I'm always trying to learn something new, see more of the world, and not get caught in the same routine over and over again. While I work and study hard, I remain conscious of living and enjoying life. Love traveling. Dancing is a passion of mine: salsa and hiphop mostly, but I'll have a great time no matter where there's a rhythm. I starting competing in ballroom dancing starting around Halloween 2011. It got addicting almost immediately and I'm now officially obsessed. This year, I traveled to 6 competitions around the Midwest competing in over 10 styles of ballroom and latin dance.
I spent a year studying abroad in London and the travel bug has never left. Each year, I try to take at least one big trip and do what I can to immerse myself in the culture. Most recently, I spent the past two summers living in NYC, doing research at Columbia, and enjoying all the concerts, shows, dance classes, and performances the city has to offer. The year before, I spent 3 weeks living in Rio de Janeiro: studying Portuguese, taking Capoeira classes and performing in a show, dancing 'forro' and samba, touring favelas, relaxing on Copacabana and Ipanema, and checking out soccer games at the Maracana. Previous trips have included Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls, Caracas and La Isla de Margarita in Venezuela, island hopping around Greece, backpacking through Europe, (birthright) Israel, and a 10-day bachelor party to Costa Rica.
I'm currently in graduate school going for a PhD in Economics with a focus on the economics of education; in particular, with college prep. I had spent the last 3 years in finance/banking, feeling somewhat unfulfilled even though I had a good job with plenty of vacation days, a smart boss, and friendly coworkers. I just felt I needed to do more, and banking was not going to cut it.
In particular, I've spent a lot of time working with kids in tough neighborhoods, and see how just a small push or a single good influence can change their lives. I've seen teenagers completely turn their lives around who are now leading amazing lives. My short-term goal is to find programs that are working, to quantify them, so as to make investment in schools more palatable to governments. Longer term, I have a vision of setting up free, volunteer-led and run after-school college prep programs across the country (and internationally??) that will help level the college-admissions playing field for students with the drive and desire to seek higher education.
I'm attracted to passionate women, regardless of whether those passions are directed at intellectual, physical, or creative pursuits, and I pity those who are intimidated by an intelligent, opinionated women - there's simply nothing sexier. But beware, if we're debating, the more worked up you get, the more I'll want to kiss you.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
Mix it up, go to some favorite spots around town. I'm a firm believer that it's the company you keep that makes the evening fun and certainly not where you go. With that, I would never go to a movie or concert on a first date; you should definitely be able to be comfortable and get to know each other. But ... I also tend to think dinners are better in relationships and can be a bit too interview-y for a 1st date, and I would much rather share a glass of wine in a lounge, check out shops along the main streets, or stop in somewhere for tea or ice cream, depending on the season.