But just because I'm conscientious or sincere doesn't mean that I'm super-serious. There is a time and a place for seriousness. But I see that as generally confined to school. I work to help solve problems related to women's health and development internationally (it's a bit more complex than this though--but I'm happy to explain!), and I think given the severity of those issues, some level of seriousness is warranted. But after 5 pm (or sometimes 10 pm since I'm a graduate student...), any pressure or expectations that I have for myself are eased, and I tend to be fairly relaxed.
I'm always on the hunt for adventures--life doesn't seem too much fun unless there's variety and challenge, and I like to find new ways to have fun. On that point, if anyone who is reading this knows how to kitesurf, please message me--I really want to learn! But in the interim, I'll just have to settle for running, biking, hiking, and open-water swimming (the latter is really fun--if you haven't done it before, it's really worth trying).
I also have a strong sarcastic streak about me. I'm fairly good at knowing when to butt in and provide some witty remark, although this sometimes gets me into trouble if people don't know me too well. (I once suggested to someone who does health work in Kenya that she should visit the hospital where President Obama was born--it took her a little while to pick up on my intentions).