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Belton Honea Path High School, College of Charleston, Humboldt University of Berlin
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Tavis
Hey, I'm Tavis!
Charleston, South Carolina, United States · Member since March 2013
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I am a rare breed. I love life. Granted, I get distraught just like everyone else, but I want to see and do everything. I am blunt; I too often say what I am thinking (which sometimes surprises people since I am also very "southern"). I mimic people; fictional and non-fiction. Not because I wish to mock them, but because I do have a rare gift: I empathize with people and I can assume their point of view, even if it might sicken me. I also try to show the world that manners are not dead. There is a way to be funny and honest, while also being chivalrous. I am driven. I love setting goals and reaching them, but it also kills me if I fail. I am fearless, but my greatest fear is failure and disappointing myself. I love learning. I want to speak as many languages as I can learn in a lifetime. Fashion is my passion. If I could do anything, I would be the editor of Vogue, maybe for Europe. I know what works, and it is not something that can be learned, it is innate. It is style.

I love so many things. This has made my life both extremely interesting and extremely difficult. I live life as an Epicurean: a true Renaissance Man. A small example: I triple-majored in natural sciences from the Honors College, while editing the college yearbook, competing on the club swim and dive team, presiding over the college German Club, and acting as Backstage Model Coordinator and trainer for Charleston Fashion Week. I lived in Germany for a year after I graduated on a Government-funded post-graduate ambassadorial fellowship. I attended one of Germany's oldest universities and helped establish Germany's largest online fashion blog in the UK. Then I helmed the UK division's blog and social media. Now, I tutor and teach Ballroom Dancing. I think that there is always room to learn, and I want to understand the things that intimidate me in addition to the things that I love.

I want to be well known, but I do not care about being famous. The one thing that I try to do more than ANYTHING else is to be myself. I do it everyday, and even though it is hard sometimes, it makes me stronger. So very few people do it, but I try to encourage it. I want to be respected by my superiors and my enemies. I believe that true wisdom only comes when you can respect someone else's opinion, even if it is the exact opposite of your own. I think that this takes a lifetime to do, but what doesn't?