Junior journalism major Erin Browne has always wanted to write a song with a band. Freshman apparel merchandising major Braden Washburn has always wanted to use fashion design to help the needy. Now, thanks to MTVâ€™s â€œThe Buried Life,â€ which is making a stop at CSU Tuesday, these students might get the chance to fulfill these dreams before they graduate.
The show is traveling to universities across the country asking students: What do you want to do before you graduate? One student from each school is chosen to do what theyâ€™ve always wanted to do, and at 6 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom, the show is holding a surprise event.
â€œIt is going to be a total surprise, complete with pyrotechnics, 10,000 lights and a Bengal tiger,â€ said â€œBuried Lifeâ€ cast member Ben Nemtin. â€œThere will also be stories no oneâ€™s heard before. We tell how it was an idea in a garage to today. We love interacting with our fans and sharing what we want to do before we die and what they want to do before they die.â€
â€œThe Buried Lifeâ€ is a show about four friends trying to cross things off their bucket list while helping strangers achieve their dreams.
The event is a part of the Verizon Wireless â€œWhat do you want to do before you graduateâ€ contest. At the beginning of the year, students sent in photos with captions explaining what they wanted to do before they graduated.
CSU studentâ€™s wishes ranged from saving the coral reefs to meeting fashion designer, Betsey Johnson.
â€œI couldnâ€™t come up with anything and it was one of my good friends that reminded me of something that I had been talking about since I was 15; to write a song with The Maine,â€ said Browne, one of the CSU contestants and KSCSUâ€™s promotions director. â€œIt seemed like the perfect thing to ask for; I would get to fulfill a dream I have had for years now. This would be a challenge for me as a songwriter and a chance to collaborate with a band I really enjoy.â€
Other CSU contestants, like Washburn, wanted to use skills in their major to make a difference in the community.
â€œBefore I graduate, I wanted to supply clothes to the needy in our country or our countries while incorporating my art and design because I am a fashion design major,â€ Washburn said. â€œI chose it because if an opportunity comes around like that, itâ€™d be stupid not to use it for something that can â€˜changeâ€™ the world or make some sort of difference.â€
Though having the cast come to campus is part of the â€œWhat do you want to do before you graduateâ€ contest, the Associated Students of CSU was involved in getting â€œThe Buried Lifeâ€ to come to CSU.
â€œThe process originally started in January with a student who emailed us about trying to get the Buried Life to come because they wanted to see the cast,â€ said ASCSU Director of Student Services Tim Brogdon, adding that the student government then contacted â€œThe Buried Lifeâ€ about coming to CSU.
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