Over the course of his life, college student, aspiring artist, and BMX rider Samuel A. Shushtari has traveled all over the world. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Shushtari lived in various places throughout his childhood, including Austin, Texas and London, England. In the later years of his childhood, Mr. Shushtari’s family moved to the former estate of acclaimed art critic and early supporter of the Museum of Modern Art, James Thrall Soby, where they continue to live today. Samuel A. Shushtari remembers his time in Austin fondly, primarily because of its thriving music scene and professional BMX scene.While in his junior year at the prestigious Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut, Samuel A. Shushtari gained the opportunity to study abroad for a year under the School Year Abroad (SYA) program. Attending school in Rennes, the capital of the Brittany region of France, Mr. Shushtari acquired a strong command of the French language and remains fluently bilingual to this day. In addition, Mr. Shushtari enjoys foreign travel; he has visited such countries as Belgium, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Morocco, Guadeloupe, and the Dominican Republic.In addition to his travels for vacation, Samuel A. Shushtari has also traveled for sports. He displayed enough talent at squash during a summer camp at Wesleyan University to spend the following summer competing at the sport in the Czech Republic and Hungary. In addition to playing squash, Samuel A. Shushtari also participates in golf and weight training and ran cross-country in high school, earning All-New England honors at the Loomis Chaffee School. Mr. Shushtari’s favorite sport remains freestyle BMX, in which he performs a variety of tricks and stunts on specially designed parks and courses. Currently, Mr. Shushtari attends Boston University, where he studies film at the College of Communication with an expected graduation date of 2014. Prior to his enrollment at Boston University, Mr. Shushtari, an amateur acrylic painter, took courses at the Hartford Art School, a part of the University of Hartford in Connecticut.