The Basics

My full name is Shirley Joseph Chaise Smith and no, I don’t mind if you call me Shirley. I’m a 25 year old guy living in South Eastern Kentucky with my wife, Erika, and our one year old son, Alex.


In Fall 2010, I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science* and a Minor in Philosophy**.

In Spring 2014, I will graduate from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I hope to attend Eastern Kentucky University’s graduate school to pursue a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology***.

*While particular areas of focus are not officially reflected on UK undergraduate degrees, I spent my time as a Political Science major focusing on classes in Political Theory, Causes of War, and Political Economy.

**While obtaining my Minor, I completed undergraduate and graduate level courses in formal symbolic logic. I also focused on classes relating to morality and ethics and twice competed in the Intercollegiate Regional Ethics Bowl competition (2009, 2010).

***Clinical Psychology is my primary interest, though I’m also incredibly fascinated in the fields of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Behavioral Economics.

Hobbies, Interests, &c

I’m a huge news junkie. As far back as Jr. year of high-school, I couldn’t really make it through a day without, at least, checking the entertainment, geek, and politics sections of Fark a few times a day. Things only got worse after I became a Poli Sci major in 2008, and it actually became handy to be up on the latest world-events. At this point in my life, I’m lucky if I can go 30 minutes without checking my RSS feed more than twice.

I love reading. Mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy growing up, but more recently I’ve become a big fan of pop-sci and business/econ books; this is something I chalk up to my missing Poli Sci and Econ classes, but not missing them quite enough to read text books for pleasure.

In 2008, I took my first Astronomy course at UK and I’ve been in love ever since. Between school, the weather, and being a new parent, it can be hard to find the time and energy to get out with the telescope, but whenever I can I’ve got my Celestron pointed at the night sky.

Though I don’t get to go to the theatre nearly as often as I used to — hazards of parenthood — I’m still a pretty avid movie fan. Likewise, though they aren’t something I really get to do all that much any more, I still very much enjoy video and table-top games.

Other Places You Can Find Me

Tumblr: Chaise Smith

Twitter: @esiahc1

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