Working for My Dreams

 

 

Those who know me know that I am constantly busy either with school or work. That’s the typical life of a college student. Either we are working to pay off our fees or we are studying/writing papers. We are constantly busy. This upcoming June I graduate but beforehand, during the last few days of May, I will be moving to Arizona to start my career as a future teacher. How exciting is that? Though I know I am going to be extremely busy, I couldn’t be more exciting for the future. Today, I enrolled in my last class to complete my last UCLA schedule. It’s bittersweet for sure. I am excited for what is to come but sad to know that the end is coming near by. Most of you who occasionally read my blogs know that graduation for me is a big deal, first of all because I mention it often, hehe. However, I’m the first in my family to graduate from a 4-year university so it’s a bit nerve-wracking and unbelievable. I’m also currently prepping to take the Praxis exam in Elementary studies for my upcoming placement as an Elementary teacher in Arizona. Next month I am going to be taking the English Praxis exam. It is a bit overwhelming to know the next few things that I have to do to make sure I am on the path to start my job as a teacher, but I know it is all going to be worth it. I’m achieving my dreams everyday and it’s a bit unreal and beyond words to be completely honest. So my words of advice to an incoming college freshmen like you is not be afraid to dream big and work for your dreams because a couple of years from now they are going to become a reality…it just takes a bit of hard work and perseverance with a lot of support from your family, friends, and loved ones around! 🙂

Here’s to brother Bruin, brother Bruin, brother Bruin

I know I have mentioned this one too many times, but it seems to be a topic of discussion that I can’t help but to gush about. BRUIN PRIDE! I have spent three full years here at UCLA and am about to be finishing up my fourth and final year in just a couple quarters. Throughout my time here, I have had my share of Bruintastic moments and memories, but I think that when I look back fondly upon my college experience and the Bruin spirit that bubbled inside of me, I will look back upon this past weekend.

Football season is always a wonderful season to get out and show off how much UCLA means to me. (Although, I must admit, it is proving a bit difficult to cheer for a team that is on such an impressive losing streak) But I thought to myself, nonetheless, what better way to show my loyalty as a fan, than to travel with our team? And so, we did.

If you have ever taken a long road trip with some of your friends, you know that squishing yourself into a car, with no means of escaping each other for the next 400 miles, is always a good idea that is full of giggles and candy. However, I ask you this. Have you ever considered squishing 45 of you? What? Sheer madness you say???? Yes, yes it was. Going to such a large school of well rounded and advantageously organized students means that road trips to Norcal are not only frequented, but always a memory worth having.

We charted a big ‘ol bus with our lovely driver Fernando, stuffed 45 of my favorite UCLA Bruins onto it, all of whom were decked out in face paint and costumes, and began the trek from point A to point B. The bus songs, pit stops, and ridiculous antics made the trip fly by.

Upon our return the next day (despite our loss to Stanford), it made me realize just how much I have loved the people I have met here, the memories I have made, and how hard it will be to leave this place that I now call a home. Unless of course……it’s for another road trip…….

Starting My Last Year as an Undergrad

This upcoming week is the beginning of my last year, as an undergrad. It is bittersweet in so many ways. Some of you may be thinking, “Wow, calm down, you still have a year to go.” It’s true, but time is really ticking. Throughout the upcoming WEEKS, I will be doing a lot of stuff that will help determine what I’m going to be doing after UCLA. I have a lot of things in mind, but nothing is concrete yet, as to regards to what I plan to do. I have already gotten the question, “Well, what do you plan to do after you graduate?” It’s one of the toughest questions that I’ve faced yet. It’s not so easy to determine what the plan is going to be. I have always had a plan to how I want to run my life, but I have realized that life doesn’t always run accordingly to what you have in mind. There are twists and turns and it is up to us to try to make the best of it.

