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A little over a month ago, I was your average busy college student. If I wasn’t studying or eating, I was probably sleeping. Then my best friend Maddie Deer told me all about how she was going to start a blog. For the technically challenged (ME) that didn’t mean a whole lot at the time, as I envisioned a basic blog on blogger or wordpress.
However, when her blog debuted, I was absolutely amazed! It was gorgeous, sleek, organized, and basically her in website form. Thus, I was inspired. I wanted to do that! So like the amazing friend she is, she helped me figure out the basics, was there to answer all my questions, and was super supportive. In response to her new Things thread which you can check out here, I started my own.
From my last post, 10 Reasons You Should Join a Sorority, you’ll see that I have had some great experiences taking part in my sorority at UW. Since it has been such a huge part of my life, I know it is something I can readily talk about. Consequently, I have decided to do a series on my sorority experiences.
I know that sororities are a topic of a lot of stereotypes, misconceptions, and can be a source of anxiety for those going through recruitment or rush. I hope to address these in my posts, and I would love to hear from you what you want to know. Leave a comment below for requests on future topics! On the horizon now are posts on leadership, philanthropy, GADs and formals, and more. Subscribe to my blog to get updates on the series!
Baking is a huge stress relief for me. I love to do it, and you should check out my last project with a Baked Alaska. I have 1 more final to go next week, and it should be pretty easy, so it is definitely time for me to wind down after this quarter. So this weekend (hopefully), I am going to attempt to make macaroons! I’ve decided on a raspberry flavor, and I am really excited to challenge myself with such a difficult delicacy. Check back in next week to see how it went, or follow me on instagram for updates as I go!
One of the biggest stressors weighing on me right now is that I am taking the MCAT on March 29th. This is the Friday of my one week spring break, so I won’t get much time between quarters. I’m feeling really nervous for this test. I’ll be locked in the same room for 8 hours. That’s daunting enough to make anyone afraid, but I also have no idea how prepared I am to take this test. I’ve heard that a lot of it is stamina and reading comprehension, so I hope I can stay strong and calm during the test.
I’ll definitely let you know how it goes. The most important goal in my life is my ambition to be a doctor someday, and I have plenty of premed experiences to share on this blog. If you are also a medical school hopeful, keep up with me on my adventures for the tips and pitfalls to avoid.
On top of that, the medical school application opens this spring; in less than 3 months. I have so much to do! I need to work on my personal statement, finalize my activities and their descriptions, and officially request my letters of recommendation! I’m feeling nervous, but I know that it is extremely likely not to get in anywhere in my first application cycle. I know I can only improve my application, and have a better chance next cycle, so that is comforting. I hope to write posts on letters of rec, and how and where to apply in the future, so this experience will be good for me! All’s well that ends well!
5. Grading Frustrations
One of my biology classes this quarter, a lab class on basic molecular/cellular biology techniques is being a thorn in my side. I thought it would be pretty easy and informational going in, and it has been an amazing class in terms of content. However, the TA is a really harsh grader. Most of our grade comes from two practical exams and three homework assignments. I got 17/25 on the first assignment. He doesn’t offer a rubric or individual feedback, so I don’t know why. The only comment I got was that I should be considering it a professional piece of science work, and type out my image labels.
I am decidedly miffed about that though, because those expectations were not stated anywhere and were not clear. When I think “homework” I do not think professional writing. And I don’t think it should have cost me as many points as it did.
For the second homework, I worked with others to make sure I did better and I still only got 22/30. Apparently, everyone’s graphs (that it took us 6-8 hours to do) were very variable, which is due to confusing directions. Yet, in letting us redo them, we only were able to get 10 points out of the original 12. Even though the blame lies on them for the unclear instructions. I found this very frustrating. I just turned in my last homework assignment and I was VERY careful, so I better get a much better grade this time around. Sadly, my hopes for getting above a 3.5, have been greatly diminished.
