At long last, summer has arrived! After long hours of preparing for just a few tests, the time has come to relax and enjoy ourselves a bit. Using our campus location to outer advantage, a couple of friends and I who had finished our finals by Wednesday decided that it would be a good idea to go to the beach to take in some of the sun for the day.
We all met at our campus’s student center, where we made our way into my car. From that point, we drove out towards where I live to check out Doheny Beach, roughly 30 minutes south of UCI. Though there were other beaches close by, for a change of pace for everyone else, that was the location chosen, particularly because of the several bonfire pits available that would become very useful later on as the day closed.
All of us arrived at the beach at around 3 o’clock. Though not the warmest time of the day, there was still enough light for us to enjoy it without staying there for too long of a period before we started the bonfire. The most of that time was spent sitting in the sun, talking about how finals went, and also going over plans for the summer. We also tossed a frisbee around, a football, and so on.
As the daylight began to fade, we chose to set up the fire. Good thing for us, everyone had come prepared with typical bonfire equipment and supplies—s’mores ingredients, speakers, chairs, firewood, and the like. With the fire set up, the time for more fun had come. We sat around earing, listening to music, and just overall enjoying each other’s company.
Candid shot of me and, better yet, SoCal’s beautiful sunset.
All in all, it was a great way for us to unwind after what proved to be a very tough few weeks, and school year overall. After putting in so much work, nights like these become really appreciated. I hope everyone taking finals did well on theirs. Have a great summer!!
UC Irvine offers many great and free resources for the betterment of its students, one of them being the Health Education Center. The Health Education Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, provides many resources that address nutrition, wellness, sexual health, and more. One of the many programs and peer groups that the Health Education Center has is IMAGE (Image Management Awareness Growth & Education). “IMAGE is a peer group … dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders and promoting a healthy positive self-image.” (UCI Health Education Center).
In conjunction with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, IMAGE held a two-day event where students could learn more and gain awareness about the prevalence of eating disorders.
The first day consisted of a free, mini crafts fair on Ring Road that allowed participants to express themselves. It featured booths where students could make their own parfaits, decorate journals and mirrors, and even take pictures at a photo booth.
Make your own parfaits and mirrors.
My roommate, Y-Nin, and I at the “BeYouTiful” photo booth.
A mini art gallery and contest showcased student artwork on the second day. Artists had the opportunity to freely express themselves and their visions of body image. The main purpose of this event was to encourage students to simply be proud of who they were and to make a pledge about self-love and self-acceptance.
Summer concert and music festival tickets are going on sale and you want to make this the year you get to go to all of them. You’re ready to buy tickets, all of your friends have agreed to go with you and you’re just one click away from confirming your purchase on TicketMaster. But for some reason, this looming feeling keeps bothering you and you don’t know why. You double check all the information you’ve entered like your name, the address to send the tickets to, and all of your debit card information. But that’s just it. So you rush to open up another tab on your computer, open up your bank’s website, and log in to check your current balance. And then the worst, you realize you don’t have enough for your amazing concert if you don’t want to be homeless for a month.
This always happens to me in the middle of the quarter, right in between paychecks and trying to figure out how I’m going to pay rent in about two weeks. I am the worst at budgeting and managing my money well. I mark my calendar every month for when I’m getting paid, I set aside money for rent and bills, and I even have emergency money just in case I get stranded in the middle of nowhere. But no matter what I do, I always have some kind of issue with finance, and I’m pretty sure without someone constantly guarding my wallet from me, it’s always going to be like this.
Sometimes I have good lapses where I don’t spend much and end up having a bit more than my monthly rent costs me. But almost always, I choose to spend whatever is left over on something nice or fun because I deserve it for saving money thus far. Then I’m running on paycheck to paycheck again until I get another break. It’s a terrible cycle.
It’s a little harder too since I try my best not to ask my parents for financial help. Ever since leaving for college, I’ve tried to be financially independent because they’ve done so much for me this far and the least I could do for them is try to be as least expensive as possible. Occasionally I do have to ask for money, especially when the big payments are due, but I always try to keep that amount low enough where they don’t have to worry about it.
Being “independent” hurts the wallet definitely, and it’s even worse when you’re the kind of person who doesn’t want to turn down an invitation to go see a movie or go out to eat. Learning to turn things down is something I really need to adopt. Your friends will understand if you don’t go to Olive Garden with them for the third time this week, and do you really need another boba run today? Sometimes it’s best to say no and if you think back, there have definitely been times when your friends have rejected your attempts at getting In-N-Out or pho.
Probably what some college students, including myself, say. (wealthenthusiast.com)
I never understood how all the college kids on TV or in the movies had the money to just do anything and everything when the majority of us love the fact that Jack in the Box has tacos for $1. Yes I would love to go to that concert and yes I want to go shopping more often than not, but I am very slowly and incrementally learning to say no to some things. There will be times when there’s no such thing as no like maybe when it’s my birthday week or when I need to buy a book for fun, but if I’m going to be financially independent and “prepare for the real world,” telling myself no is going to be very important.
Last weekend, my older sister graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Biochemistry! Out of the graduating class, there were only 11 people who graduated as a Biochemistry major - and out of which 2 people (including my sister) graduated with honors. I am a proud baby sister! When I asked my sister why only a few people graduated with a Biochemistry major - she said it was a harder, specialized major because it combined both biology and chemistry, so people tend to choose general biology as their major. Her response is similar to what I notice here at UCI. I came to UCI with the intention of majoring in Biochemistry as well, but after speaking with a counselor, I realized that majoring in Biological Sciences without specializing in fields like Biochemistry, Genetics, Neurobiology and more, did not affect me at all. It is all a matter of preference and if I wanted to go to grad school or pursue a PhD, then specializing is helpful, but it is not a requirement.
The graduation started around 8am, a bit too early for me but I rather it was at 8am than 3pm. As the graduating class of 2014 walked onto the stadium, I looked out in anticipation for my sister and when I saw her, I took lots of pictures for her to always remember that moment and also for a scrapbook I will get around to making in the summer. My sister decorated her cap as did some other graduates and her cap decorations helped me find her after they all sat down. It was a ceremony with keynote speakers who had uplifting messages for the graduating class who were about to enter the work field and world as college graduates. I was so proud as I watched my sister receive her degree from the president of her university, because it was a reminder that despite all obstacles, with hard-work, determination and dedication, all dreams can be achieved and turned to reality.
My sis and I … so proud of her! #Classof2014
After the graduation and picture taking, we went to a restaurant to celebrate my sister’s accomplishments and all the amazing things that awaits her in the future. It was really nice seeing family friends honor my sister’s invitation to be part of her graduation. Phone calls, texts, cards, hugs all of which were filled with well wishes and congratulatory message came her way and she was very deserving of all of it.
She did it! Best feeling in the world. #Clasof2014
As she closes this chapter in her life, I look forward to what’s next for her in her future which will SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND. Her cap decoration was a quote which said “WE ARE ALL STORIES IN THE END, JUST MAKE IT A GOOD ONE!” She definitely left a mark in her school and she wrote a good story.
Graduation Cap Decoration
Once again, CONGRATULATIONS Big Sis! :-)