Q&A with Christian

Name: Christian Merrill

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Living in: Boston, MA

Occupation: Medical student

WearingAlue Two in Watermark Chestnut


"I had monkeys break into my room and go through my bags and eat our food. Luckily, they weren't cool enough to take the Alues."


What are you favorite hobbies? Boating, skiing, cooking, photography, golf, pretty much anything outdoors.

What is the best trip you've been on with your Alues? Safari throughout Tanzania - absolutely insane. I had monkeys break into my room and go through my bags and eat our food. Luckily, they weren't cool enough to take the Alues. I'm going to Peru in a few days to hike Machu Picchu with my dad, so I'm sure I'll have some stories from that trip.

What is your dream trip? I love sailing and being on the water. So, an extended sailing trip maybe around the Mediterranean. Stopping in various ports, exploring the city, and then sailing out after a day or two to another port. I can't think of anything more exciting.

You're from Knoxville. If someone had a long weekend in Tennessee, what would you recommend they do? I would highly recommend going to Knoxville in the fall. You cannot beat SEC College Football and University of Tennessee has one of largest stadiums in the country, holding over 100,000 people, and a sufficient tailgating to accompany it. I would join the Vol Navy and take a boat down the Tennessee River to the stadium and tailgate there. You can't go wrong going to Memphis visiting Graceland and having some of the best BBQ of your life. Finally, you have to visit Nashville, grab a cowboy hat and boots, and hit the honky-tonk bars on the strips next to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

How does New England match up to the South? Well, it's not called Southern hospitality for nothing. Everyone in the South is extremely welcoming and accommodating, it is just part of how we were raised. In New England, everything seems more fast paced and serious. New Englanders get a bad rap for not being nice, but in my opinion you just have know what you are getting into. Also, everyone in the South has central air conditioning which is pretty awesome.

You're almost done with your third year of medical school. What type of doctor do you want to be and why? I absolutely love surgery. It's absolutely amazing how far technology has come in the field. I really enjoy the intricate and delicate surgeries such as hand surgery.

What is your biggest fear in hospitals / doctor offices? Currently my biggest fear is being mistaken for a doctor. I know my fair share of medicine, but I should by no means be mistaken for a doctor. I think that is every 3rd year medical students biggest fear.

If you weren't going into medicine, what would you want to do? I would love to be a professional golfer or photographer. But if we're talking reality, I really enjoy analytics and problem solving so something in the consulting realm.

How would you describe your own style? Southern contemporary. I still wear seersucker and bow ties both alone and at the same time, but I live in Boston now so I have gotten used to more of the urban scene.

Three essentials that you always carry with you to travel? Camera, journal, sunglasses.

If you could have a superhuman power, what would it be? Flying for sure. Awesome views.