Here’s the bullet point version of my life:
- I was born in Canada, and most of my relatives live there, but I’ve lived in the US my entire life. My default home base is Indianapolis, IN, where I’ve lived since I was eight. Major activities during the early period of my life: being Harriet the Spy and loving school to a near-unfeasible degree.
- I got my BA from the College of Wooster in Ohio, where I majored in foreign languages and minored in math. Major activities: not speaking English, sitting in the cafeteria for hours on end, telling bad stories.
- After graduation, I received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Ukhta, Russia, a far northern oil and gas town. Major activities: walking, eating mayonnaise, freezing.
- In 2010-11, I worked with the Americorps-affiliated Student Conservation Association restoring the desert in southern California. Major activities: not showering, doing push-ups, putting things in the ground (e.g. bollards, T-posts, dead plants).
- Summer/Fall 2011 was spent at the Driftless Folk School in southwest Wisconsin, where I lived in a bus on a farm. Major activities: weeding, smithing, discing.
- From January to June 2012, I flew to Tokyo via Seattle and then journeyed by train (almost exclusively) round to Paris. Major activities: couch surfing, creative packing, walking, and other hard-to-generalize things.
- As of August 2012, I live in Bloomington, IN. After a year of changing jobs and classes and social scenes, I am starting a graduate program in mathematics at IU in Fall 2013.
I believe that knowledge of the past leads to better understanding of the present and future. That’s why I made you read this.