This semester I was able to go to Korea Night (K-Night) at my university. It was put on by the Korean Student Association (KSA). I’m happy that there is a good variety of Asian focused organizations. We currently have student associations for Vietnamese, Philipino, Chinese, and Japanese cultures as well. As much as I would like to join all of them, I have mainly decided to focus on Japanese Club and Japanese Student Association and Korean Student Association. (more…)
During the Spring semester, I was heavily involved in Japanese Club. The meetings that I was able to attend were on Wednesday evenings. Everyone that attended was in beginner to advanced Japanese classes. We all tried to talk to in Japanese, for the most part, but sometimes we get carried away with speaking English. I was able to meet two girls from Japan that I hung out a lot with this semester. Their names were Miho and Natsuko. Miho is a freshman, and Natsuko is a Junior. As the semester comes to an end, Miho will be returning to Japan, while Natsuko still has two years left to finish her degree. (more…)
I became interested in Biophilia after my boyfriend told me about his research concerning the topic. The concept is that people have a tendency to see out nature. To visualize it, as people have transitioned to working outside, they find it pleasing to look out windows or own plants. To bring people back to their primal instinct of being around nature, we as a species long to be outside.
I am lucky enough to go to college where they take pride in creating visually appealing agricultural landscapes. Most of their buildings come with large scale windows alongside classrooms or studying areas. For me, when I look outside I feel less stressed and relaxed. Perhaps the reason I feel this way is because it reflects two different environments. Inside for work, outside for play.
Recently, my university has introduced a bike share program. It is completely free for students for an hour a day. I personally don’t own a bike or a car, so this program has made it more enjoyable to move around campus. Especially during spring time when everything is in bloom, biking around campus is very enjoyable.
Ever since I learned about Biophilia, I have started to take notice in how much I love to be outside, especially when I am on campus. I have even gone out of my busy routine to buy a small succulent. I would encourage everyone to try to spend more time outside or invest in a personal house plant to put on their desk.
Here is my terrarium that I made. I used to like gardening when I was small, but with 29 hours of work and 15 hrs of school, I opted for succulent instead of flowers.
I encourage all of you who read this to take notice in how nature affects your life. I hope that you find yourself less stressed as you walk, run, cycle, etc. Take time out of your busy life, especially as finals week gets closer, to take time for yourself. Even if it’s something as small as a plant for your desk, try to slow down and appreciate nature.
During the Spring semester, I had an opportunity to go to Eve of Nations. Eve of Nations is a large multicultural event that aims to display all cultures. People can participate by dancing, singing, or both. It so large, that the executive team has to rent out one of the largest buildings on our campus.Two of my friends were on the committee to help set up the event. Some of my other friends also did a traditional Hmong dance and a K-pop dance. (more…)
When a new semester begins, a lot of people set a goal to be more social, whether that be in organizational clubs, in classes, or even at work. The problem is that you may not know where to start. For me, my personal experience came from one of my close friends, He had mentioned to me that the Filipino Student Association was new and always looking for people to join. My other good friend also informed me about the Vietnamese Student Association as well. Deciding to stretch my wings, I chose to be ambitious and join both. (more…)
During this past semester, I had the pleasure of taking part in the Vietnamese Student’s Association. While being a part of this group I got to plan, and take part in, one of the biggest events we host during the Fall semester. The Lunar Moon Festival is where anyone who wants to see Vietnamese performances and enjoy free food on campus. (more…)
Now that I’m done with final exams, I thought I would like to give you a little more info about me. Ever since I was a little girl, I have had a numerous amount of short-term interests. When I say short term, I really mean an obsession with something that lasts for about a year or so, and then I quickly move one to the next thing. When I was younger I had a lot of time to try new things, but now that I’m in college I wish I could have that time back again. Things like studying, working and trying to have a social life all cut into your free time. Sure, you could go party all the time but then your grades would suffer. So like my usual self, I chose to put some of my short term hobbies aside and focus on my 19 hours of course work. One thing that I have been able to every now and then, is to look up skincare tips and products. (more…)
`As the year of 2016 comes to a close, I, as well as thousands of other college students, face the dreaded time of the year known as “dead week”. This semester I loaded up my plate with 19 hours while working for 14 hours. I know that it may seem ambitious of me to bite off so much, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that being academically inclined will pay off in the long run. (more…)
After the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election, the whole nations seemed to come unhinged. Realistically speaking, the world didn’t or massive leaks revealed that aliens were real. But in the eyes of many American people, the values of gender and racial equality seemed to go out the window. One of the most surprising things to me is that America hasn’t made as much progress that I thought. For instance, while scrolling through Facebook I saw that a lot of my friends had shared a video titled “#ThisIs2016”. This video shared the story of an encounter a CEO had while he was and about on the weekend. The CEO was Asian American and very successful. However, despite all this, another woman said to him, “why don’t you go back to China?”. The CEO then went public, telling others about his experience, sparking a wave of other Asian Americans to come forward with their own similar experiences. (more…)
Hi everyone. Sorry for this late post, but I’ve been very busy lately. School is about to start up again, and I’ve dreaded paying for all of my textbooks and going to class every day (unlike being a couch potato for the three weeks that I’ve been home). Anyways, that aside, I’m very excited to see all of my friends again. If I didn’t have them, I don’t know what I would do during the school year. Aside from the friends that I already had before leaving for Korea, I was able to meet many new people while on my trip. I particularly grew very close with a girl who also went to OU, but I had never seen her around until this summer. Her name is Han, and we had a lot of fun being foodies together. I think that was one of our main goals while on the trip- try as many authentic foods you can before leaving. One of the foods that both of enjoyed the most was called patbingsu. It’s kind of like a Korean take on ice cream, but instead of ice cream, it’s finely shaved ice. To sweeten it, you can add fruits, frozen yogurt, red beans, condensed milk, or even regular ice cream too. It is a great dish to share with friends. (more…)