February 5, 2014 - March 12, 2014
Winter Quarter Update… the first one in a long time.
- ECON 200 - So the past month or so has been a little rough. I’m glad to say I made an amazing study group in this class, but unfortunately, my punctuality to this class is dwindling. Class begins at 8:30am, yet on some days, I leave my room at 8:20am and get breakfast instead of immediately rushing. But, you know at least I show up, I’m still a good student man haha. I horrifically bombed my second midterm in this class, but just did good on my last quiz, so I’m hoping that makes a difference. Oh, and the Aplia HW is just so frustrating and I had no idea I had so much to do this week…
- PSYCH 101 - More or less this class is really chill. I love Dr. Prat and the class environment. I feel that Psychology has probably been one of the more interesting subjects I learned this quarter, and I found the readings pretty bearable. And did so-so on one midterm, and got an A on today’s midterm! All that studying paid off.
- MATH 112 - Well, math as usual is the reason why I cry at night. However, I find my professor very easy to talk to and overall great, precious guy, so when I came into office hours I was re-inspired to do well. I actually studied really hard for the second midterm, still didn’t do wonderful, but I raised my grade a lot, so I am extremely happy. Though I have to say that Business Calculus is actually pretty rough, lolol I remember in the day I’d hate looking at graphs and doing word problems, and now pretty much this is my whole college career. A little part of me wishes I could’ve taken this course in community college prior to coming to UW.
- CLAS 101 - Actually, even though I am pretty much dead tired when I come to Classics, I find this subject - especially Greek/Latin Culture - to be really interesting. If I could, I would probably want to further study Greek/Latin culture, and hopefully I can take somesort of mythology course in the Autumn. My professor is really chill, and I think because of him this class was way more interesting. Etymology is pretty interesting in strange ways.
- GEN ST 197 - On Monday my freshman seminar concluded. I was really sad. I actually really loved my seminar this quarter. Professor Bullitt is hands down amazing and inspiring. Not only did I learn about how to function correctly in a team, prepare resumes, elevator speeches, but I got to learn about myself as a communicator as well meet with successful professionals in Seattle’s hospitality industries, ahhhh so thankful.
- Work - Stressful, but I love free tea and my co-workers are all really nice. Wish I could sit down more, makes me working at Fantasia.
- Clubs - Ascend, ASC, TSA, ASUW, etc. have all really been going well. I am finally getting to bond more closely within each of the groups and I couldn’t be any more happier. Nice to know that my communities are growing wider and getting closer. :)
- I am tired and I really wish I could blog more thoroughly, but all this Aplia and WebAssign, especially with a depressing Psychology and Math final looming in the near future makes even more sad haha. Almost done with school, and I AM SO READY FOR SPRING BREAK.
January 13, 2014 - February 4, 2014
- Just bombed my Business Calculus midterm and feeling all butthurt and guilty.
- Struggling to maintain high standards for grades this quarter.
- Library all day, all night. VIP access.
- Got a new job, which is actually moderately difficult.
- Got another internship offer from ASUW.
- Going strong with TSA, Ascend, and ASC.
- My Microeconomics/ECON 200 substitute for the past few days has been really helpful.
- PSYCH 101 is making me go through it in various places, Dr. Prat is still wonderful regardless.
- I still feel bad about disappointing my Calculus teacher… need to change my study habits ASAP.
- CLAS 101 has to be one of the most interesting and culturally-fascinating classes I’ve taken so far.
- I absolutely adore my Freshmen Seminar, GEN ST 197 on Leadership. My Professor is absolutely sweet and wonderful. Grateful!
- Dad came to visit me over MLK weekend, I was so happy.
- Seattle won the Superbowl.
- Kevin and I are still BFFs.
- I miss California.
- Though, I still believe I am happy.
January 6, 2013 - January 12, 2013
And here’s my typical post when it comes to reviewing my schedule. Bear in mind, I switched my schedule a few times haha.
This one is my original schedule
And here is my new one:
Pretty much I dropped OCEAN 121 and replaced it with CLAS 101.
