Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn.
— Kurt Vonnegut

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I was born and raised in Ocean City, NJ and attended Stockton University for my undergraduate degree where I studied applied physics and mathematics. During my time at Stockton, I served as one of two student trustees on the Stockton Board of Trustees, was elected Public Relations Chair of the Stockton Student Senate, and became a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In addition, I was a member of TALONS, a student organization that staffs events and mentors incoming Freshman and Transfer students during Stockton's Welcome Week.

I became a Gaucho at the University of California, Santa Barbara two years ago where I am currently pursuing my Ph.D in Economics. While I am interested in a broad range of topics, my current work incorporates macroeconomic theory and econometric analysis. In particular, I am now working on model selection techniques, migration patterns of married households since the 1960's, and the growth effects of life expectancy changes in Europe. In my work, I am always eager to learn from my colleagues and welcome the opportunity to explore new areas of research with others. Moreover, I frequently work with the Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance in the production of their seasonal economic newsletters.

In addition to my academic interests, I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and staying active. On the weekends, I can be found surfing at Campus or Coal Oil Point or playing volleyball downtown at West Beach. I am also an avid tennis player and enjoy squeezing in a quick match during lunch. When longer breaks present themselves, I take every opportunity to visit my family in the Netherlands or see new places. My most recent trip took me backpacking through Berlin, Prague, Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome.