Motivational Monday

I heard a really deep quote today that reminded me of college:
“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”

I interpreted this similarly to the saying: comparing apples to oranges. You cannot compare how well a fish climbs like a monkey. Likewise, in college you cannot compare yourself to other students.

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A fish is very good at swimming, and a monkey is very good at climbing – two completely different animals. I am also individual and unique in my own way, and I am completely different from any other student. I am very good at dancing, and other students are very good at math. Do I feel discouraged when I do not get the grade I want in math? Yes, but I will not let this take over and make me feel bad about myself? Will I let math get in the way of my love for dance? No, maybe I was just not meant to do well in math. Like the swimming fish, I need to be proud of what I am good at and let that lead the way. I was meant and born to dance and not compute math problems. At the end of the day, just do what makes you happy; and if it does not make you happy, just let it be. Do not worry and let it waste your time by upsetting you. You matter and you are talented and skilled – maybe in a skill that you do not even know you have yet!

For the previous “Motivational Monday” post, click here:
http://www.collegetips.com/blog/gloria_ahn/motivational-monday-1546

Happy Monday!

4 Things Snapchat Taught Me About College

  1. College students think everything is interesting, and you will learn the power of shock value: My friend thought it would be cool to take a photo of a possum having babies. It was actually pretty disgusting. I called him out on it via text – honestly because I was scared he would send me another picture if I snapchatted him.
  2. Snapchat will test your patience: It is really annoying when people set their photo to the full 10 seconds. Waiting 8 more seconds until the next snap loads will prepare you for those awful 3 hour lecture classes, where the clock just does not move!
  3. It will make you realize very quickly which friends you need to hang out with more often – and the ones you want to avoid. Your new best friends will snapchat a ton of sports games, night dance clubs, concerts, bonfires, and frat parties (if you are that kind of person). But you won’t want to be with the ones that take snapchats of their friends throwing up in the toilet, because who knows? That could be you next on their 24 hour story…
  4. The geeks will never send snaps and they have the lowest counts. These are also the guys that are taking 10 classes a semester, a.k.a. totally me. And the popular forever-stuck-in-high-school kiddos that have over hundreds of thousands of snaps? Well they basically don’t really do much of anything else other than take meaningless selfies all day. Just kidding! (I’m not kidding.)

What kind of snapchatter are you? What kind of college snapchatter do you think I am? :)

Lazy Butt

Now that spring semester is over, summer is really throwing off my groove. I don’t know what to do with my free time — the time I would be spending on studying, class, and homework. It feels really weird being alone at home all the time and not seeing anyone other than my family. But after this school year in particular, I have noticed that summer has made me incredibly lazy. This is what has been happening over the last couple of weeks since college has been out of session:

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  1. Exercising – I just eat and sit in front of a computer playing games and watching TV all day and I really don’t feel like moving around. This is probably why my pants aren’t fitting me and my sweats have become my new best friends.
  2. Make-Up – if I’m not going out, then why do I even bother putting on make-up? Plus, if I do, I’m too lazy to take it of later in the day.
  3. Cleaning – Do you think I’m going to want to do dishes and clean my room? NADA.
  4. Cooking – I have been really getting pampered by all the food that magically appears in front of me, prepared by my one and only loving mother. While it has been magical, this has made me unappreciative and now I expect food from her instead of just cooking it myself.
  5. Socializing – I can talk to my friends on my phone and my computer. From the comfort of my bed. Or couch. Enough said.
  6. Sleep – I have no reason to get out off bed so I just keep sleeping. Last night, I slept about 9 hours, but the previous days, I have been sleeping for 14 hours straight.

Does anyone else have these problems too or is it just me? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and help me get off my butt! At this rate, it’s going to become bigger than Nicki Minaj’s…

College Wedding Proposals

2015 is officially the kickoff to my college friends “getting hitched.” I went to my first college wedding earlier this month, and you can check out these blog posts for the details: http://tinyurl.com/p5lvhj8 and http://tinyurl.com/ngrxqr7.

The Call: Last night, I got to be a part of my first proposal. A month or so ago, the soon-to-be-groom gave me a mysterious call in the middle of the day. He asked me to make sure to free up my schedule last night so that I could be a part of their engagement.

The Plan: The happy couple lives in Florida, and yesterday he surprised his girlfriend (my good friend who I met during a college internship) with a trip home to Southern California. He booked a reservation at an expensive fancy table service steak house restaurant. (Coincidentally enough, the same restaurant that she and I used to frequent often for breakfast during our internship.) After dinner, he excused himself to go to the restroom. Instead of returning to the table, the waiter gave her a note saying, “Follow the roses.” As she walked outside, her closest friends and family gave her a rose and hug as she made her way down the path, where her boyfriend was at the end waiting on one knee with the ring to pop the question.

