Friday, December 21, 2007

Out with the with the new.

I figure as 2007 comes to a close, I should reflect upon all the incredible things it has brought me, as well as look ahead to all the goals I would like to accomplish in 2008....

Accomplishments for 2007:

Czech Republic
Italy (and Sicily)
Vatican City
Boston, Mass
Cape Cod, Mass
Newport, Rhode Island

Lived in Switzerland for 4 months
Lived in Washington DC for 2 months
Received an A in Microeconomics
Attended meetings at the WTO, WHO, ICRC and United Nations
Swam in Lake Geneva
Visited Auschwitz
Was detained on the Swiss/French border
Paddleboated in the Charles River
Studied French again
Organized meetings for delegates from throughout Africa, Russia and Indonesia through the State Department International Visitor Leadership Program
Worked for a Non-Profit organization
Photographed the Sistine Chapel
Gained and lost 15 pounds
Learned to love dark chocolate
Watched 4th of July fireworks on the National Mall
Ate at a traditional Moroccan restaurant
Took the LSAT
Applied to law school
Was a bridesmaid in my brother's wedding
Tried Sushi for the first (well, second) time...and liked it!!


Goals for 2008:

Great wall of China

  • Become a vegetarian (after January 11th)
  • Run a mile in under 7:00
  • Read the "Great Ideas" series by Penguin

Marcus Aurelius
St Augustine
Thomas a Kempis
Niccolo Machiavelli
Michel de Montaigne
Jonathan Swift
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Edward Gibbon
Thomas Paine
Mary Wollstonecraft

William Hazlitt
Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
Arthur Schopenhauer
John Ruskin
Charles Darwin
Friedrich Nietzsche
Virginia Woolf
Sigmund Freud
George Orwell
On the Shortness of Life
Confessions of a Sinner
The Inner Life
The Prince
On Friendship
A Tale of a Tub
The Social Contract
The Christians and the Fall of Rome
Common Sense
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
On the Pleasure of Hating
The Communist Manifesto
On the Suffering of the World
On Art and Life
On Natural Selection
Why I Am So Wise
A Room of One's Own
Civilization and its Discontents
Why I Write

  • Write one letter per week
  • Generally, become more organized and scheduled
  • Study 20th century war history
  • Take yoga
  • Graduate from college (AH!)
  • Move into my first 1 bedroom apartment (AH!)
  • Attend law school (AH! AH!)
  • Go "green"
  • Start a "rainy day" fun---i.e. start saving
and for fun...

  • Watch the Bourne series

More to come I'm sure. Sad to see what was probably the most amazing year of my entire life go, but looking forward to new adventures that 2008 is sure to bring :-)

Currently reading...The Communist Manifesto
Currently listening to... Die Alone - Ingrid Michaelson

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