Stephen King
, Neil Gaiman
Stardust), J R R Tolkien
, Ursula Le Guin
, John Irving
, Cormac McCarthy
Road), Haruki Murakami
Movies: I enjoy horrors, sci-fi and thrillers full of action and
special effects. I also like movies with gloomy atmospheres and the
ones related to the dark side of human mind. For example Tim
Burton’s films, or movies such as Black Swan, Batman the Dark
Knight, V for Vendetta and The Watchmen (but please read the comic,
TV Shows: I like the unconventional ones, with a full storyline
rather than episodes. I fondly remember Six Feet Under and The
Shield . Lately I watched a bit of Breaking Bad. In general I like
inner conflicts and characters struggling with their
Music: a bit of this and that. In the past I really liked melodic
Gothic, bands with chilling female vocalists like Nightwish,
Tristania, Epica, etc. Now I tend to listen to folk, rock, indie. I
don’t really have favourite bands or singers.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Food and (comfortable) housing
People to talk freely and open-heartedly to
( I own a Canon 60D: photography is yet another hobby I’d like to
cultivate, any aspiring model out there? )
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Human mind. Not only for my PhD subject, but mostly because I
happen to have a mind, and so most of human and non-human animals
around me. ( I love how “non-human animals” sounds, it has quite
deep implications in it). I like to read about psychology research
and understand how does it translate in my everyday life, what it
implies and what I should be aware of.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
... I am not clubbing. I don’t like that. I would prefer an open
air concert, a folk festival, or a nice dinner and a decent movie
to watch... probably a walk under the stars with the right person.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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One of my worse flaws: when a friend is having a fight or
struggling with someone else, I do not take sides automatically.
Sometimes I try to mediate by putting myself in the shoes of such
Also, being a feminist, I do not see dates as entertaining events
in which to show off all the best I have (and much more) in order
to impress a potential mate. I prefer authenticity and equality.
You should message me if
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Unfortunately this is the part of my PhD life in which I have to
focus on my work... but I would still like to chill out and meet
nice people. I am open pretty much to anything (platonic
friendships included) as long as it is of the
low-commitment-no-pressure-no-drama kind. If you are looking for
the same, just drop a line, and let's see where it goes !
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