Why did you choose to attend The University of Texas at Austin?
Aside from the wonderful people, the academics and Austin itself, I chose UT because when I was here everything just felt right. I had this innate feeling that this is where I am supposed to be.
What do you want to do when you graduate from the university?
As a freshman, I get to plead the Fifth on that one. I don’t need to know yet. I’ll figure it out soon enough.
If you had to choose one thing about yourself to share with the university’s Web audience, what would it be?
I have this idea that I’m searching for something. Well, it’s more like a feeling than an idea. I have this feeling that I’m searching for something. I’m always looking and have made quite a few conclusions. None of them quite add up, but I’m looking for something. I guess I’ll know it when I find it.
Who are your heroes?
My mom, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Daniel Johnston, Socrates and anyone who died for a cause.
If you could travel to one spot anywhere in the world, where would you want to visit?
What are your current favorite books? What books would you recommend to someone you just met?
Sartre’s “Nausea,” Danielewiski’s “House of Leaves,” Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and Osho’s “Book of Secrets” are probably somewhere on my top list of books. To someone I just met I would say Hemmingway’s “Farewell to Arms,” anything by Camus, or Hesse’s “Siddhartha.”
What pushes your buttons? What are your pet peeves?
Secrets in front of people don’t make friends, closed minds, blatant hate, disrespect, misogyny.
What are your favorite Web sites? Why?
What are your favorite foods?
I haven’t found any vegetarian food I don’t like, well, except for falafelÖthat needs a lot of random sauce.
What music are you listening to?
Daniel Johnston’s “Songs of Pain I and II,” Fall of Troy’s “Doppleganger,” Daughter’s “Canada Songs,” A Silver Mt. Zion’s “Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward,” Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” Owen’s “I Do Perceive.”
What are your all-time favorite movies? Why?
“What Dreams May Come” because the ideas in this movie have made an everlasting impact on how I think about things beyond our own little lives. It’s a wonderful story of how love can transcend all. “Pay It Forward” because it restores my faith in humanity a little bit. “Shakespeare in Love” because it’s beautiful. “I Heart Huckabees” because I’m still getting it. “Waking Life” because I’m just dreaming.
Who are your favorite artists?
Monet, Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Dali, Magritte, celsojunior
What are your favorite academic subjects? What are you interested in studying in the future?
Philosophy, astronomy and French. I hope to study all of these more in depth during my span here.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
South Mall lawn.
Where are your favorite places to go in Austin? What are your favorite things to do in Austin?
I like going to coffee shops (Spider House), bookstores, parks, and shows here in Austin. Greatest city for live music, right?
What are your favorite free-time activities?
Writing music, conversations, playing random instruments, reading when I can, arguing over philosophy, looking up at night, sleeping late, being with people, thinking, running.
Other interesting facts about you:
During the spring break of my senior year in high school, instead of hitting the beach, I hit the road on tour with the Meg and Dia Band and The Stiletto Formal. One of the best weeks of my life.
I helped start the infamous bottle war during Taking Back Sunday’s set at Warped Tour three years ago.
I have stories for every occasion.