Alright here begins my week-review:
- ECON 200 C: “Introduction to Microeconomics” Um, this class meets Monday through Friday, and overall the class is okay so far. My instructor is fair and gets to the point, he does go over the material faster, so I really need to read the textbook prior to coming to class. And, as I remember, Economics was already confusing senior year, and it still is. And the homework averages scores together versus taking the best score… boo. Overall, class is alright, it’s just a far walk.
- PSYCH 101 A: “Introduction to Psychology” This has got to be one of my favorite classes this quarter. My professor is extremely energetic and knowledgeable, I honestly have a good feeling about this class. The textbook is actually not that bad to read, so yeah. Plus online/take-home quizzes, yay! I hope that works out in my best interest. The class is packed though, a lot of people line up to be on the waitlist, since she only teaches this class once a year. But overall, I love my professor.
- MATH 112 A: “Applications of Calculus to Business and Economics” I actually really enjoy my professor. He cracks jokes and it makes me laugh in some odd ways. I really wanted to make a good impression by going to his office hours this week, but instead I didn’t… but there still is time! Unlike my MATH 111 professor, my professor actually reviews precalculus and algebra stuff that is extremely helpful to the course content and he is sooooo nice! I am really happy to be enrolled in his class this quarter. I hope I do better in this class than I do in MATH 111… let me pray.
- MATH 112 AA: “Applications of Calculus to Business and Economics - Quiz Section” Lolol, um… so this TA actually makes us stay in-class the whole 50 minutes, versus my old TA who didn’t really care whether or not we were in-class. He is kind of hard to approach, so to speak, but I believe he knows what he is doing. I feel that if I get to know him outside of the classroom, it’ll probably be better. I just dislike coming from all the way near Sieg and having to cramp over a left-handed desk… the struggles.
- GEN ST 197 F: “Leadership: Up, Down, and Sideways” I think out of all my classes, this seminar is my favorite. My professor, who is a distinguished lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, took the time to get to our names and gave us a debrief of her professional career. It is quite clear that she is passionate about educating leadership and she seems to know a lot about what she’s doing. I really enjoy her class a lot, and I’m really hoping to make a bit more friends than I did in my seminar last quarter. I’m really looking forward to this class every Monday!
- CLAS 101 F: “Latin and Greek in Current Use” So my Business Adviser recommended me to either drop this class or PSYCH 101, but I kind of didn’t want to, because I actually like my professors for both courses. I came in kinda late for this class, since I added this class last Wednesday, and as usual, I got stuck at a left-handed desk. It took me a hard time to find the building, but all good, my professor for this course has a very articulate and strong voice. I think it’s like listening to a politician, so pretty cool. The class is interesting and it’s mostly about where words have originated from and their roots. Overall, I enjoy the class so far, and I hope it’s an easy workload since it’s only two-credits and a VLPA.
- OCEAN 121 A: “Deep Sea Exploration: Submarine Volcanoes and Novel Life Forms” Okay, so I actually dropped the class during the lecture itself haha. The professor is really interested in the material and is quite passionate about oceanography and I think that’s pretty cool. The class focused more on the machinery and technology behind it, versus the biology of it, so that kinda didn’t captivate me as much. Oh well. I thought it was a lot of work for a three-credit course.
- Overall the first week of Winter Quarter was alright! It was tiring but definitely not horrible.
- I got to spend time with Kevin on Saturday during a thunderstorm and hurricane-force winds. Yay! Roommate Appreciation Day.
- Sunday, I got to film a video for recruitment for Ascend UW and I got to eat dinner with the marketing committee, pretty fun in my opinion.
- Okay, I should be doing homework haha.
December 27, 2013 - January 5, 2014
- Another long period of time where I don’t blog as much. Well, the ending of break was nice, it felt so sudden… I felt that I had more things to do and finish.
- Being able to work again was pretty good, all the extra money helps haha.
- The plane and train ride back to my dorm in Seattle took a long time, and I was sorta bittersweet and tired to come back. As much as I love UW, I can feel that whole “omg I’m in college” magic disappear. Though, it hasn’t completely slipped.
