What I do…
I am currently a full-time volunteer in Omaha, NE with the AmeriCorps VISTA program. I’m positioned at a community college in the office of service-learning. I spend my days doing everything from web layout consulting and tech support, to teaching students about service-learning or poverty. I also help plan and organize community events through the service-learning office.
What is important to me…
I like to teach so I’m going to utilize an exercise I use when teaching and getting to know others. The best way to know what’s important to someone is to find out the three things they would grab if their house was on fire. So I would first and foremost make sure all friends, family and other human beings are safely out. Secondly I would rescue my cats, Menocchio and Bernstein. Lastly, I would probably chuck my bookshelf (built by my father) and all 650 of my books out the nearest window. This includes anything stored on my bookshelf like my backup hard drive and journals.
What I aspire to accomplish…
I have a saying, ”Inspire the desire to be challenged in greatness!”
So no matter what I set out to accomplish in life, this is my ultimate goal or intention. It also applies to me. I never want to settle for good enough, but I want to always work towards greatness. Whether that is in retail sales, being a volunteer, kempo karate, or just being me everyday–this is my passion.
I eventually will finish my college education towards becoming a college professor in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and History. Perhaps one day I will retire and open up a quaint coffee shop where I’m surrounded by books, smells of coffee, and people who love to discover the variously obscure.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.