As much as I value my technical projects and academics, I strongly believe that nothing is more important than a strong work-life balance. Here you will find some of the many things that occupy my free time!
When I was 8 years old, I saved up enough money to buy a Nintendo DS. The rest is history. While I don't have much time for games these days, they occupy a lot of space in my heart. Visit my Backloggery to check out what I'm currently playing, and what I've played in the past.
I received a Canon Rebel T5 for a high school graduation gift, and I've dabbled in photography since then. I primarily take pictures of my friends or places I visit, but I have also done more experimental work in a UNC Studio Art class. For a sample of my work, visit my Alternate Instagram page.
I have been running ever since my mom challenged me to run non-stop around a lake with a 2-mile perimeter, in exchange for a Thomas the Tank Engine toy. I don't remember which toy I got, but the running has stuck with me. I ran cross country in high school and participate in Carolina Marathon team from time to time. My original goal was 2 miles, but my next goal is 26.
When I arrived to UNC, one of the first things I noticed was that it took forever to walk anywhere. I decided to take the easy way out by inheriting a bicycle from my family. That bike, the Sand Blaster (pictured on the left), is now my most prized possession and I take it on more trips than simply around campus.
One day, I was feeling nostalgic and I asked UNC's Class of 2020 if anybody had a spare Nintendo DS lying around that I could have. Many people responded, and long story short, I now have a sizeable collection of Nintendo DSes and other Nintendo handhelds. I like collecting these consoles due to my personal connection with Nintendo, but also due to the variety in color and model. Every item I own is truly unique, yet I'll never own every Nintendo system. And that allows me to embrace the joy of collecting.
It would be dishonest of me to say that I'm an avid reader, but it would be disingenous to say that I never read. Every once in a while, I sit down for a book, and I enjoy what I read more often than not. My favorite book is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, and I'm not even one for war stories. Reading makes you care for people and worlds that you wouldn't care about otherwise, and I find that very important. To find out what I've been reading, check out my GoodReads account.