Hello lovelies, it’s been a while! I haven’t written a blog post in so long; it’s really hard to balance writing regularly on a blog with school, work, extracurriculars, and homework to keep up with. It’s also been another rough school year for me physically and mentally.
I don’t think people understand the obstacles college students go through nowadays with the presence of social media and the challenges of trying to handle everything on our plates. We’re under so much pressure to do well in school while having a job and/or an internship and to maintain a social life while making sure our lives look picture perfect on Instagram that it can really take a toll on us over time. We’re expected to excel at everything, all while keeping a smile on our faces.
I like to think of myself as an ambitious person and I tend to bite off more than I can chew. But I also get stressed out easily, so taking on a lot of responsibilities can easily raise my stress levels. In this past year, I took on challenging classes while working my first real job, became more active in my position as a student ambassador, tried a sorority, and held a position as a costume coordinator that turned out to be much more stressful than I had anticipated.
At the same time, my personal life became very chaotic with a lot of unexpected obstacles that I was definitely not prepared for. I’ve been lucky in some aspects, but I was also unlucky when it came to other things.
At the end of the day, we’re all human beings, and things get hard for everyone at one point or another. I think we try our best to not let it show, but we all have our personal struggles in life that we hide from the rest of the world. We make mistakes and we might regret some things, but we can’t rewind time and change our past. The best we can do is learn from those mistakes and become better from it.
What I learned from this past year is that I really need to learn to take time for myself. I can’t always prioritize everything above my own needs. I need to take care of myself and be happy with who I am before I can make anyone else happy. I need to value myself before others.
I also learned that we’re capable of much more than we think we are. I think last year, I started to become a stronger person. This year, I’ve seen that strength grow even more. I passed all my difficult classes with good grades, I stood up to the challenges of being a costume coordinator, and I grew as a student ambassador when it came to public speaking skills and networking. One of the resolutions I made at the beginning of the year was to be more aggressive/assertive and I think I’m actually accomplishing that (see my full 2016 resolutions post here).
And lastly, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to care less and less about what people think. There will always be people who dislike you, but you just have to stop giving a sh*t. Wear what you want, do what you like, and the people who really matter will stay in your life. Don’t fall under peer pressure and follow the crowd; just make your own path.
Okay sorry that last part was pretty cheesy. But honestly, we’d all be a lot happier if we minded our own business and just did what we liked.
And also, never take 3 capstone classes at the same time unless you want to die inside and become a walking zombie for a semester (you’re supposed to take, like, one a semester). Or go out and party when you have a 7am shift the next day. Or procrastinate so badly that you end up writing an 18 page paper 2 days before it’s due and a 21 page paper a day before the due date. Hashtag lessons learned.
If you’ve made it this far, now you get to see a gallery of photos from my 3rd year in college. Enjoy!
Alpha Gamma Installs!
Love you no matter what, big sis ♥
TDB Lil Sis Step Squad 2k15
7/14 of AA ♥
Ice cream lovin’ at Grand Central Market
First time at Venice Beach
Sistas reunited ♥
Mobb Deep reunion 2k16 ☺
Hi littles 🙂
Quick getaway to San Diego
Costume Committee 2k16 (missing a few people!)
KASA dance-off 2013 takes on PCN 2016
Ily ate & grand 🙂
My first time on a plane (finally!)
Attended the APAHE (Asian Pacific Americans of Higher Education) conference & spoke on a student panel!
What inspires you to take action?
I drew this, so proud of myself since I don’t draw, haha 🙂
Volunteered at the very first TEDxCSULB conference!
Cambodian New Year Festival!
AAPI student ambassador retreat at Cal Poly Pomona!
PAC Formals 2016!
So that’s my third year of college in a nutshell! As I was choosing photos for this post and writing about this past year, I reminisced and realized how much I did in the last year; I always forget just how busy I get and how much I accomplish every semester.
Speaking of college, I contributed to my very first blog that isn’t my own and I would really love it if you all could check it out after reading this post. You can find it by clicking the link here!
After completing this post, I also realized again how little time I have left in school. By this time next year, I’ll have graduated college, and that’s a very scary thought. A lot of my friends have already graduated, so I can only imagine how they feel now. But I hope you all can be on this journey with me as I experience my final year in college and I hope I can finally keep up with this blog for once, haha. But first: summer! Thanks so much for reading and happy July!