- The cold nicely greeted me, haha.
- I really missed my roommate, he brought me back chocolates as a welcome back gift.
December 23, 2013 - December 26, 2013
- So far the past few days have been wonderful. I got to spend family time on both Christmas Eve/Christmas.
- Got to hangout with my DC group in the morning; Yevgeny, Lindsay, Christelle, Kristy.
- Saw Jelissa for 10 minutes at work.
- Saw Catherine, Kiran, and Rusty for a little bit.
- Got to hangout and eat dinner with the RYLA family, Ally, Jessica, Dylan, Milton, Victor, and Amit for a bit all in one day.
- Pretty successful few days. It’s nice when life perks up at a random, unexpected time.
December 20 - 22, 2013
Lately I’ve had a lot of things on my mind. I don’t ever really get the chance to rant about them anymore since I find myself in a serious rush all the time. It really occurred to me that I finished my first quarter of college, and wow has time gone by. There were times I wished I could go all the way back in middle school and faced the world with a determined attitude, that I have right now for business school.
I love the University of Washington, the people I’ve met so far in college are wonderful. Of course there are a few tricks here and there, but you realize how easy it is to just move on. In college, I experienced an upheaval in my dictionary definition of school, and I could not be any more happier. I have met so many wonderful and altruistic people here and I am just so happy to be their classmates.
As cliche as it sounds, college really is what you make out of it. I bet people are tired of hearing that, but it is very true. College is hard, but the freedom and independence definitely forces a complete mental transformation. No one will tell you to go to sleep, when to eat, when to study, and when to do anything. You do you. I feel that this aspect of college has definitely been the most beneficial. I’ve more or less participated in a numerous of extracurriculars and I feel that it brings a certain enrichment, sparkle to the daily routine. Academics are always the number one priority, but it extremely pleasant and well-deserved to go out, meet people, and collaborate over a common interest. Simultaneously, college has also put me in a state of consistent worries and doubt, with each good and bad grade I am constantly tethering between questioning my existence to celebrating my personal achievements.
People proclaim Seattle as a “suicidal” city because of the cloudy/overcast weather, but in reality it’s not that bad. Of course, as a native Californian I did have some moments where I missed the sun’s embrace, but I really don’t mind. While I love the beach and “fun in the sun” vibes, I do enjoy the coffee-shop, intellectual vibe that Seattle generates. I think the urban aspect of Seattle makes it both wonderful and strange, yet the blending of the two makes it extremely unique and enjoyable.
I love the Bay Area and all too, but too much has happened here and I really would love to move on and see the world for myself. The only downside of my college experience is the unnerving emotions of not getting into business and the dread that I have to reapply for schools again for my junior year as a backup plan. And in all honestly, I would love to stay at Washington, but going to school is not just about me, so pleasing parents comes before anything, I guess. It doesn’t really bother me, I feel that fate will guide me in whatever way works for the best.
Lastly, I have been feeling strange about my current state of being. I love being back home in the simplicity of my room and Rivermark, but at the same time my parents, again, are beginning to argue over such minute things that it just makes me cringe. I want to take the bus and explore, like I can in Seattle, rather than just waiting for a ride in suburbia Santa Clara. I’m so conflicting and indecisive at this moment.
Other than that, I have been the happiest I have been in a long time.
December 19, 2013
- Spent a total of ten hours hanging out with this boo.
- Haha, went to bed the previous night around 5:30am, and woke up around 7:55am.
- Spent the first early hours at Safeway just catching up, then went to Jersey Mikes to get lunch.
- Played some pokemon there LOL, went to Jamba Juice and then to GameStop and pretty much walked around for days trying to find a place to sit.
- Ended up outside of Peet’s Coffee and met up with Lindsay :D
- Took the light rail/bus to Valley Fair and walked Lindsay to work. “Welcome to Build-a-Bear. How can I build your bear?”
- Then walked back to the bus/light rail with some interesting people.
- There is such a contrast in public transportation from Seattle and San Jose.
