December 10, 2013
I’ve been meaning to do a follow up post after my Thanksgiving Eve post but I was waiting on pictures from my grandma!
This year I had one of the best Thanksgivings of my life. The last few years it has been sometimes hard to find full company around the holidays, but this year my uncle, my mom, my grandparents, and I spent the day together. My grandparents live up in the mountains so the day had a great “Thanksgiving feel” to it. If you are wondering why my sister and I are holding eggs, it is because my grandma is very spontaneous and fun and she thought we should have a turkey egg hunt. I am almost 20 years old and I still get a hoot out of these adventures.
The meal was fantastic and the company was very warm. I had a great Thanksgiving and I hope to have as good of a Christmas Day! In the next couple days, I will post about finals and hopefully some tips that might help!
November 27, 2013
This is most likely my favorite holiday to celebrate of the year!!! I love Thanksgiving because it has all three of my favorite things, my family, food, and football!!! There is not much better than all of the conversations, laughs, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, caserole, pumpkin pie. yummmmmmmmmmmmmm. Last week, I was able to spend a Thanksgiving with my second family, my fraternity. Kappa Sigma really means a lot to me because my junior and senior year it was just my mom and myself around the house and it was very lonely. It was hard to have a broken family so when I went to college I really found a family in Kappa Sigma. They are truly my best friends and almost all of my good memories in college have revolved around them. I am definitely thankful for them, for the opportunity I have being in America and going to Stanislaus, and I’m thankful for the family that I do have and all of the support they have shown me.
The last couple of days have been hard because my grandma was in a car accident. She is okay, but shaken up especially because they had thought that her dog was going to die because it was in the accident as well. You guys probably don’t understand how much they love this dog. It is seriously like their child and they go nowhere without it. I’m not sure if my grandma is disabled per say, but she puts a service dog vest on so that she can take the dog into restaurants. Luckily I got an email today that said that my grandma was feeling a lot better and her dog was okay. That was a big scare because my grandma is often reluctant to wear a seat belt. I’m just glad that everyone is okay and that my prayers were answered!
Have a happy Thanksgiving!!!!
November 17, 2013
A common theme that you will notice in college is that pretty much every person loves Netflix. I am not advocating doing this, but a lot of people have accounts and therefore if you do not want to pay the monthly fee, you can probably find someone that will let you use your account. It is very simple to use and there are zero commercials or ads. If you are looking for a ton of movies, this might not be the place but they have a lot of television shows and mostly all of the main ones. Here is a list of the shows I have watched over the years that I would say are well worth a look”
The Office- This is a show that I am currently watching and is the only show that I can describe as perfect. It is slapstick comedy and I enjoy every character on the show. They all serve a purpose and contribute with their own persona a hilarious element to the show.
Breaking Bad- I am sure that all of you have heard about Breaking Bad from one person or another. It was mine and a lot of my friend’s obsession for the past couple of years. There are some parts of the show especially towards the end where I wanted to pace back and forth because the show was so intense. I can see why some people would not like the office but I think this show would captivate any audience from any demographic.
Prison Break- This was a show that I watched a while back, but it is still very memorable. It has a great plot and a very solid finish. It is another action show and you’ll grow to love the main character and appreciate his ingenuity.
Greek- I watched a season or two of this show when I was younger and then last year when I went Greek and joined Kappa Sigma. This show has a lot of elements to it, has a solid story line, and is humorous. This is another show that I would recommend to all viewers.
The League- I would say that if you follow football, this show will appeal to you in the best way. I believe the character Taco is played by Jon Lajole. He is a Youtube sensation for making stupid raps that are extremely funny and he plays the most idiotic role in the show.
So those are my best recommendations for Netflix shows, but maybe the best advice I can give you is to not get a Netflix account because it WILL consume you. Well, get one if you’re bored or really like television shows. Have a good one!
November 11, 2013
I just wanted to say congratulations to the Women’s soccer team. This year they went undefeated and won their league championship! I was able to go to the game on Friday night and it was a lot of fun. It was a packed house rooting for our Warriors and it was a great site to see with all the passion and school spirit going around. They were down 2-0 and then scored 3 unanswered goals including the final one in overtime that ended the game. It was an absolute thriller! That was the semifinal game and then they beat Sonoma State in the championship.
Other developments in my life are that I started watching the office which is probably one of the funniest shows that I have seen. The main actor is Steve Carroll and he acts as a clueless boss in an office setting. The humor is a bit cruel and sometimes distasteful, but some people like that type of humor. If you are into those stupid comedy shows I would definitely recommend watching it.
This weekend I went back to Stockton to work on the 8 art projects that I procrastinated on and to hopefully get some rest because of the four day weekend. So far I have not been able to get a lot of rest, but hopefully I will have better luck tomorrow. It is so hard to get kick started on life as long as football exists because for me, it does not matter what game is on television, if it is football, I will most likely put off the homework or test that I need to study for. It is a bad habit, but I am sure a lot of people can relate.
