IMPOSSIBLE LIST

CURRENT FOCUS

Find an internship to work for at least 6 months

In progress

Master Python programming

Skill: Engineering

In progress

Meditate for at least 10 minutes 30 days in a row

Skill: Concentration

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LAST 3 GOALS ACHIEVED

Get a graduate teaching assistant position as part-time job

VLSI I – ETH Zurich

Completed: September 17, 2020

Learn the essentials of Autodesk Inventor for 3D CAD modeling

Worked with Autodesk Inventor for 9 months.

Skill: Engineering

Completed: September 14, 2020

 Meditate for at least 5 minutes 15 days in a row

Skill: Concentration

Completed: Jan 15, 2020

ON THE CONCEPT

All of us have dreams and life goals we want to achieve. Yet it is surprisingly rare that the things we do every day match our dreams.  One way to overcome this problem is to write down our visions even if most of them seem almost impossible at first.

What is the “Impossible List” exactly about?

The Impossible List is a list of challenges. It forces you to make a plan and take action today, what differentiates it from other “some day” lists. It is a dynamic list, that keeps growing and is constantly updated. As you progress, you cross out the old items and add new ones. It helps you find joy in the process, rather than just worrying about the end goals. You can read more about the Impossible List in my blog post.

Credits

I got the idea of the Impossible List from Thomas Frank, the founder of College Info Geek, a blog I have been following for a very long time. After learning about the Impossible List, I decided to create my own one and make it public to inspire others.

My Impossible List

Below you can find my impossible list. I hope you find it inspiring. I challenge you to create your own list. Are you ready to accept this challenge?

HABITS & SELF-IMPROVEMENT

Take a cold shower every day for 1 month

Skill: Willpower

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Go to bed before 12 A.M. and wake up before 6 A.M. every day for 3 months

Skill: Discipline

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 Meditate for at least 5 minutes 15 days in a row

Skill: Concentration

Completed: Jan 15, 2020
  • Do it for at least 10 minutes 30 days in a row

Practice yoga every morning for 1 month

Skill: Calmness

Do a morning workout everyday for 1 month

Skill: Fitness

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

Read 1000 books. 

Skill: Intelligence

In progress: My Reading Journey
  • Read 25 pages every day for 1 month in a row

Completed: February 8, 2018
  • Do it for 3 months in a row

Learn to dance Tango

Course levels completed at Tanzquotient: 2/4

In progress

Learn to ski

Learn the essentials of Autodesk Inventor for 3D CAD modeling

Worked with Autodesk Inventor for 9 months.

Skill: Engineering

Completed: September 14, 2020

Master Python programming

Skill: Engineering

In progress

Create a mobile app

Create a web page

bahadirdonmez.com

Completed: April 23, 2017

eeotk.boun.edu.tr

Completed: December 8, 2017

turquia1912.org

Completed: December 1, 2019

Become fluent in French

Last Completed Course Level: B1

  • Finish the French course in Duolingo

Become fluent in Vietnamise

Become fluent in Arabic

Become fluent in Swiss German

Become ambidextrous (I am originally right-handed)

HEALTH & FITNESS

Run a 10K

Completed: December 17, 2017

Run a Half Marathon

Run a Marathon

Go without alcohol for 1 year

Completed: Februay 14, 2017

Go without caffeine for 15 days

Get a six-pack and shoot a photo to celebrate

Do 100 push-ups in a single set

Hit the gym at least 3 days per week for 6 weeks

Completed: March 30, 2018
  • Do it for 15 weeks

MINIMALISM

Go without internet for a week

Do a 24-hour dopamine fast

Go without Whatsapp for six months

Completed: September 9, 2016

ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL

Graduate from college with a minimum GPA of 3.80 

Final GPA: 3.70 Close enough

Completed: June 25, 2019

Become an undergraduate research assistant

BUSPIN – Bogazici University

Completed: September 8, 2016
  • Get a visiting research intern position at an institution abroad

QUDEV – ETH Zurich

Completed: July 2, 2018
  • Get a graduate research assistant position as part-time job

QUDEV – ETH Zurich

Completed: December 19, 2019

Become an undergraduate teaching assistant

SCI 101 – Bogazici University

Completed: September 19, 2016
  • Get a graduate teaching assistant position as part-time job

VLSI I – ETH Zurich

Completed: September 17, 2020

Become a co-author of a scientific paper

TRANSDUCERS & EUROSENSORS XXXIII

Completed: August 22, 2019
  • Become the first author of a scientific paper

Be admitted to a Master’s degree program to study abroad

MSc. Quantum Engineering – ETH Zurich

Completed: September 17, 2019
  • Find a PhD position abroad

Find an internship to work for at least 6 months

PERSONAL & FINANCIAL

Speak at a university for more than 400 students

Bogazici Energy Summit

Completed: November 7, 2015
  • Give a TEDx talk

  • Give a TED talk

Get something named after me

Have $100,000 in the bank

ADVENTURE & EXPERIENCE

Take a ride on a helicopter

Go skydiving

Spend a weekend camping with minimal technology

  • Do it for 1 week

Take a ride on a hot air balloon

CULTURE

Watch Don Giovanni Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

TRAVEL

Visit all 81 provinces of Turkey

18/81

Ankara

Aydın

Balıkesir

Bartın

Bolu

Bursa

Çanakkale

Denizli

Erzincan

Eskişehir

Gümüşhane

İstanbul

İzmir

Karabük

Kocaeli

Nevşehir

Sakarya

Trabzon

Visit 20 countries other than Turkey

12/20

Azerbaijan

Belgium

Bulgaria

Croatia

Egypt

England

France

Germany

Hungary

Italy

India

Mongolia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Portugal

Slovenia

Spain

Switzerland

USA

Vietnam

Visit 5 countries other than Turkey for more than a week each

2/5

Germany

Spain

Switzerland

Visit all continents

2/7

Africa

Antartica

Asia

Australia

Europe

North America

South America

Go swimming in every ocean

1/5

Arctic

Atlantic

Indian

Pacific

Southern

Obtain dual citizenship with another country

Visit Moena in northern Italy during the festival La Turchia

Attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, Germany

See the Northern Lights

Visit Hollywood

Visit Niagara Falls