- Yevgeny showed me his taser and I got paranoid haha. Got back to Don Callejon, and waited for his parents. These kids said hi to us, but the grandma mugged us hard. Idk, I think it would be rude to ignore your kids…
- Overall, a wonderful and tiring day haha. Definitely enjoyed it.
December 2, 2013 - December 18, 2013
- So I didn’t keep my promise of trying to blog about my days more. :(
- Finals/Dead week = sudden weight gain and ugly transformation.
- Christmas Party with the Ascend UW club was wonderful.
- Got the grades I needed to the pass, so I am completely content.
- Such a bittersweet last night in the dorms before break and I realized how precious Kevin really is.
- Christmas Break so far in California has been really relaxing and working again so yeah.
- I do miss the city life in Seattle.
October 13, 2013 - December 1, 2013
So I haven’t really blogged anything about my first quarter, here at the UW, but overall I have to say college is interesting.
- It is much harder than I expected to be.
- Papers on papers to write.
- I never knew how insufficient my methods for studying for math were.
- There are a lot of great people.
- It’s stressful, but there is so much freedom that it balances out.
- No parents on your case (sorta, I mean they call).
- Everyone is pretty much a friend.
- Getting involved is the best thing that I ever did.
- All the opportunities available is a hidden bonus within the tuition.
- Being social and meeting/networking with people is just amazing. You never know, how the power of knowing someone can truly be!
- Studying is still the main priority, but having a balance is the goal.
- There is so much to explore, and taking the bus to all sorts of places is truly a gift.
- At the same time, college is exhausting and can get pretty mehh, but focusing on all the good aspects.
Overall I’m sort of homesick and I miss my California friends/weather, but I couldn’t be more happier with UW and Seattle. I’ve met a lot of wonderful precious people and got to learn a lot about going into Business.
Other than that I am definitely happy! It is a complete fresh start. :)
**I really should be studying for my math final since if I fail, I might actually fail hahahahahahahaha
September 24, 2013 - October 12, 2013
- So college has been extremely busy. I mean I still have time to post pictures, but I can never really find an excellent time to blog a little bit about my day. So I hope I can try to squeeze at least like 15-20 minutes at the end of the day for this :P
- Just wanted to state in the very beginning that I am extremely happy here and I think this is the longest continuous streak of me being happy while school is still in session.
- Class Debrief!
- C LIT 240 A: “Writing in Comparative Literature” Okay, so this class meets Monday-Thursday 8:30am-9:20am. I know, I know. It sounds so horrible to take an 8:30 class, four days a week, BUT my teacher is so amazing. She’s so chill and she is genuinely excited to teach about literature and it makes me happy. The homework load isn’t as hard as AP Lit was so I am praising jesus. The class is on the idea of “Twinning”, and it’s such an interesting topic. I’m re-reading Frankenstein and I’m looking at it through a different lense, which in AP Lit the work we did for Frankenstein was harder in my opinion, and I’m just happy with the class overall. And it’s also a small class, so it’s very easy-going.
- MATH 111 B: “Algebra with Applications” This math class is the precursor to my business calculus which meets for lectures on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10:30am-11:20am in the big lecture halls at Kane. My professor has somewhat of an accent but it is tolerable. She makes jokes here and there so she’s precious. The class is extremely graph-orientated right now which kinda makes everything frustrating, but the class itself is easy. It’s basically pre-calculus with a business approach. The homework is extremely time-consuming though :( and it’s a type of situation where you understand everything in lecture and go back to the homework later and just go “what.” So I mean it’s easy, but my math skills are just *sigh*.
- MATH 111 BA: “Algebra with Applications - Quiz Section” This is the equivalent of like an activity class that accompanies the lecture. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-10:20am. Ummmm, my TA is really nice and somewhat shy. There’s a lack of authority in the quiz section and it’s apparent. He is helpful if you ask for it but overall quiz sections are just rather indifferent for me. I feel that quiz section is just a good opportunity to ask for help, but I personally prefer going to the Math Study Center.
