Originally from a small town in Illinois, but have spend a significant amount of time abroad (as a student) since graduating high-school. The last 2 years I was living in Forli, Italy and Budapest, Hungary doing a dual-degree program through the University of Bologna, and I will defend my thesis and graduate at the end of September 2013. I will be moving to NYC in September to start a one year job with a non-profit organization.
I have used airbnb twice before, and had a very nice experience both times: once in a private apartment, once in a private room. I have been an active couch-surfer in the past years, but I like the idea of airbnb for when I travel with others or when I have a busy schedule planned already.