Gus’s Top 10 List

Hi all,

I wanted to say that I’m stoked to start skiing this season, and I hope to see you out on the trails very soon. I’m also drawing a blank as I try think of things to say in my introductory blog, so I’m going to post something I wrote for a scholarship application three years ago. I didn’t get the scholarship, but I stumbled upon it on my computer a while back. The guidelines were to write a top 10 list of things you want to accomplish in under 250 words. It’s funny to look back on the goals I had. I haven’t changed much

*Finish this list in the specified parameters. Seriously, I can already tell that I’m going to run out of words. I might have to start cutting articles and prepositions pretty soon, or declare death to all modifiers.

*Reduce my carbon footprint

*Become fluent in a foreign language

*Figure out a good answer for “What do you do with an English Major?”. You know, one that puts both my chemical engineer grandfather and my diet-coke-drinking-Mary-Kay-makeup-saleswoman aunt Connie in their place. (if you hyphenate it it’s technically only one compound word. clever way of saving space if you ask me)

*Write a song

*Qualify for NCAA Championships in cross-country skiing

*Don’t let school get in the way of my education. That’s not saying I shouldn’t excel in school. Grades are important to me. I just want to cultivate a childlike curiosity in non-academic fields as well so that when school ends I am not stuck in a degree-requiring profession.

*Run a Marathon

*Mentor somebody (I might even become a cross-country ski coach for kids)

*Never pick a favorite song. Favorites are too permanent. We have too many emotions to settle on one. A favorite should be an ephemeral feeling that fits the situation. My favorite song is the one that gets me where I am going and fits the mood I’m in currently.

There you have it. I did it; and under 250 words too! Lamentably, a few of my modifiers were lost in this response. Their alterations and colorful flare will be missed

About Gus

My full name is Gustavo, though I go by Gus. I was a member of the UNR NCAA Ski Team from 2008-2010 and a founder of the UNR Winter Sports Club. I have been a Far West Farm Team member for 2 seasons so far and am looking forward to my third year. I’m working my way toward being a ski coach and english teacher, while still trying to be as fast as I can be. I love mountains and canyons and rivers. My favorite place to be outside of skiing is in the Grand Canyon, though I don’t get to go there as much as I’d like. I’ve started a collaborative project called #summitsunday this year. Check it out and join the movement at