Update: August Favorites

This month has been quite busy with finishing up summer activities and settling into my first month of school. With an apartment, car, and schedule, this semester is just full of new experiences.

This semester is the first semester that I feel like I’m learning new things. In high school, I have already touched on subjects like Chemistry, History, Calculus, etc, but this semester I’m excited to learn new things in Organic Chemistry and Statistics! I’m also experiencing a new learning environment. One of my teachers basically talk the whole class, never writing anything on the board, which I have never experienced before. I wouldn’t say that this is my favorite type of learning.

My MCAT studying has completely come to a stop. I’m currently taking 18 hours, not counting the time I spend in multiple labs and volunteering tutoring position ever week. I decided to take 18 hours since most of my classes were subjects I’ve been familiarized with since I took AP classes in high school. It is manageable, but I will not likely take this many hours after this year. I’m honestly terrified of PCHEM that is around the corner. What does this class even consist of? Well, I guess I’ll have to find out when I meet up with my adviser.

As you can probably already tell, September has only gotten busier! I’ll like to apologize to all followers and new followers of my semi-hiatus at the moment. I promise that I’ll get back to all your messages and comments ASAP!!

A message to my freshmen readers: It might be stressful trying to put everything together and settling in, but it’s going to be okay! You’re going to miss home and your friends at one point, but you’re going to see them again! Stay on top of your studies, but don’t forget to relax and hang with some friends when you get the chance!

Blog Posts:

As expected, there are less blog posts compared to the amount in July since school started. I’ll like to post more drama reviews, but it looks like I won’t be able to post as often. I also plan to continue to provide more academic tips; throughout the year. Let me know if there is any subject or concerns you would like me to touch on! Don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below or start a conversation on Instagram! Hit the follow button on WordPress or via email to stay updated!

Drama Review: Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

Update: July Favorites

Studying Tips

Why You Should Drop that Class

Birthday Month:

August was also my birthday month. I didn’t do anything special on my birthday, but I did enjoyed this whole month catching up with friends and family members.

One of my friends made this book storage for me, probably because she knows I always have a high stack of books on my desk. This is probably the cutest DIY present I ever received! I might do a desk tour once I settle down!

Knitting:

I completed a lot of knitting/crocheting projects this month! KakaoTalk_20170906_104826677

I made these two crochet pink Totoro inspired amigurumis to decorate my new apartment. I don’t have a pattern because I basically designed it as I crocheted. The adorable bear was a gift from another friend.

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Over the years, I’ve gotten tired of the plain and thin sweaters sold around the stores. Whenever I find cute chunky sweaters I’m always driven away from the material that is used or the price. I decided to take things into my owns hand and knit this Honeycomb Aran by Patons. It took me almost two weeks the first time I knitted this half of the back because I kept messing up! But working on half of the front, it only took me 3 days! Practice makes perfect!

Many comparable chunky sweaters like this are sold almost $100 in stores, if not a couple hundreds of dollars. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish this sweater by November! Continue reading

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Update: July Favorites

For the first part of July, I was overwhelmed with paperwork and dreadful adulting tasks that I hope will become easier throughout the years. However, the later part of July was very relaxed, which I know I will have to compensate for next month!

Blog Posts:

I think that this month marks my most productive blogging month yet! I’m still trying to finalize some Drama Reviews of dramas I watched so far this year, so please stay tuned!

Update: June Favorites

What to Take to College

Fourth of July Weekend in Dallas

Freshman Dorm Tour

Drama Review: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

I Started a Medical Journey Journal 

Drama Review: Cambrian Period

Drama Review: Goblin

YouTube:


I love how all these concerts and KCON events are bringing Korean enthusiast YouTubers together. I love all of their personalities and interactions with each other.

Music:

There was so many music releases that I loved that I’m afraid would make this favorite list too long.

BTS released their “Come Back Home” MV early on this month. This song is actually a cover of Seo Taiji’s song. I love the cover, especially the high falsettos.

Okay, can we talk about how LIT Zico’s new album is? I love all his tracks in Television, but “Fanxy Child” is my favorite at the moment. It is also the cypher track featured in Show Me the Money, which is a rap competition show that I hope to start soon!

