Happy belated holidays and a happy new year everyone!

After finishing a successful first quarter here at UCLA, I was finally able to go up to NorCal to visit my family and friends. Although my parents visited me a couple of times, I never had the chance to go back home. I cannot describe to you how happy I was the moment I got home, went into my room, and saw my bed. It was like seeing a long-lost friend for the first time in years. It had been too long since I got a decent sleep and I slept so well while I was home for this winter break. It was good to be back in my true comfort zone with  mom’s home cooking, endless Christmas movies on TV, and my warm, fuzzy bed.

I spent my break going on morning walks to the beach with a cup of coffee in one hand and a croissant in the other. I went on a long hike in Carmel Valley. I took a trip to San Francisco Union Square for a shopping spree. And the best of all, I spent days as a couch potato watching Korean dramas and Christmas movies with a big mug of warm, hot chocolate in my hands.

And I am now back here at UCLA, re-energized and ready to start another quarter. I actually already had my first chemistry class this morning at 10AM. This quarter definitely will be a challenge, but I will carry on as I had in my first quarter. Whatever happens happens and life will go on. The only thing I can do is trying my best.

So to a new year and a new quarter,

GO BRUINS!