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Complete 85 of the 100 Most Completed Goals (read all 4 entries…)
2014 update

1. Get a tattoo (last year, tattoo of a circle on my wrist)
2. Get married
3. Drink more water
4. Learn how to drive a stick-shift
5. Go skinny dipping
6. See the northern lights
7. Bake a cake (made a chocolate butter cream cake with Sean)
8. Buy a house
9. Read “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”
10. Swim with the dolphins
11. Graduate from college (May 2012…but it didn’t get me anywhere)
12. Go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
13. Meet someone famous
14. Skydive
15. Have a slumber party
16. Have oreos and milk together
17. Do ten full push-ups
18. Have a baby
19. Learn to play the guitar
20. Learn how to cook
21. Own a car (2002 honda)



keep searching for new, real music (read all 2 entries…)
Love

How am I just discovering Gotye???
Love the feeling of finding real talent



donate 1 gallon of blood
Only negative about India...

Tried to donate today which would have ticked off this goal, but I discovered that I can’t donate for a YEAR because of the malaria risk present in India. So sad. Understandable, but so sad. India isn’t even listed as one of the countries that prevent you from giving blood in that packet you have to read every time, either. So annoying. Oh well. I guess I will finish this goal January 16th, 2013.



Complete 85 of the 100 Most Completed Goals (read all 4 entries…)
Thanks, India

Three weeks, and I’ve been able to check of three things here that I haven’t been able to in a while. Careful though girls…Indian massages are a lot different than in the US!

1. Get a tattoo
2. Get married
3. Drink more water
4. Learn how to drive a stick-shift
5. Go skinny dipping
6. See the northern lights
7. Get a massage
8. Bake a cake
9. Buy a house
10. Read “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”
11. Swim with the dolphins
12. Graduate from college
13. Go on a cruise
14. Go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
15. Meet someone famous
16. Take more pictures
17. Skydive
18. Finish a sudoku puzzle
19. Have a slumber party
20. Have oreos and milk together
21. Do ten full push-ups
22. Have a baby
23. Learn to play the guitar
24. Learn how to cook
25. Own a car



go to India (read all 3 entries…)
Let me tell you

It is not, may I repeat, NOT cheap going to India. I’ve purchased my flights with a great sadness…like holy crap. Definitely going to be broke by the end of my time at this school.

BUT. This is, of course, a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am so excited at the idea of being in India for 2 1/2 weeks. Who can say that!

My school has made the entire preparation process really easy. It is much easier than preparing for Study Abroad in France (probably because I’m not going to be in India for 5 months like France, but still). The visa process was a surprisingly brainless procedure. I didn’t have to go to NYC. In fact, I didn’t have to go anywhere. I applied online and compiled all the necessary passport photos and documents, submitted them to the Study Abroad Office, and they mailed it to the Indian visa place. Was mailed my passport with the hot looking India visa a few weeks ago.

So, even though this trip is sinfully expensive and even though I may have to pay Spring’s semester tuition in installments as I desperately search for a job, it’s worth it. Can’t wait to go.



go to India (read all 3 entries…)
ACCEPTED

I found out that I was accepted into the India program for the winter! SO EXCITED. Study abroad will be the highlight to my college experience, for real. I am going to India and visiting seven cities in the process. I am so thankful that I’m going to be able to take part in such an amazing experience.

In the coming weeks I need to submit a lot of paperwork and such to get my visa and become generally prepared to leave in late December. Thrilled. Totally thrilled.



go to law school (read all 4 entries…)
Why is there no "I changed my mind" option for 43Things??

I didn’t “give up” on law school. I changed my mind. I realized that I might enjoy studying something else in graduate school, and that law school may not give me the freedom I would want.

I wanna study abroad in grad school. I’d have the chance to study abroad in law school, but after the first year of torture and unhappiness. I think I really would need the passion to study the law in depth in order to go to law school, and I think I would be miserable since I don’t have that passion.

I’m now looking at graduate programs in Political Sociology and/or International Development.



become trilingual (read all 3 entries…)
My Spanish class

I forgot how hard it is to learn a language from scratch. Spanish is sooooooo not similar to French OR English. I don’t know what people are talking about! But I’m getting the hang of it, and I feel like this and next semester will give me a good beginner’s foundation of the language.



go to India (read all 3 entries…)
India - Winter 2011-2012

Study Abroad application COMPLETED, WOO!

I am supposed to be notified of my acceptance/rejection one to two weeks after October 15th. Here’s to hoping for this crazy awesome opportunityyyyyyy :)



go to law school (read all 4 entries…)
October LSAT

Decided to abandon the October test date. I wish I had dedicated myself a little more to prep over the summer. There were too many days in between practice testing and studying for it to be effective enough.

Now that classes have started, I don’t think I’m going to realistically get enough prep in until the June LSAT next year.

This is very clever of law schools… Not only are they pompous and overly reliant on meaningless test scores, they make it seem as if you’re not going to succeed or that your crazy big tuition bill isn’t worth it if you’re not in the top 30 (or top 14…some would say). I’m sure this deters many pre-law students… But it won’t deter me! :P



become trilingual (read all 3 entries…)
Spanish 100

I’m taking SPN100 this semester. It’s so interesting learning a 3rd language, and pretty frustrating. I forget how hard it is starting from square one. Every time I want to say something and don’t know how to say it, I think of it in French and get really annoyed how I don’t know it in Spanish.

