One of the great things about going to school in Irvine is its location in between different cities - making it easy to go any direction and go and experience cool new things. And the great thing about going to school in Southern California - there are always interesting things to do with your friends.
This past week I was able to go to a free concert in LA because of an opportunity a friend found. And Irvine only being about an hour away from LA really helps because the drive is not ridiculously long (other than the usual traffic though). The concert was a Korean music concert that was part of a Korean festival in LA. The concert featured a variety of different solo artists and groups from South Korea who showcased their talents through singing, dancing, and performing. A lot of UCI students were at the concert so I was able to spend some time with a few friends.
It was one of those things that really made me appreciate my school and its location because I was able to participate in a cool event such as a free concert with friends. Going to school is all what you make it and no matter where your location is, if you go out of your way to find cool and interesting things to do you may run into some cool cultural experiences.
The view from my seats!
It’s officially Spring Quarter! Sun, flowers, and everyone gets another fresh start to try and get their GPA up! The beginning of Spring Quarter is always one of the busiest times of any quarter. Just trying to walk down Ring Road is hectic: you have hundreds of visitors coming to UCI for tours and questions. Campus organizations and leadership programs are trying to recruit more members and advertise their programs and events. Everyone’s selling boba for $2.
Week 1 of Spring Quarter is one of hardest times for students to get around Ring Road, but it works out for those of us that need to spread more fliers! All this week, Kenya Dream at UCI has been trying to sell tickets and pass out fliers for our huge annual event, Ken-Ya Dance. It’s a benefit dance performance where we get hip hop dance crews from around the country to perform and help us raise money to support education advancement in Kenya. It’s definitely a lot of work to put on a show, but it’s just as hard to get people to come! Having a booth and passing out fliers has been one of the biggest strategies to get the event marketed. I’ve booth-ed for a couple of years now for Kenya Dream and it’s really helped me out in terms of resilience and even in dealing with rejection.
The Kenya Dream booth on Ring Road!
I may be confident some days, but on most days, I’m not exactly the kind of person to just talk to random people I don’t know. I remember trying to flier people to come out to Ken-Ya Dance for the first time 2 years ago and I was extremely nervous and only tried to talk to people who looked really nice. Like hardcore nice where they wouldn’t ignore me. But since not everyone is like that, you have to expect to get your flier rejected sometimes. There are the really kind people that say “thank you” and politely say no. Then there’s the people that right out ignore you even though your flier and entire arm is right in front of them. We print these beautiful fliers so you can at least consider our cause or our event, we would definitely love it if you took the couple seconds to grab our flier or at least acknowledge our existence.
Everyone who tries booth-ing knows it’s hard to talk to someone completely random.
After the first time I tried giving out fliers on Ring Road, I had so much more respect for the people who do this regularly. They’re constantly avoided by people, they keep trying even after getting their flier rejected a few times, and they don’t harass you to take them if you really don’t want one. Even though it’s a simple job of giving someone a piece of paper, it takes some guts and confidence to stand in the middle of a walkway and try to convince complete strangers to come to their event or help support their organization. Next time, be nice to the people on Ring Road. All they’re doing is showing their passion for what they do and they want you to be a part of it. Try not to ignore them next time and see what they have to offer you!
Recently, my friends from Northern California visited me - and I took them on a SoCal adventure! One of the many things Southern California is known for is its cheap, but delicious food - so we went on a lot of different food excursions. I picked them up at Union Stations in Los Angeles and we started the night by feasting on $10 all you can eat Korean BBQ. There were various items to order from such as beef brisket, pork belly, steamed egg, side dishes, and much more.
The next morning, I took them to Huntington Beach where we were able to walk along the pier and even watch a paddle boarding contest. After that, we decided to go to The District to shop. Later, we decided to go to Creamistry since they never had nitrogen-injected ice-cream.
The view from the Huntington Pier!
Creamistry! I love this place.
The next day, we decided to go to Round One Entertainment, where there are various activities to do in there such as bowling, karaoke, photo booths, claw machines, and arcade games. We played a lot of games such as Dance Dance revolution, a drum game where you play against your opponent to see who can get the most beats correct, and racing games. At the end of the day, we decided to do what the SoCal people are known for - and that was to go grab Banzai Bowls and then eat them while watching the sunset at Newport Beach.
Banzai bowls at the beach!
On their last day in SoCal, we went to a famous café that is pretty well known since a lot of YouTube stars go there - “Urth Café.” The latté art there is really cool and they have really unique cheesecakes. I got a creme brulee cheesecake, Japanese tea latté, and grilled cilantro chicken with pesto sandwich.
Crème brulee cheesecake!
Overall, we had an amazing trip where we were able to squeeze so many places in four shorts days! At least our stomachs were satisfied! :)