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My self-summary
I'm the very definition of a psychonaut. I enjoy contemplating nature, consciousness and science, but to me the most fascinating question in the universe is that of the human condition. I'm often caught up with pondering this intrinsically purposeless existence and looking for meaning wherever it can be found. I like to keep my options open and my judgment as impartial as I can. I find that the universe is just rippling with opportunities - Meeting new friends, exploring uncharted waters of cause and effect, and finding something that complements and fulfills the deepest parts of my being. I'm rather nerdy, but I try to conduct myself with a hint of classiness and refinement without being too self-important. I'm an explorer - eager to sample new lifestyles, music, and cuisine and seeking to challenge my prejudices whenever I can. Being a healer is my calling, and use my education as a biochemist to design natural treatments for advanced-stage cancers. Simple happiness is my ultimate aspiration and For my sake, I hope these escapades will include lots of swimming in the ocean, playing guitar, birthing new poems, and eating gyros.

Actually, instead of writing this, I should have included select clips of Leonard from The Big Bang Theory. It's a far more accurate depiction of me.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently, I support myself through being a tutor for pre-med students at NEIU, as well as with sporadic work as an independent consultant for Biotech firms. I dedicate a great deal of my time to research in experimental naturopathic oncology and have designed a regimen capable of producing a more than 30% reduction in tumor mass in one small cell lung cancer patient through targeting cell pH, potassium levels, and mitochondrial apoptogens. Neuroscience is an equally important field for me, and I plan on attending Emory's graduate program in a few years, once I've saved up enough and expanded my credentials. In the near future, I hope to be moving out to Minneapolis with my BFF and working as a researcher at U of M.
I’m really good at
I've got sharp critical thinking skills and an eye for detail, so "Science" would be a pretty good summary. Possibly related to my discerning eye, I'm talented at picking out matching ensembles from a given wardrobe and generally being a frou-frou aesthetician. Poetry is favorite hobby of mine and I've had several of my works featured in Cornell College's annual publication for student prose Open Field. I do confess, I go through periods of being an avid gamer and I excel (read: pwn) at first person shooters. Strangely, I was born with the ability to hold my breath for five minutes so I'm a natural swimmer (confirmed) and gifted pearl diver (theoretically). I have a knack for swordplay and favor the Chinese Jian, an elegant weapon from a more civilized age.
The first things people usually notice about me
I can come across as strange and extravagant or shy and outspoken depending on the day (I think it has something to do with gluten intolerance). Often I'm keen to employ a verbose lexicon and embellished dialogue because I'm in love with the English language and it keeps my verbal intelligence in good shape. I steer conversations toward politics, psychology and philosophy when I get tired of vacuous small-talk (quite often) and I can get pretty intensely involved in conversation and debate. In groups, I focus on single individuals and toggle between giving each of them my full attention, as people are much too fascinating to only partially engage. My mannerisms are also somewhat flamboyant and I can be very expressive. On that note, I'm very fun when drunk.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy quintilogy
The Foundation Series
Richard Bach's: One
His Dark Materials saga
The Fountain
Iron Man
Pineapple Express
The Lord of the Rings (Director's cut)
The Fall
El Baron Del Terror
My Chemical Romance
The New Pornographers
Katie Melua
Queens Of the Stone Age
Imogen Heap
The Weepies
Adventure Time!
The Big Bang Theory
Star Trek: TNG
Stargate Universe
Dr. Who
Mac n' Cheese (saturated with Tabasco)
Swordfish Fillet
Lincoln Cafe Bacon Burger with Bleu Cheese
Beef Tenderloin
Tomato Basil Soup
The six things I could never do without
1. Um, gyros - That much should be obvious by now
2. Proper Hygiene
3. Skyrim (to be fair, that presumes the existence of a console or PC)
4. A stylish seasonal coat
5. Access to Pub Med
6. Dumbbells
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Often, I'm busy dissecting my own thoughts and desires, trying to find out what makes me tick. Every once and a while, a few dozen puppies bound across my psyche with promises of wet kisses and unconditional love. I'm always thinking about ways to improve myself, new topics to study, and how I can find my niche in the world.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either browsing Pub Med database for the newest discoveries in neuroscience while enjoying a bowl of cookie dough ice cream, or out with my friends enjoying all manners of silliness.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm an open book. Shame is something that too often obstructs personal happiness. Ok, here it goes:

Up until my freshman year of college, I hated being male and was seriously considering gender re-assignment.
You should message me if
If you're looking for a fun, interesting, and intellectual friend/partner who can appreciate you for your quirks and help you become comfortable with being yourself.

If you have a friend or family member suffering from cancer, let me know and I will provide you with my relevant research info, patient data, and examples of working alternative therapies. No one deserves to die from big pharma's campaign of misinformation.