But I know it’s going to take time. I’m just glad I get to set a foundation during my undergrad. Only one more year and I want to get everything out of it before it’s too late.



go to law school (read all 4 entries…)
LSAT diagnostic

So, after a week or two of doing basically nothing in preparing for the LSAT, I finally took a diagnostic for the first time. It was something I really should have done early on and studied the Bibles in between, but better late than never.

It was under strict time conditions. I definitely need to build up my endurance, and I need to work on time management. I’m actually not too worried about the progress I need to make in order to get my targeted score.

Diagnostic: 159
Goal: 170

I think what I have going for me is my ability to actively identify the things that I need to work on. By doing that, I am hoping to score in the 165-170 range. If I achieve that, I will have a very good chance getting into all the schools I have my eye on at the moment.



become trilingual (read all 3 entries…)
Spanish

I checked off the bilingual goal. Now onto a third. While I absolutely adore Italian, I’m going to focus my efforts on obtaining a working knowledge of Spanish first (because, as I think most people would admit, Spanish is more useful professionally).

Working on Pimsleur audio clips for Spanish I. The downfall of this is that there is more of an emphasis on listening, speech and pronunciation, and less on actually seeing the word and learning out to spell it (and Spanish accents completely don’t make sense to me now that I’m so comfortable with French…).

But I think it sets a good foundation, and maybe after I complete the first set I can focus more on the writing/reading aspect of what I’ve learned.

Goal: get to a good enough level of Spanish before Spring 2012 so I can test into a 300 level Spanish class at my university (for my last semester as an undergrad—EVER!).



go to law school (read all 4 entries…)
LSATs

The first obstacle. I need, need, need to score a 164 or higher in order to get into the law school of my choice. So much pressure! I am not really a talented test taker, and I’m worried about massive disappointment when I receive my test grade.

However, I have a lot of time to prepare (I’m taking the October test). If I can study as diligently as I am hoping, hopefully I can go into it knowing that whatever score I get I worked my ass off for and should be proud of.

I’m really excited to have decided the next move in my professional life. I’m a little overwhelmed with all the new things I have to worry about, though. I not only have to master the LSAT, but I have to prepare five law school applications, preferably before November. Oh, the joys of being a senior…



volunteer at an animal shelter (read all 2 entries…)
Applied

I applied to volunteer at Out of the Pits, a rescue for pit bulls. The lady hasn’t gotten back to me. I don’t know if it’s going to happen this semester, but we’ll see.



study abroad (read all 4 entries…)
SO MUCH WORK

Applying to study abroad has become worse than all the homework combined for the 19 credits I’m taking this semester.

Not to deter anyone from applying… I mean, it’s not stopping me. It’s just a huge pain in the butt. And requires lots of embarrassing conversations asking people for things.

I better freaking get accepted.



Give 1000 cheers (read all 2 entries…)
One Thousand

1000th cheer went to Isablue’s “Eat well today” entry:

“A bowl of wholegrain cereal with soymilk, and a banana. Perfect.”

The soymilk thing was enough for me to cheer it. ;) mmm.



Go to Curves 3 times a week (read all 24 entries…)
First time in a while

Went right after getting home from Stony Brook Park, which says something because that was a lot of walking.

Something’s wrong with my ankles. They’ve been having issues for the past few days. I’m completely clueless as to what’s wrong with them. I couldn’t have injured them at Curves – I haven’t been there in a week and a half. I couldn’t have hurt them working with Brian – all I was doing last week was painting a deck, one of my least strenuous jobs; plus I’ve been having a mini vacation (Friday – Today no work). No idea. But at Curves I physically couldn’t jog in place because my ankles really hurt doing it. I have to like do a pathetic half walk, half shifting weight thing.

I’m 20 years old. This can’t be normal for an active girl my age. Wthhh…



Go to Curves 3 times a week (read all 24 entries…)
Editing

So I’m not completely disappointed in myself, I’m editing the name of this goal to “Go to Curves 3 times a week” because that’s actually possible and doesn’t give me this strict number to go by. 3 is much more manageable, and since I freaking already faileddd by 6 visits (didn’t go at ALL this week! Loser I am), I can still check off this goal before school if I actually go regularly from now on. And I don’t care if this is cheating! It’s still making me do what the original goal was for: to go to Curves regularly so I my money isn’t wasted.



Go to Curves 3 times a week (read all 24 entries…)
So..

It’s just…slightly depressing, after having received many cheers and encouraging comments on this, to have failed. But that’s what I do under pressure. I reason with myself, convince myself that there’s no point torturing myself, that all the stress and burden will go away if I just give up.

And I haven’t been to Curves since Saturday.

Whatever.

I was thinking that maybe I could check this off if I get to 23 by counting workouts that surpass the 3/week towards this goal. Which is completely doable, seeing as how I’m not going back to Albany until really late August. And that is kind of cheating, but who cares. It’s my goal. Hmph.



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