October 29, 2013
Hello all! Lately I have been doing a lot of community service and I thought I would share what I have done with you. My brothers and I went to the Breast Cancer Walk in Sacramento a couple of weekends ago and it was a lot of fun. The event is huge and I would guess that a couple of thousand people showed up but it could have been a lot more. A few of my brothers had their heads shaved to raise awareness. I would have, but my hair is already very short. The other picture on the far right is from the event I hosted for my fraternity, Habitat for Humanity. Ever since this event, I have been volunteering with them on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s. I have put in a total of 25 hours so far with Habitat and I absolutely love it. It is for a great cause because it gives equity to families by giving them low costing loans with no interest from the banks. It is both a privately and publicly funded operation. Because I do not need the hours for school, I can donate my hours to a family which I have done. It is very rewarding and they are very thankful because the family I donate my hours to need 500 hours in Habitat for Humanity in order to move into their new house. Most of the families have children so it is very hard for them to get 500 hours and it often takes years. So hopefully I will be able to get them two hundred hours or so the next year to help them a great deal. This year I have done 41 hours of community service so far!
The picture on the left is from the Del’Osso Farms corn maze social. That event also had a lot of people and this is the group that I hung out with in the maze! The social was a good time and I’m glad we got to hang out with the Alpha Xi Delta’s! Hope you are all getting through school and remembering to relax. Have a good one everybody!
October 18, 2013
This week has been a rather difficult one. I have had a lot of school work to do including a bunch of quizzes, midterms, labs, and homework. Biology is beating me down because I feel like no matter what I study, it is never on the test. I do not know where my professor is getting his questions from haha. We all have those weeks though, it is a part of growing up. Life isn’t CandyLand where your parents let you win, it is difficult, and the only way to achieve what you want is to go out and work for it. I have slept 5 hours or less the last week and I am happy that it is almost over, but if you want to chase your dreams sleep, excuses, and complaining will not get you anywhere.
The other week, I wrote an 11 page paper for my accounting class and did not think about saving it. I was on my last paragraph of the paper and it was 3 AM and my computer randomly shut off. I was very angry and upset, but I pulled an all nighter and finished in time for my class the following day and it ended up being a 10 page paper. I told my friends the following morning about what happened and they said that they would have just told the professor and asked for an extension. The reality is though, no one wants to hear those excuses especially in college. I should have saved my paper and I learned a valuable lesson to not procrastinate and to save after every page. I hate to have such a bleak outlook on the world, but the sooner that a person realizes that complaining doesn’t put knowledge into your head, words on a paper, or get the job done in a work setting, the easier your life will become.
In other news, my intramurals are going well still! We played a double-header last night for basketball and won both games. I think I had about 12 points in the second half of our first game which went down to to the very end. All three of my teams have a combined record of 8-1 which is a great change for me since last year. The last two weekends I have done 12 hours of community service, 6 with the Turlock Baptist and 6 with Habitat for Humanity. This weekend I am doing the Breast Cancer Walk in Sacramento on Sunday and I am probably going to do Habitat again on Saturday. If you are in high school and applying for colleges, community service is a huge thing that they look for so think about volunteering! Have a good one everybody!!!
October 10, 2013
So ever since I have started taking school and my extra curriculars seriously (aka last year) my goal was to apply for the MBA (Master’s of Business Administration) at Stanford and Santa Clara, but recently I have decided to jump start the process. I started working on my transfer papers to Stanford and I know that it is a long shot and I know that the odds are against me, but it is something that I really want and have been working towards.
When I was in high school, I did not care about school, I did not study for the S.A.T.s and I never studied. I relied on whatever intelligence I had in order to get by and I was lucky to get into the universities that I got into. My life path was going a completely different direction and I seemed to have the attitude that I could care less. I did a lot of growing up my senior year and I decided that this was my last chance to make something of myself. I worked extremely hard in school and have been able to keep a 3.9, I joined a fraternity and have help a good amount of chair positions, led the biggest fundraiser in the fraternity’s history, and am currently assistant Grand Treasuer and Community Service Chair. I helped start a club on campus called Young American’s for Liberty and I am the Treasuer, I am the fundraising chair in the pre-law society, and I am a student blogger.
Everyone applying to Stanford will have this sort of resume and probably some that are five times more impressive, so I hope to really capture their emotions in the personal statement and truly show them what kind of person I am, what I could do for their university, and how much it would mean to me to be accepted into one of the top universities in the world. I am also looking for a way that I can stand out from the crowd by the time I send in my application. I want to do something huge in the community or get a really good life story. Let me know if any of you guys have any ideas!
October 7, 2013
So my hectic school schedule has still not let up like I thought it eventually might, but at least it seems like most of my due dates are pretty spread out. Greek week just ended which is a competition of groups of sororities and fraternities that are put into four teams and compete against each other in events such as an obstacle course, dodgeball, penny wars, and a blood drive. My team got last place and we usually do not do very well in Greek Week so we are looking forward to homecoming and defending our crown!
In between my busy schedule, I have been involved in intramurals where I am the captain of two teams (basketball and football) as well as a member of a dodgeball team that is starting tonight. I play quarterback for intramural football and so far in our two games we have outscored our opponents 80-0. In basketball, we played two of the best teams the first two weeks. We barely lost the first game by six points and won by 2 in our second game in overtime which was a very competitive game. I got elbowed in the eye and it started bleeding. I kept playing until the ref told me to go out, I got the bleeding to stop and came back in. I think I have been playing very well in both sports and my teams are coming together very nicely. Also, I joined a dodgeball team that has one the last 3-4 championships. I am excited this year because last year I had torn ligaments in my ankle the whole second semester and the first my team was pretty average.
Last year I recommended professors each semester based on who I had and my experience with them. If you do not trust me, feel free to go on ratemyprofessor.com .
#1 Recommendation- Steven Poole who teaches finite mathematics. He is probably the best math teacher I have ever had. Math does not by any means come easy to me, but his class has turned into one of my favorites because he teaches in such a clear and helpful way. There are never any surprises, his tests are what he teaches us and he tells us what he expects us to learn. He is also very kind in the way that he helps during office hours and also made time for me outside of class to take a test because I couldn’t make it during test day.
#2- Not far behind in my business statistics professor Heather Coughlin, who may seem a little too upbeat at first, but you can appreciate her passion for teaching and her class format. She gives a study guide for tests which is rare in college and they are very helpful. She puts in the extra effort because she knows how hard we work and are invested in our tests so she puts the same amount of work back in. Neither of these classes are easy, but when you have a great professor they heighten your experience.
#3- Professor Dulai- I have him for my intro to biology class as well as my biology lab and I hear a lot of complaints about biology (I am also one to do so) but most people appreciate him the most. He uses examples that help you understand the material, he has been published in several different science magazines, and he is funny. I personally despise biology, it is like another language for me, but I am happy that I am taking it with him. Homework is worth 50% in this course which is rewarding because any biology course has a lot of online homework.
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or want to know other recommended professors that I have taken for undergraduate and business pre-reqs.
September 19, 2013
There are always those weeks in college where you see everyone stressed out because the first week of exams are upon us. I wonder how every year all of my test fall into the same week, do teachers talk to each other and plan on how they are all going to make our lives more difficult? Or have I just hit the scholastic lottery multiple times. What ever the reason may be, the week is upon us…
College is a lot better than high school in the aspect of less busy work and more free time a few weeks at a time, but imagine having final’s week three times a semester. Since tests are worth such a big part of your grade in every class in college, a lot of work is put in to make sure that everyone is satisfied with their grades. This semester I am taking 17 units with a business stats class, finite mathematics, financial accounting, and a bio lab. Needless to say it is pretty rigorous. Today, for instance, I spent 13 hours at school either studying, doing homework, or in class. I am not trying to scare you all, I did this to myself, but it is the only thing that has really been going on in my life so I have nothing else to really talk about. EXCEPT!
I was appointed Assistant Grand Treasurer in my fraternity which I was extremely excited for! And I also have a new found love for accounting. Don’t make fun of me, but I was actually watching online lectures and practicing problems in my spare time when I didn’t have any homework. (The sports playing high school me would have slapped the college me across the face.) But isn’t that what the joy of college is? Trying new things and finally finding our niche after all the years of thinking that school is utterly pointless and that we should drop out and join the circus (just me?)
So to all of you at Stanislaus, I wish you the best of luck on this week that will come and go and be such a distant memory. High school-ers, do not fear college, in a week or so I will write a post that will be a polar opposite of this one, hopefully about my celebratory weekend including StanFest on Saturday. Adios!
August 31, 2013
This is the most exciting time of the year for me, the beginning of the school year. There are always so many exciting things going on such as the beginning of new classes, rush for my fraternity with all of the NFL Football. My summer was extremely long and the last thing that I wrote about was about my working in Stockton 80+ hours a week which seemed like such an easy feat compared to what I did in Washington. For two months I worked crazy hours including an 113 hour work week. It was definitely a lot of hours and work, but it was well worth it and I actually felt a little empty the next couple of days when I returned because I had worked for so long. However I did get used to it and regain my life, don’t worry…
I had about two or three weeks to enjoy summer and mostly I just rested, hung out with my friends, and went to Santa Cruz a couple of times. It was exactly what I needed, low stress to give me some time before school started. However, I was ready to start school and get back on campus for the excitement of the start of the year. For those that are new to my blogs or new to the idea of Stanislaus, you should know that the city and campus are absolutely gorgeous. It is like a suburb where people go for runs, go to the parks, and enjoy the sunshine. I have done a lot of this as well as exploring the city to enjoy the beauty. In addition, this time of year the excitement is at a high because everyone has new goals and aspirations. The key is to remain ambitious and keep that excitement throughout the semester even though it gets difficult to balance everything. I really wanted to keep my grades up, volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, as well as playing a bunch of intramurals and it seems as if all of those things will be very possible.
I hope you all have a good start to your year, go Warriors, and God Bless!