Good morning, world! I hope you guys are doing well.
I woke up at 5:00am this morning (yes, finally it happened!). I proceeded downstairs, where I made myself a breakfast of oatmeal, Greek yogurt with Manukka honey, and hot chocolate.
After breakfast, I worked on an outline for the speech I will be giving in spring. Each spring quarter, UCLA’s Regents Scholar Society puts on a TED talk of sorts, for students. This event will be a great opportunity for me to share my story and life messages with my peers. It will also be the ultimate challenge to my social anxiety, and I know I will emerge from it with newfound confidence.
Honestly, though, when I think of giving this talk, I don’t feel much anxiety at all– only excitement and passion. It’s true when they say passion transcends all fear. Nervous as I may be, I know that my belief in my story will carry me through.
Reflecting on my life journey, I realized just how much I’ve grown during these past five years. It’s truly wondrous, the beautiful adventure called life. You never know where fate will take you, and what kind of people you will meet along the way.
Just returned from the gym! Had a quick workout of elliptical and circuit training. Well on my way to my dream bod!
A part of me is eager to get back to school to start the quarter already. I find myself constantly checking my UCLA portal throughout the day, planning classes and evaluating my three/four-year plan (I still haven’t decided whether I want to graduate early or not). I must remember to live in the moment and not worry too much about the future. I do have a good feeling about this coming quarter, though. It’s gonna be a tough one, but I enjoy keeping busy and challenging myself.
Today, I will be hanging out with four friends: Leyla, Kelly, Callista and Cassandra. It’s important to make time for friends and relationship-building. Sometimes, I don’t feel like getting out of the house and socializing– especially during my depressive lows. Other times, I feel like an absolute social butterfly, floating from person-to-person and engaging in animated (oftentimes superficial) conversations. I call myself an ambivert– at once introverted and extroverted. Lately, I’ve been leaning more towards the introverted side, perhaps because the cold winter weather has been keeping me indoors more often.
I’m excited to immerse myself in new experiences this coming quarter. My friend and I are thinking of starting a “New Experiences / Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone” club next quarter. The premise behind it to promote self-growth in a supportive, collaborative setting.
The next morning…
Good morning, world! I apologize for not having finished yesterday’s Blogmas! A quick rundown of what happened since I last wrote:
At around 1:00pm, I headed to the gym, where I met with a high school friend, Kelly. We danced and did a lot of catching up in the hot tub and sauna. Afterwards, we got some Jamba Juice to commemorate our reunion. Once Kelly left, I planned on meeting up with Leyla, but she unfortunately had to cancel. So I killed some time at the local Nob Hill, buying presents for my TA’s who had written me recommendation letters. At around 6:45pm, I drove to my friends Callista and Cassandra’s house, where the three of us baked until 10:30pm. We made these really delicious cake pops, cupcakes and regular yellow cake. A grand old time we had together! Once I arrived home, I immediately went into essay-editing mode. I’m getting paid to help several high school seniors with their college essays, and many have deadlines coming up, with the Common Application. These students are international students, so one could imagine that their English is not the greatest. It can be very frustrating, then, to edit a piece where the most basic grammatical rules are not abided by. Sometimes, I feel as if I must create something out of nothing, which is no easy task, to say the least. Anyway, editing essays composed the remainder of my night. I’ve just woken up, and am ready to start a new day! Stay tuned for today’s Blogmas!