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Recently I have been writing lots of essays and sometimes it is quite common if the questions asked want similar things, but since last week I have been exposed to a lot of things related to “learning to live.” It all started after the project Lead meetings that the director of student life, Jim Walters, holds on certain Thursdays. At the end of the meeting, he showed a video that was talking about how short life is and learning from the experiences we have. At the end of the video, there was a statement that read “Life is short, so….” My conclusion was “so what do you want to do, to leave a legacy.” Two days later, I decided to do an application for the honors program at Notre Dame of Maryland University and the essay question they asked was to develop the idea of their founder which is “Learn to live.” I had planned to one day read a book authored by one of my role models, Eleanor Roosevelt, so three days ago, I stumbled on a book titled You Learn by Living that came to my attention. Obviously I started reading it. I don’t know what I am going to learn in this book but being exposed to this idea got me thinking about what it really means to learn to live or learn by living. Writing the application essay also got me to think about what I learn every day and how to learn to live. It sounds complicated now, but I take it as a challenge to learn and understand what this means. Maybe this is the best time for me to learn all of these as many opportunities are coming my way every day.

I hope that learning about what this means will help me during my alternative spring break trip to Alabama. This spring break, I am leaving with about 20 other students and faculty members for a trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is associated with Habitat for Humanity. I know that my week there will be an important one and I hope that I will return with a more matured mindset and a better outlook on life. I can’t believe the trip is almost here but before that, I still have two exams to take, so I need to work hard on those first.

I will end with a quote today that says “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt.  

(Maybe you will learn by doing that)


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