I don’t know how my last week of high school could have been any more epic, tiring, sweaty, and fun! I’ll try to recount the events, which will mark my first legit post on my tumblr. Better late than never!
In the morning I had grad practice, and was stylishly late with Jonathan. After that, I went to lunch with Andrew and folks, and then headed home. Then I went home and crammed my piano practice for my song “Cherished”. I went to the soundcheck, chilled with Audrey, Ayako, Swon, and Polly in the stands, and which later blurred into the actual performance. Baccalaureate went very well and I was so grateful to be able to perform amongst you all! All the performances were sooo good! Swon’s singing in particular almost made me cry. It was a touching finish. After that, I went with Queen Megan, Andrew, Daniel, Eric, Eric, Haoch and some other people to grab Quicklies, and Wingstop fries. It was very fun and the week was just beginning!
Again, Jon and I were stylishly late to the picnic, almost missing the bus before we got there. The actual trip was great! Frisbee on the beach was so tiring and challenging, but very very fun. THe rides were so exhilirating and there is just a strong nostalgic appeal to boardwalk that strikes a sweet spot in my childhood. After the boardwalk, we headed over to Jamba to chill. When I thought it was over, Andre and I spontaneously arranged a sleepover that ended up having 12 guys and 1 girl lol. Had a great time playing Bug House (if you dont know what this is then you arent nerdy enough lol) and smash and Blokus! I almost pulled an all nighter, but the day quickly blurred into…
It was like a hangover scene as we all woke up groggily in the morning and crammed into Andrew’s car to head over to grad practice (again stylishly late lol). I had printed and edited my script right before I had left Andrew’s house after 2 hours of sleep. Grad practice went smoothly, and afterwards we headed over to rainbow park to play Ultimate. I had not eaten breakfast or lunch, and we ended up playing 2-3 hours. It was very painful doing it all on an empty stomach and nearly no sleep, but that was part of the fun! Had a great time with siskiski, Raymond, and some other folks during it. Went to Johnny Rockets afterwards, which had pretty bad service, although Andrew did get a free hamburger because of it lol. I headed home and got a whopping 9 hours of sleep, to prepare me for the adventure of the next few days…
Friday - Woke up at 6:50 to my sister calling my name. We were suppose to leave at 6:50… I had not packed yet, so I frantically looked online for a list of things I was suppose to bring. Turns out I didnt have to bring much, so i quickly grabbed a few articles of clothing and ran outside to head to Berkeley. I made my sister late for work because of my delay, but in the end, it was OK. CalSO was quite an experience! I was running late and had forgotten my Photo ID, so I was running late to everything. When I met my group for the orientation, I was pretty surprised. My counselor was named Erica Lawrence (such a joy to be with!) and there were 13 other guys in my group. Around 10 of them were in EECS (electrical engineering and computer science). At first we were all very awkward and not very talkative. It was quite a surprise when I realized that there were no girls -__- I’m use to hanging around girls more than guys…. but anyways, it ended up being OK as we got to know each other, given that it was a very slow process since nobody talked much. I met some pretty cool people like Chaaru, Rick, and Rohan. Anyways, the agenda overall was a bit dry the first day. Therre were several sessions which were just talking and talking, and I fell asleep a few times. However, in the end it got much better after we had this huge group discussion, Bear Territory, where we disucssed social issues that come with a diverse population, including things like homophobia, racism, sexism, and all that good stuff. That night was really fun, we hopped from cream, top dog, to asian ghetto, to pmt, to yogurt, and then to the movie theatres. It was great to get to know Elise, Daniel, and Dhurv. It was actually very refreshing to talk to Elise. Its really cool learning about other peoples experiences in high school and how they ended up in Berkeley. Lynbrook is really one of a kind, and our life is very different from those outside of it. Anyways, I turned in for bed at around 12:30, I had a nice night conversation with one of my roommates, Youval. The conversation started very interestingly because he was telling me about a guy who had been evangelizing and showing off his purity ring to him during CalSO and said some things against Christianity. I then I told him that I was a Christian, and he felt so embarassed and bad (I guess he didn’t know that chinese could be Christians). He was from the Berkeley area, and there are barely any religious people in his school. He was very polite about it and I had a great time takling to him about his experiences. I really wish I could have more talks like that! It was great connecting with someone who I had only known for a day. I turned in for bed at around 1:00 AM, after a whirlwind day.
Things started to slow down as I and become a lot more cozy. I started to feel more comfortable with my group of 14, and conversations were no longer awkward! The day quickly flew by as I we chilled at the coffee shop, had a tour around the engineering buildings, and selected my courses. It was a great winding-down after the hectic week. To finish it, we had a huge rally with the epic Cal Band! I couldnt help but feel proud to be a bear. The pride is just contagious, and I cant really see myself anywhere else now.
In six days, I had the greatest possible transition ever from a highschooler to a graduate, to a bear. It has been quite an exciting adventure, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
I went there today for graduation, and even though I considered the weather as pretty good, la campanella (the tower) did not look even close to this good. Great photography tiff!
Some photos from Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s annual open house. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take too many, as my mom and I were too busy getting lost on campus (haha).
I love Cal’s atmosphere, and I’m looking forward to studying there this fall. Go bears!
I must say, this is one thing that some students almost pride themselves in. It has become a culture to put off work as long as possible for reasons both of laziness and seemingly legitamite reasons. Often times, I find myself procrastinating with productive seeming things like doing the laundry, playing piano, or working on my programming. This very moment, I’m tumblr posting about my procrastination when I am procrasting the several assignments I have due tomorrow.
However, the ultimate question of this post for you to take away with is, when will the time come for procrastinating will actually hurts you? Sure, we have felt those sleepless nights doing our research paper or AP lit assignments, and it was almost a communal experience. Maybe you have experieced procrastinating your college applications to the very last few hours before it was due. Those all seemed grand and nice, but think about it. If we keep it up, and never change our habbits, eventually it will come to bite us in a way we never thought.
I have come to realize that perhaps my procrastination is coming to bite me this very moment. I have been in Boy Scouts for six years, working towards my goal for Eagle Scout. However, this very moment, I am unsure of whether or not I will be able to attain it. Granted I worked hard and tried for it, I most likely could have gotten it months, if not one year ago. However, there are always legitimate excuses. That is the beauty of procrastination. When I had my college apps to do, I did my college apps. When I had a test to study for, I studied for the test. Its a viscious cycle, but eventually I got to the point of where I am now.
This has come to my attention because my Troop as a whole, is going through a tumultuous time. Many scouts, like me, have procrastinated their advancement, and now the Scout Master is under extreme pressure to fulfill their requests. It has come to the point where he has directly spoken out to the parents he hopes our scouts do not grow up to become the senior scouts of today.
It’s moments like these where I have to swallow my pride and understand, that procrastination hurts. I believe I have yet to pay the price yet, but as of now, I am weary to what it will be and what will finally push me to change my ways. So far things have been good, so why correct something thats been working?
Time will say.
Earlier I made the mistake of thinking of using my own domain as a blog site for my life. Turns out, my dad knew my url cause registering a domain costs money so he was actually reading every word I posted, and analyzed it during our dinner conversations. Yeah, that didnt go so well.
Today I really wanted to comment on how awesome one of Kailin’s posts were, so I just decided, what the heck, I need learn more of this web stuff, so I created this! I’m really surprised how easy it was, but yeah. My blogging now has a home! Welcome and feel free to follow.
“kailin: wait are you gonna use it for real?”
No promises, but maybe I will. (: