I love learning! Whether its picking up a book and discovering something new or taking formal lessons, I'm a big believer in keeping sharp. I moved to Northern Virginia from the Northeast in 2007 for a position with the federal government. Pretty original, huh?? Even dealing with the forms, memos, and bureaucracy everyday, it's been a great experience overall and I've really liked getting to know a lot of people I wouldn't normally encounter.
After growing up in Massachusetts and living in Boston after college, it's fun picking up on some of the differences in this part of the country. For starters, people are a lot more friendly! It's nice to say hi to someone without getting a look back like you have 8 heads. I enjoy hearing the wide range of accents from people who've moved here from other regions too, rather than just ones who sound like extras in the movies "Ted" or "The Town." Winters are also interesting... it's funny how people freak out and the city shuts down every time there's 2 inches of snow on the streets. The best though is the availability of beer and wine in a supermarket, so cool to buy a steak and six-pack of Sam Adams at the same time!
This past spring I graduated from Maryland's part-time MBA program after working on it for a couple years . It's still such an amazing feeling to be done with the work/school lifestyle! That was such a LONG haul, I'm proud of reaching my goal and am happy that the crazy schedule is over. I've got much more free time on my hands now to enjoy nights and weekends.
Some things I like doing include spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, going to local sports games, working on small home repair projects, and participating in community service efforts. Outdoor seasonal activities are the best: relaxing on the beach in the summer and hitting the ski trails in the winter.