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Senior Crisis

Would it surprise you to know that I’m a bit afraid of commitment? I had no problem saying yes to my wife, but almost anything else that requires a commitment scares me.

We might be going to see him Sunday!

Recently, we decided that it might be a good idea to adopt a cat. We have been wanting to get a puppy for a while but our current building doesn’t allow them. And unfortunately, neither will our housing for our next three years. I’ve had a lot of stress-related problems and have gotten good at dealing with them. However, I still feel like something is missing. This is how we ended up talking about the possibility of getting a cat. Did you know some cats could live for 20 years? That’s quite a commitment, isn’t it? Funny enough, this is not the one that I’m struggling with. Rather I’m struggling with prior commitments I’ve made.

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To Say You Were Born Gay

Weird. I was trying to research something I thought about earlier while participating in a communications study, and somehow ended up reading this article about being gay. I’ll be honest, I didn’t read the whole thing. If you had been in class all day, doing research, AND participating in a study, you probably wouldn’t be up for much reading either. The article did spark something in mind that I hadn’t thought about for a while.

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We’re Getting Rid of Nature

I grew up in a foreign land (to most Americans). I spent most of my childhood traveling and it allowed me to see many beautiful places. When I say traveling, I don’t mean the vacation type, but rather a different kind. My grandparents traveled a lot for work and I tagged along sometimes. At times we stayed in hotels, but this was the exception rather than the rule. And when we did stay in hotels, they were very cheap ones. Either way, I got to do pretty cool things: I swam in rivers, climbed mountains, and explored exotic trails. I never went camping or fishing in the traditional sense, but I had my share of adventures outdoors.

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YOLO: You Only Live Once

I ditched everything to go on a little road trip with my wife. We “escaped” last night as soon as our classes were over, and after notifying people that we couldn’t make it today to whatever commitments we had with them.

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College Resume Tips (Part 2?)

Since I’ve noticed that a lot of people have come to this blog looking for the post I wrote on college resume tips, I’ve decided to upload a sample of a very modified version of my resume. You can find it here.


When It Comes To Marriage, We’ve Forgotten All About Teaching

When I was little, I used to think the world of my teachers. They knew all sorts of cool stuff about subjects like math, geography, grammar, etc., and the best part was that they were always eager to tell us all about it. It took a lot of patience and hard work, but for the most part, they always got through to us- or at least through to me. Their guidance was so essential to my growth as an individual that it was impossible not to think of them as flawless individuals. Continue reading


College Menu: Colorful Vegetable Bake Recipe [Revised]

As college students, we always complain that we don’t have enough time to cook or eat well. In fact, I’ve said this more times than I can remember. However, for my health’s sake and perhaps my wife’s happiness, it’s been a couple of days now that I’m in some sort of cooking mood.

So I did what I do best, that is Google things, and I found the following Colorful Vegetable Bake recipe from allrecipes.com:

Ingredients

  • 3 cups frozen cut green beans, thawed and drained
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 6 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup biscuit/baking mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

  1. Place beans and peppers in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Top with tomatoes, cheese and zucchini. In a bowl, combine the biscuit mix, salt, cayenne, eggs and milk just until moistened. Pour over the vegetables.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until puffed and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
I’m not going to lie though, the chopping takes a little bit of work. But after that, you can just put it in the oven and continue studying! I did make some changes though: I used fresh green beans, 5 roma tomatoes (instead of 6 plum), red bell peppers (instead of green), added garlic and a yellow onion, and we did it for 50 minutes.
This is how it turned out:

I got skills, don’t I?

Edit (5/10): Forgot to mention that I doubled the salt and the cayenne pepper, and added Italian herbs (but you can do this to taste).


Married During College

This is bizarre. Only recently have I begun to feel like I’m getting the hang of things around here. Right when I’m about to leave UCLA.

It was more beautiful in person!

There are many things that I wish I could change, but I’m finally realizing that I cannot control everything. In fact, the only thing I can barely try to control is myself. And I even have trouble doing that sometimes.

On the other hand, some things seem to be sailing smoothly. My classes are depressing. They are mostly about poverty and injustice in the world. Yet for some reason, I seem to be very good at them. Mind you, this is just my opinion since I haven’t gotten any midterm grades back, but I really like what I’ve been writing about. For the first time ever, I’ve felt comfortable enough to share my papers with others- this used to terrify me.

Work sucks, but that’s what happens when you work in customer service. Regardless of how awful most people are, there are still the very few who brighten my days with their goodness and wittiness. Like the older couple today in which the sir was making fun of the fact that he does everything his wife “orders” him to do. I smiled and told him that that’s how it’s supposed to be done. We all had a good laugh with that one.

My internship is the same as usual: It’s difficult to get myself there, but when I do, it’s not so bad. However, I am in the middle of a text-argument with a peer intern (I was not the initiator) and I anticipate this will be a problem in the future, since we usually work together. In short, I’m being blamed because I looked out after my own interest AFTER I had offered a solution to benefit both. Hard not to do when the answer to the original offer was: “Well, that’s really your personal situation, not mine.” Ha, if it had been just my situation then why are you yelling at me through text messages now? Life is a joy. I buy Whoppers for moments like this one.

