Purdue Bucket List

  1. Attend Boiler Gold Rush – aka BGR aka Freshman Orientation.
    • Well of course!
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  2. Attend a basketball game
    • Absolutely
  3. Drink an entire Den Pop.
    • It was painful but yes.
  4. Eat at Triple X
    • Their breakfast is the best
  5. Get a milkshake at Pappy’s
    • Never got around to it, again, there’s still time.. as long as it stays open.
  6. Pull an all-nighter
    • More than I’d like to admit, I miss Hicks library
  7. Fountain Run
    • OH YES!
  8. Attend a concert in Elliot Hall of Music
    • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Weird Al…not at the same show..
  9. Go to Harry’s Chocolate Shop
    • Just a couple of times 😉
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  10. Achieve a 4.0 for one semester
  11. Ride the Citibus
  12. Get a part time job
    • Good ole ITaP
  13. Get a drink from the Lion Fountain
  14. Live with a random roommate
    • And I’ll never regret it Zucc!
  15. Skip a class on purpose and for no reason at all
  16. Visit a professor outside of class for office hours
  17. Become the president of something
    • WIT (Women in Technology!)
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  18. Shake hands with the university president
  19. Stay friends with someone all four years
    • Since STAR, Jess!
  20. Attend a football game
    • Particularly for “Shout” and the IU Sucks dance
  21. Join a random club
  22. Go for a ride on the Boilermaker Special
  23. Get a picture with Purdue Pete
  24. Get a picture with the World’s Largest Drum
  25. Take a nap somewhere on campus
  26. Go to a Fraternity party
  27. Go to a Baseball game (at the new field)
  28. Go to a Volleyball game
  29. Go to Trivia Night at Jake’s
    • Where I met a very special guy, Max, I wish I was a better girlfriend to you.
  30. Go to Famous Frank’s
    • Thanks, Jacob!
  31. Go to the Cactus
    • Thursday, the best and the worst night.
  32. Attend Breakfast Club
    • There is something exhilarating about drinking at 5 A.M dressed in a goofy costume.pirate
  33. Go sledding on Slayter Hill
    • I’m ashamed
  34. Walk under the Bell Tower
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  35. GRADUATE.
    • Boom! Bachelor’s Degree.

Gosh, I miss life at Purdue sometimes. Great times with great people in a great place.

Boiler Up!

The Wonderfully Blank Pages

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma.”

This Daily Prompt was from a few days ago, but I’m given it a go for today!

Something the most people probably don’t know about me….

Well, some people know about this, particularly my close relatives, but most people don’t know that I, Kelli, am addicted to journals.

There is something exhilarating about filling the wonderfully blank pages with my thoughts, findings and ideas throughout my days. I have a journal from middle school, from high school, from my years at Purdue, from my internship/summer in Chicago in 2012, from my summer in Boston in 2013, from my 12 days in Europe and I currently have one that I started when I began classes at DePaul. But also, I have one I write film/creative ideas in, I have one I write poetry in, I have one I write quotes in, I have one I write about my family in, I have one I make goal lists and write about milestones in, I have one I write about sound in, one I write about editing in, one that I draw in and one that I carry with me in my purse for notes on the go.FullSizeRender

Maybe this is too many…but some how I keep it straight. And I love it. My life is going to be well documented, and since about 2010, a lot of it is documented in cursive, because why not…it’s a dying art.

Now that people like my mom and my aunt know about my journal fetish…they buy me more. And sometimes I just can’t pass up a deal at TJ Maxx or Target…”Journal for $3.00! Yeah okay, I’ll use it eventually!”

My journals have sort of become scrapbooks as well. When I was in Boston I started taping in little memories of the places I went to go along with my writing. I’m the kind of person who likes to save silly stuff like a napkin from a coffee shop with its logo on it (don’t worry it’s unused) so I decided why not incorporate those things in my journals instead of having a box of stuff I don’t always remember where I saved it from.

It’s a strange bit of my life that not a lot of people know about, that’s for sure. But it’s a very important part that brings me so much joy. I get to read what my past self wrote (some of it really childish and goofy) and realize that I really am growing as a person, as a writer and as a creative thinker.

Cheers to all that write in journals, keep it up!

It’s Time to begin, isn’t it?

Finally I have a purpose.

If you read my last post at the end of July, you may know I had been waiting for something…I’m happy to announce I was waiting on my admissions decision into grad school and I was accepted! I am now a graduate student in Cinema Production at DePaul University!

It’s been a hell of ride to get to this point, a year ago I was starting my senior year at Purdue University and there is no way I would have ever  guessed this is what I would be  doing. Three months ago, I became a college graduate and had just got back from Europe…still clueless about what was next. One month and about thirteen days ago,  with the luck of finding this awesome program at DePaul and finding out about an Accelerated Admissions program offered by the College of Computing and Digital Media, I decided to apply for the Fall quarter. And a week later I was accepted.

After lots of preparation and support from my parents, I am now living in Downtown Chicago right in DePaul’s Loop Campus and I could not be happier. I had mentioned before, Chicago is the place I wanted to be since my internship two years ago. I finally made it! I’ll be here for at least two years, and if I’m lucky I will get a job here when I graduate… we’ll see where this adventure takes me.

Today is my first day of class. The adventure I’ve been waiting for is here! It’s Time to begin, isn’t it?

 

Twenty Two, the Hidden Milestone

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On Monday, I started a new year of my life. At first glance, there is nothing special about being 22. It isn’t really a milestone birthday, but all of the sudden it sneaks up on you, this is an important year full of important decisions and events. In the next two months I am finishing a senior design project, I am looking for a full time job, I am graduating from Purdue, I am saying goodbye to college friends, I am moving out of my apartment and I am going to Europe…that is just in the next two months! If this isn’t a milestone year, I don’t know what is!

The year a person graduates from college is always a big year, it is the time you enter the “real world”. You are about to become a tax payin’, loan payin’, 8-5 workin’, “real person”.  It isn’t always year 22 but that is how it worked out for me, so I have to make it count (like Jack and Rose…minus the whole iceberg thing).

I recently decided Chicago is where I want to go after Purdue, decision made, yes! I had an internship there in the summer of  2012 and fell in love with the people, the architecture, the sights, the festivals, the churches, the art…it was a culturally stimulating experience and I barely brushed the surface of the things to do there, so the Chicago exploration will continue. Though if I don’t get a job first…I may just have to look into street performing (joking but not joking).

Before that adventure can begin I have to finish strong at Purdue. Two weeks from today I have my senior design final presentation. I won’t lie to you, senior design has been a more than challenging experience, then again group projects usually always are. They’re kind of like arranged marriages. And then you have this ‘baby’ of a project that you have to raise together.

I’ve learned a lot from my project, my class in general has prepared me for what it might be like working with all different kinds of people at my future place of employment. No matter how this project ends up, I’ve grown as a leader and as a person from this project, so that’s something.

From there, it’s turning in projects, taking finals, packing up the apartment and walking across that stage. Followed by a thirteen day European tour through eight countries! On June 4th I’ll come back…hopefully to a place to work and place to live…

It’s going to be a busy, and kind of scary, year all around, but I’m excited for what ever else 22 throws my way!