Work Hard, Play Hard

 
In third grade, I woke up at 5 AM in the morning to memorize a letter. It was a letter for my grandparents – my pioneer grandparents. I pretended like it was a cold winter in the 1800s and my Mama had to knit the family thicker socks. I had to write this letter for my Social Studies test. That’s right, at the age of 8, I got up at five in the morning to memorize the answer to the final question in my third grade test. Mind you, my mother wrote it for me.

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Grown-up Dress Up: A Year after Graduation

In university, I fantasized about working downtown. Adult Alexandria would dress nicely. Her black boots hit the pavement. Her steps followed a steady yet quick tempo because the successful and independent Alexandria Angco had a 9 AM meeting. Although she’s 3 minutes late, she emerges out of the elevator without breaking a sweat. Adult Alexandria was a reverie. Continue reading “Grown-up Dress Up: A Year after Graduation”

Dear Freshman, Here Are the 5 Things You Need to Know for University.

My brother started university a few weeks ago. His first week of school was not stressful at all. He only had to navigate through the campus, attend lectures to hear professors read syllabi, and get used to his commute. But now he just finished his first set of midterms and he’s studying for the next. More reading and more writing.

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Not Employed, but Now I Know What I Want

I want a lot of things. I want a job. I want a corgi. I want to apply to grad school and get it in. I want my own home, start a family, travel. I want to succeed. I want to live a life of true joy. I have told myself (and God) about the things I want every day. Yet, I still look for anything that will come close. Anything that tastes similar to what I actually want. Continue reading “Not Employed, but Now I Know What I Want”

What’s Next?

Last week, I confidently walked up 2 steps to shake hands with two important University of Toronto figures. “Congratulations, high distinction is a great accomplishment” said the UTM Principal. He released my hand from his handshake and I shook the hand of the woman who sat beside him. I complimented her glasses. They were purple and they were shaped like a hexagon. I thanked them once again for congratulating me then turned around to face the crowd. I saw the next duo of students ascend the platform so I made my exit by waving to my parents one story above. Continue reading “What’s Next?”

Job Search Update: May 2016

I kept busy in the month of May by saving pdfs of job openings I found on Indeed, LinkedIn, my campus job board, and the town job board. My hard drive is filled with different revisions of my resume and cover letter. When I reached the middle of May, I realized that I wasn’t keeping up with my networking goal. In fact, I didn’t even try to find people to contact. However, I forced myself to reach out to 2 people. Here’s a quick summary of how May looked for me. Continue reading “Job Search Update: May 2016”

Podcast Suggestions: Volume 1

My obsession with podcasts began on Christmas Eve of 2015. I listened to Serial after a YouTuber suggested it in her videos. I didn’t know what Serial was about but I decided to listen because Serial’s website was aesthetically pleasing. Yes, I fell in love with the looks of the website before falling madly and deeply in love with the podcast’s content and strong narrative. Soon after, I immediately downloaded a podcast app and googled “Best Podcasts”. I subscribed to many different podcasts with a focus on science and culture. Then I became a walking Podcast Enthusiast. You can catch me starting conversations with “I was listening to this podcast called…” and I would insert what I learned into the conversation. Many have asked me for podcast suggestions so here they are. Continue reading “Podcast Suggestions: Volume 1”

Listening to People in Their 20s

I have been out of school for a week. During that week, I filled my time with preparing different job applications, brainstorming ideas for this website, drawing, and lots of cooking. Of course, I did spend time on Netflix and YouTube as a “reward” and I caught up on the latest season of Scandal (ugh so good). I rewarded myself for submitting four applications in one day, for finishing some freelance work, and for finishing undergrad.  Continue reading “Listening to People in Their 20s”