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My self-summary
In how few words are you supposed to be able to sum up twenty-two years? I don't think I could do it in one, and homo sapiens is probably the best pair of words, but maybe it's a bit overly general.

After spending the past six months trying to figure my life out (senior year is rough), I would have thought I had more coherent things to say, but you probably don't care about my "Leadership Experience and Potential," my "Prospective or Current Research Interests," or my list of references. As for my interests, the rest of my profile should give you that.

Suffice it to say, I love to think and chat about most things. I read a ton because I think it helps me connect with what people thought about in the past, but I'd almost always rather hang out with people than books. After all, Shakespeare is dead and we are not. My best friends tend to affectionately call me "obliging;" I'm easy-going and difficult to faze.

I guess if you want to know any more than that, you'll have to ask me. I can't really think of a question a random internet stranger could ask me that I wouldn't answer.
What I’m doing with my life
Well, I graduated from UMass Amherst (Go ZooMass, uh, I guess?) with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Philosophy in 2012, and since I really want to be a professor and help as many people as possible love the weird, nerdy things that I think are neat, grad school is the way to go.

At the moment, I've just moved down to NJ and I'm starting a Ph.D. program in German Literature at Princeton. I'm still not sure that that's not just a dream I haven't woken up from, so I don't have any big plans after that yet. Plus, I don't want to be cocky and assume I'll survive it. There's plenty of time to be future-minded when I'm old and gray.
I’m really good at
reading for too many hours in the day, talking about nothing and everything, playing the piano, broken conversations in foreign languages, improv comedy, rock-climbing, and frisbee.
The first things people usually notice about me
Something about my look or my mannerisms always reminds people of Woody Allen, but I can't put my finger on it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Cyrano de Bergerac (hence the name), The Discworld Series, Game of Thrones, Death in Venice, The Three Musketeers. The Once and Future King. Anything by Borges. The Neverending Story. I'm sure there are more, but I studied CompLit, and I don't want to keep you here all day.

Movies: Hot Fuzz, Life of Brian, Raiders of the Lost Arc are a few that stand out. I don't tend to watch as many movies, but I'm working on it.

Shows: Firefly, Doctor Who, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Music: My favorite band used to be Queen, but it's probably been They Might Be Giants recently. Honorable mentions by Ben Folds, the Who, and the Band. Debussy is definitely my favorite composer, but I get a bit obsessed with Grieg, Bach, and Beethoven.
Six things I could never do without
-Friends and family, the people who are important to me
-A full library
-A lovely piano
-My computer
-Some sort of music player
-A warm blanket
I spend a lot of time thinking about
A lot of things, really, whatever crosses my mind. Things that crop up a lot include: art/culture [both specific to what I am reading/watching/listening to at the time, and general problems like what we mean when we say an artwork "Means x, y, or z"], silly wordplay, and what it'd be like if everyone had eyes on their hands in addition to the ones in their head.
On a typical Friday night I am
Well, for the past four years every Friday night was spent on stage with my improv troupe, so now that I'm graduated, I don't really have a strong trend to report.

I like going out to parties or bars, or just hanging around at home with people. The important thing is having interesting people to chat with. There's also nothing wrong with spending a quiet Friday at home with a book and my iTunes, as long as it's not the norm.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I was studying abroad in Germany last year, I once climbed up a wall and, encouraged by chants of "Strip, strip", proceeded to get naked. I was later given a bottle of vodka for it, though it should be made clear that I had no idea about this incentive while I was stripping.
You should message me if
anything I wrote interests you. I'd love to chat or hang out; I'm just as interested in a casual date or a good conversation.
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