Letter to Grandchild

Dear grandchild,

I know you aren’t born yet, but I am writing the letter to congratulate you on becoming an “official” adult. Happy 18th birthday! The world right now is an intimidating place, but it is also full of positive opportunities as well if you look hard enough. I am guessing you have found out how much responsibility you have right now and all your decisions have real consequences; because you are now an adult. This is one of the reasons turning eighteen for me was bittersweet, but I quickly learned the pros outweighs the cons. I hope you discover this too!

I am currently 18 years old and graduating high school in just four days from Notre Dame de la Baie Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The date I am writing this is May 19, 2015. Just for the sake of tradition, I will tell you the current gas price $2.64; however, it fluctuated a lot from last years price of $4.50. I am excited and terrified at the same time when I see the price for your generation, since the news keep telling us the world is running out of oil. The most important advice I can give you is to live with no regrets, I know I have a few. They way you down and there is nothing you can do to change them. If you want to do something, go for it! Yes, you will make mistakes, but these mistakes are necessary for you to develop into that great person we all know you will be. I will leave you with this advice that my best friend’s dad said to me, “To be successful you need to do two things. One always be on time, and two, always keep a positive attitude.”

Grandpa Kieltyka


The Barter System

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Barter System.”

If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?

I believe I would fair pretty well. Being an Eagle Scout, I have learned many merits and skills. My education of course would indeed help as well, along with my various extracurricular such as robotics and Destination Imagination. Below is a compiled list of services I could barter.

1. Electrical Engineering – As a robotics enthusiast, I have a great understanding of how electrical circuits work, in fact I helped wire my house, giving me experience in DC and AC circuitry. I believe this is an important skill to have considering that we live in the age of technology.

2. Mechanical Engineering – My experience in robotics and Destination Imagination comes into play here. Designing machines and building machines to make a job easier is very important in industry today. Efficiency is the key word today simply because time is money.

3. Woodworking/carpentry – This coincides with my mechanical engineering skill, except just using wood. I have a good understanding and experience using wood shop tools and building things out of wood such as furniture and the sort. I know this skill is sorta dead, but it is still important!

4. Computer Programming – Although everyone stands in line for the latest tech, the software that drives the hardware is just as important. My background in robotics, Destination Imagination, and college experience give me the ability to create complex software solutions for making everyday calculations and designs possible. From Arduino to Microsoft C++ I can figure out how to program it!

5. General Repair – I love fixing and modifying things because I am curious about how they work and like to be thrifty. Being able to repair things from a busted pipe to a motor vehicle is invaluable.