April 2012 Archives

Do You Want It All?


“Dreamer, you know you are a dreamer…I said dreamer, you’re nothing but a dreamer!”


Nobody wakes up in the morning, gets up on the wrong side of the bed and thinks “I want to be average today.” Nobody sits in class and daydreams about a mediocre life. And “In an Absolut World” you won’t find yourself in last place.


“If I could see something…If I could be someone...If I could do something… If I could do anything…”


From the get-go the people most important in my life told me I could be anything I wanted to be. That they would do everything and anything in their power to give me the same opportunities as everybody else. If I really, truly wanted to do something, I could try.


“Well can you do something out of this world?”


I can damn well give it a shot. It’s lame, it’s cliché, it’s over-done, it’s over-written, and it’s over-played. It’s called the American Dream. Freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility through hard work. In James Truslow Adams' definition of the American Dream he states, “life should be richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. It’s written in the Declaration of independence, “All men (and women) are created equal!”


The word richer doesn’t need to be associated with $$$, being highly ranked or upper-class doesn’t mean you’ve achieved the American Dream. When you work hard and eventually find yourself exactly where you wanted to be, whether it’s the job you have, the goals you’ve accomplished, or the people you’re surrounded by, then you have achieved the American Dream.  LIFE is “richer and fuller,” not necessarily you’re wallet.


Elementary school, middle school and high school are the same for everyone. But colleges are that chance, that opportunity for each of us to part ways and walk our own line. Whether it’s UMass Lowell, or any other college or university, it provides us that chance to be the person we dream about. Engineers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, teachers, writers, editors,  we can all do something out of this world. I hope that all of you graduating with me this spring are one step closer to achieving your American Dream.


As for my American Dream, it’s simple. I want to be able to give the people most important to me the same opportunities that I had. Everyone deserves a chance to chase their dreams. I understand this is real life, and not everything works out according to plan, but you can’t be afraid to fail, you have to take a leap of faith, or find yourself filled with regret.


"All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen."- Conan O'Brien

The International Plastics Showcase, the crème de la crème of the plastics industry, the big boy dance, NPE 2012. The Orange County Convention Center, located in Orlando Florida, creates an almost Taj Mahal-like feel. The building is of shear (stress/rate/strain?) monstrosity and has this mind boggling aura to it. You walk in through the doors of the west building and the feeling and site can only be compared to that of the children walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory (with the Jurassic Park theme song playing in the background).


“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination!”


Let’s just say if you’re in any way, shape or form part of the plastics industry and you are not at NPE…you’re wrong. There is a never ending abyss, I’m talking yards upon yards of companies presenting the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. What’s taught in the classroom barely scratches the surface that is Plastics Engineering. So here’s a nickel’s worth of free advice I don’t need back, Go to NPE!


“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and you will.

Anything you want to do it. Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it.”


Words will not do this trade show justice. The knowledge contained within the walls of that building was immeasurable. Plastics are Universal and the Identifying components of our world today. People out there actually think plastics have a negative impact on the world. A single ban on plastics would be a crime against humanity. Imagine even 1 single plastics component missing on the plane taking us to and from Orlando.


However, the most rewarding part of a truly memorable weekend, was the time spent with my classmates. Some of us have been in class together for almost 4 years now. Our hands are full 8 days a week, and sometimes things just slip through our fingers and shatter our well being. We spend immense amounts of time in Ball-Hall day-in and day-out is so we can (hopefully) see the benefits of all our hard work. We’ve learned to work with each other. We fall back on one another and trust they’ll catch us. We hope that they won’t let us fall behind, or leave us in a cloud of smoke, or even lying alone face first on the floor.  In the end, we are all in this together and the bettering of the world is our common bond. If we lose that, we might never make it.


Seeing my fellow students stand closely side-by-side-by-side-by-side to present their research made me proud. I know we can all "Do Some Good" (shameless plug) in this world.


It’s a shame we’ll have to wait 3 years for this monumental event to come around again, but I only have two words in regards to that.




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