I have made a handful of posts on FPN, however I didn't notice the "introductions" category until now.
I grew up in Rochester, NY, and moved to Buffalo once I started working here as an RN. At 28 years of age, I am currently entering my second year of medical school (Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences), and my study methods revolve around using the fountain pen. My first experience with a fountain pen was 10 years ago, with a Sheaffer Viewpoint Calligraphy pen. I have been seriously using fountain pens for three years, beginning with a Lamy Al-Star (Charged Green, EF), a Pilot Metropolitan (black, F), and a Pilot Varsity (M).
As of this moment, my favorite pens include:
1. Lamy 2000 (F)
2. Pilot Falcon (resin, F)
3. Sheaffer TD with Triumph nib (F)
4. Parker "Big Red" (M)
5. Noodler's Ahab "frankenpen" modified to use a Zebra/Nikko G nib
I derive a lot of enjoyment out of restoring vintage pens, especially if it's something very old, or with a great design. Some of my favorite projects: 1903 Conklin Crescent, any Sheaffer Snorkel, and a couple of Parker 51's.
These interests have led me to calligraphy, and I currently practice Copperplate, Chancery Cursive, and Spencerian.
I have found these skills to be incredibly useful in writing letters (networking, thank-you notes following interviews, letters of interest, etc.).
I doubt any of this is useful to you as you read this, but maybe it will be interesting regardless. Thanks, it's great to be here.