Waiting for the bride with one of the roses
Waiting for the bride with one of the roses

The Ring: The ring was absolutely beautiful – a single carat princess cut diamond with little diamonds that went around the band. It was incredibly shiny and shimmering in the light.

I am sure this is the first of many more proposals to come! College is the time when many couples meet and get married. Have you been a part of any college proposals? Be sure to leave me a comment below!

Sleeping in Public Places

The problem with staying up late studying (or watching TV like me) is that during the day, you might have a high chance of falling asleep in public places. Today was that day for me. I have been having early shifts these last couple of days and since I’m still recovering from my slight cold, my body has been in overdrive trying to heal itself. Luckily, I fell asleep in the computer lab/library so not a big deal but it’s still dangerous:

Reason #1: My iPhone could have been stolen. It was in plain sight for anything that could have reached over my cubicle and just taken it and there aren’t any cameras or anything so I would have never seen my phone again.

Reason #2: My wallet — or worse my whole BACKPACK AND PURSE — could have also been stolen. Then, my life would have pretty much been over.

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Reason #3: Falling asleep behind the wheel. I was smart enough to be carpooling with my dad these past few days, and he has been a super trooper in helping me out while I’m sick. Not only can you hurt yourself, but you also have the potential to hurt others. Plus, you’d probably rack up your bills really fast this way or even total your car, leaving you carless.

Reason #4: It’s bad for your body. Your body was meant to get a good night’s rest comfortably in bed, not curled up on a couch in a library that is blasting its AC. You can really hurt your back or your neck this way…

And most importantly…Reason #5: It’s just plain EMBARRASSING. They always say you are most likely to meet the love of your life in college. Do you really want his first impression of you to be hunched over in front of your laptop next to a stack of textbooks with makeup rubbed all over your face? I didn’t think so! That is how you become mayor of Singletown!

Basically, DON’T DO IT! It’s not safe! Get your full 8 hours of sleep sleep. At night. In the comfort of your bed. :) Good night, everyone!

Working at the Library

DSCF2749I have been working at my local library almost every other Saturday for the past couple of months. Today was one of those days. I love my job and I have been employed by the city since July 2008, which means I am coming up on 7 years this summer! Time flies by so quickly…

Here are a few reasons why working in a library is awesome for college students:

  1. Technology – In my opinion, this is the best job ever. I monitor the computer lab and answer questions like where to check my e-mail, how to send a resume, what to do when the font is too big. During downtime, I work on library projects and even my own homework!
  2. Circulation – When I worked in this department, I shelved books all day. While this may sound boring to you, it actually was far from boring. Sure, I would get a headache once in a while from all of the alphabetizing, but it got me to walk around the library and explore all of the amazing books that we have to offer. I know which books and authors in the Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, and Travel sections are popular and get checked out most. I pretty much know where anything and everything is like the back of my hand. Plus, there are some really interesting books that I would have never known existed, like Time Management 101 or the Twilight Series in Spanish. This also means I get first pick on when they are returned into the bins for me to check out.
  3. Writing/Research Experts – Since you know everyone at the library, they are always helpful and know the answers to whatever you need. When you have a research paper, they are experts at proofreading and helping you research.
  4. Flexibility – Your managers and supervisors were all students once. In most cases, they are extremely supportive of your academics and will be more than happy to give you finals week off or additional days for homework and/or school events.
  5. Perks – You will know about community events since most libraries are hubs for the city and the state. For example, since I am looped into the city’s network, I know when certain laws have been passed and are beginning to be implemented. You might have team building parties, free lunches, and other fun social activities. My library has a Young Women’s Professional Association with bimonthly meetings, where we just get food and network.

Closing Thoughts – For a college student, working at a school or local library is extremely beneficial to being connected to your community. This job definitely helps motivate me to do well in school too. My mom also worked at her library when she was in college to pay her way through. Ask your school about work-study at the library and hopefully they will be able to give you more information. Make sure to visit your local library too if you are not from the area!

Challenge Half-Month Check-In

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about my current money saving challenge (Click Here: http://ow.ly/N2CSz). I am now at the halfway point of this month and I am proud to say that I am still going strong. It has its bad and good days. For example, I went to school and ate most of the food I had packed, then went to work, and was starving and ate anything I could get my hands on basically. Some days, it is getting easier to curb my diet and get used to eating smaller portions. Plus, bringing food from home saves time on going to the cafeteria and having to wait in line and buy food. Since I carry it around with me, I can eat whenever I want to!

