legumelover
28 Vancouver, Canada
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My self-summary
I'm a med student, and spend a lot of my time outside of school daydreaming about my next adventure: usually two-wheeled and out of doors. I'm looking for someone awesome to share these with.

I was a PhD student in biomedical science once upon a time, working on some terribly interesting research questions (at least I thought so) but increasingly felt that my work would do little to address the major challenges of our time (which IMO are intersections of climate change and oppression along the axes of race, gender, ability etc). This prompted a change in career trajectory and I'm now in grade 23, loving almost every aspect of med school (especially the community) but also looking forward to finishing soon and going off to work wherever my skills are needed.

Most of my friends would describe me as intense. YMMV.
What I’m doing with my life
Studying (a lot, though never as much as I feel I should) and spending quality time with my wonderful friends every chance I get.
I’m really good at
"comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable"
The first things people usually notice about me
My helmet and panniers.
I'm easily excitable. No, really it takes very little to get me excited.
I am pretty affectionate with people I know, and somewhat standoffish towards people I don't (not intentional most of the time)
I'm not shy to speak my mind.
I think about food a lot. I'm likely to be snacking at any given time, or thinking about what to make the next time I host a dinner party.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: lately I've been working on increasing the representation of Black, and especially Black women authors on my reading list. Some of the books in this category that have left a particularly lasting impression: Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie, Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due, The Summer We Got Free by Mia Mckenzie, Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde. I would appreciate your suggestions, especially by contemporary authors!

Other books I've fallen in love with: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (probably my fave book of all time), Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple, Runaway by Alice Munro.

Shows: The Simpsons - I love that each episode carries social commentary in a format that appeals to the general public.

Favourite foods: anything involving any type of legume, anything harvested at the UBC Farm, leafy greens in any form, squash, risotto, cheese (especially strong cheese). I eat a lot of cheese. I also adore soup, especially of the soul-warming variety. I usually find myself unable to cook for fewer than 6 people at a time.
The six things I could never do without
Hugs, my bike, a sense of community, libraries, cheese, my phone (OK I could live without it but it would be difficult)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Different manifestations of social injustice, how they are perpetuated, and what part I can play in dismantling them. Responsibility to others.

Beyonce.

Smashing the patriarchy (hat-tip to Feminist Hulk).

How to make people around me feel loved and appreciated.

This quote -----> "The world is connected now. Where it breaks, we all break. But it is our world, to love as it burns around us. Jack Gilbert is right. “We must risk delight” in the summer of monsters. Beauty is survival, not distraction. Beauty is a way of fighting. Beauty is a reason to fight." - Molly Crabapple
On a typical Friday night I am
engaged in some combination of:
* Work
* Ballet: been dancing for the past year and I LOVE it
* Shabbat dinner with my roommate
* Grabbing a beer with my friends
* Reading, which frequently leads to napping
* Either packing for a bike-camping trip, or wishing that I was.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I care a lot about what other people think of me. Like... to a painful degree. In combination with being pretty hard on myself when I make a mistake, it sometimes leaves me feeling pretty drained.
You should message me if
You're a kind person who places a lot of weight on nurturing friendships and other non-romantic relationships in your life
You're motivated to change the world for the better
You have diverse interests and can introduce me to something new
You're quiet (in a mysterious sexy way)
You're a good writer; major bonus points here!
You're at least open to the idea of long-term dating
You aren't currently in a relationship
You are a feminist
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