Years ago, I was born in rural south east Kansas to a pair of middle school teachers. This likely had something to do with the fact I never developed into a very strong swimmer, but it also probably explains how I developed my work ethic, my selfless attitude, and my steadfast ambition.
I think I probably always knew I wanted to be engineer, too. As trivial as it sounds, the moment I knew I wanted to be a mechanical engineer was after first watching a particular scene in the Disney movie The Rescuers Down Under. A character used a Rube Goldberg-type machine to catapult a pea into a thimble on a makeshift stovetop, and I remember marveling at the ingenuity of the contraption's inventor. Since then, I've discovered that the thing that truly drives and motivates me is simply the ability to create.
I've also been known to be a huge fan of baseball statistics, and I watch college basketball like a crazy person. I strive to maintain some semblance of athleticism by lifting weights and riding my road bike in my free time. I go out of my way to try foods I haven't eaten before, and I listen to as many stand up comedians as I possibly can.