Ferim-Elwin
26 Columbus, United States
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My self-summary
Ambitious over-achiever seeks to rulebetter the world through the power of mathematics, dancing, and knitting. Occasionally lost in my own mind, occasionally spouting random facts and anecdotes, and occasionally playing my ukulele. A bit competitive at times, especially when playing video games or board games. Not a fan of dull moments, but I do appreciate an occasional quiet snuggle session, especially if it involves sitting on a couch watching classic Disney movies.
What I’m doing with my life
Working on my PhD in mathematics at the Ohio State University. Currently I'm working with my advisor on research in cognitive neuroscience.

When I'm not understanding huge systems of equations, I'm teaching youngins how to math. I'm a Calc TA at OSU, and I currently have three Calc 3 recitation sections.
I’m really good at
Math, or at least I think I am. Going to grad school can really make you doubt what you're good at, but I've survived thus far, so I think I can still claim to be good at math.
The first things people usually notice about me
My facial hair, usually. Unless I happen to be clean shaven that day, in which case it'd be my t-shirts. I wear the coolest t-shirts.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Ender's Game and the Wheel of Time series. I'm a fan of fantasy and sci-fi. Reading is an escape from this world, so the more fantastic the setting, the better.

Movies: I love musicals, my favorites being Doctor Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog and Repo! The Genetic Opera. I'm also a fan of a number of animated movies, in particular classic Disney movies, as well as everything by Studio Ghibli. And most sci-fi and fantasy movies will pull me in with ease.

Shows: I'm finding that I'm a big fan of shows from the BBC. Doctor Who and Sherlock, in particular. And not just modern Doctor Who, I'm also a fan of the classics, especially the fourth Doctor. Aside from that, I love fantasy (Game of Thrones) and sci-fi, (particularly anything by Whedon), as well as some good, classic, cartoons and anime.

Music: Mostly metal (Kamelot, Dream Theater, Blind Guardian, to name a few), or swing music (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Gordon Webster), though I enjoy anything that I can dance to. Also, video game themed bands, ( Instalok, Pentakill, the Protomen), will always have a special place in my heart.

Also, I occasionally DJ for a few different dance events in town (Swing, Blues, and Fusion, specifically). If you have any recommendations for good songs/artists to add to my library, I will love you forever.

Food: Pizza and sushi are awesome, but I'll eat just about anything. Also a big fan of Taco Bell. Of course, home made food is the best, especially when made from scratch.
The six things I could never do without
1. Dancing. Be it Lindy Hop or Blues, dancing is my first reprieve from the never-ending daily grind. When I'm out on the dance floor, nothing else matters.

2. Mathematics gets second place, since it's what's brought me this far in life. Math is my long-term goal, and sometimes the sole motivation I have at the end of the day to keep on keeping on. Math is what brought me across the country once, and what brought me back, and now I'm waiting to see where it takes me next.

3. Instant cup ramen. It's incredibly cheap, incredibly easy, and tastes pretty goodalright. No graduate student should ever be without a few packs of instant ramen.

4. Taco Bell. Fancier than instant ramen while still relatively cheap. Perfect for the graduate student with a little bit of class. Emphasis on little.

5. A pack of chalk and a few whiteboard markers. The first day I taught a class, I walked in without any, thinking there would be some in the classroom. Seeing none, I definitely did not panic despite what some people may tell you, and you shouldn't believe them if they tell you I did, but instead I ran to the empty room across the hall and stole a few markers. Now, if I'm on campus, I almost always have some with me.

6. A pair of knitting needles and some yarn. I started knitting a few years ago, and it's such a soothing, relaxing hobby, until I drop a stitch, then all hell breaks loose.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My research is often on my mind. Currently doing research in neuroscience. Ask me about it and I'll start gushing.

I also think a lot about the events in the most recent D&D campaign I'm in. It's a mix of excitement over what could happen next and also worry over all the dumb choices our party has made.
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually out dancing, but sometimes I need something more relaxing and stay home playing some video games or head to a friend's place for drinks and netflix. But if I'm feeling really adventurous, I'll be walking around town playing Pokemon Go.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm extremely shy and rather self conscious. That said, if you send me a message and I don't respond right away, it's not necessarily the case that I'm uninterested or that I didn't see the message, I might just be editing and rewriting my response because I'm nervous it's not good enough.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
You should message me if
You need a warm body for cuddling while watching Disney movies.
You want to start a knitting circle.
You need a duet partner for karaoke (WARNING: Haven't done karaoke in over a year, I will be slightly rusty. Slightly.)
You're looking for a player 2.
You need a PokePal for walking through parks and catching Pokemon.
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