So we arrived in LA Sunday morning, and after that incident occurred (-__-), we continued to roam the streets of K-Town where we stopped and brunched at Paris Baguette - the pastries there are seriously beyond delicious! Have you ever tried the Mocha Bread? OH LORDIE ^__^
After staying the night at our family friend’s house in Beverly Hills, my mom and I headed to UCLA (only 4 miles away) the next morning. But being me, of course I skipped over a line of text that importantly read “check-in in front of Rieber Hall first." So, instead, I head down to Sproul, therefore having to haul my luggage up those huge flight of stairs twice -___- YES, I learned that UCLA is hilly. GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION LUCIA.
Well, I stayed in Rieber Terrace, and the dorm is honestly a fricken hotel. But then again, all the dorms resemble hotels with the many recent renovations. I wasn’t able to meet my Orientation roommate just yet because she was running late, but I did meet Albert in the elevator! (+1 friend!) Alright, so I’m not really up for a detailed description of everything I did over the three days so I’ll do my best to skip around…
Joel, my NSA (New Student Advisor), was incredible! I seriously think I got the best guy - he was so chill and down to earth, and he even pursues hip-hop dance! My orientation group (boo-hoo for me) was an all-girl group, but I got really close to this girl named Kelly (I can already tell that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship)! I never had to eat alone (which was one of my biggest fears coming into Orientation), but the buffet-style food probably would have kept me occupied anyway… I’m so scared for my first-year. How am I supposed to control myself when I’m constantly surrounded by good food both on and off campus. Like Shek said, Freshmen 50 -___-
The second day was mostly reserved for workshops and class-planning. After attending a Life Sciences presentation, I decided to switch majors at Orientation from Undeclared to Physiological Sciences. Later on, like I already stated, I’ll try to pursue a double in Communications, but I still have plenty of time before I actually have to declare. At night we did a scavenger hunt called Carpe Nocterm where we basically ran around campus all night. Luckily, my group was comprised of some of the funniest kids around, but I was too tired to remember all of their names… I’ll probably see them around campus this Fall and be like “HEY, weren’t you on my team that night we spent over 20 minutes lost in some random lecture hall…” Then we stayed up until 3 am, just chatting in the dorm rooms.
Enrollment. Most anxious shit ever - I luckily got to go first (I’m not sure why..), and GOT ALL MY CLASSES (: I’m only taking three classes my first quarter, and they’re all past noon… ^___^ You can call me lazy now, but hopefully I’ll gather the motivation to actually go to the gym before class. In the afternoon, we toured the school, where the NSA’s teamed up and told urban legends… and I, of course, believed them all - yes, even the one about them rotating an effing building. -_______- Oh, and then there was a presentation on how to put on a condom. Joyful.
After Orientation, I met Joy (who will be attending UCLA next fall) and Judy (a sophomore at Stanford) and had dinner at Mr. Noodle. They truly were such lovely people! It’s amazing how small neighborhood connections can lead to such impacting encounters. (: They showed me around Westwood Village (In-N-Out, Chipotle, BJs, Urban, theaters in which many famous premieres take place, and much more)… oh, and then we had Diddy Riese again!
Honestly, so much more happened, but I can’t put it all into words. I can definitely envision my life in LA. There’s just so much going on - so many academic and social opportunities. I’m super excited to consider SoCal my new home, I just have to stop saying hella first…
It's kind of weird thinking that I won't be seeing a lot of these people again
With a simple change of plans, I’m missing the final departures of so many people :( And to think that if I don’t make the extra effort to see certain kids (just because I’m not THAT close to them), then this could be the last time! Sad :(
Today, I met a four-year who pursued the same academic passions as me
So now that I know that it’s possible, I too would like to double major in Physiological Sciences (or Integrative Biology and Physiology as it is now called) and Communication Studies. Just think of the opportunities!
I’ll do a lengthier post about Orientation after its conclusion tomorrow - but as of now, I can definitely say my excitement for college has mushroomed. The people I’ve met are amazing, the academia seems so much more intriguing, the campus is more beautiful than ever, and the resources here are seriously unlimited. As I am now in the process of choosing classes for the Fall Quarter, everything seriously seems so surreal. I mean, I’m in college now! I’ll be interacting with adults and other older kids on a daily basis. I’ll be conducting research that could actually be published in books. I’ll be living an independent life with no one to baby me, and I’ll be making decisions that will define my life.