G.Soul’s “Bad Habit” is so calming. I love how relaxing his voice and beats are. He’s definitely one of the underrated RnB/Soul Korean artists out there. I hope he release singles with H1GHR MUSIC RECORDS soon!

AKMU has always been such a cute sibling duo. “Dinosaur” is an adorable fun summer song! “My Darling,” another released song is also bomb.  There’s something about their music that always leave me feeling happy!

After debuting in 1PUNCH with Samuel, One finally redebuted as a solo artist. I’m loving the groove in “Heyahe,” but “Getting By” is also a hit. I’m excited to see his future songs! Continue reading

Freshman Dorm Tour

I was messaging my older sister the other day and found some old pictures of my dorm that I shared with her when I just moved in. I thought that this would be perfect to share for curious high school students and entering freshmen!

I lived in a dorm with private bathrooms. I shared a room with one roommate. In the next room, two of my suite mates shared a room. The bathroom connects the two rooms together.

I’ll like to apologize for the unrealistic yellow lighting ahead of time! If I could, I would use white light.

The toilet stall is the only part of the bathroom that has a private door. The bedroom doors leading to the bathroom have locks. However, the bathroom leading to the rooms do not have locks. Basically, this means that I could not prevent my roommates from walking in while I’m doing my bathroom business; however, I can prevent my suite mates from entering my bedroom.

Each room had a designated sink. Each of us had a shower caddy, that easily allow us to bring our bathroom products back and forth. One thing that I’m going to miss is how fast the water turns hot and cold.

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I apologize for my messy bed. I was still organizing my belongings. 🙂

My roommate and I decided not to bunk our beds. I decided to leave my bed at the lowest height rather than lofting it. The bed was about 4ft above the ground. This allow me to have extra storage below the bed. I appreciated that they provided drawers for students. Unfortunately, I’m 4’10.5″ It was more troublesome getting in and out of the bed than I would like. I’m also a roller when I sleep, so falling off the bed was not so great either. 😂

If you have the money, I ENCOURAGE you to get a mattress topper. Definitely, would save you some backaches and make your bed more comfortable!

The walls were very prickly for some reason. I heard someone woke up with bloody arms 😂 I did manage to decorate my wall with pictures of my friends, friends’ drawings, and my Korean biases after my photo session. I apologize for the absence of wall pictures.  Continue reading

Fourth of July Weekend in Dallas

I finally had a chance to take a vacation, an actual vacation with no responsibilities or strings attached. I have been in Dallas a couple of times when I was younger visiting, but I barely have any memories since it was during my early elementary school days.

Now that I’m older, I finally have the opportunity to experience everything with a clear mind. There was so many places and dishes that I experienced for the first time.

Here are some of the highlights of my trip!

Daiso

This is similar to the Dollar Tree store, except it’s better. Daiso is a Japanese convenience store. Most prices are $1.50 and the items are of great quality. I was pretty sucked into the cheap stationary area. There’s more cute stationary notebooks/office supplies, but I was too overwhelmed to take pics, I promise! Daiso also has pretty nifty toys! I do not think that I can live the same way knowing that Daiso is no where near me.

Kula Sushi

Kula Sushi is a revolving sushi bar. There is a converter belt that display a variety of sushi that allows you to see and grab what sushi you want to eat. Each plate has an average of 3 pieces of sushi and costs $2!! The sushi is very fresh, tasty, organic, and MSG free! There is also a touch screen menu that allows you to order a sushi that may not be on the converter belt, soups, and desserts; the orders will deliver it right to your table on the converter belt above the converter belt displaying sushi. I have never experience such tasting sushi for such a low price. Also, this was my first time eating with sushi on the converter belt. The service, everything was amazing.

