Generalist. Jack of all trades. Renaissance man. The most interesting man in the world.™ Unfocused buffoon.
Call me what you will, but I have a lot of different skills, interests, and hobbies. I love the universe we live in, and find just about everything interesting (even if I manage to be bored a lot more often than I should be). New interests seemingly come out of nowhere, but when I find one, I go all in.
I am a nerd. There’s just no getting around that. I just can’t seem to stay away from school. I did my undergraduate work at Tulane University, finishing with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with minors in math and music in 2004. I was planning to go on to get a Ph.D., but decided that graduate school wasn’t for me. So instead, I became a middle school math teacher in rural Mississippi while also going to graduate school at Delta State University for Community & Economic Development. Oops.
After 2 years of Teach For America and a partially finished masters degree (it turns out that teaching doesn’t leave a lot of time to take very many courses each semester), I knew what I had to do next – more graduate school! So I moved to Gainesville, FL and completed my Master of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in political campaigning.
A couple years later, after moving to Tallahassee for work, I thought to myself, “Hey self! You know what you haven’t done lately? Graduate school.” So back to school I went, eventually ending up with a graduate certificate in Information Architecture. Every semester, I told myself I would never take another class (homework is really annoying in your 30s), but I just kept doing it. Even though I am no longer working on any degrees or certificates, I have to talk myself out of enrolling in new classes every semester. And that doesn’t even count all the computer programming courses I’ve taken through Udacity…
I’m also a nerd in my spare time, outside of class. One of my favorite subjects to study for fun is philosophy. I’ve listened to every episode of Philosophize This! I read about philosophy and debate it online. I’m especially interested in ancient philosophies. I’ve thought about devoting myself to Stoicism or Taoism, but I just can’t seem to get too attached to either of them.
Music has ben a huge part of my life, ever since I started learning to play one of those cheap little plastic recorders in the 5th grade. I quickly moved on to Trumpet, which I played in both classical and jazz bands (and even a ska band for a while – shout out to 12MCFCRC) until the end of high school. In high school I also picked up the French Horn, and eventually joined choir as a tenor for good measure.
I was in an a capella choir in college
Backpacking, animals and plants.
MMA & guns.
Backpacking gear, mead, tech stuff.
Tallahassee and family.