So today I drove out of town to administer my first academic assessment. I can’t talk much about it due to confidentiality, but I must say that it was a lot harder to conduct than I imagined it to be. At the end of it, I had a lot of questions buzzing in my head to ask for next class.

On a different note, the people in this state are so nice. I thought it was just Ellensburg, but the people from the location that I visited today had the same level of hospitality and kindness. Before I moved here, my mom told me as a joke that this place will “cure my poisoned mind.” She was right though, because I do feel like a different person now that I’ve been exposed to so many good people. It’s hard to list specifics of how I’ve changed, but I’ve been smiling more, inquiring about others in conversations instead of me talking the entire time, offering help when necessary, etc.

I’m sorry that lately, my posts have been kind of – dreamy. Everything about this state is making me mellow and really chill. Maybe it’s the weather. The people. My classes. I don’t really know, but I’m at this stage in life where I wish I can stay 23 forever and just…be here. Here meaning, this phase of starting grad school, hanging out with friends, living on my own. Even though I’m dying on some days from excess reading/studying…at the end of it all, I love being a student and the life that status entails.

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Kind of tight on time, so I’m going to use bullet points today.

I’m happy because

  • My friend took me to a pumpkin patch yesterday and I got to select my first pumpkin! I also got to go through a corn maze (also my first time.)
  • My parents sent me a care package with lots of neat things. I got a cute blue USB cord (yes, I said cute. Forgive me, I’m Asian), some towels, vitamins, and a coffee mug, among other things. I feel loved.
  • Got my first test kit today after school. Tomorrow, we get to practice our Woodcock Johnson achievement test. So stoked.

I’m also adding it on here that I have been inspired to take my adventures elsewhere. I don’t mean now, when I have school, but over the summer when my classes are all going to be online…I’m thinking of teaching English in Japan. A lot of my high-achiever friends are teaching English in China and Korea. Since I want to work with Japanese children and families in Seattle, what better way to polish my language skills than to visit the country itself! Moving to Ellensburg and being on my own has kind of taught me that life’s too short to be stuck in one state/one country your whole life. A crazy voice in my head is saying…hey, if you have the resources, go experience different things!

Grad school update

I’m alive.

I know this doesn’t mean much, since it’s only the second week of school. But I just wanted to throw it out there that the workload is 10x that of undergrad, and yeah, I’m still livin’ and breathin’. So *pat on the back.*

Anyways, classes are going surprisingly well for the most part. Readings are long, but relevant to the field so I’m having an easier time motivating myself to keep going. As for assessments and interviews that I will be conducting soon…I found two children who will be participating in both of my studies with the help of a friend from my cohort and my mom’s friend. The Ellensburg community amazes me in that everyone here is generally helpful. If you ask, chances are, you will be given a hand and I’m so so thankful for that.

One thing that is troubling me at the moment, and mind you, this has NOTHING to do with classes – is not having a dining room table. I know this hits first-world-problem pretty hard, but not having a surface to eat separate from my desk is distressing. Recently, my desk has been a complete HAVOC with papers and books everywhere. To make matters worse, these papers and books have their place in specific places on my desk, so taking them off my desk and carefully setting them down on the floor takes about 15 minutes of my time.

Wow, reread what I just wrote. I sound like a whiny baby, but yeah that’s the worst of my problems at the moment WHICH I’M COMPLETELY GRATEFUL FOR. It’s very easy to burn out in grad school, but I’ve made really nice friends here (I went running with one of them today!), and classes are tough, but helpful and interesting. Hopefully this euphoric stage lasts for a while because honestly, I couldn’t be more content with my life right now.

I’m done with classes for this week…but man, I can’t get over how much work I have to do! Long chapters to read and reflection papers to write…and then of course, planning ahead for interviews and assessments!

I don’t feel overwhelmed just yet, but I do feel SLIGHTLY uneasy with due dates looming just around the corner. I hate this feeling, so I made a to-do list with tasks to complete this weekend. My goal is to stay a week ahead of schedule, so if I slip up anywhere, I have that extra time to catch up on an assignment.

Today, I have three chapters to read and a reflection paper to write. This is my third 30 minute break.

One of my professors mentioned in class today that you shouldn’t feel guilty about taking mini breaks in graduate school. Convince yourself that the break will make you even more productive afterwards, she said. That’s one way to prevent a burn-out.

oh. speaking of, my break is over. Back to work!

Wow, so it’s been a while since I last updated my blog.

In the span of 2 months, a lot has happened. I graduated from the University of Florida in August with a degree in Advertising. I worked my butt off at Magic Kingdom’s Emporium. I moved to Ellensburg, Washington and just had my first orientation yesterday.

So far, everything seems tranquil. The weather is beautiful in Washington – no humidity, lots of wind. Really, there’s no need for air conditioning here. The people in Ellensburg are really nice too. I made friends. I like my professors. All seems well, so far.

Today, I have a second orientation for the graduate department. Whereas yesterday’s was for the department of psychology, this one would cover financial aid, veteran services, and more of the general services the school offers. And then tomorrow – I finally start classes!!! I’m excited and nervous at the same time, because I learned from one of my cohort members yesterday, that there were only 4 third years left in our program. Imagine starting out with 10, and losing 6 people! I die just thinking about it.

Oh also, on the topic of living on my own…it feels very odd. Waking up every morning to know that you’re the only one in the house (well, besides your bird.) Making a to-do list and planning everything ahead, since parents are back in Florida and can’t help you solve immediate problems even if they tried. Being in charge of loans and other financial matters. Driving my own car to the groceries. Deciding when to cook, eat, and sleep. Life is a lot different now that I don’t have roommates and well, any restrictions to what I can do.

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Hi, all! So life has been really busy with my new job; which is a good thing because most of my summers in the past have been spent either sleeping or watching TV. Well, THIS YEAR, I’ve been working almost full time and earning a big ol’ paycheck! :) The best part about my job is that my gift shop is ALWAYS busy – meaning that my 7 hour shift usually goes by super fast, even if I work until 4am (as I’ve done four nights in a row last week.) Being busy has its costs, though; I’m tired during the day, and I barely see my friends/family since my schedule is so wacky.

Besides work, I’ve been waiting forever for my dad to get me a car…and it finally happened – today! The car he got me is a Subaru forester and it comes with heating seats (which would be perfect for Washington.) I’m so thankful to receive such a great car, and also, really stoked to pimp it out. If I have time tomorrow, I’m planning to look up cute seat covers and license plate frames. I’ll decide on its name later :)