12 December 2011 ::
Students across campus come together for a common cause, the noble pursuit of knowledge! Bolding ignoring the temptation of a Friday night and plenty of Christmas parties to attend and tacky Christmas sweaters to be worn, these brave Horned Frogs unite to advance the frontier of education.
Maybe I am trying to make the fact that I am spending Friday night—the last Friday night before everyone goes home for the Christmas break—in the library seem more exciting. I have to try something though to justify this choice, especially to myself. However, 4 finals—all comprehensive—can make even the most active socialite buckle down for a week or so.
Spending the night here actually isn’t all that bad. Call me a nerd (or call me a JVR Roach), but I actually love studying. As a business major on the pre-med track, I get to learn a lot about different subjects. From 6:30 to 7:45, I studied global trade agreements and expatriate training methods for Organizational Management and from 8:00 to 9:30, I studied the intricate steps of the Krebs cycle of photosynthesis for Biology. Finals Week will definitely be tough, especially without a BCS game to look forward to (get out the popcorn, LA Tech vs. TCU!…not). Still, I do not wish an early end to this semester or my college career at all. However, there is a good reason for why I am here tonight and why I wasn’t during the day the past two days.
My fraternity is associated with Push America, a philanthropy that raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. One event that Push America (Push, for short) sponsors, is AccessABILITY, a day for members of the fraternity to go build a wheelchair ramp at someone’s home for that is in serious need of one but simply can’t afford the construction cost. I have been in charge of planning the event for my chapter for the past 2 years. Thursday morning, I drove to a site in Northwest Fort Worth with 6 other guys to build a ramp for a lady named Valentine R. This has become a cause for which I have a lot of passion. However, as noble as this all sounds, AccessABILITY is also one of the most fun days of the semester. Imagine 7 guys getting to play with power tools and test our masculinity by sawing, nailing, and building a 14-foot ramp. Needless to say, I’ll take a day of fun with my friends in the name of service over a day in the library most days. (If you look hard, you can see a mustache, the last remains of No Shave November).
Today, I spent all afternoon eating lunch with the 2012 Frog Camp Director Board. I cannot wait for Frog Camp next summer! We spent a lot of time discussing methods of recruiting new facilitators for next summer. Here were some ideas:
- Giant blimp over campus
- Skydiving into the band at the Poinsettia Bowl
- Superfrog passing out flyers in the library during Finals Week
Obviously, we are taking these suggestions very seriously. Don’t be surprised if you see a giant Horned Frog sit next to you in the library; fill out an application instead!
Well, I have done community service, spent time with friends, studied a little, and now I can say I’ve written my first blog. I guess now there is only one thing to do: go get another cup of coffee and study Beta/Variance for Finance!