- AAS 101 A: “Introduction to Asian American Cultures” This class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am-12:20pm, so pretty much a slightly-longer block period. This class reminds me of AP Civics, except less high blood pressure inducing. I REALLY LIKE MY PROFESSOR, he knows his stuff and he is a really good public speaker. So far, however, it is definitely not an easy cake-walk of a class. There is a lot of reading, and the ideas behind Asian American history are actually really complex and I never really though it would be. I am certainly learning a lot. I feel guilty when I’m tired in this class though! But yeah I recommend this class, and it counts for “W” credit, so wooohooo!
- AAS 101 AF: “Introduction to Asian American Cultures - Quiz Section” This quiz section just meets only on Fridays at 11:30am-12:20pm, and is my last class for the school week. Quiz section is pretty much where all the homework is due in the course, and my TA is really precious too. I like her goals for the class and how easy it is to talk to her. Quiz section is pretty much a discussion of the lecture to make sure we are getting most of the ideas that are presented. I enjoy this, I think my classmates are easy to talk to.
- GEN ST 197 O: “Travel Writing for Student Travelers” This is a freshmen seminar, only one credit, once a week, Wednesdays from 11:30am-12:20pm. I enjoy this class a lot. Our only homework so far is to research any study abroad programs we want to, and we pretty much talk about studying abroad and traveling for the whole period. Very easy and enjoyable. All my classmates in this class are also extremely easy to like and chill to talk to.
- GEN ST 199 I4: “The University Community” This is my Freshman Interest Group or FIG, and I really like it so far. It’s a two credit course, but it only meets Mondays from 1:30pm-2:20pm. I met study buddies fast, since everyone in this class is in my Math Lecture and Quiz Section, so I definitely got to bond with everyone over how much our homework sucks and how we suck at it. But it’s all for a good cause! It feels like a club meeting with occasional assignments due. It reminds me of SC’s Freshmen Foundations, but I remember taking that back in freshman year and considering that to be a huge waste of time since we didn’t do anything but make powerpoints and learn why stereotypes are bad lolol. Maybe it’s because I like UW too much.
September 23, 2013
- I woke up late to go exercise with Susan and the others. I felt so bad, omg I overslept by a whole hour. I woke up all confused around 9am, and I could feel the cold chill of the morning, along with the sounds of the busy streets outside.
- Fortunately, Susan wasn’t mad, so all good. Got dressed and ready and decided to meet up with them at the District Market under.
- Eating my poppyseed muffin, I was just chilling pretty much. Saw Kevin and asked him where he was going and found out he was going to an Internship/Job thing for Dawg Daze. Well, all good. Hopefully, Kevin can tell me how it went though! Since I decided I wasn’t going to go anymore.
- Saw Elena, Susan, Andre, and Jason. We were deciding between Elm and the IMA to go to, but we first decided to go to Elm. Unfortunately, Elm isn’t open until 1pm. Oops.
- Then all of us took a bus ride to the IMA. I didn’t even know we could. Got off pretty early, and it was kind of sprinkling.
- The cycling game I went on with Elena and Susan was actually really fun… haha this is is so weird since I never exercise.
- Headed downstairs of the IMA to find Andre and Jason, but also found their neat dance studio. Afterwards tried to lift some weights, idk how successful I was haha.
- Then I ended up heading back to the Ave with Andre and Jason. After dropping them off at their apartment, I went to go pick up the C LIT 240 books at the bookstore. Ugh so expensive!
- Got TeaRepublik, my new favorite, and headed back to Alder. Turns out Lina, Nina, Susan, Elena, and Yasi were already there! Yay. but I ended up getting a nosebleed. GG.
- Took the bus to downtown and went to Target to look for slippers, towels, and rugs. Got some towels and rugs, and glad I bough them then instead of later at Fred Meyer.
- We ended up going to Nordstrom Rack, and I managed to find my slippers, and ended up buying a watch, lololol my bad. I spent so much money! But no regrets.
- Headed to International Chinatown and didn’t really find what I was looking for at Daiso, so we just chilled at Uwajimaya.
