I went to a small liberal arts college not too far from D.C. and spent four years learning the noble arts of sophistry and pretension from the great old dead white guys of western civilization. To put it in terms that the college would prefer: I underwent a classical education focusing on exposure to primary source materials with small discussion-based classes. They swear that if I took the same courses at a more typical school that offered majors, I'd have a double major in 1) History of Math and Science and 2) Philosophy with a double minor in 1m) Classics and 2m) Comparative Literature. Needless to say, I was very employable coming out of college.
Before college I lived in Oregon, near Eugene. I was born in Houston, Texas and I am glad that my family moved away from there while I was young. Texas has some things going for it, but Oregon is much more to my tastes. I'm not a hippy by the standards out there, but I still cringe when I see how much less people recycle on the east coast. I miss not having a sales tax even though I have gotten used to it now. People ask me whether I want to go back, but (he reveals how uncool he is) I take pride in coming from a small town and leaving it behind. Too many of the people I knew growing up stayed and Facebook gives me reminders every day why I am happier out here.