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ARI OIUM

Hometown:
Cashton, WI

UW-L Major/Minor:
Sociology/Criminal Justice

Future Goals/Aspirations:
One goal that will always be important to me is to stay true to myself. I want happiness in my character and what I am doing to impact others. Career-wise I aspire to be a police officer and become a strong force in the law enforcement system. My ultimate goal is to be a part of the DEA. I am not sure how I will get there yet, but my dream seed has been planted. Another aspect similar to all of this is the thought of counseling survivors of sexual and drug abuse. I always will yearn to improve my listening skills and ability to connect with people. Sooooo yea!

Favorite Activity/Hobby:
Currently on campus I am involved in Rugby, Rainbow Unity, and Student Senate. I love being involved in many things with all kinds of people! Out of school I really enjoy hiking, kayaking, and biking. Rugged outdoors are awesome! On the other hand I appreciate writing poetry, listening to music, and reading about serial killers and drugs. Some of my favorite bands are: The Beatles, Nirvana, Daft Punk, Ne-Yo, Usher, Chris Brown, Blink-182, Bon Iver, Matchbox 20, The Doors, Eminem, Frank Sinatra, The GooGoo Dolls, Jack's Mannequin, Lady Gaga, Norah Jones, Queen, Sublime, Three Days Grace, Weezer, and 2Pac to name a few!

Words to Live By:

  • "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."
  • "Put no age limit on your dreams."
  • "Live like a human, compete like an animal."
  • "Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times."
  • "Sports do not build character. They reveal it." 

Favorite ATP Memory:
One of the memories that sticks out the most for me is the time we sat in a circle and talked about our note cards. I felt like I had cheated the group of a part of me and I am so unbelievably glad that I showed one of my most vulnerable times with some amazing individuals. It was an honor to hear their stories and feel their hearts. 

When I think of Awareness through Performance, I think of...
Pure energy and pure determination. ATP has been one of the best things that I have been involved with. Out of all the team based activities I have been in, ATP has given me such a positive and strong outlook on the world and the people that are a part of it. I cannot think of anything else I would trade my time I spend in ATP. 

Involvement with ATP has had this impact on me:
Family. I always would hear people say that family was more than blood. It had not hit me until ATP and my college years that that phrase is more than true. I am so thankful to have the support system that ATP provided for me in a times of need and in times of happiness. You meet so many great individuals through experiences like ATP and I was fortunate enough to find a family in a busy busy world. 

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