Just kidding, I bought them because a coworker dragged me to CVS during our break to get candy. I didn’t complain.

My relationship with my wife is great as always. Well, not as always (we are human, you know?), but it’s been particularly good lately. I will not lie, the law school application process was a big problem for us at times, but ever since that got sorted out, things have gotten a lot better. Also, as I blogged before, I have a duty to force myself to calm down. For my health and all.

In any case, last night after studying for a while, we went to the Westwood Village and ended up at 800 Degrees Pizza for dinner. It was legit. All of this goodness I’ve been going through is made a thousand times easier because I get to share it with the love of my life. I really don’t understand why most people don’t get married during college. I highly recommend it 😉

Best pizza I’ve ever had!

-Mrs. This One


Go Ahead, Lecture Me

I am usually fond of guest speakers for two reasons. First, because they provide a break from your usual professor- and it’s always good to have some variety. And second, because they tend to be very important people. Let’s face it, not many professors like to give their lecture time to others- after all, scholars love to hear themselves talk. So when they do, I assume there’s a very special reason behind it.

This time around, we had some smart scholar from Indonesia, who came to talk to us about Islam and Democracy. This scholar had a very serious demeanor and a thick accent. He also used the microphone way too close, which made understanding him the more problematic. After seeing the block paragraphs in his slides, my excitement plummeted. In fact, at a certain point I stopped taking notes, because I simply couldn’t follow.

Via talknerdy2me.org

During my college years (Ha! I sound old), I’ve come to appreciate good lecturers. I’m not necessarily asking for my professors to be standup comedians, but if we, the students, don’t understand what the lecturer is trying to convey, we ain’t going anywhere. Although I dislike admitting to it, sometimes learning can be extremely boring (there’s a reason why some people become jocks, right?).

The question is then: Is it too much to ask for professors to at least try to make their material more accesible? Perhaps universities should offer a workshop on public speaking? Now please don’t think I’m siding with the people who text their way through class because they deem such class to be boring. Rather I’m siding with those who try really hard to get the most out of such brilliant scholars, yet they are unable to because of the lecturer’s poor public speaking skills.

What do you guys think? Did you have a professor who made it very easy for you to fall asleep?

By the way, here’s a pretty cool article on one such professor who goes the extra mile for his students, yet I haven’t been able to take one of his classes:

http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/historian-will-deliver-112th-faculty-232267.aspx

Mrs. This One


The Life of a College Intern

There is no question that I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I signed up for my internship. I wanted to be an intern ever since I was a freshman, but the opportunity never came along. Well, let me rephrase that, I could never afford to forgo work in order to do an internship. However, during my junior year, I found myself with the opportunity and a supporting partner- so I became an intern.

I wanted  it to be related to the legal field, but I also didn’t want to be in a firm, getting coffee for everyone. Though I must say I love Starbucks runs. The opportunity then was working for the Small Claims Advisory Program*. There I advice self-help litigants on the procedure of small claims court. I have learned a great deal about civil procedure, but Small Claims is still significantly different from what I want to do- for starters, Small Claims Court doesn’t allow attorneys unless there is an appeal. And even then, they are allowed, but not required.

I have gone through over two-thirds of the program so far, and until recently, my experience had been mixed. Unlike most college students who get to intern, I am also working part-time. This situation produces schedule conflict, and an overly tired and overworked intern- me. Yet, even with how mixed my experience has been, I still thought it to be worth it and would recommend it to anyone. Why?

Unlike most part-time jobs you can get, internships usually allow you to get some experience in your field. This helps graduate and professional schools (if that’s your goal) to see that you do know what you’re getting yourself into. Most interns are grouped into a handful of interns under the supervision of a staff person who might get to know you well enough to write you a recommendation letter. Furthermore, being an intern takes a great deal of commitment. Let’s face it, if you can be responsible when you’re not getting a paycheck at the end of the week, imagine the kind of work ethic you would have when there’s an economic incentive attached to your contract? And last, but not least, being able to balance an internship with school and your social life shows that you can balance your life and this is a quality employers (and grad  and professional schools) really like.

The cool part (for me, at least) is that my internship came with really awesome perks. Despite of the great deal of whining that has come out of my mouth because of the commute to downtown L.A. (don’t judge unless you’ve lived it), I’ve got a chance to do two very cool things.

On Monday, I got to shadow a judge. This was one of the most amazing experience I’ve had in my life. The judge was from the juvenile dependency court. And even though I am not allowed to speak about what happened, let me say that it was so touching, that I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up representing children for a living. When people talk about “making a difference,” this is truly a place and career in which you could actually (and directly) make a difference.

Fast forward to this morning, when I got to chaperone high school students to a mock trial at a District Court. Now this experience wasn’t as eye-opening as the last one, but there is something about public service that rewards you in ways other things do not.

Anyhow, are you thinking of doing an internship? Go for it! And if you haven’t thought about it yet, hopefully this post might encourage you to try it. It’s really never too late to do one, I am a senior. AND! I almost forgot. It is also a nice way to expand your network.

-Mrs. This One 

*Although I am an intern for such office, my internship is not directly with that office.


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