Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Twistin' (from High School to College)

Hey friends of earthly smells, sprouting greens, sunshine, streams and all lovely things!

I'm back on the blogosphere - dangling on the tire swing of Blogspot's evergreens!!!

Scan these minty updates about the latest twirls of my oh-so-raspberry days then follow the flowery path to the end of the post where you'll find my guide to your extra happy, bright and fulfilling life as a college student, for sure! :) :) :)

1. The front locks are now 14 inches
2. January 9 marked my 7th year of vegetarianism and 5th year of veganism
3. Finally met President Obama
4. Traveling eco-style for the last 7 months - (cycling, walking, carpooling, metro)
5. Appointed Philanthropy Chair in Student Government Association
6. Scored an internship with the respectable environmental organization, Pick Up America!
7. Mastered and ventured D. C. and NYC's transit system!
8. Took on Winter's coldness with Occupy DC & organized w/ Tar Sands Action at Occupy Wall St
9. Overcame student financial worries
10. Took on Honors Calculus and moved on to the next semester of Engineering!
11. Entertained students with Bollywood performances for two special events!
12. Organized on campus "All We Need is Love" Open Mics
13. Moved in with my friends to an isolated, peaceful side of Virginia - perfect for gardening!
14. Built tight knit friendships, friendships, friendships galore!
15. The list goes on but I'll keep y'all updated weekly, for sure!

Next is a to-do list of some sort with what to do in high school to prepare yourself for your college years. Of course, this is based on my own experience: what I did in high school, what helped and what didn't. Just like in organizing, I'm sharing my story and giving you ideas on how to form yours. SO let us *toast* to creative, story-filled lives! What's your narrative?

You have a four year time span in high school -- get things done!
1. Get involved in Club Student Life!!! Run for a position, develop leadership, multitasking, time management and social lives! Do not take short cuts (they should not be just another title to add onto your resume. You need to take these experiences and GROW!) Build connections with other students, faculty and community members. NETWORK to the max. Make business cards:

Community Activist
Rebekah Vegan
- 1 (987) 123-7654
- 1972 Hickleberry Lane, Sunshine Vill, NY 98765-

Take good notes on your organizing tasks. Develop a narrative (story of self) that gets you connected with all student groups. Find your common interests - GET ACTIVE.

2. Practice self care --- stay healthy, energized and positive. Eat well, be mindful, in tune with nature, be selfless and compassionate - be of service and a follower of Jesus by upholding these values in your life. Let people find out how you are through the God you honor! Choose vegan (animal cruelty free, organic/enviro conscious, locally grown foods) and feel good about your choices! Grow and harvest from your own backyard garden. Self-healing is VERY important because it involves your everyday interactions, how you influence others and the feel good vibes that they should be getting from you!!!

3. WORK HARD. I find it very rewarding to have pushed my limits in high school because it has made me a more stronger and prepared college student. Aim to surpass your "best," keep making those goals and achieving them. It's a lovely feeling! If you don't sleep one night to make sure you get the extra points on your research paper, then so be it. It's worth the temporary pain for the long term self discipline, responsibility and time management.

4.Take every opportunity available. If there is an out-of-state summer program offered, take it! You'll make long lasting friendships, memories and be more exposed to people, culture, places, LIFE.

5. Scholarships available in your field of study? Take it and run!!! Apply today, apply tomorrow, stack them up. They will help you get where you need to go and have more time to do lovely things in the world without financial worries or restrictions. Do NOT waste your rewarded money on things not school, food, or living expense related. Give back to the community in other ways. Please, I'm telling you, that you can do great things for people as others have done for you! Use a free Saturday that you otherwise would spend working and devote time for volunteering. Make a difference--today!