My test in GIS went well last week. I think one of the main reasons I really enjoy about that class is the small size. We only have 7 people in our class and Dr. Mech has the opportunity to develop relationships with each and every one of the students in the class. It's awesome to have a mentor who is invested enough in his students to guide them in a positive direction but is also able to give them the space to flourish.
Although I love my academics, life isn't all about analyzing maps on the computer or creating designs in the studio. Therefore, my post today will incorporate another aspect of my life which, I am starting to get heavily involved in. Our national philanthropy for the fraternity I'm a part of changed affiliations earlier this year. Livestrong is now the representative affiliation with our national headquarters. They have become a recognizable organization with a strong mission and purpose towards a great cause.
Livestrong has a great website and many videos which support their cause. One of my favorites asks cancer survivors the question, "What would you say to cancer?" Here is their response.
I think this video drives the point home that cancer is a problem and it's something that many people have to deal with. 1 and 3 people will be affected by cancer in our lifetime. 1500 people die each day from cancer. All of the money that Livestrong receives goes to medical researchers, doctors, and support groups. Livestrong helps cancer patients throughout all stages of cancer. It is a cancer patient's guiding light.
I don't leave my room in the morning without wearing my wrist band and showing my support for the millions of cancer patients across the country.
If you have any experience with a loved one who has suffered from the effects of cancer or you yourself have battled through it, please feel free to share you story! What do you want to say to cancer?
Peace and Love,
Bayside - "Megan" (acoustic version)