Some of you may know that this is my third year at UCLA, but also my last. To those even wondering how I identify myself, when people ask me what year I’m in, I say “third year, Senior.” It’s my third year at UCLA, but also my last, hehe. I have a year less than many of my friends, to come up with a plan after graduation. To be honest, I didn’t really thoroughly think about what I wanted to do after graduating. But now that the time is among us, I am contemplating my options after graduation. For those wondering what it’s like to be a college senior, let me just tell you that it’s CRAZY. Both good and bad, of course! We have to take tests (either the GRE, CBEST, CSET, LSAT, MCAT, etc!), apply to grad school (which involves plenty of research), write essays, get letters of recommendations, and undergo a lot emotional stress. It’s just the beginning for me, but I can already feel the pressure. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m loving the fact I am a third year, senior! I cannot wait for what the future holds for me. It’s just the process of getting to the future that I’m not that excited about, haha! Even though I am going to face a lot of challenges, I’m going into this entire process preparing myself to be positive and take this all in, as a learning experience. I have my friends and family to turn to whenever I need help. I also have a lot of my friends that are going to be going through the same things as me.

As for my last year at UCLA- I plan to make the best out of it. I want to go into this last year thinking “This is my last September 28th as a UCLA student”,  for everyday that comes my way. I plan to work the hardest I’ve ever worked and get more involved than I have ever been as well. I have to make the best out of it! It’s UCLA we are talking about!! After all, not everyone gets to say they are a UCLA student. I feel privileged to be able to call myself a Bruin. I have met so many amazing people here that I plan to make even more memories with. Cheers to an upcoming school year filled with many more FABULOUS/AMAZING/MEMORABLE memories! And good luck to everyone who is starting school as a freshmen/senior! WE CAN DO IT!

Senioritis…

Let’s take a look back over my time growing up and remember fondly the years that stood out amongst all the others.

Oh 5th grade. What a wonderful wonderful time it was. Tallest in my grade meant that I was not only an all star basketball player, but add soccer and softball to the equation, and I was a recipe for success. I went to my first boy girl birthday party, and one of my friends had a boyfriend and I was chosen to be the link of communication between them. Score. Not to mention I ruled the school along with my rat pack of prepubescent teens. Golden years I tell you.

Then, we can’t forget 8th grade. Unfortunately my towering height of 5’2” was over passed by just about every other person in my grade. HOWEVER, my extra large hoop earrings, pencil thin eye brows, pocketless jeans, and lip gloss that was popping kept me afloat. Right? Or maybe it was the fact that I had managed to make and keep friends, that I was only sent to the principles office once in three years, and that I learned that popularity is a game for fools, which made this year so wonderful. I had gone through the terrible teens, and I made it out on the other side ready to take on my position as an upperclassman.

But, to top off the growing years, we have to take a look at my Senior year of high school. 12th grade. Glory of glory years. But why is it that we all love these final years in each school? Is it because we finally learned which water fountain won’t shoot extra high drenching our faces? Or perhaps it’s because we discovered which teachers have candy bowls in their rooms. But you know, I don’t think that is it. The reason that I, along with the rest of the world, have loved these three years so much,  is because they are the end. We have made it all the way through, and we are finally done and ready to move on. Senioritis. It’s the happiest time of the year! Fewer classes, more hanging out with friends, later curfews, and a summer to look forward to.

So why is it then, that as I finished my 3rd year at UCLA and began the summer before my SENIOR and FINAL year, I am far from excited? I’ll admit, I even threw on my pocketless jeans and hoops in an attempt to bring back that emotion. (unfortunately the pants wouldn’t button…) But, I couldn’t find it. And the reason is that I have loved every moment of my time at UCLA and I can’t imagine my life after it. No one year was better than the next because they were all so phenomenally different. I have learned more about who I am as an individual, a daughter, a friend, a colleague, and a scholar than I ever thought possible.

As I looked over the classes I have left before I graduate next year, I found it to be a measly 5. FIVE?!!? It’s too soooooon! So for all of you students out there who are complaining about senioritis and how you just can’t wait to be the big boss on campus and then depart for greener pastures, remember this….I’ll be a Bruin forever. I don’t care what my degree says, or what my last paper submission date is. I dread the end and the senioritis to come, but I welcome the energy and spirit that only UCLA could have taught me, and which I will bring forward with me on my quest to conquer the career world.