World Water Day 2013 - My Friend the Jerry Can

I announced a week ago about World Water Day. The day,designated by the United Nations, is meant to bring greater awareness to the dire issue of the lack of adequate drinking water in third world countries. Despite these individuals having to walk miles for water, they aren't met with an oasis of fresh spring water. Many times, they have to depend on disease-ridden water due to this being their only option. 

World Water Day 2013 was an amazing initiative I was proud to be involved with this year. The use of social media as a vehicle for change was profound. The amazing crew at charity: Water was so nice and approachable, as always! Especially Stephanie Goetz, who was always there to answer questions and alleviate worries! 

So, what did I do for the day? The task I pledged for this year was to carry the Jerry Can around for a full 24 hours. This included around the house and even in school. While doing so, I tallied my distance using my Nike+ app. The grand total at midnight Saturday was .7 miles.

The measure may have seemed small, however I was pleasantly surprised at the response I've gotten. From individuals asking "what the hell" I was doing, to others sharing their personal experiences in third world countries of the need of water. It was truly eye opening, and both reactions allowed me to explain more about charity: water's efforts, the water crisis in general, and even individuals looking to make a pledge.
This was a wonderful opportunity I was offered. However, you don't have to be a World Water Day Champion or wait until World Water Day 2014 to help! From pledging birthdays to offering your own campaigns, there are numerous ways to contribute!

Thanks to the charity: water team and the United Nations!,




I am a charity: water World Water Day Champion!

One of the most basic needs of human life is water. However, this is a need that not all individuals have adequately available. These individuals are in third world countries. They simply can't go to a grocery store, or even go into their own ground water supply to find drinking water. The resources simply aren't available.

However, charity: water is an organization that helps individuals in underdeveloped countries produce clean drinking water. charity: water funds water projects, including the building of wells in these countries, to ensure that citizens can sustain themselves with regularly available, clean water. Through this mission, charity: water aims to solve the water crisis that is currently afflicting nearly 800 million people.

This is a serious problem guys, and that's why I became involved with charity: water two years ago. Now, I am proud to announce that for World Water Day 2013, I am one of 30 individuals from 10 U.S. states and 12 countries who will be World Water Day Champions!

charity: water has sent me a Jerry Can and other charity: water items. I pledge on March 22nd, 2013 to lug around a Jerry Can for a full 24 hours! Yes, from when I wake up at 6:30AM, when walking around the house, around town, and around school until 11:59PM March 22nd. This is done not only for me to get a small taste of the struggle millions of individuals have to make every day to lug water to and from their village each day for adequate drinking water. This is meant to bring on a discussion about charity: water's efforts and the water crisis in general.

Throughout the day, I will also be checking in on social media, my website, and on Teens in Tech about World Water Day. Getting involved with charity: water and the clean water initiative is easy to do. I hope you will take the time to check out charity: water's efforts as well!

Thanks guys!




Using Evernote During the College Application Process

As many of you may know, I'm currently a senior in high school. One thing I want to say to those who've already graduated - where did you get that this was the easiest time of your high school career? It totally isn't. At least not in January for that matter.

You're still on the college search, and if not, you're applying to the colleges on your list. Once that's done, many of them want to ensure you are keeping your grades up until the next semester. There really doesn't seem to be a time in the near future where I can see myself slacking. However, one program that has been quite helpful for me during this time was Evernote.

I have found myself making use of this program to keep up with deadlines, draft up college essays, pin information I find out about or from colleges. I also scan and keep a digital copy of my acceptance/deference/rejection (luckily none of those yet!) in Evernote as well. Any required information a college may need (grades, current ranks, schedules, and all are readily shareable and email able from Evernote.

Currently, I have a working chart of colleges I've applied to and/or heard back from. The minute a status changes, I go to Evernote and color code it (green for acceptance, yellow for deferred). For the Mac users out there, if you want to color code as well, simply highlight the text > perform the command of Command+T > text configurations will then appear!

Also, in the essay writing process, Evernote's share tool made it seamless for me to email my final draft to my editor to offer any final suggestions. Once I get feedback from the Evernote collaboration tool, I can hit print if I have to mail off an application, or simply copy and paste if I'm applying in Common App.

Evernote has been a tremendous help in the college application process. With two acceptances already under my belt, I can't wait for many more to come!


Silicon Valley - Day 4 - 6: Conference Day, Night in DC, and *Finally* Home!

As you may notice, this day four post took me nearly 20 days to write. No, I wasn't maulled by some bears or stranded in the middle of northern California, I just truly haven't had the time to update you all ever since. But that's just an editor's note, now on with how my day four was in Silicon Valley (true date: August 10th).


Day four of my time in the valley was a conference day for me. I woke up at around 6:30am, after a night out with the team, to cover the Teens in Tech Conference for 2012. Mind you, my body was getting in sync with PST by this time, so I felt the 6:30am wake up call a bit hard. But I took a shower, transfered some photos from the night before to iPhoto, and did all the other usual stuff you do on a vacation morning.

We were out by 8am, arriving at the Palo Alto Research Center around 8:30am. I checked in, got myself seated, helped around a bit and went on to covering the conference. From 9am until around 5pm, my two companions were my Mac and my camera, snapping away...typing away...posting away. It was fun, and I took the multiple break sessions to meet other individuals that made it out!

After the long day of covering, I had about two and a half hours between now and dinner that night with the team, so I passed the time by going to a couple of places instead of going back to my room. We went to Stanford to do a nice little walk around campus, then we went to The 'Apple' Company Store to pick up some apparel, and finally went off to Patagonia to do a bit of shopping. Patagonia, mind you, was directly next store from the restaurant I was eating at that night, so all was good. Dinner with the team was at Pampas Palo Alto.

It was a nice Brazilian restaurant, the whole team all enjoyed themselves and it was a great farewell before we all went to our own corners of America (from as close as Burlingame to all the way in New York and Massachusetts). The evening felt truly like a farewell. On Friday morning, we were off for the airport. After a layover that was too long to bear, we stayed an extra day. After being rerouted to Washington DC, we finally made it home - a day and a half later...


Silicon Valley: Day 2 - Bein' All Touristy

Hey all! So today is day two in Silicon Valley, technically day three since it's already half past midnight as I write this post. Today was a super busy day for me. Due to the fact that yesterday (Tuesday) was mainly a travel day, today was the day we spent enjoying the sights of San Francisco and parts of Silicon Valley. Today, we started the morning with breakfast at the hotel. From there, we went off for the 45 minute drive up to the Golden Gate Bridge. The travel there wasn't bad, but I must say two things. The hills here are ridiculous for travelling up in and parking at the Golden Gate Bridge is even worse. We could barely find a spot!

From there, I had to meet up with the team at PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) for a rehersal of the conference tomorrow (Thursday). It lasted about an hour and a half. From there, we made our way back to the hotel to get ready for the dinner. The dinner, at Nola's in Palo Alto, was great! There was great food, great time networking with others, and just meeting up with old friends on the team. I left at around 10ish and here I am now, at the hotel, six hours before I have to be at the conference tomorrow and I'm not sleep. Not a good idea! Guess I should get some shut eye!

Talk to you all tomorrow.