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!

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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.

Friends!

Friends!

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!

“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!

College: The Next Step in Life

Here is a dramatic picture of the UCSD Geisel Library.

During March, us seniors are eagerly anticipating our decisions to the colleges we applied to. Accepted? Yay! Rejected? Life sucks.

But come May 1st, when we have to submit our SIR (Statement of Intent to Register), you may get a feeling of awesomeness but also a tinge of sadness. The feeling of awesomeness comes from going to a college that you’ve worked hard for all four years of high school. You’ve put in work throughout high school, and you’ve finally cashed in on it for college. You deserve it. You are the one the college wanted because of your awesomeness and your skills.

And if I’m being honest, sometimes when I’m bored or whatever, I like to read my acceptances letters/ emails again and then I get a self-esteem boost. It’s pretty awesome and efficient.

But there’s also a tinge of sadness associated with going to college. It’s the next step of life. You’re leaving the nest (unless you’re commuting to school… But in both cases, you are still growing up and going forward with life.) and not to be overly dramatic, but your life won’t be the same as it is. Your high school friendships may wither and you may not be as close to your teachers and classmates anymore. You’re going to have to learn to live by yourself in the “real world”. But you know what? You’ll make new friends at college, and new connections. And plus, you can always reconnect with your high school friends via Skype, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. During college, we’ll also mature and become more independent. College opens the door for you in so many ways. There are so many opportunities available for you and so many resources for you to take advantage of!

I’m pretty excited for college and can’t wait for it to start!

(That is, after I fully enjoy the beautiful season of summer.)

The Roller Coaster of the College Process

Recently in class, we were watching the movie “Three O Clock High”.

Here is a brief summary of what happens during the movie from IMDb:

A high school nerd, Jerry Mitchell (Siemaszko) is assigned to write a piece for the school paper about new boy Buddy Revell (Tyson), who is rumored to be a psychopathic nutcase. When Jerry accidentally touches Buddy, he says that they must fight in the parking lot at 3pm. Jerry will just about do anything to avoid the confrontation.

Throughout the movie, there are dramatic scenes and the suspense keeps building until the fight, where something unexpected happens– just like a roller coaster!

Jerry has various tactics done in an effort to avoid the fight. For example, he pays an upperclassmen to beat up Buddy for him. The upperclassmen agrees but when he confronts Buddy about the situation, Buddy easily beats him up, leaving him with a bloodied face, as well as leaving the library in a terrible mess.  Jerry also tries to drive away from school but his car fails to work, because Buddy cut the wires. Ultimately, the only way to get over the emotions from anticipating the fight is to just endure and get it over with.

Throughout the film, my emotions were all over the place. And this reminded me about the college process (Sorry! Yet another post about college.) and roller coasters! Applications generally start in the summer/fall seasons and wrap up by late fall. Then after you press the ‘Submit’ button, it’s just a waiting game. For months.

Most college decisions come out in March or April and as these months began approaching, my emotions were at an all-time high. I became stressed and frustrated. I checked my portals frequently– every time I was on the computer (which, trust me, is often). I hate not knowing and I hate suspense. In fact, after the first day of watching ‘Three O Clock High” (We spent two days watching it and still have not finished it yet in class!), I googled the movie online and found out what happens. I actually do this a lot– googling what happens in a movie– because I hate the suspense. I don’t mind that I know the results and it doesn’t hamper my enjoyment of the movie too much anyway.

Now if only I could google if I’ve been accepted or rejected to a college….

It would allow me to either celebrate or eat my emotions out and let me move on with my life.

Happiness and College Decisions

“Keep in mind how this will tie in with your college decisions coming next month.” And with that, our class watched this video entitled “The Surprising Science of Happiness”  by Dan Gilbert.

Dan Gilbert talks about happiness, his research, and his results. I found it really interesting that the happiness levels one year after someone has won the lottery or became a paraplegic were the same.

How can that be?! Is that a mistake? No, it’s not. People in both cases  adjust to their situations. Dan Gilbert talks about the “Impact Bias“, which is the tendency to overestimate the hedonic impact of future events. Basically, we get over it.

I enjoyed watching the Ted Talk, especially after realizing how useful it will be for me in the upcoming weeks. College decisions are approaching in March and although I have colleges that I would love to be accepted to, the reality is that regardless of where I go, I can still be happy. My happiness is not dependent on what college I end up going to. Just because I get rejected to one college (or more…) does not mean my success at life is dampened or lowered. Ultimately, it is what I do during college (any college!) that truly matters.