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Survived a year in Little Rock

I'm doing 42 things

italnola's Life List

  1. 1. Learn gamification
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  2. 2. Learn how to make naan
    1 entry . 10 cheers
    2 people
  3. 3. Really learn to swim.
    15 cheers
    2 people
  4. 4. Learn Salsa Dancing
    13 cheers
    265 people
  5. 5. go to peru
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    214 people
  6. 6. Learn to play the drums
    6 cheers
    2,027 people
  7. 7. Visit North Dakota
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    7 people
  8. 8. learn to windsurf
    2 cheers
    136 people
  9. 9. know how to solve a rubik's cube
    4 cheers
    344 people
  10. 10. go to japan
    2 cheers
    3,749 people
  11. 11. learn to do a male strip tease
    2 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. get my abs good enough to do the tease
    2 cheers
    1 person
  13. 13. learn to play the harmonica
    10 cheers
    987 people
  14. 14. Dive the Oriskany
    1 cheer
    3 people
  15. 15. Learn to breathe fire
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    9 people
  16. 16. ride the transsiberian railway
    8 cheers
    97 people
  17. 17. fill up my passport
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    102 people
  18. 18. Publish 100 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
    1 entry
    2 people
  19. 19. record a song at Sun Studios
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    2 people
  20. 20. Publish an article in a food magazine
    1 cheer
    2 people
  21. 21. visit all 50 states
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    9,057 people
  22. 22. Visit the Grand Canyon
    1 cheer
    631 people
  23. 23. Pose nude for an art class
    1 cheer
    337 people
  24. 24. Dine at the Commanders Palace
    2 people
  25. 25. do push-ups everyday
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    22 people
  26. 26. Keep traveling
    2 cheers
    5 people
  27. 27. Go spearfishing
    8 people
  28. 28. scuba dive twice every year
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2 people
  29. 29. eat street food in Chengdu
    3 cheers
    2 people
  30. 30. visit Pampalona for the running of the bulls
    2 people
  31. 31. Learn to whistle with my fingers
    1 cheer
    1,154 people
  32. 32. visit Denali National Park.
    1 cheer
    11 people
  33. 33. digitize and organize my music collection
    1 cheer
    10 people
  34. 34. Write a will and a living will
    3 cheers
    9 people
  35. 35. Get certified as a cavern diver
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  36. 36. Skydive
    4 cheers
    11,428 people
  37. 37. learn to pick a lock
    658 people
  38. 38. Learn R
    2 cheers
    12 people
  39. 39. paraglide over African savanna
    4 cheers
    2 people
  40. 40. lose 20 lbs
    1 entry
    1,420 people
  41. 41. Be a great dad
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    213 people
  42. 42. become a dive master
    15 people

How I did it
How to floss daily
It took me
365 days
It made me

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do my Masters in economics
Master's in Economics

this is a strange degree. It is normally awarded on the way to a PhD. If you want a job then an MBA, a master’s in finance, or a master’s in analytics would be better. North Texas offers a quantitative program that normally leads to positions in market research or as a pricing analyst. That might be worthy.

If you want a PhD just get a PhD. Entering a Ph.D. program having completed an economics M.A. at another school will not shorten the duration of the Ph.D. program. If you want to get into a PhD program it might be easier and cheaper to spend a year at your undergraduate school taking a year of math courses or to go to one of the programs that specialize in getting people ready for the PhD.

If you want to avoid the real world for a while and do something cool then either do something cool (hike the Appalachian trail, teach English in Vietnam, or whatever) or get a master’s degree on the cheap. Don’t load up on student debt for this.

live abroad for a year

Lived in Cologne for a year. It was great, I learned a lot about Germans. I saw much of Europe. It does take a long time to get to know Germans. They really are reserved. But I joined a gym and went every day. That was a good way to meet people. And of course going to bars.

record a song at Sun Studios (read all 2 entries…)
step 1 have some sort of musical ability

Well I’m taking basic voice lessons. Really basic voice lessons. Teacher keeps forgetting how little I know about music. But, each day we get better.

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