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RYAN KACVINSKY (MACK)

Hometown:
Washburn, WI

UW-L Major/Minor:
Exercise and Sport Science (Pre-Physical Therapy) w/Nutrition minor

Future Goals/Aspirations:
- To cultivate awareness in as many people as I can
- Use my privilege to speak up for the voices being trampled on
- Make use of this wild and precious life I have been blessed with
Some others:
- Stay strong through my 2013 New Years Resolution to go vegan
- Have a pet squirrel and pomski (and I am not joking)

Favorite Activity/Hobby:
I love doing anything active and outdoors. I'm a huge fan of gymnastics, martial arts and triathlons. I'm also passionate about photography and massage therapy and hope to pursue those realms of interest on my own time as I head out of college.

Words to Live By:
"All we see of someone at any moment is a snapshot of their life, there in riches or poverty, in joy or despair. Snapshots don't show the million decisions that led to that moment."
- Richard Bach

Favorite ATP Memory:
- Applebees madness
- Everything Van said and did
- Performing "Breathe Me"

When I think of Awareness through Performance, I think of...
You will not be remembered for your grades. You will not be remembered for your petty arguments. You will not be remembered for your “should haves, could haves, never haves.” You. You will be remembered for taking a stand; for screaming atop the highest height your passions, loves, memories, and fears. You will be remembered for actively - not aggressively - making a difference. By acknowledging your mistakes and fully immersing yourself in the ocean of peace that we have the ability to swim forever in, you can live on. The “crowd” is wrong - it is boring, unfulfilling, uneventful, obsolete. Make imprints, messages, stories. Leave a mark, for if ever there was a time, now is it. Quit playing with excuses and realize there are NO excuses for refusing to participate in your own life. Live. Believe. Fight for your voice.

Involvement with ATP has had this impact on me:
Sometimes it hits you. Sometimes the simple, bare truth peeks out from the depths of this chaos we call life and exposes reality. Sometimes - just sometimes - a spark is whipped in your direction when you least expect it and you realize something: we’re not really that different from one another. When the chaos of life is burned away, all that is needed is that spark for the realization that we eat, breathe, live, love, learn, and lie together. Every one of us has goals, memories, happiness, sadness, and madness that is our own. But we all go through this together; as one human race.

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