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#DreadedDecember: Applications, Applications, and MORE Applications!

10 Dec

Graduation. As a freshman, that thought seems so far away, a mere glimmer in the distant future, but you will be surprised by how fast your time as an undergraduate student will fly by. I can clearly recall my first day as a freshman, so intimidated by the wide expanse of the campus. However, now, after four years, I still don’t know where everything is, but I can manage to find my way around without suffering an anxiety attack. No, my biggest fear now as a senior is not going into the wrong classroom, it’s figuring out what comes next.

So what does come next? For me, the first step was actually applying for graduation. I can’t figure out what I’m doing after graduation if I don’t graduate to begin with (although that thought does seem appealing, I can only put this off for so long before I have to pay late fees, and we know we want to avoid that as much as possible since we’re all on that college budget).



Finally sending in that application was scary because it made the thought a reality. However, that is nothing compared to the next steps: actually applying to post-degree programs, or in my case, pharmacy school. It’s like college applications all over again with having to worry about sending official transcripts, taking admissions tests, getting letters of recommendation, and writing essays for those darned applications. Sending applications is my #DreadedDecember, as I will be spending most of my winter break trying to make my January 1st and February 1st deadlines. Wish me luck. You will be going through the same sooner than you know it!


#NovembertoRemember: My Last Act

24 Nov

Hi everyone! As it is my last year as a Wildcat, and with my senior year soon coming to a close, I thought that it would be a cool idea to print pictures of significant memories I’ve had in my 4 years and hide them around campus. Now, I won’t tell you where I’ve hidden them, as they are a secret, but I hope that once I come back as an alumni, I am able to find these pictures again and reflect on some of the best years of my life. You only have a limited amount of time here, so I suggest you make the most of it!


I chose this picture to describe my first 2 years of college. Coming to college, I knew a few people from high school that attended the U of A, but with such a huge campus and living in the dorms, I knew that I had to meet new people. College has forced me to come out of my shell and because I took that first step, I met my current roommates (which conveniently lived right across the hall from me). Being so shy and quiet, it was difficult to put myself out there and make friends, but I’m glad I did because it has helped pave the way towards meeting my lifelong friends.

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This picture directly describes my time with the Filipino American Student Association. I started off being hesitant in joining the organization, but once I did, I was able to find my “home away from home.” My love for the club began with the Friendship Games, and through this I was able to eventually hold a position on the executive board. It was only right that I ended my time with them with my last Friendship Games with them this past October. Additionally, through this experience, I was able to expand my involvement in the Asian community by becoming a member of the Student Board of Directors of Asian Pacific American Student Affairs, the Asian American cultural center on campus. With this leadership position, I am able to spread more awareness of social injustices and become a louder voice on campus.


This picture makes me smile because I think of my FASA fam. In my club, we have a big/little programs, except we call each other “ate,” or “big sister,” and “ading,” or “little sibling.” We couldn’t have made a better match in my family because of our similar personalities and academic interests. Although our schedules are always so busy, my littles still make time to support me when I need them and I always support them also. When we’re together, it’s almost like no time was spent apart.

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I never had the opportunity to participate in the New Start Summer Program as a freshman, but I did have the honor to work for the summer bridge program as a resident assistant this past summer. It was probably the most fulfilling summer that I have had to date, being able to work with students in their transition from high school to college. I was happy to be the first face that greeted them and hopefully, a face that was able to help them make that first connection to the school. Although the program was short, my job allowed me to work closely in building a community with my RA staff. Since we all became so close, we were able to support each other and contribute to the program’s success.

For my last picture, I haven’t taken it yet. I hope to take a picture with my cap and gown in front of Old Main, as it will be the perfect end to my time here. However, as they all say, “Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. Wildcat for life!” Time goes by fast, so you should make sure you take time to make your own #NovembertoRemember. 🙂


#OutrageousOctober: A trip to remember

30 Oct

Hi folks! I’m a part of an organization on campus called the Filipino American Student Association and every year during the month of October, our club travels to California State University – Fullerton to compete in the “Friendship Games” against other Filipino clubs. The games are centered towards S.P.U.F., an acronym for “Spirit, Pride, Unity, and Friendship.” Basically, we participate in activities that help connect to other schools by finding a common ground while also maintaining a sense of friendly competition. There is a trophy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for all the total points collected in the four games, but the biggest trophy is the S.P.U.F. trophy, which stands at 8 feet tall to emphasize the importance of the main objective of the Friendship Games. If you win the ultimate trophy, it means your school demonstrated all areas of S.P.U.F. at a level unmatched by other schools. This is achieved by continuously interacting and forging bonds with other schools throughout the whole event. University of Arizona typically doesn’t win because everyone is a bit drained in the drive and our club is quite small in comparison to other California universities where Asian students are often a majority of the campus.

