Category Archives: Adventures

One Month In

A month really flew by… the upperclassmen weren’t kidding when they said freshman year passes by too fast. I’m amazed by how long it’s already been despite how short of a time it felt like and how, when I visit home, everything is unfamiliar from my bed to the toilet.

From the very beginning, I’ve wanted to get involved in things outside of class as much as I could, and I have achieved my goals (while enjoying every step of it of course)! As of now, I’m in three committees (RCSA Student Activities Committee, AAA Community Service Committee, and UPHC Health Policy and Advocacy Committee). I’m also a writer and copy editor for PHA, and an associate editor for BPR.*

*Key if you’re interested: RCSA = Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholars Association, AAA = Asian American Association, UPHC = Undergraduate Public Health Coalition, PHA = Public Health Advocate, BPR = Berkeley Poetry Review.

…Somehow I feel less anonymous now. Oh well.

Being in all of these activities plus being a double major (intended Public Health and English, though considering dropping the English major and being a creative writing minor instead) has made my schedule quite hectic (hence my 5 day hiatus from posting on this blog, sorryyyyy), but I love being busy. Right now, I am probably at the perfect amount of busy-ness.

Sadly, I had to give up Archery Club, and I wont be doing AFX (a hip hop dance team) until next semester, but my experiences so far with the committees and publications more than make up for it. The upperclassmen were right about clubs and extracurricular activities being the way to go for meeting friends and people you relate to. Moreover, being in committee for those clubs/organizations boosts the social level even further because besides the general club events, there are the inter-committee and intra-committee ones, which I can tell definitely will create bonds; whether they are lasting or not is up to us.

So, if you’re going into college or something similar(?) soon, my number one piece of advice would be to get involved, but only in as much as you can handle on top of academics and only for things you truly do like!

Besides clubs/organizations and stuff (which I will go into more detail about sometime when I have more anecdotes about each one), I’ve had some other random experiences as well, which I’ve just now decided I will tell you about in another blog post so that this one isn’t all over the place. Woo~ Thank you for reading my ramblings!


So, College

It’s even better than I expected.

College is the one thing I’ve been looking forward to for over a decade–yes, since I was only three or four–and it is everything I expected it to be with more to come. From intellectual fulfillment to a social life unlike anything I’ve experienced before to taking care of myself without older adults nagging at me for every little thing–this is the life I had been looking forward to and putting in long hours for.

Sometimes, it still feels surreal, as if none of this is really happening because it’s too good (and a little too fast after all these years) to be true. The transition seemed to be seamless, but not everything is what it seems to be–there are still days when I have to remind myself–I’m on my own now, I’m in college, this isn’t high school, and it’s not even like high school.

I actually have to take care of myself now–make sure I eat when I should, the right amount, wash my own clothes, dishes, navigate in a new city (maps and life), and all the other little things that I never seemed to pay attention to before when my family was around me practically 24/7. But it’s always the little things that make all the difference–they make me work harder, they make me grow, and learn more about what real life is all about with little baby steps at a time. And every step, I enjoy.

The experience is only just beginning, but I honestly can’t wait to see where it all goes. It’s weird that it hasn’t even been a week since college began, yet I feel like I’ve already grown tremendously–imagine what a semester would do, a year, four years (?!). It seems crazy–I haven’t even joined a bunch of extracurricular activities yet.

I have, however, had a ton of freedom–way more than I’m used to (I come from the old tiger parent type of family–look up tiger mom if you don’t know what I mean). I’ve gotten to have so much fun with my new friends already (no, I don’t party), and I can’t wait to see what’s to come if this is only the beginning–barely a week.

By the way, I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as much–I’ll probably start doing something more like one post a day instead of my usual 2-3 posts per day because college (and taking care of myself) is very time-consuming of course. However, I am still very very committed to this blog, and now that things are settling down, I will definitely try my best post one new post per day (sorry about some of the recent recycled posts). If I skip a day, I’m super sorry. I really don’t want to… I’ll try my best!

