My Rotary Info
Sharon Rotary Member since April 2012. Previously, I was introduced to Rotary by my mother’s co-worker, where I applied and was chosen to go on a Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange to Scotland in 2010. Now, I reside physically in San Francisco, CA; belong to a club on Sharon, MA; but attend meetings on the Internet and couldn’t be having more fun.
Within the last two months, I’ve packed up my belongings and moved across the country to pursue a job that only exists in my head. And though I am normally very adventurous and willing to say yes to new things, this was more risky because I was leaving a good job, along with great friends and family. And the other risk is that, for me, there is no turning back. This isn’t a summer exchange, where there is an understanding that you will return home on a certain date. This is now my home where I need to build a new community, find new social circles, and find an apartment that accepts dogs.
So far, I’ve enjoyed my journey. I have seen natural wonders that I thought only existed in National Geographic. I have learned to tolerate, and maybe even enjoy camping. And I am happy with the decision to come to San Francisco to try something new in a new city. Being the oldest of four kids, it was difficult to decide to move so far away. But growing up in a military house, moving is the norm. So here I am, feeling like I’m on the cusp of some waterfall, ready to just jump over the edge.
Education & Occupation
This is usually the most boring part so here’s my attempt to make it enjoyable.
Past: Doctorate of Pharmacy
Masters in Business Administration
Present: On the job hunt in the regulatory or non-profit sector of pharma.
Future: CEO of _______
Hobbies & Interests
Nowadays, I find that I really pursue hobbies/interests. I don’t know if this indicates that I have too much time to myself, or that I now have some finances to try them. Whatever the reason, here are the most recent hobbies/interests/tinkerings I’m obsessed with:
– Making lights/lighting: Because any environment is always set by the lighting.
– Terrariums: I am a pro at killing plants. I think I secrete deadly plant acid through my skin. Whatever the case, I haven’t found a way to kill succulents/cactus, and making these spiny creatures look cute in a jar is a fun challenge.
– Plants: As said before, I’m a natural killer. But it doesn’t keep me from trying. Check out my vertical plant tower on instructables – because my landlord won’t give me a plot of land with the apartment, I’m stuck with inventing ways to bring them inside. To kill them. (http://www.instructables.com/id/Coat-Rack-Planter/)
– Homes/Furniture/House Accessories: Besides being fascinated with the architecture around San Francisco, I’ve become obsessed with making things for the home. Includes a pipe shelving unit and suitcase table. I’m always trying to rethink how to use items. Thankfully, there is a Goodwill a couple of blocks away. They should start a saver’s club card just for me.
– Travel: I must travel. I develop an itch if I don’t explore. I’m pretty sure they can find the code for “travel” somewhere in my DNA.
I EAT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. This is true – I even tried dog once. And I love dogs! I still like turkey more though. I have tried to be a vegetarian, but I wasn’t too successful during the 3 day trial. I blame my alter-ego for that failure.
I’ll probably update this as I think about more things that are worthwhile or interesting. I just came back from a camping trip in the Sacramento Delta (everyone should visit) and now have a hand tan line on my belly from falling asleep on the docks. But I did catch a few striped bass, so the tan line is worth it. Take a look at the pictures – hope that makes up for the boring bio.