Picking Up Where I Left Off

I can’t believe it, WINTER BREAK IS OVER. It’s the longest break I have since I am still in session during summer, so it felt amazing to see my family, hang out with a few close friends, and do some old fashion relaxing.

The minute I handed in my last Ethics paper, my friends and I partied down Christmas style. And by partied I mean stuff my face food and drink and watch “Super 8” in the apartment. Did I mention it was also to celebrate John’s 22nd Birthday, and I was still super sick?

 

Christmas is always a fun event at because my family goes from being all fancy for Church, then bums it out when we open presents.

Among the many presents I was fortunate to receive, my sister and bro-in-law got me a Kidrobot/Swatch watch! Kidrobot is one those designer items (along with Toki Doki) that I’ve been wanted stuff from for a while, but it’s so expensive! I also got a new Harajuku laptop bag for my (5 months old) new laptop! Other present highlights were the beautiful jewelry my parents got me and *breathe* a Juicy Couture bag and Betsy Johnson jewelry set. I am still in utter shock to own something so expensive as a student.

I finally got to meet John’s puppy JJ after a year of waiting! He is truly the most adorable, energetic puppy ever ❤ ❤ ❤ !!!! I could not stop hugging him (and John of course) >:D

I failed at ice skating with Scott and Kirsten, and got to talk to Mario at Nintendo World (he asked why a “princess” like me would leave my “plumber” in Philly XD Way to be awkward in front of little kids, Mario). I also got to see this cool frozen fountain at Bryant park (why don’t they turn it off in the winter???).

Kirsten was nice enough to add to our Giant Microbes collection in the apartment and even decorated the bag with science!

As I haven’t been spamming your subscription page or e-mail, you can tell my lack of posts indicate that I have been back in classes as of Monday!

I must say, coming back to campus has felt oh so surreal. It was as if winter break never happened, like it was all a dream. It was like someone literally pressed [PLAY] on my life at school. When I came back to Philly, it was as if I picked up where I left off before break.

I ended up watching (and finishing) the same movie and had the same exact dinner on the same day of the week before I left for Winter break: in the middle of watching “Big” eating the O-Burger from Baby Blues BBQ on a Saturday night without the girls at home.

And the corner of the Sciences building, across the bookstore where I said good bye and “Merry Chrismas” to friends before the holiday break, I inevitably met again at the same said area to greet for the new year and start of the term.

Academically, the term does not seem too hard nor too easy. I don’t really feel like going into detail what I’m taking but generally I am taking another two core science classes, a lab course, a history course (about science) and Stats with a lab. I’m really excited for a few activities of mine to start.

On Tuesday next week, I will be getting trained in the Paleo lab. During my Evolution class last year, my professor said he needed some volunteers to clean up some fossils, so of course I jumped at the chance of possibility looking (and even touching) dino bones. I’m in the midst of paperwork and enrollment for that pre-med/pre-pa program at VA. I’ll be returning yet again for my workstudy at the university lab. Awaiting job interview stuff. I should by the end of next week about that.

And that’s my quick end of my first week of school update! And to end here is a song that’s been stuck in my head for a month now.

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Last Day of My 2nd Coop Internship

TOMORROW!

Quick update as I am just unnaturally exhausted this week.

The day has finally come for me to end my second coop! I have to admit, I have a small sense of accomplishment finishing another 6 month internship, not just because of the valuable skills developed and awesome people I had the pleasure of working with, but also because reporting to work for 8.5 hours a day for practically 6 months straight, 5 days a week takes a lot of discipline. The 1-1.5 hr commute one way is just superbly tiring and repetitive after a while (especially with these storms that keep delaying and cancelling my trains >.<).

Now, you could argue that classes are much harder of a schedule to follow, in fact I find it rare that students on coop like going back to school. Between running to classes, homeworks, exams, and projects, the school term is always hectic. And I must admit, the school schedule I set up for myself each term is usually pretty rough.

Despite that, I am super excited for classes to start. I think I will be even more so excited once I recharge my batteries and takes a few days off from work and school, simply to vegetate.

As for coop, I will definitely miss it once class rolls around as well. Especially the job I have now. Luckily, they are temporarily keeping me for a month or so, but I will really miss observing the daily  office life and how my coworkers interact with each other and clients. I will probably be writing soon a whole reflection on my life as a coop with GSK, as squishing it with another blog entry wouldn’t do the experience justice.

Although from the short term and very superficial point of view, the most exciting thing about not having coop any more after tomorrow and not quite starting classes again is teeshirts. I MISS MY TEESHIRT & SNEAKERS WARDROBE.

That is all for now, for I am exhausted and need to pack.

Shifting Gears

It’s one of those rare occasions where the internet in my room allows me to do anything, so I’m celebrating this mini victory with a mini blog post.

It’s that time of year when it’s time to shift gears! I absolutely love fall. I know spring is suppose to be the symbol of new life, but fall has to be my favorite season because the trees are so colorful, and honestly, I love starting school again (nerd :3). From new books and supplies to the hopes of an inspiring professor or new friends in a class or lab, fall has always been an exciting time.

I probably say this a lot, but I really mean it when I say: I feel like I’m on the brink of something big in my life.

I was talking to Naomi about it, and the same thought crossed her head today. It’s going to be my 4th year in my 5 year program; so while I’m not a graduating Senior yet, I can live the stresses of one vicariously through John & Naomi.

And once again I am loading myself for some good activities this term! I am taking a healthy dose of science this term and am taking a good amount of credits. The classes I plan to tackle are: Evolution, Developmental Biology, Statistics (D:), Ethics, and Forensic Science. Believe it or not that takes the majority of my day.

My internship was nice enough to actually extend my contract into the school term as a contract work, which is awesome of course both money and experience-wise. Now I can ensure paying my rent XD! I’m still keeping my job at the lab at the university though for less hours than usual, so it will be much fun juggling time between 2 jobs, a full term of classes, and commuting from the first time away from campus. I’m also signing up for a shadowing internship at the Children’s Hospital in Orthopaedic Surgery. Words cannot describe my excitement for that to start >.< However to save myself from complete and utter destruction, I opted out of both volunteering for the Academy and the hospital.

So with that ramble, I bid everyone a good night. I have high fears, and expectations for the fall! However, I still to get through the last few weeks at my internship and volunteering before I can start panicking about mid-September. In the upcoming weeks though, I would expect a few updates in “School & Work” where  I like to squeeze in my thoughts on experiences I have had in jobs/volunteering/internships/ect.

I’m a busy bumble beee.

😀