Sunday, March 24, 2013

Expeditions in Singing

Tonight at my school we had an event called the I-Carnival. It's an event that showcases the different cultures that are at my university. The evening started off with some yummy food, always the best place to start! 


And look! They even had some iced tea for me to drink! After we ate the delicious food the performances started. There was Tinikling, Chinese fan dances, dancing to K-pop songs and much more. However, by far the best performance of the night and the most embarrassing was when my friends from Japanese class and I sang a Japanese song. 




I'm not much of a performer so it was a bit hard for me to get up on stage and sing, especially since my singing should be reserved for the shower and the car. But my friends were with me so I was able to get through it! Plus, drinking a large mug of Spiced Mandarin Oolong tea as I write this has definitely calmed me down. This was an experience that I was really nervous for but now that it is over I would not trade it for anything in the world. It just goes to show that even if you don't think that you can, we can do ANYTHING that we put our minds to. Even if you are scared or think you are bad or whatever other excuse you use, they don't mean anything. So get out there and take chances! Do things that you don't think you can and prove yourself wrong! 

The lovely ladies who sang with me



Friday, March 22, 2013

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Procrastination Station

 
 
 
You know those days when you just don't want to do anything at all? Well, coming back from Spring Break every day has been one of those days. Not to mention the week before break where I was so fed up with school that I just didn't care anymore. It has been so hard to get back into the swing of things where school is concerned. I spent all of break doing nothing productive and everything unproductive. That means 3 or more movies a day, out to dinner almost every night and probably 11 hours of sleep each night. What a slap in the face it was to come back to school and get only 6 or 7 hours of sleep.
 
 
Needless to say I am most definitely stuck at Procrastination Station. As I think about all the work I should be doing I just push it to the side and do things like take pictures for a new blog post or lay in bed doing absolutely nothing.
 
 




But with only 5 weeks of school left it's time to get my booty in gear. So here's to being productive and getting shit done! Here's to powering through the last month of Sophomore year and ending on a good note. Most of all, here's to delicious Guava Papaya Passion white tea mixed with Silver Vin Zhen Pearls, the tea of the night!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Everything Falls Into Place

As I sit sipping a mug of Berry Mint Cassis tea from Teavana I'm contemplating the events of this morning. For those who didn't know I had an interview with a non-profit called womenwinning for a summer internship. I have spent the past few days only thinking about this interview. I've never had anything resembling a real interview. All the past interviews I've had have been more like informal chats where I knew I was going to get the job when I sat down. So, obviously, I was pretty nervous. My first real, professional interview. What could be more scary? I'm always told that to be successful in life by the time you graduate you need to have done about 20 internships. OK, that's an exaggeration but you get the point. Internships are the gateway to the professional world, a peek at what you could be doing once you graduate from the wonderful bubble that is university life. So naturally I was pretty nervous. I went shopping and bought a suit with my mom and read up on the company that I was interviewing for. I felt prepared but still didn't know if I had done enough. I'd never had a big interview before, what if she asked me questions I couldn't answer? Plus I had to drive downtown all by myself. Knowing my directional skills I would probably get lost and miss the interview altogether and be stuck driving all around the cities all day. However, if you read the title of this post you'll probably have guessed by now that this didn't happen. Everything falls into place. I was able to drive to Dunn Brothers all by my lonesome, I was on time and I got the internship!!!! Now as I sit here drinking my tea I've realized something. I might not have the most outstanding resume or the most interview experience but this doesn't matter. I didn't get the internship because I wrote a pretty cover letter. I got the internship because I've worked hard in school and when I talked to the interviewer I didn't work from a script. I was just myself. Sure, I might not know exactly what I want to do as a career, so I said that. I didn't just make up some fake goal for myself. I've realized that it's not about what is on paper. If you work hard for what you want and just be yourself everything will fall into place.