I am 29 years old and am finishing my PhD in Statistics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I am originally from Philadelphia and so I feel somewhat out of place in Madison, WI as it's a bit smaller than what I'm used to. I find that escaping to Chicago whenever I can helps to make life in the midwest a lot more enjoyable. I consider myself pretty outgoing, at least by comparison to almost everyone else I know in the statistics field, and so I like getting out to meet new people who are intelligent, well-grounded, and free of the emotional baggage that ALOT of people in academe seem to have. I can be a bit sarcastic at times and have a tendency to think too much and sometimes get lost in my thoughts, but I suppose that those are some of the hazards of getting a PhD. I'm a math geek; that's how it goes! On the flip side, I don't tend to lose my head and remain pretty calm and laid back in many situations. I'm always looking for new and interesting people to hang out with and to explore the city of Chicago with; it's a cool city that I plan to move to after graduation in December 2008. I can be a bit sarcastic at times but it's usually in good fun and isn't meant to offend; it's the kind of humor I think you develop when you come from a large (if not neurotic) italian family from South Philly. Apart from enjoying the fun things in cities like Chicago, I love to spend time outdoors and always jump at the chance to go on long bikerides and camping trips or hikes. Right now, I'm mainly looking for new friends with whom to explore Chicago and am open to new experiences.
having grown up in an urban environment I enjoy city life, but I also appreciate any chance to escape it. I like biking, hiking, camping, etc. And of course, with a PhD in Statistics, I'm a math geek too!
Athletic intellectuals and the (brutally) honest types; and let's not forget the charm of sarcasm and wit!
Insecurity and liars. I really don't have time for those -- but who does?!?!? Oh, and even worse, if a guy takes himself too seriously, it's about as unattractive as it gets.