The results of the fundraiser are in… together we raised over $7,500, and the thought I kept coming back to throughout this experience was -leadership-. What will it take to make this world something better?
Through collaborations with many UW Bothell colleagues including Sarah Syvertsen, Martin Diko (above right), and Rosa Lundborg, a picture started coming into focus.
I think that this event showed that people are good and do care, and what’s needed to shift the paradigm to something more equitable and positive is leadership willing to make the opportunities to contribute more accessible. The easier a leader can make it for people to engage in causes, the more people will join. It also means letting your idea go, so that others can really run with it, and make it their own. As long you can keep those people focused, and build them up, the sky’s the limit.
What we saw together last Friday was something special and I’m hungry for more.
Next week: Preparing for Haiti!
Putting our education to good use.
So, how does one put their liberal arts degree to productive use? By working with the UW Bothell family to plan, develop, and execute a major fundraiser in just over one week. Ambitious and naive? Probably. Affecting change? Heck yes. Every drop raises the level of water.
Friday, November 22nd, we’re going to raise some money and come together for the people of the Philippines. Show starts at 6:30, Silent Auction will run from 6:30-9:30, and the doors will stay open until 1:30 or so.
ALL AGES ALL NIGHT!
First off, huge thank you to Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub. Their generosity, and that of the manager Karen has been really amazing.http://www.kellsirish.com/seattle/index.php
There will be a suggested donation of $10 at the door and 100% of that will go towards All Hands Volunteers
These organizations have been on the ground since the terrible storm ravaged the island, and they are incredibly efficient with their funds. All we have to do is show up, open our hearts and give what we can, and people in need will benefit. It should be a good time, as well.
Thanks to Candice and Sarah, our silent auction so far includes:
photography (landscapes of PNW),2 night cabin stay / Private Pilates sessions / Massage Therapy at a Spa / jewelry. and potentially John Curly may donate some of his time for the auction. Please give Candice a round of applause… *applause* So… if you have a hidden talent, or service, let’s hear it. This is going to be epic, i think.
Also, thanks to Brian Johnson, there’s going to be a motorcycle trip thrown in the mix. It’s going to be a good time, I believe.
AND! There will be an open mic that will start towards 7 and will run until…. later:)
ASUWB (Associated Students of UW-Bothell)
UW Bothell Alumni
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*More sponsors are welcome! And please keep reposting and inviting friends to this event. It’s a great chance to come together for a great cause.
Thanks to all of you for being leaders.
Well, for a life that was in complete upheaval a month ago, things sure have picked up speed.
The short version:
-Started work at Westridge Development on a contract until January
-Hired on with the micro finance firm, Fonkoze in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to start in January
-Finishing up grad school applications to the UW Jackson School, Evans School, and the Kennedy School back east.
-With a lot of help from friends, we’ve put together a fundraiser for the Philippines next Friday the 22nd: https://www.facebook.com/events/748976581785364/
And! I’m working out the rest.
After the c-bridge plan fell through so suddenly, the support from UW Bothell, especially Emily Christian, Kim Wilson, and Sean Marsh has really kept me moving forward. This place, UW Bothell has a way of drawing you in as family, and when things go south, it’s your family that gives you strength to get through it. I’ll post later this weekend with an update… and in the meantime, Go Dawgs!
So. I thought that I had side stepped the old standardized test with the C-bridge plan, but that fell through.
So now I’m at the precipice of the vile and panic-inducing Test To End All Tests. And you know what, it hasn’t been that bad. I got the Princeton Review GRE study guide, I’ve been studying for the past four weeks, and I’m feeling pretty good.
Initially, I was absolutely terrified of the math section, but oddly enough, the more I prepare, the better I feel.
And that’s the thing about life, preparation does so much for success in our life. As Jefferson said, “the harder I work, the luckier I find myself.”
Hope y’all are doing well, and let’s go Dawgs.
Details to follow soon. So Grateful.
The Heavy, with How You Like Me Now. Video by Max. **I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG, IT IS PROPERTY OF ITS RESPECTIVE OWNERS**
As the great English politician and leader, Winston Churchill, stated during the bombing of London, “If you find yourself in hell, just keep moving”.
I think that the man may have been on to something. So this morning I interviewed for the position of Communication Coordinator with an amazing micro finance firm in Haiti, Fonkoze (pronounced “fon-ko-zay”). I’d be working on real development, and I’d be back in Haiti! Look at me, following my own advice and junk.
Although I’m not a perfect fit for the position (don’t quite have the video editing experience), I do feel like my time at UW Bothell both as a student and as an employee had me prepared as well as I could have been, and the interviewers, Linda est Mackenzie, both seemed like great people. So who knows, whatever happens (like missing out on what seemed at the time like the opportunity of a life time (C-bridge)), make the best of it. And go Dawgs. I can’t believe we lost so badly to ASU. Un-happy.
