Get a Bachelor’s DegreeMay 18, 2014
- Get a Master’s Degree
Live in ChicagoAugust 2014 – Present Start a blogApril 9, 2014
- Learn how to play the guitar
- Learn how to play the piano
- Watch my name scroll by in the credits of a successful Feature film
- Be the Sound Designer of an Animated Feature
- Be the Sound Designer of a Live-action Feature
- Score a Film
- Be a part of a film that wins an award at a film festival
- Hold an Oscar…or win one…
- Write a feature length screenplay
Go to EuropeMay 22, 2014 – June 4, 2014
- Go to Europe with my parents and brother
- Live in another country for at least a month
Ride in a Gondola Go to the top of the Eiffel TowerJune 3, 2014
Go to Vatican City
- Witness the Pope’s Blessing
Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
- Kiss the Blarney Stone
Go whitewater rafting
- See and photograph St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Go on a cruise
Be the President of a club2013
- Learn another language; French and/or German
- Improve my Spanish
- Learn Sign Language
Be in a Talent show2010
Be in a Play2009, 2010
- Sing in front of an audience of over one thousand
- Perform a monologue
- Sing on the street/Street Perform
- Get a Tattoo
- Go to all three days of Lollapalooza
- See the Musical Wicked in NYC
- Make Thanksgiving dinner
- Ride in a Chicago Water Taxi
- Run a 5K
Attend a Tigers game Attend a Red Sox gameSummer 2013
- Attend a Yankees game
Attend a Cubs game
- Attend a World Series game
- Run through a Waterfall
- Throw a surprise party
- Go to Hollywood
- Read all of the Harry Potter books
- Read all of the Lord of the Rings books
- Give an important speech
- Take a Ballroom dance class
- Go to Hawaii–
- Visit my Grandma Fran in Waimea Valley
- Make something awesome with my movie ticket collection
- Make a film about my family
- Watch all of Tim Burton’s films
- Watch all of the Best Picture Winners
- Get my own apartment
- Go on a road trip across the country
- Teach an exercise class
- Achieve my ideal body weight
- Be proud to wear a bikini
- Start a tradition
- Become a regular somewhere
- Start a business
Eat oystersSummer 2013 Eat calamariSummer 2012
- Eat frog legs
- Eat escargot
- Never eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
- Buy a record player
- Buy an entirely new wardrobe
- Volunteer at PAWS
- Adopt a dog; perhaps a Goldendoodle
Be a BridesmaidOctober 5, 2013
- Get Married
- Make a difference
- Sing in a church choir
- Buy a house
- Buy a car
- Fold 1,000 origami cranes and give them to someone special
- See the Northern Lights
- Make a quilt
- Fly first class
- Photograph 100 churches
- Learn more about Political issues
- Vote for the President
- Do something I am afraid to do
- Leave a $100 tip
- Find a whole sand dollar
Find a StarfishJanuary 2014
- Live somewhere where it doesn’t snow
- Go to my high school reunion
- Have children
- Host an elaborate Oscars Party
- Track down all of my family recipes, especially Stewghetti
- Find my magnificent obsession
- Send someone an unexpected gift
- Give myself a fake name for a restaurant or hotel reservation
- Reach my step goal on Fitbit for 21 days straight
- Take a class in (or learn as much as I can on my own about) Special FX Makeup
- Take an Improv class at Second City
- Be the lead singer in a band
- Become an expert in something
- See Lifehouse in concert
See The Breakfast Club in the theaterMarch 26, 2015
- Read a book in one day
- Take a self defense class
- Be part of a flash mob
- Be able to go to a fancy dinner with family and friends, grab the check and say, “It’s on me”
- Order room service
- Ride an Elephant
- Reach ideal bedroom organization
- Learn to say “hello” in 50 languages
- Have a signature dish
- Learn to ski or snowboard
- Go camping
- Visit all 50 United States
- Sleep in a hammock
- Record an album
- Get a fish pedicure
- See the Mona Lisa
- Ride a mechanical bull
- Plant a tree and watch it grow
- Learn CPR
- Learn how to sew
- Go to Oktoberfest in Germany
- Own a Player Piano
- Have a library in my home
- Have a properly calibrated home theater and surround sound system
- Learn to drive a car with manual transmission
- Go to Harry Potter world
- See a concert at Carnegie Hall
- Ride a Segway
- Read the Bible
1. European lifts (or elevators) use 0 as the ground floor, anything above is a positive number, anything below is a negative number…makes more sense than G and B, really.
