I have recently completed my PhDs in neuroscience and cognitive psychology and moved to the Twin Cities for a job. It would be difficult to describe myself without falling victim to the trite comments that everyone usually says when describing themselves (e.g., I like to have fun, love trying new things, and enjoy hanging out with friends and family). With that said I have a joie de vivre and am ardently loyal to my family and friends :)
I am goal driven and am passionate about my career. I know many people that describe themselves using the aforementioned description, but I have met many people who fail to walk their talk. I tend to be humble and prefer to let my actions do the talking; since you have never met me, I feel should provide a few examples of my drive and passion. In undergrad I ran collegiately on five NCAA national championship teams (UW La Crosse), received university awards for my undergraduate work, and lived happily with four women and managed to keep them all civil towards one another (perhaps my life’s greatest accomplishment). In graduate school at Iowa State University, I received university awards for both mentoring and instruction.
Although I take pride in hard work, I also feel that it is important to balance my work with time for family, friends, and recreation. A few of the many things I do, I enjoy: being outdoors (anything and everything), jamming with friends (I play percussion), cooking, and spontaneity. There are not a lot of things I do not enjoy doing, although I should note that the powers that be did not grace me with the ability to draw (which explains why I admire those with artistic acumen).
I do not like to compete against other people. I rather compete against myself and seek to improve in whatever I am doing. I love to surround myself with friends who are positive and push me towards my goals in life and vice versa. I would like to meet people who are active, enjoy doing new things, have goals in life, and are positive. I am looking for friends (and possibly something more) that are passionate about what they do, are honest, and seek to make the most of their time here.