The current contents of my wallet

If you read my previous post on this topic, I shared how shocked I was that I had broken even – as in I was not able to save any money because all of the money I made was put right back into bills. The goal of this challenge was really to not only pay off my car loans but also to start saving up money to move out of my parents’ home and buy my own house. I had a talk with a close friend of mine, and he put a positive spin to it and said, “Well it’s a good thing you started doing this now. If you hadn’t started saving, you would be in debt.” I thought this was such a good positive way to look at my situation, instead of being pessimistic and scared of the future. Thank goodness I started this strict financial regime – I got smart just in time.

Update on Late Night Studying

After The Blog Post: So last night, I posted a blog about the 24 hour study nights at school. Turns out after I wrote out the post, I started dozing off real bad. Like I said, I think I’m too old for these all-nighters. I tried to study but I kept falling asleep. Eventually, we got kicked out of the student union because the cleaning crew had to come through and clean the venue. We moved into another study room but it didn’t stop me from falling asleep.

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What I Did: A strategy I tried to use to stay up was to drink lots of water. It didn’t work very well because I did get up for what felt like at least ten times to go to the bathroom but as soon as I sat back down to study and looked at my notes, I fell back asleep. It was slightly embarrassing but my friend was taking a nap next to me too. Her boyfriend was the only one I think that stayed up the whole night.

What I Saw: At the beginning of the night, the student union was filled with students, around midnight. The students were loud, studying and socializing in groups. Around 1:30AM or so, people started to go home or falling asleep. When we finally left school to go home around 4AM, I was shocked to see some people were still awake and studying hard with their notecards and laptops. Others seemed like they were having really deep (or delirious) one-on-one conversations. And of course, there were people falling asleep too.

Will I do it again? Sure, if the opportunity presents itself. But I love sleep so I doubt I will stay at school past 1AM again. Have you studied all night before at school? Does your school have 24 hour study halls during finals week? Leave me a comment below!

24 Hour Studying at School

I feel like an undergraduate again. Ah the good ol’ days…

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This week is finals week at school so the campus is open 24 hours, including the student union centers and the library. After work, my friend, who goes to the same school as me, asked me if she wanted me to join her and her boyfriend to study on campus. I figured this would be  good chance to check out how finals week runs at school.

I go to Cal State Fullerton and there is free parking on weekends. Since it is (was?) Sunday, I knew I could park in the parking structure, even though I don’t have a parking permit. Or on the week days, you can park after 10pm and they won’t cite you, at least that is what my friend told me. We stopped by McDonalds first and picked up food before we went to school. We were going to go to the library but realized food might not be allowed so we went to the Titan Student Union. I met her boyfriend and we ran into our friends at school.

I remember I got the e-mail about these late night extended hours but I barely skimmed the e-mail since I knew I wouldn’t want to be at school that late. Haha, jokes on me, because now I’m here typing this blog post. I am so exhausted though. My eyes are tired and I feel like I could just fall asleep right here. It is 1AM and I just keep thinking I’m way too old for this…Haha hope you got the reference! Hope you’re all sleeping well and good luck on finals!

Lucky Penny

The problem with having an amazing day off work and school is that the next day when you have a million different responsibilities, you won’t feel like doing any of them. The balance between relaxing, school, and work is tough for most people and it is something you need to discover on your own.

This morning started off just all right for me. I got woken up at 7AM by my brother, who was being loud while he was getting ready for school. I slept in and eventually got up around 10:30AM. I ate a delicious breakfast and packed a simple lunch, then got dressed and ready for work.

It had been raining while I was snoozing and it continued to shower very lightly as I pulled up to the parking lot. I was reminded of my final project that is due tomorrow and starting to regret not starting it yesterday. On the plus side, I was able to complete one errand today and go to the bank to cash in my checks from work. I ran into a few friends, but instead of the normal energy that I feed off from people, those conversations were completely draining. My head was somewhere else. In the clouds? In bed? At school? Who knows. I thought to myself negatively, “Today is going to be a long day.”

And then the universe gave me a sign. As I walked into a dressing room that I normally don’t use, I found a little lonely penny. I reverted back to the little child in me and sang in my head, “Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck!” This was the push I needed to get me through the day and finish my finals strong! I’m excited for summer to start and I am going to change my attitude to change the rest of my day around — no matter how rainy or gloomy it is!