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My self-summary
People have told me that they know when I'm in the building because of my laugh. Others have said that I was born to laugh-- usually following it up with "and she was born to be on the floor....", since falling over laughing has happened a couple times I guess. Oftentimes, I'm laughing at something incredibly ridiculous. Or my own corny jokes.

What I was not born to do is sing. But I still do it. Loudly. It's pretty bad.

This, of course, doesn't mean I'm not serious. I'm actually quite shy at first.

I love people. People I've known forever and people I'll meet tomorrow. Old people and young people. I spend a lot of time with people older than me. Related to this, family is key. I don't define family by blood, but by the bond we share. Mostly, this has made my family a lot bigger.

I love languages. I am doing my Ph.D in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. I am Portuguese-- though I never went to Portugal growing up, I now can't go much time without feeling restless and needing to be back there-- my other home(s). I am in love with Lisbon, but my Azorean soul longs for my islands whenever I am away.
What I’m doing with my life
A Ph.D. student. I eventually want to teach Portuguese language and literature, preferably in an area with a strong Portuguese community.
I’m really good at
Making others feel loved. Listening and being a good friend. Laughing at my own jokes (does this count?). Knowing the words to many corny songs in English, Portuguese or Polish. And singing them loudly and proudly. Not cooking-- but this summer, I'm making new efforts!
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile. Or my laugh. I hear it's pretty distinct.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: José Saramago, João de Melo, Lídia Jorge, Germano Almeida, Katherine Vaz and Anthony de Sá. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Catcher in the Rye, Baltasar and Blimunda, Risen from the Ground, Gente Feliz com Lágrimas, Also love: Sarah's Key, The Help. I love historical novels.

Movies: Or, my Treasure, Selena, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Central Station, That Beloved Month of August, I have to admit, I'm a sucker for any J.Lo movie. Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Les Miserables, Elsa y Fred

Music: R&B, Hip hop, pop, contemporary rock, Fado, contemporary Portuguese, axé, Música Popular Brasileira, kizomba, Discopolo (so bad! so good!). Read: Usher, Shakira, Will.I.Am, Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Boys II Men, Jay-Z, Gloria Estefan, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Amália Rodrigues, Dulce Pontes, Xutos e Pontapés, Mariza, Mafalda Veiga, Deolinda, Buraka Som Sistema, João Pedro Pais, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Ivete Sangalo, Daniela Mercury, Maria Bethânia, Anselmo Ralph, Yuri da Cunha. Everything!

Food: Portuguese. Mexican. Chinese. I'm not too fond of Italian, but it is growing on me!

TV: EMPIRE. Jane the Virgin, Orange is the New Black, Modern Family, Black-ish, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl
Six things I could never do without
the ocean.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future. My nephew! What movie I'm going to watch on Netflix.
On a typical Friday night I am
Reading, studying, and preparing classes. Or out for dinner and a drink with friends. Or playing Taboo and Scattergories with my "adoptive family" here in Providence. Or singing really bad karaoke. Who knows!
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