Also, because I feel like I need to say this more often: thank you so much for reading and supporting me in whatever way, whether that be a like, follow, or glance! It means a lot, really. You guys (in the general sense of the word guys) and the color orange make me so happy.

Starting College

This Saturday, I’ll be doing something I’ve worked many long years to do–moving into my dorm at UC Berkeley. Hallelujah! I’m finally moving out (about time), and I can’t wait to embark on the new journey that is college, all the while keeping up with my daily posting on this beloved blog of mine.

As I said on my About page, “I started this blog as I started college because I wanted to try something new and different to parallel the new and different journey I was embarking on into the mysterious world of early semi-adulthood.” Alas, the adventure part of this blog will finally start (though poetry will still be the majority of the writing on here).

I can’t wait to move into my dorm, which I just got pictures of today (from one of my roommates) and share the experience with you all! I’ve already been there for orientation, so I know what the campus is like. However, I was living in a dorm different from the one I was assigned to for the year, which is actually much prettier and more spacious (woo!), so I’m excited to see it in person. I already know one of my roommates since she’s a close friend who went to my high school, but the other one is a second-year. I haven’t met her yet, but she seems nice as far as I can tell from talking over social media.

I’ve packed two backpacks full of things so far… The only other stuff I need to bring is clothes and bedding, which is pretty easy to pack. Oh, and my laptop and printer. I can’t wait! I can’t believe how many times I’ve said I can’t wait. There are a ton of events in the first month of college, and I’m planning to attend at least 75% of them, so I’ll probably talk about those on here too.

Sorry if I bore you with my life over the course of this, uh, blog time(?), haha, but I guess you’ll have to deal with my college and life ramblings starting now! Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this part of my blog as well as the creative writing parts (I could always tone down the number of these types of posts or improve my storytelling if you guys hate it *sad face*).

And of course, if there’s anything you relate to, anything you have to say about my experiences, if they remind you of your experiences, if you have advice, or… whatever else is in your head, go ahead and comment! I’d love to hear about anything you have to say and talk with you!

P.S. Interestingly, the biggest problem so far is the fact that my mother doesn’t like the mini-fridge/microwave placement because of cancer and explosions or something.


“I think I’ll stop wearing V-Necks,” I said.

And then I caught myself. I was being a hypocrite. I always believed that women shouldn’t put the blame on themselves for men’s wandering eyes and lack of self-control, yet here I was feeling ashamed of myself for accidentally exposing a little extra skin when my true crime was almost deciding to never wear any of my favorite shirts again.

Some men may think that telling a girl that she turns him on because of her appearance or the way she is dressed is a positive thing, a compliment. Maybe that was their intent, but the way it is received, the outcome, matters much more than the intention. When a man rapes a woman and says that he didn’t intend to traumatize her, does that make it okay? I’m willing to guess your answer is no. So why would it be okay for a manĀ  to make a girl feel harassed and uncomfortable–yes, it makes us uncomfortable, not confident–in her own skin, her own favorite shirt, with what he intended as a “compliment”? It is not okay.

To anyone that has ever spoken, please think before you speak. Your words, intended compliment or not, lighthearted joke or not, can create long-lasting insecurities and negatively affect the mentality of the people around you. You may think your one comment does not mean much but it does; even if it doesn’t mean anything that one time, remember that there are a lot of other people who think what they say once doesn’t matter. Imagine how one comment from each person who doesn’t think twice can eventually build up into hundreds, causing perfectly fine people to become utterly self-conscious. No one should be made to feel that way, and absolutely no one needs to change their lifestyle or their clothes for anyone.

“Don’t stop wearing V-Necks,” he said.

Okay. I won’t. But I don’t wear them for you, your pouting face, and your good-willed words. I won’t wear them to suit your preferences, to garner compliments. I will wear them for myself because I like the way they look on me, not the way you look down them.