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My self-summary
My name is Zack, and I have no idea how to adequately describe myself here. I am a writer, a musician, a scientist, a Christian, and a whole bunch of other things that would make this go on forever. I'm introverted, and I can be a little hard to talk to (in person) until I warm up to you, but once I get comfortable, I love to talk to people. I express myself better in writing, except when asked to describe myself in it, and I enjoy jotting down anything creative that pops into my head. In fact, I tend to have insane dreams if I don't have some sort of creative outlet. I'm not exactly worried about what people think of me, but I'm very worried about how other people feel, and that can look like the same thing from afar. I love to help people, and that has played a large part in my life thus far, and will hopefully continue to be a large part of me. I'm an aspiring doctor and an out-of-practice saxophonist who loves playing jazz. I'm a good friend, and a good guy to have on your side in an argument. And now, I'm done. Anything more you want to know, message me and ask. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have (within reason!).
What I’m doing with my life
Right now, I'm going to school for a 4 year Biology degree. It is my hope that at the end of that time, I'll be able to get into Med School. Being a doctor is my dream, and I hope that I'll be able to fulfill that dream. I don't know exactly what kind yet, and I may not be able to decide until I can figure out where my aptitudes lie, but I do know that whatever I do, I'd like to be able to help people as much as possible. Given that for some reason I can't become a doctor, my second choice would be to get a Master's or a Ph.D. in Biology and teach at a High School or University level. It's not quite the direct help that I'd be able to give as a Doctor, but you can still have quite an impact on people's lives, and help them a great deal in other indirect ways.
I’m really good at
Writing, Sarcasm, Science (Except Chemistry) & Math, Music (Somewhat, I play the saxophone for now and will be taking a piano class in the spring). I quite enjoy trying my hand at anything creative, but my creative side and my logical side are often at odds. Which can make me seem kind of erratic in my style of coming at problems. I'm a good listener, and am happy to be there for my friends when they need me.
The first things people usually notice about me
My laugh, or, at times, my sarcasm. I do try to reserve my sarcasm for non-personal subjects or self-deprecation, though, so as not to offend anyone. I've also pretty well given up on sarcasm in print until a sarcasm font is created and/or agreed upon. That never seems to go well for me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Author-wise, I like Robert Jordan (Eye of the World), Terry Goodkind (Wizard's First Rule), Tolkien, Jim Butcher (Both the Dresden series and Codex Alera), Frank Herbert (Dune), Ursula K. LeGuin (Wizard of Earthsea)and Anne McCaffery (Dragonriders of Pern), E.E. Knight (Vampire Earth), George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), and so forth. As books themselves go, I enjoy the Eragon series, various Star Wars books, Ender's Game and the (later) sequels. The Chronicles of Narnia are something I re-read every few years. One of my favorite stand-alone books is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and I also enjoy Pratchett's Discworld series. I'm sure there are a ton more that I'm just too tired to remember right now.

Movies - The Matrix, Boondock Saints, The Star Wars Series (Especially the original three), Hackers, Dune (The Sci-Fi version, as it follows the book better), Green Street Hooligans, The Fifth Element, The Princess Bride, Tomorrow When the War Began, Office Space, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Dylan Dog, Titan A.E., Serenity, Avengers, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and on and on... Oh, and we're going to put Doctor Horrible's Sing-along Blog in this section, even though it's technically a miniseries/webisode type thing.

T.V. - The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Smallville, Jericho, Scrubs, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Heroes, Buffy, Castle, Terra Nova, Star Trek, Futurama, Grimm, Revolution, Arrow, Merlin, New Girl, Psych, and, of course, last but not by any means the least, The Walking Dead and Firefly

Music - Dropkick Murphys, Maroon 5, Journey, Various movie soundtracks (I'm not too manly to admit that I've rocked out to Hakuna Matata more than once), Lindsey Stirling, Linkin Park, Skylar Grey, Alicia Keys, The Eagles, Metallica, most (especially instrumental) Jazz, some Rap, a lot of Classic Rock, and so forth.

Games - Because I do play them, so why not admit it.
Assassin's Creed, the Zeldas, when I can get my hands on them, L.A. Noire, Fallout, Mass Effect, KOTOR, many of the Wii games, when I can get ahold of a console, the Halos

Food - Eh, anything new and fun.
Six things I could never do without
Books - Books are probably my favorite pastime. Movies, T.V., Video Games, they're all great, but none of them can tell as vivid and interesting of a story as a book can. You can curl up next to a fire, open a book, and get lost in your imagination of this whole other world. It's just amazing. And, no matter how awesome E-readers get, there's just something better about the tactile reality of an old book, the feel of the paper on your hands, that slight vanilla-y smell of a well-aged book... It'll be a while before any E-reader can offer me enough that I'll be willing to give that up.