This year, rather than riding the bus, I decided to take the long road trip from Tuscon to Los Angeles with my friends in my own car. This is pretty outrageous for me because I have never driven such a long distance without my family. Because I’ve never driven when I have visited California, I never had the chance to explore around. Additionally, this year would be my last year  attending the Friendship Games, so I thought I should just make the most out of my annual trip.


We stopped by Quartzite to fill up our tank just before the California border. It was a good thing that we did – once we passed that border, the gas prices went up dramatically.

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Our first stop in LA was Gen’s Korean BBQ House. My best friend recommended it and met us there. We paid about $26 for all-you-can-eat, which is pretty expensive for KBBQ, but the meat was high quality and the service was on point. I wouldn’t normally spend that much for KBBQ, but since it was my first time and I was going all out in my adventure, I decided to give it a go. I recommend it to anyone wanting to try some quality KBBQ! Afterwards, the food coma hit and we decided to go back to our hotel and call it a night before the games.



In the morning, we headed straight to Cal State Fullerton for the games. We participated in some of the “spuffing” against other schools, watched our school perform their Roll Call dance, and called it a day. Since I have previously been on the executive board and highly active in the club, I let the new board and their new members handle playing the actual games. Everyone in my car was a veteran to the games, so we decided to leave halfway through since we would not be playing in any of the actual activities. We were happy to hear later on that we placed 15th out of 43 schools, which is quite a feat considering there are so many schools that take the games seriously and practice rigorously to prepare for the event.

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Because we woke up a little late that morning, we didn’t get to eat breakfast and we heard that Boiling Point was a good place to try for some decent hotpot. I ordered the Beef Hot Soup in mild because I’m not much for spicy hot soup. The meal also included Jasmine green tea. The food was good, but it was not as delicious as the hype made it out to be. If I was going to be paying $16, then it should be as good as the KBBQ I had the night before, but alas, I was sadly disappointed.


 With our stomachs full, we decided to spend the rest of the day taking pictures and laying around the beach at the Santa Monica Pier. The wind blowing in my hair, sand between my toes, and the sun setting on the ocean was the perfect getaway. Although I was away from school, it didn’t mean the school work stopped as well; that night I had to work on some quizzes if I wanted to relax all day the next day.


Working on my homework and quizzes was made bearable because I had the chance to make a stop at Jollibee, where I could pick up my favorite “Chicken Joy.” The Jollibee was also conveniently located right next to a Red Ribbon, where I could also pick up my favorite Filipino pastries and desserts. With my chicken and rice and my butter mamon, I was set! After a few hours, my friends and I were hungry again and decided to go to a 24hr pho place where they were having half-off pho. Unfortunately, all of our phones were dead and we forgot our DSLR back at the hotel, so we were unable to document the bowl of heaven. It was not as good as the Miss Saigon here in Tucson, but it came close, and for $5 for an insanely large bowl, it was definitely much cheaper.


The next day we checked out of our hotel and left for Huntington Beach, where we met ASU’s Filipino club. Along the shopping center, we ate at Aloha Hawaiian Grill, where I had some bomb Polynesian ribs. The rest of the afternoon was spent taking pictures around the beach and bonding with the other school.

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 Of course, since I am a certified #bobAddict, we had to make our last stop to Tastea before we left California. The milktea was smooth and the texture of the tapioca balls were perfect. For $4.40 I definitely got a lot more drink than I would normally at any of the boba tea shops back home. With a heavy heart, we set our GPS back to Tucson and said goodbye to the California sun.

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 The trip was definitely worth all the money I spent on my food adventures. When I am able to save up, maybe I will take another trip back for more. All I know for sure is that this week full of exams, papers, and projects will be hard to go through, especially with all the memories of the weekend lingering in the back of my mind. It is going to be a whole new kind of outrageous for me.


#StudiousSeptember: “My Beau”

6 Oct

This month, I decided it was time to pick up my ukulele again. I had been neglecting her all summer and it was sad to see “my beau” gathering dusk in the corner of my dorm room. I figured what better time to pick her back up than #StudiousSeptember. It had been over a year since I’ve played and my skills were a little more than rusty. I had forgotten chords all together and couldn’t play a note to save my life. I had to start from scratch.

But it wasn’t at all as hard as I thought it would be. After a few hours of struggling I finally got my rhythm back and was able to play a few chords gracefully again. Normally that’s where I would stop and I would put “my beau” down and start another task, but I wanted to fully commit to #StudiousSeptember and try to learn a whole song to post onto the blog.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to learn a whole song. Through this experience I realized that playing took a lot of time and a lot practice, both of which I didn’t have room in my schedule for.  But I did learn a couple new chords and with a little more practice and effort I think I’ll be able to play “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley.

The four basic chords of the Ukulele are the Am, C, Em, and F.

                       Am chordC chordEm chordF chord

All of which are including in the song “I Can’t Help Falling in Love.” These chords are fairly easy to play because it doesn’t take too much effort, but along with these four chords, there are two new chords that I had to learn. Dm and G.

