29Menlo Park, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a Boston girl starting my fourth year in Palo Alto, and I love it here - can't get enough of how much people smile on the street, and I'm certainly not complaining about the weather (except for the lack of snow!), but I do walk and talk pretty fast, and if I find a body of water I will sit down and gaze at it for as long as possible (how does Palo Alto get away with having a place called Lagunita that's absolutely dry?)

I've been a student for most of my life and will continue to be one for many years still, so my philosophy is to live now! I'm generally a very happy person - I sing around my apartment, dance at every opportunity, and try to make people laugh as often as possible.
What I’m doing with my life
Right now I'm getting an MD and a Master's in Biology, but I'm also very interested in fiction writing, and I've done some work in publishing. So I guess I'd like to be a scientist/doctor/writer/mother. . . we'll see how that goes :)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I am a huge bookworm. Ginormous. I used to work at a bookstore, and I get completely giddy around real live authors. I like a lot of the classics, like Shakespeare and Hemingway, but these days I spend most of my time reading more modern books. Some of my favorites:
Bel Canto and The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (this is a very funny book! everyone should check it out again as an adult at least once :))

Movies: Amelie, The Cider House Rules, The Fellowship of the Ring, Down with Love, Inception, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Black Swan, V for Vendetta, 50/50, Rent, Moulin Rouge, Newsies, Chocolat, The Dark Knight, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, The Notebook (yes, I know), Good Will Hunting, Donnie Darko, The Importance of Being Earnest, Proof

I'm a big musical theater person! But I also enjoy groups like OneRepublic, Coldplay, Lady Antebellum, James Taylor, Maroon 5, Rockapella, Sara Bareilles, Five for Fighting, Train, and various Celtic groups. And I've sung in some classical choirs.

Right now I'm watching Mad Men, Parks and Rec, and Game of Thrones. And I loved Lost.

Six things I could never do without
My family and friends, books and music, nerdy science conversations, the chance to spend time outside (hiking, kayaking, skiing, wandering along rivers), meeting new people, and probably chocolate, let's be honest
I spend a lot of time thinking about
People. The people I care about, the people I worry about, the strangers walking past me on the street or sitting across from me in a cafe (yes, I am a people-watcher, although an affectionate one, I hope). I tend to be someone people come to for emotional support, and I find it very fulfilling to share my friends' joys and worries.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have pretty strong feelings about numbers. Odd numbers make me a little uncomfortable (they seem unbalanced), prime numbers make me a little sad (they seem lonely), and even numbers are just fantastic. It certainly doesn't interfere with my life, but let's just say I was pretty excited for the birthday when I turned my lucky number.
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