Food - Well, Number 1, food is a necessity. I prefer not to starve, and so I eat. But even more so, food can be fun. I actually enjoy cooking (though I have to admit I'm better on a campfire or a propane camp stove, or even a grill, than I am on an indoor stove as of right now), and it's fun to be able to experiment with new tastes and such.

Water - When I stopped drinking Coke, I thought for a little while that that was the end of the world. Now granted, I think that was the massive caffeine withdrawal talking, but still... Over time, though, I remembered that there really isn't much else near as refreshing as an ice cold glass of water.

Music - Music often makes my world go round. It makes tedious tasks less tedious. It makes awkward social situations bearable, which is indeed a blessing. It just generally makes the day better. It doesn't really matter what type of music; I've spent days walking around with anything from "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to "New Divide" to even "Soft Kitty" from the Big Bang Theory bouncing around in my head. I'll be the first to admit that country isn't my first choice, but even still, I'll listen to it. Just as long as there is music to get me through the day. On top of that, give me a saxophone, and I'll figure out how the song goes and soon enough be playing right along with it. Not that you should do that, of course. It's been years since I've regularly played my saxophone, and I wouldn't want to subject anyone to the travails of me getting reacquainted with it. Still, playing a musical instrument is an experience that not much else can compare to, and I wouldn't trade my years in band for anything.

Friends/Family - As Earthly things go, my family is the most important thing to me, closely followed by my friends, some of whom are essentially family anyway. For my friends, I'd gladly wake up in the middle of the night and drive miles to rescue them from a busted car, or to provide a safe way home if they've been drinking too much to drive. My friends, in turn, try very hard not to take advantage of this instinct of mine, and thus far, with a few exceptions, it's worked out pretty well.

Rain - So, as weather goes, rain is tied for my favorite spot with snow. I decided to go with rain as opposed to snow on here because it has more qualities I can put into better words than my feelings for snow, which is pretty much, "I grew up in Baton Rouge, and didn't hardly see snow until I moved up here ten years ago or so. So I've always kind of had this sense of awe for the snow." Rain, on the other hand, is the most friendly weather to me. I'm always more energized when it's raining, except, inexplicably, when I decide to go to bed, at which point my mind apparently accepts the sound of rain hitting a roof as evidence that it's time for sleep. About eight years ago, my family and I had made a trip to Louisiana to see some family, and on the way back, we ran into a storm. Everyone else was sleeping, and it was raining so hard you could barely see the road except for when there was lightning. My mom woke up, and looked over just as lightning flashed to see me with this huge smile on my face, despite the fact that I could barely make out the lines from the rest of the road. There's something so exhilarating about the power of a thunderstorm, the amazing world we've been given. There's not a whole lot on this Earth that can match it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I'm going to do with my life, random stories (I enjoy writing in my free time, but am not considering it as a career choice.), books, movies, etc., as well as current issues and, often, the world around me. I'm pretty ADD, so little things can catch my interest sometimes and change my train of thought. Philosophy and Psychology intrigue me, and I often catch myself wondering about obscure thoughts in these areas. I actually was majoring in Psychology for a few semesters, but eventually decided that clinical psychology, at least, was not for me.

I also tend to think about God and religion quite a bit. My relationship with God is very important to me, and I often find religious questions fascinating. Which drives my logical side nuts, because there really is no observable, quantifiable answer. It's all about faith. The trick was realizing that there is really no reason science and faith have to be exclusive. Science is the study of observable natural phenomena, while faith is all about trust and belief in something you can't measure or study. Anyway, point is, I'm both a scientist and a Christian, and perfectly happy with that.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging with friends, watching a new episode of a show, reading a book, whatever I can find that's interesting and doesn't interfere with my schoolwork.
You should message me if
You are interested in talking and seeing if a friendship or something more can come out of a talk. I'm always interested to meet new people, so message me if you're interested in talking!

Also, to get this out of the way, I'm kind of a large guy. As in, overweight. It's a problem I'm working on and making strides with, but it also isn't an overnight fix. Especially if I want to keep the weight off, it's all about getting into the right cooking and exercise habits, as opposed to a crash diet. What that means for me, at least, is that my weight is a long term work in progress that is improving, but is unlikely to do so at a rapidly accelerated rate. Just a friendly advisory, as I thought it was important to be honest.
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