Winter 2014 Reflection
So 2 quarters down and 1 more to go. Isn’t it exciting? Well, let me begin my winter quarter reflection then…
- Psy140 (Social psychology): super fun class. Social psychology topics were kinda interesting but I mostly enjoy the class because of the professor cuz she was super funny and quirky. Her class and exam structure were easy for me to keep up with. I made plans in the beginning of the quarter to do well on the first 3 exams so I would’t need to take the final… and my plan went through! I got an A for the class, so good job to me.
- Span2 (Intermediate Spanish): same as last quarter’s spanish course’s structure. I got the same instructor which was awesome since I’m familiar with his teaching style. I also got to see some of my old span classmates and meet some new ones as well. But honestly span2 was much harder than span1. More materials and the class pace was much faster as well. But I guess I managed to pass. Still don’t know my grade for this yet. I hope I get a B+ or a A-… just please let me pass without dropping my GPA.
- Art (Digital Imaging Software for the Visual Arts): this was a 2 units class that occurs once every week for 2 hours. It was an okay class… very easy but kinda boring since we learn by watching online photoshop instructions. The instructor was nice. I got to work on two projects and watch my other classmates present their work… that’s about it. Still don’t know my grade for this yet, I hope I get an A.
Apartment Life: fun and crazy. I love my roommates. Apartment life is one of the things that makes my college life so much better, so thank you guys *hug*
Lab Work: I did not do a lot of research assistant work this quarter since I was focused on my honors thesis and preparing stuff for the conference.
Honors Thesis: I’ve started on this during my summer research internship last summer. To me, it’s a three part project thing that I keep expanding. The second part is for the conference poster presentation. The third part is for the completion of the honors thesis itself. I work with my grad mentor on this and I oversee a coding team that help me generate usable data so I can complete my honors thesis in the spring.
Conference: The conference was at Austin, Texas and lasted for 3 days (thur, fri, and sat 3/20-3/22). I drove to Arizon with my grad mentor (4 hours) and then her boyfriend and her took turn driving to Texas (14 hours). We stayed at the Hampton hotel and the conference was nearby at the Hilton hotel. I saw and learned a lot from the conference. It’s like a totally new and amazing experience for me and the experience definitely made me want to continue the route to finding a career in research. It feels amazing being there although I do admit it’s kinda scaring since all these important researchers from many different disciplines gather here for this conference. But regardless, I’m pretty sure I will adapt to it. But yeah, I had my first ever poster presentation on friday. I was actually a little bit disappointed because only 2 people asked me about my research topic (at the start of the 1 hour session and at the end of the session). Apparently they were not interested in the population I was looking at… but hey, at least I still went through with it. It is still experience. Other than the poster conference, I also looked at other people’s poster boards and attended symposiums, all of them were super insightful. I am super grateful to my grad mentor and lab faculty to allow me this opportunity.
Personal Things: So of course not everything is happy happy for this quarter… I still have my anxiety, depressive, and self-doubt tendencies. This quarter was horrible because I resulted in procrastination… specifically I procrastinated a bit on my thesis project because I let my fears and negativity get to me. I din’t manage time well because I drowned in my own emotions. So yeah. I came to a realization and picked up my slacks as my deadline came closer. And now I realized how incredibly weak I was because I lost control and sight of my goals. Never again. I hope to never go through that mess again.
Inspiring people: I’m not going to point out names but I will talk about the feelings and observations I get through interacting with them.
- Passion: They all share a passion for one thing. They love what they are doing. They see the greatness of the thing that interest them the most. Yes, even they have to deal with difficulties when pursuing their passion. But do they stop? NO. They made sacrifices and they hung tight and kept moving on because they believe that whatever they are aiming for is worth it.
- Helping hand: They don’t turn you away. They offer you their helping hand and they never abandon you. They assist you through a sense of concern and hope that you would succeed. They go out of their way (more than what you’d expect) to help you. You can trust them. They don’t hate people, they don’t turn away those in need. They want to do more than just for themselves.
- Identity: They know themselves well. They know and acknowledge their weakness and vulnerabilities but they don’t dwell on them. They realize their strengths and they build on them. They are also not afraid to be themselves and they stick to their values and beliefs and they fight for them too. They hold strong and they know what they want.
And this is why I am so grateful to know and interact with these people. They taught me a lot and I have learned from them a lot. They might now have realized hope big of an impact they have on another person. They are truly amazing people and I hope to keep them with me as I work my way up to their status as well.
Hopes, goals, and direction: Winter 2014 was a wonderful college experience. I really feel that I have grown in learning more about myself. I am less afraid because I have overcome things that I would never have thought I would ever have done. There are people who have helped me so much in reaching my goals. I refuse to let their efforts and expectations for me go to waste. I am not alone. And whoever tells me otherwise, they are not my ally. So, it is time for me to become the young adult I am. So what are my plans for my final quarter of my undergraduate college life?
- Complete the last requirements for my psych major (psy169), stat minor (stat127), and foreign language (span3) without lowering my GPA
- Honors Thesis completion and oral presentation
- More lab involvement because this was the place that gave me the opportunity to thrive. I must show my gratitude.
- Job/internship search process for my 1 year gap
- Make memories with friends
And that concludes my winter 2014 evaluation.