superlong weekend starts now (:
i always knew time in college was gonna fly, but i didn’t think it would fly so fast! it’s already been a year since i was the incoming freshman at SUNY albany and i was so excited and nervous to make my transition from high school to independent college life. i’m already 25% done, what?!
i learned a lot from my first year. i was exposed to non-military kids, drugs, no restrictions, having to maintain my own schedule, no reason for clocks, greek life, distractions, new cultures and social habits, and most importantly: america. after living in korea for most of my life, including the last 7 years, living in america is a different world, especially out on my own. i was never pointed out as “the military christian asian girl”.. that’s who i was surrounded by for most of my life. i experienced insane culture shock when i would go shopping or out to restaurants or meeting new people. it just wasn’t at all the same kind of atmosphere as i was used to in seoul and around military families.
because of such a harsh transition, i let my distractions pry me away from the reason i was there: for my education. i’ve never had such a low GPA in my life, and so this upcoming year will have to be even more of a push to stay focused on my academics and bring up my grades. *i recommend if you’re going in as a freshman this fall, keep yourself focused on your priorities and don’t let parties and your “social life” let your GPA go out the window. find a balance that fits right for you.
people ask me all the time how the heck i ended up at albany, NY of ALL places. welllllllll, albany was the place i randomly applied to because i thought i needed somewhere on the east coast to have in my list of options. i didn’t want to go to a school i knew anyone at, because i wanted a fresh start, a new beginning. so in NY, that ruled out anything in the city. the next biggest school was UA.
when i was struggling to decide on a school, even though the one with the most scholarship money seemed like the obvious option, the more i prayed and waited for an answer.. the Lord asked me if i wanted to make an impression. if i wanted to make my move to the states worth it. if so, he told me to go out on a limb and go to the school that was the most unreached religiously. i was obedient and so now i’m here. i took a leap of faith and built my wings on the way back down.
the darkest place of the four schools was this one. ualbany has been in the national rankings for one of the best party schools.. until now. since UPD has gotten so uptight, the parties have lessened in numbers and they aren’t nearly as crazy. as this party craze has weakened, the faith on campus has grown stronger and grown exponentially in numbers. i’ve watched the christian groups grow from 4 or 5 people each to being in the 70’s and 80’s in one semester. God is moving. faith is spreading.
once you find something you love on your campus, stick with it. become a part of it. watch it grow and be proud to represent it. good luck to all you new freshmen! first year was fun, but i’m glad i’m onto my second :)
student + dying = studying
FINALS, I WILL DEFEAT CHU.
moving out on friday! (‘:
vanilla greek nonfat yogurt + honey (:
i’ve been in a good mood today (:
how was your day?
currently trying to write an obituary for ajrl200z & then im off to alumni to watch the superbowl :)
btw, the mark on my wrist in the top photo was an accident i swear.
thankyou jason @yujones for the USF hoodie (:
it STILL smells like you crazily btw.
breaks over, time for spring semester!
flying in less than 24 hours.
dark chocolate pretzels & giants/saints game.
10 DAYS, 10 HOURS TIL I GO HOME EVERYONE.