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I have enjoyed KBBQ before, but I have never been to a restaurant that allows you to grill your own Korean meat. I had the chance to grill marinated beef brisket, short ribs, chicken, squid, and shrimps. Did I mention that it was an All You Can Eat sitting? I don’t regret it at all! Every five minutes, there would be a worker to change your grill so that there would not be any burned pieces while you grill a new plate of meat; it was too often than what I would like, but it kept my food tasting good! All the servers were extremely friendly and courteous. There was absolutely no feeling of servers timing your sitting. I went to eat with my large family and the environment was very relaxed and made for you to socialize. I finally got a chance to eat at a KBBQ like the actors/actresses in Kdramas! Continue reading

What to Take to College

If you’re heading to college soon and do not know what to pack, here is a list of items that I have compiled. Know that it’s better to over-pack than under-pack. You can always send back any unused items back home.

Important Documents:

Insurance(Car+Med+Dental+etc)
Medical Documents (Immunizations/Doctor Records)
SSN/Driver License/Identification Cards
Passport

Health:

Cold/Flu Medicine
Allergy Medicine
Bandages
Hydrogen Peroxide
Vitamins
First Aid Kit

Bathroom:

Bath Mat
Shower Caddy
Towels
Hand Towels
Toilet Paper
Tissues
Face + Body Lotion
Shampoo + Conditioner
Face +Body Wash
Face Mask
Deodorant
Lip Balm
Razors
Hair Brush/Comb
Hair Clips
Hair Ties
Hair Dryer + Straightener + Curling Iron
Feminine Products
Makeup
Nail Clippers/Cuticle Trimmers
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Update: June Favorites

I recently changed the theme of my website. I decided to have a more minimalistic/clean look. There was too much color going on. Let me know what you think!

We have completed half of 2017 already! June was an extremely busy month for me. I rode in an ambulance for the first and hopefully last time. I was in and out of the hospital for the most part. Fortunately, everything turned out fine!

At this point, I’m no longer seeking a part-time job. Summer is already halfway through. I’m going to focus on my studies and volunteering.

YouTube:

KKandbabyJ AKA Keren and Khoa
Keren and Khoa run a family vlog channel in Orlando, featuring their sons, Landon and Jackson. They’re an interracial couple and their family is absolutely adorable. I don’t know why it took me this long to run across their channel! Continue reading

Incoming Freshmen Tips

I cannot believe that June is almost coming to an end. This month was so busy that I lost track of time.

If you’re an incoming freshman, nervous about your college experience, I got some tips that will lighten the weight off your shoulders. If you have already completed your freshman year, some of these tips may also be helpful for you.

Check out Clubs

Universities often have a day where students can look at what clubs are offered during orientation week, but it doesn’t hurt to check some clubs out online. Clubs tend to have Facebook groups/pages that you can check out. Look at pictures and events and see which clubs fits you. Attend the involvement fair anyhow. Maybe representatives may change your mind!

Enrolling in Classes

I’m not sure about all of the universities/colleges out there, but I enrolled in my freshman classes in early June. I believe some students had the opportunity to enroll in May. I apologize if this post came too late. Most students at my university had to enroll on-campus. I was unable to enroll on-campus so I enrolled over the phone, which I was very nervous about since I could not visually see what my schedule look like while planning.

Before my enrollment day, I looked up classes offered by my university ahead of time. I simply googled “University Class Catalog” and got pretty accurate classes and their times. I recommend looking up classes at least a week in advance. Each student at my university had only about 30 minutes to plan with their adviser. By looking up classes ahead of time, you will speed up the enrollment process and make it easier.  You will also have time to ask any further questions.

If you have decided on a major, go on your university’s site and look at your degree spreadsheet. If you are undecided, look up some of the general education classes that you are required to take.  It is important that you should take all the classes your degree requires, but remember that you can take fun and interesting classes as your electives!

Check out ratemyprofessor.com or other sites where upperclassmen have shared their experiences with their professors. TAKE EVERY OPINION WITH A GRAIN OF SALT.

Decide what times you are most comfortable learning. I suggest trying not to take super early morning and night classes. I learned that in college, it is harder to wake up early. I took night classes my first semester and it conflicted with so many clubs that I wanted to join. My campus was pretty safe. However, I still feel uncomfortable walking alone at night with only a few people walking with me. Walk along with your lab partners back to your dorm if the streets are empty! Continue reading