The performance piece Separated is about the lives of eight service members in the time leading up to, during, and after their enlistment. With the real life experiences coming out of the speakers mouths it was jaw dropping at times to see how raw their emotions were during certain eras of their lives. I was able to relate very closely with some of the service members on stage, and it made me wonder if down the road my views and opinions on my time in the military will change like some of theirs did.
Clemson at Syracuse
With Clemson being one of our biggest games of the year, everyone entered the Carrier Dome with high hopes but low expectations. After a needed win against Pitt last week no one expected our luck to continue on with our game against Clemson, but under the fearless guidance of Coach Babers and QB Eric Dungey that luck mixed with skill and pulled out the win.
During our sit down Mike and I talked about various topics from theoretical physics to the sport of rowing. He had a wealth of knowledge and experience under his belt but even after years within his wide-range of professions he still had the desire to continue to learn. With an educational background in physics and cognitive psychology a career path at the iSchool was not exactly what is to be expected, but due to courses such as organizational behavior his expertise in psychology and curiosity in the information industry made him a perfect candidate. Outside of the iSchool Mike lives a very busy life, he's a coach, an inventor, and an entrepreneur. Mike owns an analytics company that focuses on behavior and social analytics, as well as an executive coaching firm where he coaches executives on how to improve performance, and finally has a rowing machine company that combines his other two interests of inventing the machines for the company and his passion for sport. With all the positive things happening in Mike's life it was of no surprise to know that he wouldn't change anything about his past. He is the type of man who would prefer to learn from him experiences whether they be positive or negative rather than trying to manipulate them.
With a continuous pursuit of education Branden has managed to accumulate quite an impressive academic resume. With two masters from Syracuse at the iSchool and Newhouse, and currently working on his PhD. at University of South Carolina, he reminded me of the old quote "Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching". While Branden may focus his education in formal brick and mortar establishments, it still gives me hope and inspiration that I can further my knowledge well after I step out of the more traditional schooling system.
The biggest lesson to be learned from our talk with Hailey is, try everything once to find out what you like and then fake it til you make it. While this may not seem like the most appropriate piece of advice, it spoke worlds to me because I had to do exactly that for portions of my military career. While many people think that all learning is done in school, I learned majority of what I know from on-the-job training.
Julie had a very adventurous career and her willingness to take risks like moving across the world for a new direction in life is truly inspirational. While I have found many inspirational people in my life, very few have had such immediate impact on me. She went after a career that she thought she was going to enjoy and be her dream job, but once she got a taste of Israel she understood where her true passion was and took a big jump in her career.