Weather permitting, I love spending time outside. Hiking, kayaking, and snowboarding are probably my favorite outdoorsy activities, but I also love to play sports. I played rugby in college, but I’ve also played soccer since I was three. I haven’t gotten to play as much soccer lately as I would like, but I hope to change that. I’ve also played field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, and volleyball. Reading and watching movies are some of my favorite indoor activities and I love going to drive-ins whenever I get the chance.
I also really like to travel. I love experiencing cultures that are different from my own. I’ve studied abroad in Japan and Costa Rica and have also been to Mexico. Two years ago, I went on my first backpacking trip to Thailand. I was a little nervous to go to a foreign country by myself, but that trip ended up being one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Last fall, I took another backpacking trip, this time around Europe. I got to visit Croatia, Germany, The Netherlands, France, and my favorite, Italy. There are so many places I'd love to see, but I think New Zealand and Australia are next on my list.
Instead of getting a job right out of college, I decided to do some seasonal work as a way to get to see some other parts of the country. The past two winters, I've worked in a sushi restaurant at a ski resort in Northern California. While I was there, I got to take a few trips to other parts of California, like Big Sur and Redwood National Forest, and I learned to snowboard! I have to say, that is my new favorite outdoor winter activity, even though I still faceplant every once in a while. The past two summers, I've worked in Alaska, right outside Denali National Park. Even though I was just working in a restaurant, in my free time I got to go hiking, camping, and rafting all the time. It's difficult to live in Alaska at times, but I've never been to a more beautiful place.
Personality-wise, I’m a bit sarcastic. I think it’s a family thing. If you can’t handle a little bit of good natured teasing, then I’m probably not the girl for you. I’m also pretty quiet when you first get to know me, but after a while you’ll figure out that I’m a total goofball. I’m also a bit geekier than I ever thought I was. My roommate was the first one to point this out, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. I’m pretty non-judgmental, but the one thing I cannot stand is arrogance. I was raised to be kind to everyone I meet, but to never allow someone to treat me badly. I really like chivalrous guys who know how to treat a girl well. This doesn’t mean I expect a guy to do every little thing for me, but I really like it when guys hold doors open for their girl or other little things like that.
I love my family so incredibly much and being away from them off and on for the past six years has made me realize how wonderful they all are. Most of my family lives in the Cincinnati area, so I got to see them all the time growing up. That being said, family is very important to me. I hope to have one of my own someday, so if that’s not your thing, I'm probably not the girl for you