:: eye of the storm ::

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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)

maandag 20 juli 2009

Landing an interview at ECU, even though it's months away, has got me thinking about what it would really be like to go to school there. Like everything else, there are some major ups and downs:

Pros: The living situation would definitely be nice; I'd probably be living at Treybrooke, a very nice apartment complex which is right across the street from the PA school. Their one-bedroom apartment includes a study, and is over 100 square feet bigger than what we have now (for less money). It would be really nice to have the two mainstays of my daily life right there in a few hundred square yards -- I wouldn't even have to move my car most days. There are some cool amenities to living there, too: hot tub, nice fitness center, nice pool, bay windows in the apartments, Starbucks right across the street...

Cons: One drawback is that the medical school is not on the main ECU campus, meaning that the college facilities (fitness center, pool, student store, etc.) as well as most of the 'reputable' stores (Harris Teeter, Target, etc.), would be a few miles to the east. The other (big, big, big) downside to going to ECU is that L probably would not be able to come with me. She's aiming to land a relatively well-paying job for the two years I'm in school so she can get a new car and stockpile some money for when she starts her Ph.D in 2012; she's flexible as to the field, but needs to find something fairly lucrative. Having said that, she's already anticipating a certain (awesome) offer in Raleigh to come her way in another few months, which would be hard to turn down. If I don't get into Duke (read: if I do end up temporarily leaving the Triangle), she would probably choose to come with me if the destination were a big-city area like Portland or Charleston... but Gainesville or Greenville would be more iffy as to job prospects. It wouldn't be the end of the world if I were in Greenville and she in Raleigh; it's only a 90-minute drive, and I could probably arrange a lot of my rotations in the Triangle during my second year... but it would still suck, big-time.

Okay... can I start get some other interview invites now, please? I can't stop thinking about this one and it's wearing me out.

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