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A 27-year-old PA student who wants to visit all seven continents, write a book, work at a pediatric clinic in Africa, and basically meet as many of the world's challenges as possible.

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Life List

(already accomplished)

Become a PA

Visit all 7 continents

Take a SwimTrek trip

Bike through Western Europe

Raft the Grand Canyon

Improve my Spanish proficiency

Go on safari in Africa

Trace my roots at Ellis Island

Vacation in Hawaii

Work on a hospital ship in a Third World country

Celebrate New Year's in Times Square

Visit all 50 states (29 to go: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY)

See the ruins at Pompeii

Swim in Capri's Blue Grotto

Tour Mt. Vesuvius

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Tour the Colosseum

Visit the D-Day beaches

See the Mona Lisa

Visit the palace at Versailles

See the Acropolis and Parthenon

See the Egyptian pyramids

Hike the Inca Trail

Walk El Camino Santiago

Take an Alaskan cruise

View the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Hike Table Mountain in South Africa

Climb through the Amazon canopy

Walk at least part of the Great Wall of China

Get laser hair removal

Learn to surf, ski, and snowboard

Learn to drive a stick-shift

Learn to play the piano

Go on a tropical cruise

Ride horseback on the beach

Ride in a hot air balloon

Get tickets to the Olympics

Go to adult Space Camp

Witness a shuttle launch from up close

Build a full-sized snowman

Sew a quilt out of my old race T-shirts

Update and continue my Life Scrapbook

Become the oldest person to ever do the River Run

Live to be a happy, healthy 100 years old - at least!

(unlikely dreams)

woensdag 12 oktober 2005

So today I have three major projects.

(1) Assemble my creative writing portfolio. This entails rereading and editing (if necessary) my four major pieces, tacking on a bibliography, and - the fun part - adopting a persona and writing an introduction/critique of my own work.

(2) Study like a madwoman for my linguistics midterm, which is tomorrow morning at 8:45 and which, judging from the review we were given, is probably going to kick my ass. Example: one random graph/diagram is going to be included on the test - unlabeled - which can come from ANYWHERE in ALL the readings. We will be expected to identify it, explain it, and label it. Wacky, impractical things like that. I mean, an essay, okay, term identification, all right, but rote memorization of pictures? How does that have any bearing on my future proficiency in the field?

(3) Do some more work on my thesis. As geeky as I'm going to sound right now, I am actually having a blast working on Middle English. I never realized this before, but seriously, Middle English is like normal modern English with lots of random Dutch thrown into it. It seems like I see something noteworthy in practically every single line, be that the word order, vocab, or (based on the rhyme scheme) pronunciation. It rocks.

I have made slight amounts of progress on the choosing-a-language front in that I've decided I must take sign language. Taking a modern language or ten in grad school is not outside the realm of the possibility, but seriously, when will I ever get the chance to do sign language again? Therefore, Spanish, Latin, and sign language are yeses and German is a no. That cuts the five schedule possibilities down to three:

1.) Spanish, Latin, sign language, weight training, Greek.

2.) Spanish, Latin, sign language, weight training, French.

3.) Spanish, Latin, sign language, weight training, Writing Systems, gymnastics.

If I could find a different Spanish class - a conversational class that didn't conflict with ASL, for example - the possibilities might be different, but ISIS is closed at the moment due to the fact that it's only 5:30 AM across the pond, so I'll have to wait on that till later.

At the moment, though, I'm leaning towards #2.


Blogger marijt said...

Hey Jess!

Well, Greek sucks and they write in funny letters :) although pretty similar to IPA or the other way around but whatever. I didn't like Greek, that's the bottom line. The grammar is less weird than Latin, though.
Hm.. French rocks but euuh... I dunno. Please work on the accent though, cuz some Americans have weird accents in that language (no, am not going to expand that to either all Americans or all languages, but whatever, my accent in French sucks too).
And I think it is weird you can take sports for credits. Bottom line... go for the French with many, many possibilities for its verbs. You'll love it, grammar freak :)

Well... that was enough procrastinating, don't you think?

xxx Marijt

12/10/05 13:42  
Blogger Robin said...

Hey Jess!!
Look,I'm reading your blog....finally!!
I only took 3 six week classes in ASL which met once a week but I loved it. Can I sign fluently now? Hell no,but I bet I could get by...if I had to...maybe!
When I get a deaf patient at work, I pray they lip read!!! I'm such a chicken....lol.

15/10/05 19:02  

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