Into The Wild

I’m not entirely sure how to start this but… here it goes. To begin, my name is Sophia Bloodworth-Apolloni. For myself in this course, I have chosen to take the route of an auto-ethonography. Personally, I have already experienced quite a handful of volunteerism in my past, as well as the good influence of my mother’s rotary wisdom. A favorite film, book, and true story of mine is that of Christopher McCandless’ Into The Wild. He lived an untraditional life and took matters into his own hands to travel across the US and go on a journey of self-discovery. Along the way he faced many challenges, hardships, and surprisingly found genuine and lasting relationships. On my conquest through college or wherever I end up — I hope to do the same.

Some of the things I am hoping to gain knowledge or experience around specifically include a few things. The first part of my plan, is to get involved. I’m doing this by joining a Ski & Snowboard Club hosted by an older aquaintance of mine (I can’t actually snowboard at all, but I do love to watch it competitively). I also have joined the film club, which is much more of what I have been passionate about in my life and academics. Lastly, I have decided to subscribe to the Entrepreneurship Club. I want to know how a person like me, who doesn’t really seem to fit into the typical cookie-cutter plan, will figure out how to make my goals and aspirations become more of a reality to achieve this completeness it seems that everyone is working towards. I have so many different interests and hobbies that it truly is very difficult for me to decide. I hope through my personal interactions, conversations, and research — that I will filter my way to the answer. Perhaps it will take more than I have listed in my plan… like meetings with college advisers or phonecalls to home. But my overall goal is to gauge and assess what kinds of people are here, what they are interested in, if their minds change. I want to get to know people here and what deeply roots them to know what they want. I have found the most of my troubles solved through asking others and hearing other experiences. It may be an “only-child” thing… but advice from others is something I value and take into consideration when I make choices for my future. Can people be successful on a more creative route? What does it take? SO many things I wonder about all the time now that I am surrounded by this new school and new people and new opportunities. Such an indecisive person as myself really should not be left to figure this out, but it’s time that I do the thinking now. I hope for this class, to gain wisdom through others, take advice, and talk to my resources! Is it possible to create my own businesses, encourage women to create just as much as men? I have a lot of ideas that need to be narrowed down, that is for sure, but I hope to gain confidence in what a person like me should be doing to discover where to go next in deciding a major or path. And I think by involving myself in activities and groups with people like-minded, I’ll have the drive and confidence to pursue this journey. Maybe I’ll take pictures and videos of my groups hanging out and getting to know eachother. Surely I’ll create something like a video of observing snowboarding (since there’s no way I can physically do any of that). Maybe I’ll even ask around and interview them, have them share their stories. Hear other people! Because I think a lot of us have similar fears, thoughts, and passions, and when it’s shared others can gain the confidence to be themselves as well. I think this is enough for now, I’ll slowly start to remember this todo list and compile some sort of works that will hopefully help myself and others gain some knowledge.

“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” 
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild (