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About Phoebe Kim

Hello fellow bloggers! My name is Phoebe Kim, and I am an incoming freshman in college this year at Seattle University. A couple facts about myself: - I am from Salem, Oregon - I am 100% Korean in blood but I can fluently speak, read, and write in both Korean and English, and I dabble in Spanish as well! - I am super ordinary, and am very excited to blog here!!!

One Last True Necessity

Heyllooo everyone!

So as the title obviously states, I just got my first pair of Hunter rainboots ever!
I really needed them for the upcoming weather I would be experiencing up in Seattle, as Fall and Winter are quickly approaching. I am honestly super happy with my purchase of one pair of rainboots and one pair of gorgeous white, crocheted inserts.

I am now officially ready to move to Seattle! :)

I think the best part is that my feet are small enough to fit into the kid’s size shoes, which means…. CHEAPER SHOES!
If you didn’t know already, adult women’s rain boots from Hunter at a minimum price of $148.00, without tax. With my kid’s size ones, however, ALONG WITH the $45.00 inserts, we payed a total of $120.00(!!!!!). Both of those combined added up to less than one pair of the regular adult ones. Also, the funnier part is that the children’s boots fit better on me, length-wise. These rain boots also last much longer than the average rubber shoe, as the rubber does not dry up and crack, making these super durable. So overall, I am so so thrilled!

However, I can’t help but feel absolutely horrible about this splurging on a pair of shoes and socks because just yesterday, my family was shocked with some terrible news (that I’d rather not share at the moment). We are experiencing some hard times financially, and although I had been looking to buy rain boots for some time, I still feel really bad about today’s purchase… *Please keep us in your thoughts and/or prayers, even though you don’t know me on a personal level. I can’t thank you enough!*

It was really crazy. My mom came home for a few minutes during work (because she’s the owner, my mom can leave the coffee stand and take little breaks while my dad looks after it solo, and vice versa!) before we were hit with the bad news, and she was so happy and we laughed and had a lot of fun together just within those 15 minutes. The next time I saw her, about an hour and a half later, she had a blank face, looked so incredibly exhausted both mentally and physically, and I almost couldn’t believe that we had laughed earlier that day. It absolutely broke my heart. Lesson learned; anything and everything can change in a matter of minutes, so be thankful every second of your life.

A picture of my new Hunter rain boots! I’m in love~! ^^
My rain boots with the Welly socks on! So cozy and cute, right? ^^

What I Learned in High School Pt. 5

Heyllooo again!
YES I am BACK with my fifth installment of the “What I Learned in High School” series!

Today’s lesson I learned in high school (and recently realized the importance of) is:
Make strong and genuine connections with upperclassmen.

What I mean by this: While it is also imperative that you make good friends in your age group, I also believe that it is important to expand at least a little past your comfort zone in order to meet some peers that are older than you.

How you can get started: (the easiest way, in my humble opinion!) Join a club or program at your school that is open to all age ranges, whether it be freshmen to seniors. This is personally how I reached out and found a bunch of older friends that I still talk to this day!

For me, I never felt like I fit in with peers in my age range. Everyone always told me that I was too mature for my age, and that that was the reason why I may have felt this way. Consequently, I felt like I could really be myself when I was around the Seniors as a freshman. Although it was rough after they all graduated that year, I remember feeling really thankful for having them for a number of reasons.

  • They knew all of the ropes of the school, and could help me out whenever I had questions or was struggling
  • They’d previously taken a lot of the same or similar courses as I was enrolled in, and probably had some of the same teachers. They told me some “insider” tips on how the teacher functions, and how to study difficult topics.
  • They really stood up for me when I got bullied, and it was very effective as the inexplicably “authoritative aura” they possessed overpowered my bully.
  • They’re just generally wiser about school since they’ve already been through it, and it’s so helpful to just pick up some advice!

Also, if the upperclassman happens to be a sibling of yours, take advantage of that HUGE…..advantage! He or she is literally family, and they will help you. Probably even more than your friends!

A few days ago, I really saw the long-term effect of having older friends that last. One of my peers from Governing Board (Senior when I was a Freshman) attends a university in the same city as I will be, and since she’s already been there for about 3 years, she knows the area like a pro. She offered me a coffee date with her where we’d just catch up on all the missed years together and explore the city, and gave me her number. I totally wasn’t expecting this, but I feel SO blessed to at least know someone is there for me in a close vicinity. See how it can change your life? :)

Goodbye to My Brother!

Heyllo everyone!

Well, as you guys have probably anticipated with my last posts, it was finally time to say goodbye to my one and only brother! It was definitely as hard as I thought it would be… It still hasn’t really hit me that I won’t see him for 3 months, and it really hasn’t hit me that I’m leaving in less than 2 weeks for my first term of the first year of college, and that I won’t see my Mom, Dad, or puppy for 3 months either…

My brother is now entering his third year of college as a human physiology major, and he’s also working as a FRA, which entitles him to carry out the (very difficult and demanding) duties of being a floor R.A, along with teaching a chemistry class… He really doesn’t even have to work on or off campus as he already receives a full-ride to his university, but yet he still works harder than students who depend on the jobs! I’m so proud of him, but I have NO idea how he’s going to balance all of that along with the regularly rigorous schoolwork, as well as preparing for the MCAT… WHOO! Just thinking about all of that makes me feel sick!

Anyways, if saying goodbye to my brother was that hard and chock-full with tears, I honestly don’t want to think about saying goodbye to the rest of my family… :'(

Countdown: 12 days.

Worried About Welcome Week…

Feeling Alone in a Crowd…

Heyllooo everyone! So…Is it weird that I’m actually terrified about welcome week? I’ve known for a while that I’ve had a mild case of anxiety from openly social interactions, but as the time for moving in and getting settled at school gets closer each day, the more anxious I get and the more I dread it. It’s not that I’m not excited about going to school, per say, but more because I’m afraid I won’t make any friends, and end up being the loner girl… It’s still really hard for me to open up and be my “true self” around people I just met because of all of the social trauma that still affects me… Hopefully I’m able to adjust quickly and feel more comfortable, however, since this is a clean slate for me… Habits are SCARY. I used to be an extremely outgoing girl, and then towards the middle/end of high school, I became an introvert! When I was an extrovert, it was so natural and easy for me to meet new people and be immersed in a foreign place without feeling very nervous. As an introvert, it’s so incredibly hard for me to break out of this shell and bring back out the extrovert in me that was so easy at one point… Wish me luck as I enter a new sea of people, and pray that I can finally be myself again! :O

The Final Weekend with My Brother

Heyllooo everyone!

This weekend will be one to *hopefully* remember, as it is the last time I will see my older brother until Thanksgiving  break, and even that’s wishful thinking! I have no idea if we’re even doing anything fun or exciting, but perhaps we’ll take a bunch of memorable photos and play lots of video games like the strange siblings we are~!

It’s so weird because I feel like I’m the ONLY one left in my hometown…everyone has already left for college or started school. I almost feel like I should be there already! But to be perfectly honest, I am fully enjoying every moment of being around my family while I can, since I won’t see them for an extended period of time as well…

I am working on teaching my mom and dad things that they need a little assistance with, such as turning on/properly utilizing Skype, using their emails more effectively and efficiently, and various other more “technological” things they may need assistance with.

We’re starting the weekend off with some gourmet Chinese food for dinner, fruity sorbets, and simply watching TV. As long as it’s done together, we really don’t care what we do :)
Sorry about all of the family oriented posts lately– It’s the main thing that crosses my mind nowadays…

More College Shopping!

Heyllooo again beauties!

So as I am approximately 2 and a half weeks away from moving into my university, I have been checking off more items in my necessities list, and I thought I’d share some with you!

The items I bought yesterday consist of:

  • Mug cup
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Laundry Detergent Pods
  • Nail care pack with Glass File, Nail Clippers, and Tweezers
  • Sleepwear
  • Umbrella (HIGHLY necessary for Seattle…ahem)

I also bought a wallet-cell phone case for my S4 online, which comes with 3 slots for cards, as I will be needing constant access of my school ID. I talk a little about it in my new YouTube video so if you would like to watch it, let me know! ^^

I am super happy with all of the products I’ve purchased, but it definitely feels very odd that the bottles of shampoo, etc. will be used by me, and me only. The idea of only having to think about taking care of myself is such a foreign idea to me, and I can’t really tell if it’s good or bad! *Hoping I can properly separate darks and lights when doing laundry….!!!*

I feel like I’m pretty much ready to go….But also have that strange feeling that I might be missing something mildly important…!! Uh oh!

A handcrafted mug from Portugal that I'll be using in college. I really love the shape, simple and slightly rustic design, as well as the comfortable grip and lots of holding space.
A handcrafted mug from Portugal that I’ll be using in college. I really love the shape, simple and slightly rustic design, as well as the comfortable grip and lots of holding space.


Scared of Continuing

Heyllo beauties~!

So today I had another doctor’s appointment to check up on the problem I had with the pain in my shoulder every time I breathed, but of course as with every instance in which I get injured, I feel almost all the way better by the time I get an appointment scheduled… While it was too late for my chest x-ray to properly get an image of this, my (amazing) doctor is almost positive that I suffered from a case of spontaneous pneumothorax, which is caused by the rupture of a small air sac or fluid-filled sac in the lung, consequently causing referred pain (where a body part is painful when the issue is located somewhere else). This is a self-healing injury, which is why after about a week of troubled breathing and waking up constantly at night from pain, I healed naturally. It feels so good knowing what the problem was, and even better to know that I’ve recovered!

In other news, while I was at this doctor’s visit, my doctor talked to me about my left arm (that I recently had surgery on because of violin) and if I was playing any lately. I explained how after I had tried a few weeks ago and disappointed myself to the point where I just wanted to shut it out of my mind for a while. It was truly painful to hear and feel myself as if I had never played a note in my life, when I had actually accumulated 10 years worth of experience.

After telling her this, she thought carefully for a while throughout the visit, and before we were finished, she told me to start from square zero. To teach myself again as if I was teaching a beginning 4th grader, and to be patient with myself. Start with 5 minutes of just looking into the mirror to analyze my posture, take 15 minutes to work on simple scales, and be done for the day. Then I should gradually do more and more each day.

To be perfectly honest, I’m terribly frightened to pick up the violin again.

My major in college depends on it, but I feel so unqualified in too many aspects, so sometimes I wonder if it is even worth trying anymore, because I feel as if failure is imminent…

Medical Insurance/Coverage in College

Heylloooo friends!

I just wanted to make a quick post about the importance of having some kind of medical insurance or coverage in college. I’m not currently on campus at college yet, but I am 99% positive that it will be a hugely important aspect of attending school, especially if you are out of state/far from family. My university requires medical coverage within a 50 mile radius of the campus. You either pay a large sum to enroll in the insurance provided within the school system, or you provide concrete evidence and confirm that you have an alternate source of it from someone else.

At first, I thought this was insane. But getting so close to the move-in day for school and having multiple problems with my health that are just arising, I am starting to think that it is a very valuable method of the school simply looking out for its students, even though the prices are ridiculous. While most school offer basic assistance/medication for common injuries and colds, what would you do if something serious happened? If you think of the bill with a loooot of zeros that would result from an unexpected trip to the emergency room (God forbid!), and compare it to the equivalent of paying the fee/enrolling in some other insurance, I’d say the latter is much, much better.

For about a week now I have been experiencing intense pain in my right shoulder every time I breathed, laughed, had the hiccoughs, and basically everything else. I had trouble breathing. Imagine if this happened while I was 4 hours away at school without insurance!

Do you catch my drift? Protect yourself :)

Countdown: 18 days.

Last Trip of Summer 2014

Heyllooo everyone! I’m back from my 3 day hiatus! I’m super sorry about the sudden absence, the Labor Day weekend was super busy and I was on the road for a majority of the time! With that being said, let’s catch up!

This Labor Day weekend, my family and I had a full schedule!
On Friday evening, we drove up to Washington to stay the night at a close friend of my mom’s house. It was our own version of a more intimate house warming party as they just recently moved in, as well as a way for us to start our day earlier in Washington so we could get back to Oregon later the same day without it getting too dark. On Saturday morning, we helped out my mom’s friend prepare for a bigger party at her house at noon, and we left promptly before the crowd of 100 people started to flood in. After eating brunch at a gourmet Chinese restaurant our good friends for 20 years own, we headed to Tacoma to get our hair done. Yes, we go all the way to a different to get our hair done, mainly because our hair dresser is Korean and therefore has a better knowledge of how to work with stubborn Asian hair, and also because my brother has a very…specific way he likes his hair done. Anyways, I got a trim and a light perm done on the lower half of my hair, my brother, mom, and dad all had their hair done, and we were back in our car. We shopped for home groceries at various Korean markets, met my uncle and had dinner, and we headed back for Oregon after I bought my dad some Starbucks for my family’s safety :) (All that driving made him REALLY tired, as you can imagine!)

We actually stayed at a hotel near the mountains and just slept to recharge for the day.
Sunday morning, we woke up to a beautiful day and headed for the beach! One thing about me is that I absolutely LOVE the beach! I’m addicted to watching the waves and getting sand stuck between my toes… I turn into an absolute child! :) After indulging in delicious food with an even better oceanfront view from the must-visit Mo’s, we went s-h-o-p-p-i-n-g~!
While we didn’t actually end up buying that much, it was so much fun to just spend time with my family and walk around the mall. I picked up some fall essentials at Abercrombie and Fitch, which I’m looking forward to sporting!

When we were done shopping, we went to one of my favorite places ever! La playa~ ^^
The weather was seriously so amazing this weekend, and it wasn’t even cold at the beach! We had a warm sun, a nice but not overdone breeze, and not too many people! I had the best time running away from the waves as they crashed in on the shore, getting wet when I failed to run fast enough, and taking a million silly photos with my family :) <3 The view of the water as the sun was slowly setting upon it was so breathtaking, I wish I could have stayed there forever!

But of course, nothing lasts forever… So we headed back to the hotel, cooked up some instant udon with the coffee pot, and stayed in for the rest of the night with some t.v., exercise at the gym within the hotel, and just time with each other.

Before going off to college and being apart from my family for 3 months, I feel so insanely blessed to have spent this valuable time with all of my loved ones. I will never forget this mini-vacation/getaway/bonding time… <3

Countdown: 19 days.


Hello you glorious descendant of royalty!

Recently, I have been glowing because I feel so incredibly blessed!

One of my many worries of going to college was the dreaded “roulette” of roommates… Yep! Everyone has probably had this factor of fear at least once; You wonder if your roomie will like you, and if you will like your roomie. You hope they have at least a shred of similarities whether it be taste in music, studying habits, perhaps even your majors, or even taste in food!

With the predicament of being the largest incoming class of freshman in the history of my university, space is pretty tight for dorms, as you can imagine! As a result, I ended up being placed in an efficiency triple room. Not just an ordinary triple, but efficiency. As in, three people share a room that was designed for two. Initially, I was quite worried as I have mild claustrophobia and the double rooms are small already, but now I am actually feeling quite excited because I get to save a couple hundred dollars (which are much more like thousands in “college-student currency”), and one of the two roommates I will be meeting shortly seems like such a fun, kind girl! (The other roommate that was signed up to room with us decided to be a commuter student in the end, so we are patiently waiting to hear back from the administration about who is replacing her/what will happen!)

I can just sense a certain aura from they way she speaks (*ahem, types*) that she is super sweet and nice, which was certainly a HUGE breath of relief for me!

I will keep you all posted on my roommates once I meet them and such! :)