David McCullough, a favorite author of ours at The Perspective Group, said it perfectly: “Read books. Try to understand the reason why things happen, why they are as they are. If you see only the surface phenomena, then the world becomes extremely confusing, even more unsettling. But if the reasons are understood, there’s a kind of simplicity that emerges.” I enjoy reading because I have an unquenchable curiosity about how the world really is, not how it seems. Some of my other favorite authors include Malcolm Gladwell, Angela Duckworth, Michael Lewis, and David Foster Wallace.
One of my best opportunities for service arrived when I got involved with The Propel Foundation. Propel is a 501(c)(3) that was started in Lawrence. Its main aim is to encourage secondary education in Uganda. Propel accomplishes this goal by tutoring Ugandan teachers with the curriculum and teaching different techniques on how to deliver it, promoting health initiatives that are carried out by Propel staff, and delivering clean-water through the construction of wells. In June 2018 I had the opportunity to visit Uganda to see the work Propel has done and continues to do with these schoolchildren. I have lasting memories of these happy faces and can’t wait to make more next June.
Like most Millennials, I have a real angst about being sedentary. Trips, like this one to Colorado, help relieve me of that angst and fulfill a passion I have for new experiences. While visiting Colorado is nothing new, I feel that each trip, regardless of where or how many times I’ve been there, always has something new to offer; a new adventure is always around the corner.
Sports had always played a major role in my life throughout childhood and through high school. The competitiveness and the comradery with teammates are some things that I cherished and often excelled in. While being a part of a team here at TPG has given me a similar comradery, golf has filled the competitiveness void, albeit in a different way. What I love about the game is competing against myself. In a way, it’s a metaphor for life itself. I’m constantly working out the kinks, the little things, that with consistent practice will take me to the next level. That urge to improve and, of course, being able to focus solely on the task at hand and break away from the normal stresses of day-to-day life are what keep me coming back to the course.