Craig’s Life Recap and FAQ 1

May 2, 2011 § 13 Comments

Happy (early) Monday to all of you! In the past few weeks, you have gotten to learn some more about me through my posts and tweets and I have been fortunate enough to learn more about you all through the comment section, twitter, and email. With all of this (awesome!) communication, I have begun to receive some common questions which I thought you all deserved to know the answer to – and more. What follows is an update on the ongoings of my life and the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions as of late.

College Decision Time: Yesterday marked the last day to send in school deposits and my money was sent to… Georgetown University – where I will be running on their track team and will be working hard to contribute. I am extremely stoked to have the chance to run on such a strong Division 1 track team which has a reputation for it’s strong middle distance program. While I know it wont be easy, what is in life that’s worthwhile?

As far as Majors and Minors go, I am currently planning to get a Chinese Minor (Ni Hao!) though my major is still undecided though I am leaning towards public policy. I would love to hear any recommendations!

Penn Relays: This past weekend my team ran at the Penn Relays, one of our favorite meets of the season and had many growth inspiring experiences to say the least. Our 4×800 which was predicted to be our best race of the weekend missed out on making finals as we ran extremely poorly, yet because of this failure we have grown tighter as a group and are more focused for our upcoming races and are expecting to post some big times soon. Positivity is what it’s all about, along with staying humble and motivated – and that is what we’ll be working on over the next few weeks.

Our 4×400 on the other hand, made it to the Philadelphia area finals and took home two medals and was one of if not the highest placing relay our school has ever had a Penn Relay’s final race so we ended on a very high note!

Student Leadership: With less then a 1.5 months before I graduated, I have begun preparing to leave my school with a few gifts. One of which will be having a few teams sign onto the GLSEN Team Respect Challenge. This is still in the works but progress is being made and I look forward to seeing this project through to the end.

I’m also preparing to counsel at two leadership based Summer camps, of which you’ll hear a great deal more about within the next two months, and I cannot wait to spend part of my Summer with my PASC (Pennsylvania Association of Student Council) peeps and my favorite Spark the Wave Crew! For teens interested in community service/leadership, send me an email and I can provide you with details on how you can attend Spark the Wave – a service based leadership centric camp which can give you the tools to better your community!

Lastly, my boyfriend and I are still together and are happy to be where we’re at. While we are not attending prom together, unfortunately, we will be making up for it with our own semi-formal celebration potentially in the form of a dinner out somewhere, a picnic in the park, or just some time spent together watching baseball (his favorite sport).

And that is what’s new with me! If you have any more questions, feel free to post them in the comment section down below!


§ 13 Responses to Craig’s Life Recap and FAQ 1

  • David Lai says:

    Good luck with the Chinese Minor! I can’t even imagine what that entails. Hopefully some cooking classes (:

    • Craig says:

      Thanks David! You’ll be receiving many updates on that one for sure, as well as some dumpling test tastings hahah. Speaking of Chinese food, do you want to spend some time one upcoming Sunday making rice balls? I’m going to make a batch or two filled with red bean paste for my class as a reward for surviving the last month and then you could tell me all about your European adventure!

  • David Lai says:

    Yea that sounds great! Anything after these next 2 weeks works for me. Just let me know

  • Ben D. says:

    Great update… thanks and God Bless!


    • Craig says:

      Anytime BD and thanks for the comment! I saw your “WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS (& DOESN’T SAY) ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY SERIES” and have it bookmarked for future reading – it seems to be right up my alley and I’m excited to take a closer look!

  • JC says:

    Congrats on the college choice! Great school and great mid-distance track program. And you’ll do great.

    Also congrats on the 4×400 at Penn Relays. Sorry to hear about the 4×800. As you’ve discovered, having four guys all run well on the same day is a tough proposition, but when it happens it’s magical.

    And last, have fun on your special dinner – who needs a big dance to have a good time or to create a special memory? I don’t know why you’re not going to the prom, and while going might be fun, it would possibly unleash some controversy (probably more from the adults than your classmates), and if that’s the case I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes if you chose to go.

    • Craig says:

      Thanks JC! DC should prove to be a great place for me as I start my journey away from home and Georgetown does have a great track team/coaching staff which will make these next few years some great ones!

      Also thanks for the congrats – it is rough when a relay doesn’t run near what they’re capable of… but we have a few opportunities left once we get our lead off leg down, the other legs should fall into place. It’s insane how important a strong lead off leg is and that is the one thing we have yet to have (though the potential is there!) You know how it is, once that first runner puts up a good time everything else becomes a heck of a lot easier.

      As far as prom, I’ll be going with a friend (female) and what it came down to was respecting my parents wishes and sparing them what they feel could be a torturous experience even while my bf and I were ready to take that step and go to prom together. Our school is very accepting and we were approved by the administration, but my parents have been extremely good to me and they deserve some slack. While I would love to go to prom with my bf – I respect my parents and love them too much to force that upon them in an already hectic time of their lives. Do you ever visit your school’s prom to take photos and say hello to students? I’m sure some of your runners would love that hahah

  • JC says:

    Can’t say that I’ve ever been to a prom, either my own or as a chaperone. We have a neat tradition that I think I’ll do for the first time this year…kids go to our town green (oldest town in CT and has it’s original green that’s 1-mile around and completely residential with many houses from the 1700’s, so quite the idyllic setting) for pre-prom pics.

    I’m impressed with your school and how progressive it seems. I’ve heard several national stories about two girls going to prom together but never two boys. If the press were to get hold of you and your bf going…Like I said, it’s the adults that could make a mess out of it and why I said I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes.

    Have a great time, have fun, and share a dance with the bf.

  • Jacob Woods says:

    I didn’t know you had a boyfriend!


    And best of wishes with all that you plan on being a part of come summer and college time! I look forward to reading more of your blogs as you and your life progress.

  • Leeds says:

    Congrats on Georgetown! It’s an incredible place with so much to offer. I spent four years on the rowing team there, and although I didn’t find the courage to come out during that time (accepting oneself is sometimes the hardest part), I couldn’t think of a better group of people to call classmates and teammates. I felt a lot of love from my friends there, and their friendship has been unwavering as I have come out. Enjoy!

  • Steven says:

    Hey that’s great! I was a Chinese minor as well, and have now been living in Beijing working for the last 3 years. It’s great 🙂

    If you ever make it over here, I’ll be sure to contact you and show you around!

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