Life Remote Control

If I had a life remote control, this is what I would want to happen right now–

Pause: Let time stop so I can have more time to study for my AP exams.

Fast Forward: After I take my AP exams, fast forward to June and all the fun, senior activities…. especially graduation!

Slow Down: Let me enjoy the last few weeks of being a high school senior. I’ll never get to experience being a high school senior again.

And most importantly, Record, so that every crucial part of my life is documented and so I can be able to ‘relive’ that moment again.


Funny School Memes

Here is my weekly blog post and because I honestly feel too lazy to write something ‘real’, I will be posting up funny college memes that I’ve found online. Whoo!

Senioritis Hitting Hard

UC Berkeley!

UC Berkeley!

I am suffering from a pretty bad case of senioritis right now. I remember back in sophomore and junior year, thinking that senioritis was just a dumb thing. After all, how could you just suddenly become lazy your senior year? How could you work continuously hard for 3 years just to have no motivation to finish the last year strong?

Boy, was I wrong.

My symptoms first began to show shortly after submitting all of my college applications. This was around late November/ early December. I recalled, thinking: What was the point in trying so hard if I didn’t need to?

After all, I just needed a 3.0 unweighted GPA (Some colleges ask for a weighted 3.0 GPA but it was better to be safe than sorry!) and that was definitely attainable without putting forth an excruciating amount of work and effort. A 3.0 unweighted GPA was merely all Bs in my classes.

I went to class mindlessly and did all of my homework just to get it done with. I never enjoyed homework and with a lack of motivation, I found it even harder to make myself do it. Regardless, I have not missed a homework assignment yet.

This is how I feel about school right now.

This is how I feel about school right now.

Once college decisions were released throughout the month of March, my “illness” took a turn for the worse. I became distraught at the idea of waking up early for school and hated school. I hated the school bells, ringing so often and disrupting my semi-sleep. I hated how I had homework. I hated going to school to do tasks. I just wanted summer to begin and to have high school over with! I yearned for graduation, where I would be adorned with multiple graduation attire and decorations.

However, even though I’m still afflicted with senioritis, I do try to cherish each remaining day of high school. I realize there will probably never be another time where all of my classmates and friends will be together like this in the future. We are all going to different colleges, scattered around the state and even dispersed nation-wide. Each of us will be studying and working hard and trying to achieve our maximum potential. Though there will be Facebook, Skype, Snapchat, and whatever other socializing app there is, it won’t really be the same.



But I will say I’m still super super excited for graduation. I feel like graduation is where all of your efforts and hard work is shown. It’s where you truly end your high school career and begin the next phase in life: college. Graduation is where you’ll be letting go of the past and reaching out to the future. (Literally.. Because you’ll be tossing up your high school graduation cap!)

So in conclusion, while I am still battling senioritis, I’ll definitely try to enjoy and appreciate my numbered days as a high schooler.

College Plot Twist: Getting Accepted Instead of Rejected

Just today, I was totally blindsided by a college decision. After getting rejected from UCLA, I didn’t expect much from Berkeley. After all, the two universities are similar in ranking and admissions. I lazily logged onto the portal and was completely surprised by what I saw–  a banner at the top stating “Congratulations and Welcome from Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director Amy W. Jarich.”

“What?!?!” I refreshed the page. Same message.

I quickly began reading the message. This can’t be true, can it? After reading, I learned I was a Spring admit, meaning I would start at Berkeley officially during the spring semester, which began in January. During first semester, I could take courses at a community college and then would simply attend UC Berkeley for fall semester. This College Confidential Thread helped me a lot with my questions, as well as this Berkeley page.

I’m still shocked that I was admitted– even as a Spring admit.

Before today, I was sure of going to UC San Diego. I had been accepted to UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis but felt that UC San Diego was the best fit for me. I had visited the campus before and I thought the campus was alright. (I had visited on a gloomy day and I think that may have disrupted my view of the school. I don’t recall much except woodchips, concrete and trees honestly.) I had even dismissed the “Triton Eye” theory (as offensive as it is) and resolved myself to be more social and engaging at UCSD, so that “UC Socially Dead” wouldn’t apply to me. I felt comfortable and at ease at the possibility of going there for college. (In fact, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but my past college posts had pictures of UCSD in them.) I actually made plans with a friend to dorm together, looked up organizations that I thought would be worth joining, and also found activities to do outside of UCSD (beach, hiking, etc). In short, I was prepared to go to UC San Diego.