6. Last Day of Class
Despite that grading fiasco, the class finished off on a great note. We took our lab practical exam on Tuesday, so I was a little unsure of what to expect for our last 3 hour class on Thursday. We began by splitting up cleaning tasks. My cleaning partner and I were in charge of ordering the aliquots of different solutions. Unfortunately, we thought alphabetical order would be great, and then the proffessor seemed extremely distressed that we had ordered it that way rather than by unit. I felt awful, but it was soon overshadowed by karaoke. That’s right, karaoke! A student in my class brought in a karaoke machine, (yes, he’s in a frat). And I stayed the whole time, and saw my TAs and peers belt out some amazing songs. Best last day of class I’ve had in years!
7. New K-Drama
I have become obsessed with K-dramas, AKA Korean dramas, but I also watch shows in Thai, Mandarin, and Japanese. I have found many that I absolutely adore. They’re so cute because they are innocent and pure romance stories that just make you feel good. Sometimes the climax of the entire show will be a kiss, making the build up so romantic and sweet. Obviously, Koreans are the true masters of the slow burn. My newest favorite is on Netflix and called “Romance is a Bonus Book”. It’s really cute and its got 14 episodes released out of 16, the next one out on Sunday. However, my favorite drama of all time is Strong Girl Bong Soon, so y’all should check that one out too! Let me know any reccomendations you have!
8. BB Cushion
My love for K-dramas has led to the appreciation of the characters’ skin. They have flawless, glass like skin that I want to have. I did a bunch of research into K-beauty and have come across a lot of products that I love! One of my favorites its the Laneige BB Cream Compact.
It’s light with good coverage, smells good, and is in such a convenient compact. Laneige is sold at Sephora, but you can also find their products on their USA website. I found this compact on amazon because I was looking for prime shipping. Check it out here, I got shade 21. I’ve used it every day since mid-January, and I haven’t had to open the refill yet.
9. Cleansing Water
My new favorite product in my routine is a micellular cleansing water. I used to use the standard eye makeup remover and then have to use a wipe to get off my makeup, but that’s just not cost or resource effective. I discovered this water here that you soak on a cotton pad and can use to wipe off all your makeup, including mascara. It does take a little longer to take effect on mascara than the eye makeup remover, but it doesn’t leave my eyes feeling greasy and cleanses my whole face enough that sometimes I skip the actual wash when I’m feeling lazy.
I was officially diagnosed for the pain in my foot that I have been ignoring for months. I have inflammation in the bone at the bottom of the ball of my foot. While X-Rays didn’t show a fracture, it could have been small enough to not be seen. Anyhow, I have to wear a foot pad that redistributes my weight so there is not impact on the bone. I can’t run, wear heels, or put any pressure on it for at least 6 weeks so that it will hopefully heal.
In addition, my doctor totally schooled me on what is considered good footwear. She picked up my converse and bent them every which way and pronounced them to “have no support whatsoever”. Therefore, it was time to invest in some thick soled shoes. Luckily, chunky white shoes are totally in right now. I found some super cute white Skechers with rose details and sparkles. It simultaneously makes me feel stylish and 8 years old. I love the extra height they give and how much more comfortable they are compared to my other, non-supportive shoes. You can find them here.
11. My Birthday
In 3 weeks, I will turn 21! Maddie and my friend Allissa won’t turn 21 until a week later, so I’ll have to save some newly 21 spirit to go out with them. My friend Cari, will be taking me out on my birthday, which is really exciting because I wasn’t going to make any plans. My family will be in Disneyland for their spring break, but I’ll be at school with most of my friends who are not yet 21. But Cari is, so yay! I will let you know how it goes.
12. Spring Weather!
Seattle is notoriously rainy and wet, but it is finally starting to turn! We have had more snow than I’ve seen in my life this year, and its been so cold for so long. I really began to think I would be stuck in an eternal winter. However, it is becoming much warmer, and there is suppose to be a day where it reaches 70 degrees next week! I can’t wait to get out of this winter slump! I hope everyone else is also feeling an uplifting of their spirits!
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