When first asked to make a list of the five things I have to do before I die, I thought to myself that this would be an easy assignment. However, at the inexperienced age of 18 it is difficult to prioritize the most important resolutions in your life. As thoughts streamed through my head most ideas were unrealistic and superficial, but eventually one hit me. The top item on my bucket list would have to be resolving my biological clock. This includes finding my true love and eventually well, you get the picture. Although, I don’t plan to do this anytime soon it is still at the top of my list as the one thing to do before I die. As for the second item, before I die I have to save someone’s life. This idea is the sole driving force behind my aspiration to become a doctor. While items number one and two are selfless and non-materialistic, it is hard to be an American without dreaming of living extravagantly. Which brings me to number three; before I die, I must own a luxury vehicle. The items listed next are quite similar; both deal with overcoming a challenge. At number four is swimming the English channel and at number five is standing atop Mt.Everest. While the last two items are clichés, they are things that I always wanted and thought I could do. Therefore they rest at the bottom of my top five.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Life is too short to spend it worrying about trivial matters, passing matters, and material possessions. Although everyone gets wrapped up in trials and distractions, I believe that we all need to find a way to experience what we truly want out of our lives. I do not want to die unfulfilled, so what follows is a small portion of my bucket list.
I would love to go scuba diving before I die. I am fascinated with the ocean and its dark depths. I would really like to come face to face with a shark in the “cage of courage.” On my scuba adventure, I’d like to visit a coral reef and see the kaleidoscopic environment of color and life.
The second thing on my list is to travel all around the world. I’d like to see different cultures and see the festivals they hold. For example: the festival of the dead in Mexico, Oktoberfest in Germany or the Hinamatsuri in Japan. I also want to see the remaining wonders of the world, and imagine ancient cultures.
I would like to learn a foreign language before I kick the bucket. I would like to learn Japanese, because above all other places I want to travel there. Their culture has always fascinated me, and I would love to experience it on authentic terms, not just as a tourist.
Donating blood will have to be the fourth thing I would like to do. My fear of needles has always stopped me from donating (I literally need to be held down for shots.) I want to confront my fear someday, and give blood so that it might help save a life.
If at all possible, perhaps in my retirement years, I would like to run an animal shelter. I’d like to create a sanctuary for the unfortunate animals of abuse or abandonment. It always affects me when I see helpless animals, and I always feel powerless to help them, so someday I want to help every single one that I find.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Recent Donations and Grants
Coupons for Free Meal for incoming honors students at Quiznos: ARAMARK
Drinks and Snacks for Honors College: Dale Dunn Farmers’ Insurance
Flatscreen Television and A/V equipment for Honors Office: Walmart
New computers for Honors Hall: SAU
Furniture for Honors Office: Ivan Smith
Refrigerator for Honors Office: Ms. Deborah Wilson
Microwave for Honors Office: Dr. Chrisanne Christensen
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The Clinton Presidential Library will be the site of our gala on Friday evening, complete with food, drink and tours. Following the gala the River Market Entertainment District is at your doorstep with a lively nighttime scene.
Block room rates will be available March 30 through April 2, with singles and doubles priced at $129 a night and triples and quads priced at $139. A call for proposals will go out in November with a submission date at the end of January.
To learn more go to http://www.srhconline.org/index.php.
Looking forward to having you visit our locale next spring,"
Of course, SAU Honors College will be there with bells on. Make your plans now and get your submissions ready.