2. Coffee Shops in Amsterdam do not sell coffee…
3. In Germany, particularly Munich, when ordering a beer, 1 liter is a normal serving.
4. …Where you should also never order a Radler (a shandy), unless you want to be made fun of, especially you men, sorry.
5. The word pickpocket is the same in every language. Wallets in front pockets, hands on your purses!
6. Tequila is much better with cinnamon and an orange slice, as opposed to salt and a lime.
7. Always have your hotel address written down to show a taxi driver.
8. Sometimes…you must pay to use the public toilet.
9. Sometimes…there are Italian men outside the restroom taking money for you to use the toilet when it should actually be a free toilet experience…beware of these tricky people.
10. Austrian Schnapps are not like the Schnapps in the States…they’re stronger.
11. White Water Rafting is an amazing experience, even if there is a torrential downpour.
12. Think of yourself as a traveler, not a tourist.
13. If you need a masquerade mask, go to Venice.
14. Learn to say “Thank you,” “Please,” “Cheers” and other basic phrases in the local language…especially, “Do you speak English?”
15. There are lots of people who sell fake bags, glasses, and other products randomly on the street.
16. A coach is more than just a bus.
17. There are Australians…everywhere.
18. Bread, slices of assorted meats and cheeses…classic breakfast.
19. Italian rap karaoke is super entertaining.
20. The game “every time you see someone riding a bike, take a drink” in Amsterdam, is a death sentence.
21. Service stops in Europe are much more elaborate that the ones in the U.S.
22. You want leather? Florence is your answer.
23. On occasion, a seagull will attack and kill a pigeon in Rome…or maybe that was just a one time thing…
24. There are gypsies…there will always be gypsies.
25. Europeans listen to a wide variety of American music.
26. You will stay up late and you will get up early because you only have so much time in each place!
27. Validate your subway ticket to avoid falling up a down escalator.
29. Don’t think too much, experience and embrace every taste, smell, sound, touch and sight!
30. 12 days is not enough time in Europe!
This past Summer I had the pleasure of having an internship in the wonderful city of Boston. This city is full of history! Whether you’re talking about the history of our country, the history of art, the history of architecture, the history of the 80s sitcom Cheers…or perhaps the history of Mark Wahlberg. It’s all there! Boston has been the scene of several key events in our country’s history including the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunkerhill. Boston is also the home of the United States’ first public school (1635) and the first subway system(1897). And, though I am a Detroit Tigers fan, how can we forget the year the Curse of the Bambino was broken, when the Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series! All of these events of history have played a part in our lives, whether it was in joy or pain.
One year ago today Boston experienced it’s most recent pain, the Boston Marathon bombing. At 2:49 pm EDT, on April 15, 2013 Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media outlets broke out in fear alerting others of the tragedy. Three people were killed and an estimated 264 others were injured that day. The bombs exploded about 12 seconds and 210 yards (190 m) apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston.
Arriving in Boston in June of 2013, I found that the pain and fear had turned into courage and faith, with a community of support and remembrance. A beautiful memorial was created where the incident occurred. There were fences, trees, benches, posters, and more decorated with everything from flags, hats, shoes and clothing to stuffed animals, books, ribbons and notes. Though an unfortunate and an awful happening, it was amazing to experience the togetherness of a city. Everywhere you looked someone was wearing or selling a “Boston Strong” t-shirt. Companies, organizations and individuals all over the city were displaying the blue and yellow ribbons of their Boston Strong support.
A breathtaking photo series was released last week where “Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing send messages of hope…” Please check it out, it’s truly inspiring. It’s events like these that remind us to be thankful for everything we have, everyday, even if we don’t think it’s much! We are lucky to have our health, our family, our friends and the opportunities that we do!
My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all of the those affected by this tragedy. Stay Strong, Boston Strong!
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!