I was born and raised in Athens, Ohio. I earned my undergraduate in Classics and World Religions from Ohio University as well as a certificate in East Asian Studies. After graduating, my wife and I moved to Orange County, California for a summer. We quickly moved from our time in California to Beijing where we spent half a year teaching literature and conversational English at Beijing area high schools. After returning to America my wife an I spent several years in Pittsburgh before returning to school at Ohio University. My focus in this program is going to be cross-cultural communication in hopes of becoming a much better candidate for the State Department.