Hello, whoever is interested in reading my bio. First off the basics, I am seventeen, a current high school student in Arizona, am graduating in 2013 and look forward to my upcoming college years. One of my main goals at present is to get accepted into the United States Military Academy, West Point. This goal has of course pushed me to try very hard in school but does not surpass my goal to simply learn and to lead. Throughout my high school career I have gained valuable lessons from my experiences and believe I have the work ethic to apply those lessons out in the real world. I'm not what you would consider a typical teenager. I constantly seek to learn new things, not because I have to but because I want to. I have fallen in love with knowledge and philosophy. I love to read, think, and write. Some of the books I have read include Plato's "The Republic", Dante's "Divine Comedy", Machiavelli's "The Prince", "The Meditations" by Emperor Marcus Aurelius, many of Ayn Rand's books and others. I keep a written journal of my favorite quotes and my interpretations of their inner meanings. I also carry a Moleskin notepad with me everywhere now, as I jot down thoughts, which come to me throughout the day, and analyze the inner meanings of my everyday interactions. I love to learn for myself, but also find joy in leading others to enlightenment as well, or at least in pursuit of some common goal, that may be agreed upon. I try to improve my leadership by actively participating in my school and community. I am a board member my school's NHS program, captain of the school wrestling team, and have participated in several leadership seminars across the country from Alabama's US Space & Rocket Center, to New York's West Point Academy Summer Leadership Seminar. I hope to, like Plato's Allegory of the Cave, attempt through leadership to bring people out of the dark, which is ignorance, and into the light, which is truth. I do not mean to ramble, I am only trying to give a most genuine depiction of how I view myself. I will end off by saying that I like this website and am here because I want to learn from others, like yourself, so please feel free to contact me or show me things that you have found interesting. I see the long lasting benefits of a cultivated mind and don't believe my learning should ever end on the boundaries of formal education, as learning only ends with the end of life.
Philosophy, reading, writing, the great sport of Wrestling, athleticism, Military, and specifically the Army's West Point Academy, which I hope to gain entrance into.
-Your opinions on ethics and Philosophy. -Your favorite videos on TED, -any interesting current events, -the Military or the academies, -Any sports, -or anything else really; I won't bite.