And to all those out there who think they’ve “earned” a break after graduating school, please realize that the longer you put off the real world, the worse off you’ll be. This world and all its opportunity goes to those who don’t feel like they deserve things like breaks for nothing.
Hope y’all are smiling…
"A global race is on to create the next Silicon Valley, and Latin America is rapidly embracing technology and innovation as it vies to be the epicenter of the next tech boom. The stakes aren
Well, the visa appeal was denied, and I will not be attending Cambridge. Although disappointing, the show must go on.
UW Bothell allowed me the space and skills to walk through that door, and my past DUI closed it. I’m still confident that I’ll achieve my goal of positive global change.
So here’s what’s next:
I’ll be applying to the UW (Bothell South) Evans School of Public Administration, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy.
In addition, I’ve applied for a position with the Haitian microfinance firm Fonkonze: http://fonkoze.org
The key now is to just keep swimming, like the wise and forgetful fish Doreen stated so eloquently in Finding Nemo.
There’s no guarantee that I’ll get in to any of them, but at same time, I was admitted to Cambridge.
Stay tuned, and I’ll fill you in as soon as I know.
As always, go Dawgs.
So, I promised not to shield you from the bad… so here goes. I’ve run up against some issues with my visa application due to my past transgressions, and when I was notified by the United Kingdom Border Agency, I was initially devastated. But then I dusted myself and remembered something: I was accepted by the University of Cambridge. And the reason I was accepted was because I took all that I was and did my best. I didn’t do that with my first visa application, and I’m paying for it now with stress. I then took a weekend to put together my very best application and have since resubmitted. Although I’m losing a week at Cambridge, and gaining a grey hair or two from the massive stress involved, I’m still in it (this is where I’d insert a smiley face emoticon if I believed in such things).
I suppose that’s what this video is about. During the times you’ll fall, don’t let your head stay down in the dirt for too long, but look up and notice how far you’ve come, and the beauty around you.
Haha, even though it’s not cricket (it’s a English and India thing), I still think the video works.
As always, go Dawgs.
One of the things I’ve noticed so far from the communications I’ve had with the Development Studies cohort has been the immense knowledge and experience they’re all bringing to the table. From Egypt, to Palestine, to Malaysia, the people I’ll be learning with have so much to offer before classes even begin.
I don’t have the sterling academic backgrounds of many of them, but from what I’ve seen, we do share a passion for the subject: a study of why development has passed some nations by, and what can be done about it.
Simply, I can’t wait for the conversations, and I’m looking forward to getting on that plane.
Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, is internationally recognised as one of the leading providers of interdisciplinary training in the development field
In two weeks (and one day), my life has the potential to radically change, and my world to open up. Much of the credit honestly goes to UW Bothell.
The campus is such a special place… if you choose to take advantage of the resources there.
There’s really nothing special about who I am, but because of the people I worked with, the fellow students I learned from, the courses taught by the professors, and the incredibly dedicated staff, the door I’m about to walk through (the Development Studies Masters Program at the University of Cambridge), could enable me to change the world. The thing about life is that people get out of it what they put into it.
Came upon this article tonight, and it got me thinking about what I’d like to accomplish in this life. Before my time in the Navy, Haiti, and UW Bothell, I Knew there were things that needed changing in our world, but I didn’t know where to start, or understand the complexity and scale of the problems… The thing about an education - whether in a classroom or out in the world- is that it really does open your eyes, and for that I am grateful.
This world is not as equitable as it could be, and definitely not as it should be. There is of course a need to recognize what’s practical, but we can’t lose sight of how things Can be.
And that’s really what I’m hoping to gain from my time at Cambridge this Fall. I -we- need to build an intellectual foundation so that we can start to construct a future we’ll be proud to present to our children… one that doesn’t require the sacrifice of our young military members due to policy failures and immature posturing, one that doesn’t pay executives 300+ times as much as the average worker (right?), one that isn’t controlled and dictated by huge faceless corporate conglomerates working against the interests of the population, and one that doesn’t have a legal system bent towards making the rich richer and disincentivising actual productive intellectual and beneficial growth.
This article lays out how that can look, and what needs to be done. Just because things have been done a certain way, it does not mean they have to continue to be done that way forever. Sometimes you just have to say enough, and then take the steps to do something about it.
1. Don’t get seduced by spontaneity
2. Make policy, not noise
3. Redefine the meaning of punishment
"The redefinition goes like this: No punishment anyone can lay on me can possibly be any worse than the punishment I lay on myself by conspiring in my own diminishment."
4. Divide the elites