Places & People
School: New York City
Studied Abroad: Florence, Italy
Current City: Austin
Also Lived In: Tampa
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2003-2007: BA, Individualized Study, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University.
I’ve always been interested in what it means to live in a capitalist society, so I spent college designing a major called “Culture & Commerce.” My goal was to explore how work contributes to our identities, how we balance the need to earn a living with the need to be creative, and whether there’s a better way to approach capitalism. My classes were a great mix of social sciences, humanities and business.
1999-2003: International Baccalaureate Diploma, Lincoln Park High School, Chicago, IL.
I was fortunate to attend one of the best public high school programs in the country. A dedicated group of educators worked tirelessly to ensure that high school would be even more difficult and stressful for a lucky group of students. It paid off, though: I was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, NYU gave me a bunch of credits before I ever set foot on campus, and I learned to work my ass off.
Projects, Interests, Other Stuff
Music has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have great memories of listening to Talking Heads at home with my mom and dad, and riding around in my uncle’s Trans-Am blasting Springsteen. I have eclectic tastes–follow me on HypeMachine 0r Spotify. Concerts are my favorite extracurricular activity.
I’m a big supporter of local & organic food, so I’m working on my green thumb. Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has been a huge inspiration, as has the original copy of Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening that a family friend gave me.
Giving something old and beaten up a new life is rewarding in a few ways: you keep something out of a landfill, end up with a cool piece of furniture and build a completely different kind of skill set than you do sitting at a desk. These projects are essential for keeping me feeling creative and motivated.