I grew up in a really poor neighborhood in Puerto Rico. Through a lot of struggle and with the guidance of great mentors along the way, I've been able to set my goals high, pursue them, and (so far) accomplish them.
Six years ago, I became the first person in my family to leave Puerto Rico when I started my Ph.D. at Stanford. It took a lot of courage to face the unknown, leaving everything and everyone I knew behind. It hasn't been easy. The culture shock was rough, and expectations were high, but I've adjusted very well ever since, I've done a lot of personal and professional growth, and I've come to love the man I'm becoming.
My experiences during graduate school ignited a passion for public service and leadership in me. I'm trying to take my scientific and critical thinking skills into a career in public policy. I'll be moving to Sacramento in September where I just accepted a position as a scientific advisor to the State Senate. I feel very proud of the world I've started creating for myself. Sharing that world with someone I love would be nice, especially if we can help each other reach our full potential.
Yes, I'm fiercely independent, resilient, ambitious, and proud; I've had to be. I can be a handful. But I think you'll find that I'm also one of the warmest, most caring, compassionate and supportive people you'll ever meet.
If you're interested, say hi! Believe it or not, meaningful interaction is actually possible on here. Let's go somewhere together, and I'll give you a reason to let go of your cynicism.
Looking forward to meeting you,
Aiming at a career in science and technology policy/politics
Tutoring/teaching for some extra cash
LGBT student leader
Tenor in the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
I like stand-up, improv, and singing. I love entertaining people.
I like organizing volunteering trips to the city
Making crappy art with crap I'd otherwise throw away
Teaching myself new skills and learning about new subjects.
Trying to get back in shape. Hopefully I'll be done before I buy fancy new suits for the new job.
"The Social Contract", by Jean Jacques Rousseau
"The Plague", by Albert Camus
"The New Jim Crow", by Michelle Alexander
"A Report on the Banality of Evil", by Hannah Arendt
House of Cards, Veep, Archer, The Legend of Korra, Ru Paul's Drag Race
Classical, Jazz, and classics from the 50s and 60s (think Billie Holiday, Fitzgerald, etc.)
There's this Burmese place in Palo Alto I'm obsessed with right now.
1. My ability to see beauty in unexpected places
3. Supportive friends
5. A good book and a glass of Riesling
6. Good food