Twenty-six semesters, four proms, countless teachers, and you’ve graduated high school but you’re still not done with school. Much as you wish you were, it’ll be awhile before you get your hands on your next diploma. U-bound, that’s you.
But don’t be too eager. The secondary-education years are time to prepare and explore and, says Hailey Bondy, there are still “77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College.”
So, in a few months, it’ll be campus life for you: freedom, friends, parties, and lots of big decisions. It’s exciting but it can also be overwhelming, even if you’re an upperclassman. Your survival and sanity may depend on this book.
First, before you even pack the car to go to college, de-clutter your life. Toss “junk,” keep what’s important, and know what’s worth schlepping to your new dorm or apartment.
Speaking of apartments, now’s the time to learn how to get one. You’ll also want to know how to make it a home and, while you’re at it, Bondy says to learn to cook one decent meal there. Why not try something you’ve never eaten before? Or this: learn that it’s okay – even desirable – to go to a real restaurant (not a chain!) and dine alone.
College is also a good place to hone your conversational skills. Have a real convo with a professor (but don’t brownnose). Talk with an “elder local” and listen to what life was like 60 or 80 years ago. Volunteer to give tours in your new hometown and be ready (and knowledgeable enough) to answer questions.
Get politically active by attending a council meeting or volunteering for a political campaign. Go to the library, just because. Learn a new language. Understand that naps are not just for toddlers. Learn survival and self-defense skills. Ask someone on an old-fashioned date, but know how to be safe and how to end arguments and relationships. Learn how to make a killer resume and be financially savvy.
Finally, “forgive your own mistakes” and “break one of your own rules.” Life is too short to cling to either one.
Looking to make next year the best ever? Are you a little freaked out that you might miss an opportunity somewhere? With “77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College,” you can gather ideas now so you don’t have to worry this fall.
There’s no doubt that some of the ideas that author Hailey Bondy presents are things you’re already doing. Who, for instance, hasn’t spent some time doing volunteer work? You probably have, but Bondy takes it a step further and she also challenges her readers to get a little uncomfortable.
The nice thing about this book is that, even if you’re not quite college-bound yet, you can still get a head start on some of the activities here. For any student age 16 and up, in fact, these “77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College” are what you should get your hands on.
Lt. Andrew Copeland with the Keizer Police Department was figuring he would have to really promote Blast Camp.
Copeland had plans for promoting the June 17 to 20 event aimed at boys and girls going into grades 3 to 8.
“We anticipated probably 50 kids,” he said. “Now we’re looking at 200 youth, mainly from Keizer.”
As such, Copeland’s plans for getting the word out weren’t needed.
“We could have probably had 500 kids signed up,” Copeland said. “We only advertised by doing school letters. We didn’t advertise it during the (May 15 to 18) Iris Festival. I was going to go door-to-door to get word out at apartments. We didn’t do any of the marketing that we anticipated because of the immediate response we had.”
Registration for the event at Claggett Creek Middle School closed last Friday; at one point Copeland was getting 15 to 20 registrations a day.
According to Copeland, the premise behind the KPD’s first annual event is simple.
“We were trying to look at ways for the police department to become more transparent to the community,” he said. “It seems like, in general, there’s been a larger disconnect between police departments and the youth. What we want to do at the Keizer Police Department is put a face behind the badge. We want to get to know the kids. This is a way for us to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the youth.”
There will be various events during the four-day camp. On opening day, following registration, youth will be split into different groups. There will be K-9 demonstrations, obstacle courses, games and a junior firefighter challenge.
On the second day, the Salem Police Department SWAT and bomb squads will give demonstrations. There will be other events like flag football, basketball and relays as well.
On the third day the Marion County Marine Patrol and Oregon Department of Transportation Bike Safety teams will be on hand, with the possibility of an appearance from the Marion County Search and Rescue team as well.
On the final day, June 20, the Keizer Fire District and KPD will bring out equipment for youth to climb into.
The KPD’s recently restarted Community Response Unit team is expected to be present all four days.
“It’s going to be a fun camp over a four-day period,” Copeland said. “Hopefully the kids have a good experience.”
The KPD is providing t-shirts and lunches to all youth and volunteers throughout the duration of the camp. Walery’s Premium Pizza, Keizer Big Town Hero, Keizer Sub Shop, Little Caesar’s and the Salem-Keizer School District are all helping with lunches. Copeland noted the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball organization is giving out game tickets as well, with the hope that Volcano players can come to next year’s camp.
“We have had some great people assist us,” Copeland said. “We have received just over $1,000 to make this camp work.”
Those wanting to be involved or to help next year can contact Copeland at 503-856-3463 or [email protected]
Copeland is hoping the camp and other events help bridge the gap between officers and children.
“We want the youth to feel safe coming to us with concerns and to wave to us on the way by,” Copeland said. “We want to keep the small town community feel. A lot of the officers live here. Several officers coach in the community. This is another way for us to put names to faces. What we’d like to see is more participation from the community next year as we make the camp bigger. It’s pretty exciting.”