Well, hopefully I’ll get the classes I want. But even with my back-ups, I’ll be extremely content with my schedule (:
Even though it was a hard choice, I’m so glad I chose UCLA. I can’t see myself anywhere else! Proud to be a Bruin! <3
While my mom and I were walking the streets of Koreatown in LA, this random guy starts talking to me. But I just walked away with my mom since I had absolutely no clue what he was saying.
And then as we walk further down the block, the same guy pulls up next to us in his car, and asks my mom if he can speak to me! Apparently he said, “Just let me speak to her, she’s so pretty!” Honestly, what drugs was this guy on??
Well, my mom just tried to smile, and shake him off, but it was still creepy. This is how little girls get raped…just because a guy calls you beautiful and drives a BMW, does NOT mean you should believe him and hop in!
I think you and your weight loss journey is a good start. But with weight loss, it takes time and diets usually don't work. I guess I can say I have some experience -- tried some diets and read up on articles etc. but nothing has worked. The thing that has? Eating healthy every meal, indulging once a week, having cereal for dinner or whenever, not skipping meals, eating veggies and whole grains, avoiding processed foods, and exercising every single day.
I guess what I am trying to do is let you know you can do it no matter what. I know you are going off to college soon and I hear UCLA has really great dorm food. But to continue the weight loss journey you are on you must balance eating with exercising with school work.
I believe you can do it. Keep it up!
haha thank you for your support and your words of wisdom. (: This diet was just a jumpstart for me, but it really did help me in terms of not skipping meals, getting enough sleep, and really being disciplined when it comes to those random cravings.
But yes, I agree! No single diet is a miracle worker, and I don’t expect them to be. I’ll do my best to make those minor, yet crucial changes for a healthier lifestyle while in college. Let’s just wish for the best (:
Hi, Welcome to our society where you'll be judged on what you wear, what music you listen to, what you look like, how you act, who you hang around with and on practically every other personal trait and imperfection about yourself.
I read on your other blog about your interest in interning at the Westwood hospital. Are you talking about the UCLA hospital/medical plaza? And what department were you looking at?
As of now, I really have no particular preference for any single department. Just being able to achieve the role itself, whether as an intern or as a volunteer, would already be mighty enough for me (: Honestly, I would just love to gain more insight and experience for life working at a hospital.
For the next two weeks, my mom and I are undergoing a really strict diet plan - which means I’m canceling all plans for the upcoming 14 days. Sorry! If you want to hang out, then food absolutely cannot be an option. Don’t eat in front of me, watch the food network next to me, or tease me because I seriously have the worst discipline when it comes to food. Which is probably why I’m going on this diet in the first place… -__- And please don’t blame me if there are times where I feel like being alone, because I already know I’m going to be feeling shitty half of the time, so why take it out on others?
Also, don’t judge me for me wanting to do this diet in the first place. I know the entirety of this sounds really stupid, but it took a lot of guts for me to commit to it in the first place, so really what I need right now is encouragement rather than negative feedback. A lot of people say I’m not fat and there’s no reason for me to want to lose weight, but then again, no one actually knows my real weight… ^_^ I’m going to create a separate blog solely to reflect on my experiences and maintain the motivation to keep going. But if you want the link, just ask! (:
Well, after the 2 weeks are done (hopefully I’ll last all 14 days!), I’ll be off to Los Angeles for Orientation (: How exciting! After, I’ll be home for awhile, but then I’m off again to the wonderful cities of Shanghai and Hong Kong beginning August 9th (I think?). I’ll be chilling there until early September (dates are still tentative), meaning I’ll have to miss a bunch of kiddies who’ll be leaving off to college :( Poo! I’ll also miss having my 18th birthday at home :( Double poo! As soon as I come home, I leave for Missouri with Ryan for a week to visit the lovely Natasha. And after that, BAM! Time to move in to college (:
Funny how I went from so free to so busy in less than a week!
Also, I think I decided to do it. I’m scared out of my mind, but definitely excited at the same time. Decisions, decisions!
So if you haven’t heard yet, my dear friend here basically drove off a cliff while her stay in Greece… But I’ll let her explain her own exciting story in-depth herself (:
But at least she’s alive and walking! So to celebrate her homecoming and survival, Michelle and I surprised her with a pillow pet (because who doesn’t want a pillow pet??) and a artsy card. Not going to lie, but the card was pretty sick! ;)
And here is the star of the show showing off her neck brace! Oh Kristen, I don’t think you understand how much I have missed you <3