- Boarded the bus back and made it back to Alder around 6:30pm, found out there was going to be a floor thing in which we all were going to line up at the flagpole to go to Fred Meyer together.
- Met a great new friend named Jason P. in-line! Haha, found out he lives in Terry. So I will probably chill with him at some point. Anyways, in-line after Vickie left to go back to Elm, Lina, Nina, Elena, Susan, Yasi, Rangsey, Andre, and Jason all met up and we found there was another bus going to Fred Meyer, so we all took the chance. Jason P. and his other friends tagged along, and I just can’t get over how chill people are over here.
- The bus ride was a little tiring, but after we arrived at our bus stop, I thought oh shit. Lol, it was in some sketchy neighborhood with some dimly lit lights. Ran sorta downhill with Jason P. and holy crap it was horrifically tiring.
- Fred Meyer was the craziest college night (at a sober level lol) ever.
- Probably overexaggerating myself, but all good. After I bought all my stuff with Elena, I went back to find Lina, Jason, and Andre. Then I went over to complain to Yasi and Rangsey about the lack of free corndogs. So sad.
- After everyone was done, I realized I lost my wallet, and my heart seriously dropped a second, but then someone turned it into customer service, god bless strangers of Seattle.
- I realized my HuskyCard wasn’t in there, but all good. I was trying to keep calm. Andre helped me carry a bag, and I was so grateful. The girls all headed back to north campus, while me and the guys went to West. Andre and Jason helped pack shit in my dorm, and I can’t get over how grateful I am lolol. Seriously though.
- Everyone probably thinks I’m overdoing it, but I am seriously so happy with how everyone is and all the support. These people are so legit, I can’t even.
September 22, 2013
- Sunday was a great day, for the most part.
- The morning began with me waking up late for Freshman Convocation in the Alaska Airlines Arena.
- Overall, it was great. I liked how they attempted to make the speech more interesting and especially the shout-out to California students with “what’s up dude.” lololol
- The picnic was good, the portabello mushrooms were really good along with the meat. I won a free book on UW’s architecture/campus and got it signed by the president. Took a picture with him as well, and got his autograph.
- The rain started pouring at this point, I said Hi to the two families sitting by my side, and I got to say Hi to Felix’s family and Mark’s family.
- After that, I decided to use my jacket to cover the book and hopefully make it in time for Husky Kick-Off.
- However, upon reaching Schmitz Hall, I realized that I didnt’ have my keys, and I also wanted to pee really badly… so I had the decision to either go back to Drumheller/Rainier Vista or keep walking toward my dorm.
- Ultimately, I decided to walk back to my dorm, all the way to Terry Hall located further down from my dorm in the pouring rain.
- Going through it x100.
- Some beautiful soul turned in my keys to Terry and I was sooooooooooo happy. Like extremely overjoyed.
- Ended up making it to Husky Kick-Off in time. Overall, it was okay. It felt like any other orientation thing I have been to, typical icebreakers and ultimate rock-paper-scissors.
- I met my FIG. So far they all seem pretty down-to-earth and chill. I love my FIG leader haha. He’s really funny and straight-up honest.
- After that I met up with Lina, and met Nina for the first time. She’s so great. Then saw Elena for the first time in so many days! Yay! Also, saw Susan from Friday, haha she’s so much fun.
- After that I met up with Andre for the first time, and saw their friend Hai. precious, precious. Andre took off with Elena and Hai, and Susan, Nina, Lina, and I just began to walk to the Ave.
- The sun was coming out and it was straight up beautiful.
- Overall, it was a great bonding experience. I love them all so much, I can’t even.
- Ended up eating Korean BBQ with them at Greenhouse, not bad for its price!
- Later met up with Andre and met his roommate Jason for the first time, pretty chill guy.
- Ended up going to Oasis in Chinatown with them, and it was my “First Official Night Out”, haha. Yay, good company and good tea my two favorite things.
- Took the bus back, and parted ways. Jason, Andre, and I got off at the West Campus stop, so said bye to all the girls, and bye to them and pretty much called it a night.
- But then I realized I had laundry, so I ended up not sleeping til 5am. oops.