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If I had to guess, approximately 50 different have told me, "Oh! You want to learn how to snowboard?! I'll teach you!" It was starting to get to the point where I didn't think it would actually happen.

But finally one of my friends came through and stuck to their word. I went snowboarding for the first time on New Year's Day 2013 and sort of successfully conquered the bunny hill. Sort of. But I loved it. And wanted to go back as soon as my knees were no longer purple and returned to their normal color.

Since then, we've gone to Ski Roundtop twice where I learned how to get on and off the chairlift and went down two runs several times. It was a blast! The picture to the right is of us at Roundtop.

To say the least, I have a new hobby. I even purchased my own snowboard.

Two down, 67 to go.

 
 
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In a few hours I will officially be a Penn State alum. In many ways this is bittersweet for me. I’m going to miss State College and living close to many of my friends. I already (and will continue to) miss playing hockey here and spending time with my incredible teammates. But with everything that has been going on with me in the past few weeks, I’m excited to have the opportunity to start a new chapter of my life.

In 4 years I feel like I’ve learned a lot but very little of it is from the classes I’ve taken. And instead of being sentimental I’ll share some of the things I’ve learned that I wish someone told me when I was a freshman or sophomore.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. Mistakes aren’t the end of the world. I’ve probably made hundreds or maybe even thousands of different mistakes in my 4 years of college and I only really regret one of them. Actually, my biggest regrets are the things I didn’t do because I was too afraid of screwing up. One of my favorite quotes is “Progress involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first” by Frederick Wilcox. Don’t be afraid to be bold. Take a class that interests you, even if it has nothing to do with your major. Join that club or organization that intimidates you. Talk to that person you like—maybe they like you too.

Way too often I spent too much time worried about the small embarrassments, drama and other little things. For example, I’m completely clumsy and would get so mad at myself and embarrassed every time I tripped or was uncoordinated. At some point one of my friends asked me why it bothered me so much. She said, “no one else remembers it after a week, so why should you?” So my advice is if it won’t matter in a week then you shouldn’t stress yourself over it or worry. Focus your time and energy on bigger and better things.

And I saved what every senior will tell you for last: live it up. Take advantage of all the incredible opportunities you have at Penn State, both academically and socially. Four years seems like a lot of time but it will fly by so enjoy it.

I think that’s it. It’s really weird to know that I won’t be coming back to State College in August and even weirder to not know what exactly I will be doing in August. Hello real world?


 
 
About two years ago a friend of mine was severely ill and we both decided to make bucket lists. I kept the list pinned on my bulletin board for a few weeks until it was moved to a folder under my desk and it’s stayed there ever since. I kept meaning to pull it out and update it but I always got busy and sidetracked with other things so it never happened.

Then a few weeks ago I was on twitter and one of my suggested followers was Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonis. I hate the Capitals was curious what he tweets about so I checked it out anyways and saw a link to his “Ted’s Take” blog. On his blog I saw his 101 list, which is a bucket list of 101 things he wants to do before he dies. It gave me some more ideas for my own list and helped me decide to start a blog about my bucket list.

So I’ve updated my list and it has a total of 70 things I want to do before I die. Some are lofty and probably won’t happen and others are just silly but if I can accomplish at least 80% of them, I’ll be happy.

View my Bucket List