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Interests


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Interests



Beach, Sport, Technology, Dancing, Socializing, Movies, Books, Outdoors, Fishing, Relaxing, Partying


Social Media

I love social media! The ability to connect with people from around the world at the click of a button fascinates me. Social media makes the world a smaller place- Despite living thousands of kilometers away from home, social media allows me to keep in touch with family and friends. Social media always provides me with unique stimulus as well as both motivation and inspiration. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep connected with my travels and adventures as a Stanford Student-Athlete and Runner!


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Books


Books


Why I love reading:

 

  1. Virtual Travel – Reading allows me to travel to places that I have never been and may never have the chance to go. Through reading Dan Brown's books alone, I feel familiar with the intricacies of Italy. I have an idea of how Venice looks, smells, tastes and sounds without ever being there. How cool is that!
     

  2.  Thought Provoking – Reading inspires new ways of thinking and help to affirm or contradict previously thought ideals and values. Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt books Freakenomics demonstrates how economic principles can be applied to everyday life and how these ideas can help shape the way we both think and act.
     

  3. Inspiring Creativity Authors are some of the most artistic and creative individuals on the planet, and what better way to spark our own creativity then through learning from the best!

     
  4. Learning Through and About Others – One of my favorite genera of book is autobiography. I read the autobiographies of many people. Autobiographies interest me specifically because I am intrigued by the journey of how a "normal" person became a world- changing figure. 

     
  5. "Experience" things that I will never personally experience – To me, life is about experiencing all that we can in the time we have. One of my favorite hypothetical questions is: "Is travel the only thing that we spend money on that actually makes us richer?". I am fascinated by how people summit Mt. Everest. I love to know about what challenges people face while serving their country. Reading allows me an insight into these experiences that I may never get to experience myself, and I feel value added through learning about their journeys. 

     

My Favorite Books by Genera: 


Action and Adventure:

  • Inferno by Dan Brown

  • Seven Ancient Wonders by Mathew Riley

  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

 

Autobiography and Sport:

  • Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
  • The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton 
  • Warrior Training + Warrior Brothers by Keith Fennell 

 

Non- Fiction:

  • Liars Poker by Michael Lewis
  • Freakenomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell 

Book Feature: "UNBROKEN"

The book recounts the odyssey of Louis Zamparini - a tale of a man who transcends life itself. From his juvenile delinquency while growing up in Torrance, California, through his nomadic travels through Japanese Prisoner of War camps, the story of Louis Zamparini is as inspiring as it is solemn.

In 407 pages, "Unbroken" will forever change your ideas on what you previously thought was impossible. 

How many days do you think you could survive on a raft in the middle of the ocean, without food or water? Oo... and with sharks crashing into the raft day and night, hungry for you.

How many miles could you travel under forced labor, at less then half your current body weight?

How many days do you think you could bear on less then a golf ball sized portion of rice?

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Personally... I don't think very many at all. But Louis Zamparini on the other hand.... well, I guess you will have to read the book and find out.

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Reading List


My latest reads

Reading List


My latest reads

 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond

 The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin

 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan Peterson

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan Peterson

  Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition,  Peter D. Kaufman

 Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition, Peter D. Kaufman

 Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are,  Stephens-Davidowitz, Seth

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, Stephens-Davidowitz, Seth

 The Choice: Embrace the Possible,  Dr. Edith Eva Eger

The Choice: Embrace the Possible, Dr. Edith Eva Eger

 Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,  Trevor Noah

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Trevor Noah

 Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die,  Chip Heath

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, Chip Heath

 Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don't,  Jeffrey Pfeffer

Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don't, Jeffrey Pfeffer

 An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back,  Elizabeth Rosenthal

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back, Elizabeth Rosenthal

 Norwegian Wood,  Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

 Win Bigly: Persuasion In A World Where Facts Don't Matter,  Scott Adams

Win Bigly: Persuasion In A World Where Facts Don't Matter, Scott Adams

 The Exceptional Presenter,  Timothy Koegel

The Exceptional Presenter, Timothy Koegel

 Orbiting The Giant Hairball,  Gordon Mackenzie

Orbiting The Giant Hairball, Gordon Mackenzie

 When Breath Becomes Air,  Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

 The Warmth of Other Suns,  Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

 How Not To Be Wrong; The Power of Mathematical Thinking,  Jordan Ellenberg

How Not To Be Wrong; The Power of Mathematical Thinking, Jordan Ellenberg

 Thinking, Fast and Slow,  Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

 Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance,  Atul Gawande

Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, Atul Gawande

 The Innocent,  David Baldacci

The Innocent, David Baldacci

 Never Let Me Go,  Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

  The Da Vinci Code,  Dan Brown    

 The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

 

 The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,  Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell

 Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way To Influence and Persuade,  Rober Cialdini

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way To Influence and Persuade, Rober Cialdini

 Americanah,  Chimanda Ngozi Adichie    

Americanah, Chimanda Ngozi Adichie

 

 The Gene: An Intimate History,  Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee

 Leading,  Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz

Leading, Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz

 Orphan X,  Gregg Hurwitz

Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz

 I Am Pilgrim,  Terry Hayes   

I Am Pilgrim, Terry Hayes
 

 Red Notice,  Bill Browder   

Red Notice, Bill Browder
 

 Unbroken,  Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand

 Killing Floor,  Lee Child

Killing Floor, Lee Child

 Inferno,  Dan Brown    

Inferno, Dan Brown

 

  Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything,  Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

 Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

 Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic,  Sam Quinones

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, Sam Quinones

 Hillbilly Elegy,  J.D. Vance    

Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance

 

 The Story Of My Experiments With Truth,  M.K Gandhi

The Story Of My Experiments With Truth, M.K Gandhi

 How Google Works,  Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

How Google Works, Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

 Liar’s Poker,  Michael Lewis

Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis

 Zero to One; Notes on Startups, Or How To Build The Future,  Peter Thiel

Zero to One; Notes on Startups, Or How To Build The Future, Peter Thiel

 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,  Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain

 Seven Ancient Wonders,  Matthew Reilly

Seven Ancient Wonders, Matthew Reilly

  Seven Deadly Sins,  David Walsh

 Seven Deadly Sins, David Walsh

 Outliers: The Story of Success,  Malcolm Gladwell   

Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
 

  Open; An Autobiography,  Andre Agassi

 Open; An Autobiography, Andre Agassi

 Finding The Space To Lead,  Janice Marturano

Finding The Space To Lead, Janice Marturano

 The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch   

The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch

 

 Sapiens; A Brief History of Humankind,  Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens; A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari

 All The Light We Cannot See,  Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

 The Suicide of Reason,  Lee Harris

The Suicide of Reason, Lee Harris

 Trust me, I’m Lying,  Ryan Holiday   

Trust me, I’m Lying, Ryan Holiday
 

 The New One Minute Manager,  Ken Blanchard and Johnson Spencer

The New One Minute Manager, Ken Blanchard and Johnson Spencer

 Mao’s Last Dancer,  Li Cunxin

Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin

 The Secret Race,  Tyler Hamilton

The Secret Race, Tyler Hamilton

 What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20; A Crash Course On Making Your Place,  Tina Seelig

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20; A Crash Course On Making Your Place, Tina Seelig

 Warrier Brothers,  Keith Fennell

Warrier Brothers, Keith Fennell

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TV Shows


TV Shows


Favorite TV Shows:

  1. Prison Break
  2. Top Gear
  3. NCIS
  4. Two and a Half Men
  5. The Big Bang Theory

 

Current TV Shows:

  1. Sherlock 
  2. Game of Thrones 
  3. Suits
  4. Revenge 
  5. Criminal Minds

Upcoming TV Shows:

  1. Homeland
  2. Scandal 
  3. The Walking Dead
 

Synopsis


Prison Break                                     

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The first season of Prison Break is one of the best drama's that I have ever seen. From the very first episode, I was hooked. And by the third episode, I was struggling with the fact that I had to wait a week for the next episode to air. If you are the type that loves twists and turns, I would highly recommend the show.

The series is based around the story of two brothers; one that has been sentenced to death for a crime he was framed for by a political conspiracy known as "The Company", and the other whom devises a detailed plan to break his brother out.

Click here for a link to the series trailer.

 

 

Suits                                   

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Suits is a legal drama set that will grab you from the first episode. Mike Ross, a college drop and drug user teams up with Harvey Spector; New York's hottest corporate lawyer and senior partner at Pearson-Hardman. The duo must hide Mike's true academic merits as Pearson-Hardman is a law firm that strictly hires Harvard graduates without exceptions. Mike quickly picks up the in's and out's of corporate law, aided by his eidetic memory. No drama would be complete without a myriad of relationship troubles, and Suits it no exception. Whilst Mike pursues his lust for Rachel, an paralegal working at Pearson-Hardman, Harvey attempts to flee from his fear of commitment and forge a romance with former Harvard student Scottie. 

Suits is currently in its third season, and a trailer can be seen by clicking here.

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Movies


Movies


I love watching movies. Movies take me places that I have never been before and into the lives of people very different to myself. Following the characters provides me with broadened perspectives on various situations and environments and I get to feel what it is like to live as somebody else.

Although I enjoy most movie genres, my favorites include:

  • Comedy       
  • Thriller
  • Romance
  • Action
  • Crime

Below is a selection of my recent and all time favorite movies- click on the film to be linked to its trailer. 

Recent Films:

Favorite Films:

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Charity


Charity



Humanitarianism and philanthropy have been in my life from a very young age. Helping others is rewarding. Whether it is helping a friend with a math question, or helping a total stranger a world away - the feeling of giving is very rewarding.

It is interesting to look at the science behind giving and helping others. We have all done it before. But the intrinsic feelings of aiding someone else are hard to evoke in words. Research have shown that those who give more to others, not only in the material gifts, but also gifts of time, love and support - are happier and healthier individuals themselves. 

A study of neuroscientist Jordan Grafman showed the the "pleasure centers" in the brain - i.e. the parts of our brains that are active when we experience pleasure (like eating chocolate, winning, recieving money, sex) are equally active when we 'give' to others as when we receive things ourselves. We stimulate higher activities in these "pleasure centers" when we spend on others than we do when spending on ourselves.

Studies by Harvard Business School graduate and Yale Professor Zoe Chance have shown that when we exercise compassion, our sense of time expands; and when we give money away, our sense of wealth increases. We all can attest to the point that the sense of satisfaction and fulfillment of helping someone in need is a happiness far beyond that of any material good.


As mentioned above, the act of giving can take many shapes. Below, I have listed some of my most passionate non-profit organizations. 


 

 

 

UNICEF







 

 

 

 

Charity Water

 

 

 

 

 

Leukemia Foundation

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ALS Foundation