                                           Dm chordG chord

These chords were really hard for me to play because I had to adjust my fingers in a position that allowed me play the chord but didn’t effect any of the other strings. My fingers are small and adjusting to these chords was hard especially because my fingers weren’t used to pressing against the frets. It took a lot of time for me to actually be able to switch chord to chord without messing up and placing my fingers in the correct position.

Throughout this process I learned that playing an instrument is a great way to relieve stress. The more time I could spend strumming and practicing my ukelele the less intense my day would feel. I found that studying before practicing was a great motivator to get my work done. 



#StudiousSeptember: Cheaper, Faster Meals During a Busy Schedule

6 Oct

After checking my bank account, I noticed that I have been spending way too much money on food. This can be attributed to the fact that I am more involved in school, I work, and of course, at this time of the semester, I have been swamped with studying for all of my exams. I’m hardly at home to be able to cook meals for myself and have resorted to takeout or fast food, which is not the healthiest of choices. As a result, I have noticed a change in my energy levels and overall physical health.

My challenge for #StudiousSeptember was to learn another way to prepare meals quicker, and within my budget. A friend suggested that I learn to make meals using a crockpot. All you have to do is prep the ingredients, put it in the pot, and leave it on “low” overnight, or even before leaving for school. This was perfect because it does not require very much attention, and it gives me a chance to finally use the crockpot collecting dust in my cabinet. Also, lately, I have been craving this creamy chicken I had when I had dinner with my roommate’s family, so I decided to look up some recipes online.

I stumbled across this “Creamy Mushroom Italian Chicken” recipe (quite a mouthful, I know!) that had positive reviews, so I  decided to try it out. I’m glad I did because it was delicious!


The ingredients for this recipe called for chicken breast (I chose breast tenders because the meat is moist), sliced mushrooms, a packet of Italian dressing, a can of Cream of Chicken, one pouch of cream cheese, and 1/3 cup of water.
Ingredients in Pot


Place the chicken on the bottom of the pot. Mix the Italian dressing with the water. After pouring the dressing mixture over the top of the chicken, the mushrooms can go on the top.

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The setting of the crockpot should be at low. After 3 hours, mix the cream cheese and cream of chicken together before folding it together. Your meal should be done after another 1-3 hours.

Finished Product

Voila. It can be served over rice or noodles.

I definitely encourage you to try out the recipe for yourself. It’s worth trying to find alternative ways to prepare your meals, especially when you are on a college budget. Chick-fil-a and Panda Express can only take you so far and it’s best to keep in mind that a happy body makes you happier when studying. Cheers to #StudiousSeptember!


5 Ways to Beat Procrastination

6 Oct

Procrastination: the art of putting off something you need to do at a later time and regretting it. We’ve all done it at one point, right? Now that you’re in college, it’s especially harder to get work done when you are right in the middle of a jackpot of distractions. You know that you have a lot to do, so why do we do it to ourselves time and time again? It might be that you need to change your methods. Here are some tips of what you can do to stop procrastinating.

1. Limit your time on distracting activities. Maybe you just got out of an exam and you need a way to clear your mind before getting down to business. There’s nothing wrong with that, but spending too much time watching Netflix, scrolling through your Twitter feed, or SnapChat-ing your bae can deter you from being productive if you have another exam you have to worry about, or a paper you have due the next day. You can prevent this by setting your limits. Maybe watch ONE episode of your show, or allow yourself time for one hour to spend on social media.

2. Make sure you stick to your commitments to limit yourself! Saying you are going to stop watching Netflix is one thing, but actually doing it is another. One way to help keep you on track is to download a plugin that only allows you to be on a certain website for a limited time -a good one to use is “StayFocusd.” It’s an extension for Chrome that gives you a set amount of time to be on a website and then blocks you from using it for the rest of the day. You can also tell your roommate or any person that is around you to take your phone away or make sure you get off the website at the time you set for you to start working.

3. Create a realistic list of things you need to get done. Writing a list helps organize your thoughts and also should help you prioritize your workload. Additionally, making sure it is manageable is key; just making a list doesn’t accomplish anything if you aren’t able to cross things off your list. However, with that being said, don’t limit yourself to just writing down a few things just so that you can go back to that last episode on Netflix.

4. Set goals for yourself and meet them so you can reward yourself. A goal and reward system makes completing a lot of tasks a lot easier. It’s okay to take breaks, but make sure you actually get work done before you reward yourself to some time on your phone or social media.

5. Find a suitable working environment. Sometimes working from home is hard when you have access to your kitchen, TV, and your bed. You are more tempted to find something to eat or even take a nap. Also, a suitable working environment does not necessarily have to be a specific place; it can also be the type of people you surround yourself with. You might love your friend to pieces, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can live with them. The same works with studying; you might love hanging out with a friend, but that doesn’t mean you will work efficiently when they are around.

Lastly, all of these tips are based off of my experiences, so not all of them might work for you. It’s all about exploring what works best for you. Good luck!