Intellectual: Yes, I have always been successful in academics, and yes, most of my friends would call me a nerd. But what I really mean is that I am someone who thinks deeply, loves learning, and engages in self-reflection. To me, any encounter that causes me to question, wonder, imagine, and analyze provides satisfaction to my soul! I love books and movies that challenge my preconceptions of the world. There’s no topic that doesn’t interest me in some respect; though I studied mathematics, I could just as easily have been an English major (writing poetry in my cardboard box under the bridge...just kidding!)
World-traveler: Travelling has provided me with some of the greatest experiences of my life (and some tall tales to share!) But more importantly, the exposure to other cultures and ideas has significantly shaped my character, values, and beliefs. I have lived in Spain, Costa Rica, and Argentina and travelled extensively in Europe and South America. I love to see a place from the eyes of the local people, rather than from a hotel or tour bus. I am a member of Couchsurfing, which allows me to connect with other travelers and occasionally to host those who are fortunate enough to pass through Atlanta!
Family-oriented: I have a wonderful family, and I honestly enjoy spending time with them! Both of my parents are scientists, which accounts for the fact that our dinner conversations frequently end with a discussion of microorganisms (stop, not while we’re eating!!) My sister is a professional opera singer. Her talent exceeds my ability to describe it, but suffice to say that if you ever heard her sing, you would stop breathing for a moment. She is my best friend. My brother is one of those rare birds that does everything well: he’s smart, witty, musical, athletic. He has a gentleness of spirit that I admire, and I’ve learned a lot from him about kindness and compassion.
Adventurous/athletic: I love backpacking – I have a bucket list just for mountains I want to climb! A few years ago I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (world’s highest free-standing volcano and highest peak on the African continent) and since then I've been committed to stepping up my mountaineering skills. This past summer I went to mountaineering school in the North Cascades and learned technical climbing skills. Next up: Elbrus, Aconcagua, and Denali! I do some kind of exercise every day, whether it’s running up Stone Mountain, lifting weights at the gym, or going salsa dancing.