So, I'm always at a bit of a loss for these things. I try so hard
to be accurate without being arrogant. Basically, I'm living in
State College and am a full-time graduate student. I like to think
that I'm easy to talk to and to get to know. My friends would tell
you that I'm really fun to be with and I am usually up to try
anything at least once. Having fun is one of my top priorities in
life. I like to think that I have a great sense of humor, but I
tend to be more dry and sarcastic. When it comes to my free time,
I'm just as comfortable with a big night on the town as I am
staying in and playing Wii and watching movies in my sweatpants.
What I’m doing with my life
So, I graduated in 2004 from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in
Information Sciences & Technology. After that, I moved to DC
for a job, spent a few years managing a software development team,
and got my MBA from Johns Hopkins at the same time. After 5 years
in the corporate world, I realized that this wasn't a career path
that I wanted, nor would I be happy doing it long-term. So I did
some soul-searching and decided that my talents and ambition would
be better suited to working in higher education. So, I quit my job,
and I'm back at Penn State working on my Ph.D. in Higher Education
I’m really good at
I think I'm really good at making people laugh. I'm a great friend.
I'm extremely loyal and protective of the people I care about. I
think I'm really easy to talk to, and I take a genuine interest in
learning about people and making new friends. I know how to cut
loose and party from time to time.
I'm really good at being in school. I love being in school and
having the opportunity to learn as much as possible. Along with
that, I guess after all these years of being in school, I've
managed to become a pretty great student, too.
I'm also pretty good in the kitchen. I love to cook and haven't had
any complaints yet. I don't really have a specialty, per se, but
whatever I end up cooking, I try to make it pretty awesome. I've
started experimenting with Indian cuisine, but it's a work in
progress. Unfortunately, baking is not included in this.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't know for sure. But I get a lot of compliments on my smile.
Also, if I'm wearing green, people comment on my eyes. Sometimes,
if I'm wearing some ridiculous t-shirt (think "Optimus Prime"), I
get a comment on that, too.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I am a big fan of biographies and memoirs. I'm finishing up
a biography of Mary Tudor right now. Then I'll be moving on to Game
Change" and "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" (perfect summer
reading). I do a lot of reading for school, but I still try to get
in leisure reading when I can. I'm a big fan of John Grisham,
Michael Crichton, and the Harry Potter books. I also love trashy
books like the ones Chelsea Handler writes.
Movies: Gone with the Wind, Mean Girls, Network, The Big Lebowski,
Zoolander, Kill Bill, Elizabeth, Amadeus, Fight Club, Grandma's
Boy, Steel Magnolias, The Lion King, Crash
TV: Weeds, The Big C, True Blood, Glee, Top Chef, Chelsea Lately,
Grey's Anatomy, Archer, Sons of Anarchy, Family Guy, The Tudors,
United States of Tara, Golden Girls (back in the day).
Music: The Killers and Mumford & Sons might be my favorites if
I was pressured into picking, but I like a lot of stuff across just
about every genre. I don't really like modern country or jazz. But
other than that I like pretty much everything from classical to
techno to reggae to accoustic to punk rock and beyond. Pandora and
Genius in iTunes are two of my dearest friends.
Food. Favorite food is peanut butter, specifically extra crunchy
peanut butter. I love trying new foods. I'm a big fan of Indian,
Thai, Chinese, sushi, and Mexican.
The six things I could never do without
I feel like listing food/water, clothing, and shelter is a bit of a
cop-out. None of us can do without those things. So here is what my
list would be (in no particular order):
1) My laptop. I'm a grad student, so my laptop pretty much has my
entire life on it.
2) My iPod. I use this thing for hours everyday. I'm not sure how I
would get through the day without having all my music readily at
hand. Some people like music. I LOVE music.
3) My car. I love to travel and visit friends and family. I also
just like taking random roadtrips to music festivals or other
points of interest.
4) DVR. This is about the only way I get to watch everything I
want. Then again, I'd probably be a lot more productive if I didn't
5) College football. When it comes down to it, I may not be good at
sports, but I do LOVE college football. Penn State football, of
course, but I love Saturdays in the fall. I'm always trying to
guess the week's upsets and figuring out who's going to get a
decent bowl game.
6) Do friends count? I know they're not "things" and there's
certainly more than one, but I seriously could not live without my
friends. I'm very lucky to have some wonderful people in my life,
and I like to think that it's mutually beneficial.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Ummm, this is hard. I spend a lot of time thinking about my life in
general, I guess. I think a lot about school and my research. I
think a lot about my career, what I want to do, and how I'm going
to get there. And to be honest, being a doctoral student means I
think a lot as it is, so sometimes I spend a lot of time thinking
about nothing at all.
On a typical Friday night I am
There is no such thing as a "typical" Friday night for me.
Sometimes I stay in and just watch movies. Sometimes I hit the bars
with friends. Sometimes I head out of town to visit friends or
family. I'm pretty much up for anything.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm allergic to regular band-aids. And the glue that holds shoes
together. Weird, right?
You should message me if
I guess, you should message me if you've found anything that I've
said even remotely interesting. I'd love to get to know some new
people, make new friends, and see what happens.