Throughout my life I have overcome many obstacles and beaten many challenges. Just like everyone else, my experiences have defined who I am today. Through many difficult times in my life I have found ways to build up the strength and courage to push through and succeed in everything that I have faced. Each step has given me the opportunity to learn and to become stronger and wiser. Sometimes I didn't choose to endure such challenges, and sometimes I put myself in situations that would create such demanding situations, but each time I had the ability to succeed.
Over the last five years of my life I have waded my way through some very thick waters. I successfully lived on my own, completed a very challenging and demanding undergraduate degree program, and led an organization that represented over 8000 students at SUNY Oswego. Through each of these phases of my life, I have been able to find ways to maneuver through the rocky trails and scale the steep cliffs. I have chosen to create a life of excitement, spontaneity, and adventure for myself. Now that I've completed this journey, it is time to plan my next excursion. It's time to turn all of these metaphors into reality. I plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, Africa in January, 2012 with Oswego Going Global.
Oswego Going Global, a group created by the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of SUNY Oswego, is committed to create a community of people invested in developing a new generation of scientifically and internationally skilled problem solvers, empowered to meet the challenges before us through intellectual curiosity, knowledge exchange, skill development and international awareness. The group aims to promote the aforementioned global learning opportunities beyond the confines of the classroom and to support students that may not have access otherwise.
In support of the Oswego Going Global community, SUNY Oswego’s Office of International Education and Programs has teamed up with the Department of Health and Wellness Management to create a unique educational and scholarship program providing students with an opportunity to not only visit, explore and learn about Tanzania but to conquer a truly great physical feat, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. This initative is Together We Go: Climbing Kilimanjaro.
Oswego Going Global, and the Mount Kilimanjaro trip, is a journey that I have chosen to travel. This plan includes six months of very intense physical training, education, special vaccinations, and a commitment to not only myself, but to many others who have chosen to be part of this wonderful adventure. From now until January 2, 2012, I will be training to prepare myself for the 19,000 foot climb up the largest mountain in Africa. The next six months will be rigorous, difficult, and very taxing on both my body and my mind, but I am more than ready for the challenge.
I will rely on the support of my family, friends, and fellow climbers to complete this mission not only through their moral support, but through their gifts to support the program that will provide me, as well as many other students, the ability to experience such a great opportunity. Any funds raised, up to our goal, will be part of a scholarship fund to support students and their international education opportunities. Any funds raised above our goal will benefit the students participating in this journey. Any monies used for Together We Go: Climbing Kilimanjaro will pay for expenses incurred as a group.
Therefore, I ask you as a friend, family member, and supporter of SUNY Oswego and Oswego Going Global to consider being a part of something that will benefit dozens of students. At a goal of about 15,000 to 20,000 dollars, the members and supporters of Oswego Going Global can contribute to the international and global education for students of SUNY Oswego.
I have a personal goal of 500 dollars, which I hope to reach before the end of November. If I reach this goal by that time, I will personally match half of the amount I raise. So, please make a gift by clicking the Donate button above. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.