I'm a third culture kid who grew up all over the world. I went to college in Las Vegas and didn't get much done. I moved around for awhile after that before settling in Maryland. After doing a number of jobs I hated (mostly IT stuff, from contracting at the executive office to working at the Apple store) I decided to take out some massive loans and go back to school full-time. Now I'm an astronomy/physics student at UMD and I love it. It has taken me a really long time to find my way.
Most of my close friends call me a smart-ass. I love repeating facts that I find interesting and talking about science and literature and philosophy and other nerdy stuff. Most of my ex-girlfriends call me a hopeless romantic. I used to wear that title like a badge of honor but I hate it now. Now I am a hopeful romantic. I am not afraid of commitment. I don't say this to be cute or make a certain impression, I say it because I spent many years being afraid of commitment. I am happy to realize that this is not true anymore. This doesn't mean it's all I'm looking for—it just means that I'm not running from it like I used to.
I like to be outside in the rain. I like to stay at home and watch movies and Netflix. I like to cook badly and laugh. I like to hold hands. I like Imgur and any game made by Blizzard. The character I identify with the most is the Doctor, except I'm shorter, not as brave, or smart, and I don't have a time machine or a British accent. Other than that we're basically the same person.
What I’m doing with my life
I study astronomy and astrophysics at UMD, and have my foot loosely in the door at an internship at NASA that I hope to start in the next year. I'm also writing the next great American novel. Like, really though. It's fantastic.
I’m really good at
Fixing things. Listening to people and challenging them. Being ecstatic. Listening to cello music and brooding. Arguing. Certain computer games. Sentence fragments.
The first things people usually notice about me
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Lolita, Pale Fire, 100 Years of Solitude, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Hamlet
Movies: Groundhog Day, Joe Vs. The Volcano, Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine, High Fidelity
Shows: Dr. Who, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Community, Cowboy Bebop, Home Movies
Music: I love classical and trip hop. Basically anything without lyrics. I enjoy EDM but I hate dancing (I'd like it if I was better at it). Lately I have a soft spot for bluegrass/country. Anyone in my car agrees to be subjected to bluegrass.
Food: Spicy food. Literally, that's the only qualifier. I will eat anything if it is spicy. For example termites are surprisingly spicy. For the longest time I thought eggplant was spicy, until I realized that I am allergic to eggplant and I actually have an allergic reaction that is painful, which I mistake for spiciness. And yes, I still eat eggplants after this discovery.
The six things I could never do without
The Internet. Dave's Insanity Sauce. Dogs (I've had mine for 14 years). My computer. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. Stars.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My future. Really big unanswerable existential questions. Where I'm
going to get lunch.
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing homework. Watching Dr. Who. Writing the aforementioned next great American novel. Being awesome at computer games. Succumbing to the desperate beauty of the universe with immense joy and sadness.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm scared of driving! But I've never gotten a ticket or been responsible for an accident. I just learned pretty late in life so I've never been too comfortable with it.
You should message me if
You're equally happy staying in and being cuddly or going out and being amazing (though I am a homebody and tend more towards the cuddly). It's important to me that the people in my life are excited and inspired people. I don't mean just for career goals, I mean people that are genuinely happy to be alive, even when it's overwhelming and difficult. You should message me if you want to go to the museums on the mall. You should message me if you want to learn how to play golf from someone who has no idea how to play golf. You should message me if you appreciate a guy who is generally pretty chill and a little reserved, but has a secret reverence for the world that impacts him deeply.