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Bergen County Academies, University of Virginia, New York University, Columbia University
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NYU, Columbia/Barnard - professor of social/personality psychology, statistics
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English, Español, Français, Italiano, Русский, العربية
Hey, I'm Margarita!
New York, New York, United States · Member since February 2012

I am a researcher and college professor working on my dissertation in social and personality psychology at New York University. I am interested in people's personalities -- their thinking styles, in particular -- and how they combine into higher-order units in relationships, groups, and complex structured societies sharing beliefs, norms, and visions of reality. I would say that I am passionate and intensely curious, especially about anything regarding the human psyche, but also about the as-of-yet undiscovered laws of physics and what's out there beyond our earthly existence! I am fairly extroverted, and at times drawn to colorful "underground" dance parties, but just as often I find myself immersed in in-depth one-on-one discussions (sometimes in the middle of a wild party!). I have been described as bubbly and enthusiastic, but in the last year or two people have been calling me "chill" and laid back, so I guess it just depends on where I am, who I'm with, and what I'm doing.

I was born in Moldova and grew up speaking Russian. My parents, brother and sister (who are twins), and I immigrated to the US when I was 9, and my first glimpse of the Manhattan skyline left me dizzy and thirsting for more. Since then I have lived in NJ, VA, and some more exotic places (Ecuador and Morocco) before moving back to NYC for graduate school. I've lived in it for quite a while now, but the city keeps unfolding before me, revealing fascinating new facets to me, often when I least expect it. My whole life I've longed to be a foreigner, exploring the winding streets of some unfamiliar city or finding a path through a remote forest, stumbling on characters and adventure...and so far, New York, with all of its multiple personalities, is the only city where I've been able to fulfill that side of me without having to jump on a plane every week!

Still, wanderlust has raged inside me since I had legs to wander with, and it's getting harder and harder to stay in one place! On May 15 I set off on my long-awaited trip around the world in 84 days, during which I hope to make up for lost time, recover the languages I've forgotten, learn new ways to live everywhere I go, and go on life-changing adventures with amazing new friends...

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