Now, the fact that I’ve been accepted to Berkeley has come into my life like a wrecking ball (Sorry, couldn’t resist). I’m still leaning towards San Diego (Well, the Berkeley decision just came out today). But I will admit that I didn’t pour my soul into researching UC Berkeley like I did for UCSD. In fact, I hardly looked up anything about Berkeley until now. I had applied to UC Berkeley more as a “Why not?” move. That way, I would have no regrets about it later on in my life. I knew Berkeley, as well as UCLA, were reach schools so I didn’t have high expectations of being accepted. Had I been accepted to UCLA, I would’ve SIR’d immediately. (I had researched UCLA extensively as part of my college project. We had to research a reach school [UCLA], a match school [UCSD], and a safety school. I was attracted towards UCLA but sadly knew it was a reach.) For Berkeley, however,… I’m not sure.

I could be a Golden Bear!

I will definitely have to research and learn all I can about Berkeley so that I can make an informed decision.

Although I was admitted to Berkeley as a spring admit, I don’t take it negatively. I take the fact that I’ve been admitted as a Spring admit as good thing– that despite a tough admissions season and the campus being full, Berkeley is still trying to squeeze me in. I don’t see it as “You weren’t good enough to be a Fall admit, so be a Spring admit.” I did not expect to be accepted at all and am very grateful for Berkeley for accepting me!

I plan on visiting both campuses and will decide afterwards! I will choose the campus that I can truly see myself at for the next 4 years. Not only will I factor in how I feel about the campus, but other factors including my financial aid packet, programs offered, etc.

Note: I have decided to go to UC Berkeley. After going to Triton Day and Cal Day, the choice was clear. I disagreed with many things on UC San Diego’s campus and couldn’t honestly call it my home for the next 4 years.  Go bears!

Would you say yes?

*Photo taken from google

*Photo taken from google

“Let’s say our country was at war. Most of your friends and family members have been killed. The government needs to put cameras in your house to track down the spies of the enemy. Would you say yes?” Well…would you?
I immediately replied,”NOOOOOOO”. If it is for the safety of everyone in the country, I would not mind having sugar and coffee rationed or having my phone calls be discretely listened too. However, I draw the line at having cameras put in to my home. THERE IS NO WAY THAT IS HAPPENING. Privacy is one of the most essential things a human being needs. We all need privacy and we have certain things we do not want anyone to know about or see us do. That is a fact. Having cameras installed into your house is like having someone following your every move during every moment. You are basically living the lives of the citizens in the novel, “1984” written by George Orwell. Let me tell you… it is one heck of a lifestyle.

“You’re the One That I Want”….

…. I said to my college where I plan on attending!

During this stage of my life, I can’t help but be super excited. I’m eager to see what the future brings but more so, what I will bring to myself. Does that make sense? No? Let me explain. During high school, we’ve all been working hard and participating in extracurricular activities, especially us AP kids. A ‘party’ is synonymous with ‘study party’, with AP study books and flash cards. Just kidding, I’m generalizing over here.

But seriously, all throughout high school, we’ve consistently worked hard and now we are finally being rewarded. And this isn’t a little reward, like earning an A on a test. This reward is where we’ll be for four years. Our hard work is paying off. We’re getting admitted to colleges! Colleges want us. And the best part of it is that we deserve it.

Every time I think about college and the different possibilities, I just get a bit giddy with excitement. And I feel awesome about it because it’s well-deserved and been a while in the making. It feels great knowing that everything we’ve done in the past 4 years has helped shaped our future in some sense and that our efforts were not wasted, or done in vain. I don’t know when this feeling of awesomeness and feeling appreciated will go away but I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts!

Realization and Regrets

really regreted going on the silver bullet ride at Knotss Berry Farm...

really regreted going on the silver bullet ride at Knotss Berry Farm…

Have you ever suddenly realized something out of the blue? Maybe you suddenly realized that the guy drinking coffee next to you was your childhood friend or that you have actually been a horrible sister for never trying to understand the other party. All of these sudden realizations always stir up regrets in my opinion. We suddenly realize something and then we start to think about what we could have or should have done. If only we realized something sooner. Maybe we could have changed the present by acting differently in the past.
Regrets will always happen. As human beings, we will never be able to make the right choices ALL THE TIME. That is impossible in so many ways. However, instead of letting these regrets ruin our lives…let’s realize something and make the future brighter.