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Andrew Adams

Champaign, Il

major and graduation

Communications - Science Journalism ~ May 2020 

Short-Term Goals

My short term goals are broken up into two sweeping categories: my self and my work.

My goals regarding the self are to reinvigorate my self care rituals and routines. I believe that in order to make the world better, we have to start by making ourselves better. This in mind, I've been working on practicing mindfulness and being present in the moment. This process involves significant meditation, reflection, and continual reevaluation of my behavior.

My goals regarding my work are fairly broad. I strive to keep my academics on an upward trajectory, i.e. never my GPA fall below the semester before it. I also am trying to maintain good relationships and maintain an active role in the research community on campus. I have served as an undergraduate lab technician in the past and will work to continue that work in the future.

I also have some goals that intersect these two areas of my life. I hope to find new ways - be it officer positions, projects, or relationships - to better my fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma, and continue to show the world its values. 

Long-Term Goals

My long term goals all rely on a mantra that I center myself and my life on. I believe firmly that my mission in life is to advance the human condition. Everything I do, I do with that goal in mind.

With that said, I hope to achieve four things in my life:

- Teach people that need to learn.

There are communities of people in the world that would be infinitely better for having been taught something. Whether its communities who have never had to deal with climate change being taught how to irrigate crops in a new way or Chicago kids who would learn from a lecture on chemistry, I hope to be a voice that helps someone.

- Create knowledge that will society advance.

In my life, I hope create some knowledge or tool or process that will help move the notion of science along. I hope to collaborate and help bring out new ways of thinking through the processes of research and review.

- Write something the world needs to read.

I am a writer, through and through. I believe that our society's history, its debate, its lifeblood is in the stories we tell and the things we write. I hope to use the knowledge I have gained throughout my life to build a story that will help people better understand the world around them.

- Be a force for good for the people who gave me what I need to succeed.

This one is plain and simple: there are people and organizations in my life that sacrificed more than I'll know and took bigger risks than they should have to help me succeed. I want to pay them back.

Leadership Experience

  • Scholar - Leadership Academy - March 2017 to present
  • Social Media Organizer - Phi Kappa Sigma - February 2017 to present.
  • New Member Class of 2020 Secretary - Phi Kappa Sigma - October 2016 to January 2017