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My self-summary
Hello, my name is Dylan. I am originally from South Africa, but grew up in Southern California. I moved to Chicago last year to attend graduate school. I am studying to be a mental health counselor and am passionate about trying to understand the human experience and address the stigma of mental health. I am also really passionate about evidence based practice after studying cognitive neuroscience in undergrad. With that said, I also love poetry, literature, public radio, or really anything that sparks other people's interests. So let's talk about your passions and go from there. I'm seeking a genuine, curious and authentic relationship.
What I’m doing with my life
I graduated from UC Berkeley, and am in Chicago in graduate school.
I’m really good at
Trying to understand other people. I firmly believe that no matter how little you think you have to offer, your life and story is infinitely interesting. I am also a really good at being a student. I love engaging in conversations about the most eccentric topics, so hearing all about the world that surrounds us with a high degree of specifity is awesome. I am not saying I will understand it all, but I will probably find it interesting.
The first things people usually notice about me
I am not sure to be honest. You can be the judge of that. Probably that I am rather nerdy and thin.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books : I have mostly read textbooks. Some of the books I have read for entertainment as of late are Foreskins Lament by Shalom Auslander, Free refills by Peter Grimspoon, David Sedaris, and my travels with Charlie by Steinbeck.

Movies: I like the movies that make you think. These include a beautiful mind, my dinner with Andre, and memento (one of the most accurate representations of profound anterograde amnesia).

TV shows: Girls. I love how this show portrays how most people muddle through their 20s. I am firmly in that camp.

Breaking Bad. I love the moral ambiguity that occurs in the show. Is Walt a genuine guy who just was tired of being drawn through the system or is he a crazed man only concerned with power?
Mad Men. "When a man walks into a room, he has a million reasons for being anywhere.  Just ask him.   If you listen, he’ll tell you how he got there.  How he forgot where he was going, and then he woke up.  If you listen, he’ll tell you about the time he thought he was an angel, or dreamt of being perfect.   And then he’ll smile with wisdom, content that he realized the world is not perfect.  We’re flawed because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what we had.” -Don Draper. Need I say more?

Music: it varies a lot. Some examples of the music I like includes: the Monkees, Bill Withers, Aloe Blacc, Ben Howard, alabama shakes, Bibio, Beirut, Arcade Fire, the Shins, the Lumineers, the lovin' spoonful (haha), the Avett brothers, of monsters and men, Otis redding, murs, and Alexi Murdoch.

Food: It also varies, I am willing to try anything at least once. I respect vegans and vegetarians, but I don't think I could become one at least not right now. Recent convert for deep dish pizza. My favourite cuisines are probably Japanese, Greek, Indian and Vietnamese.
Six things I could never do without
Textbooks (and an education), conversations, NPR, PRI, family, comfortable shoes.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How I can be more present in the moment. Why mental health care is so atrocious in this country. I am always thinking about what I have learnt recently, trying to apply it to my life or frame it in the necessary context. I am especially fascinated with economics, psychology, medicine, and politics.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working on school work, listening to a radio show, or hanging out with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I rely too heavily on school as a source of validation and entertainment.
You should message me if
If you want to have a conversation.
The two of us