Janice K.

Goodbye Loyola!
These past 3 months have been so surreal! I’ve met and have become such great friends with so many amazing people, especially those who live on 3rd floor Flannery! They’ve seen me at my worst, and probably know me better within these 3 months than my high school friends, who I’ve known for years. Third floor Flan have become my second family and my home away from home, and I will miss all of you. We recently took this picture just as a Christmas picture of everyone (or so I thought), but when I received this picture framed from my Secret Santa (thank you, Meg!) I found out this whole Christmas photo was for me. I was honestly surprised and at that moment felt so happy and loved. Thank you, guys. I love and will miss all of you!

Goodbye Loyola!

These past 3 months have been so surreal! I’ve met and have become such great friends with so many amazing people, especially those who live on 3rd floor Flannery! They’ve seen me at my worst, and probably know me better within these 3 months than my high school friends, who I’ve known for years. Third floor Flan have become my second family and my home away from home, and I will miss all of you. We recently took this picture just as a Christmas picture of everyone (or so I thought), but when I received this picture framed from my Secret Santa (thank you, Meg!) I found out this whole Christmas photo was for me. I was honestly surprised and at that moment felt so happy and loved. Thank you, guys. I love and will miss all of you!

The End of November
I just can’t believe that November is almost over! This means only two more weeks of classes left, then finals, then I’ll be transferring out of this school. I was accepted into all 3 of my schools that I had applied to (which is fantastic!), so now it’s a matter of which school I want to go to. It honestly just seems like yesterday I had moved onto campus, terrified and anxious about making friends and adjusting to college life. When I returned to Loyola from New York it felt like I was really returning home. It just felt weird returning home and sleeping in my bed, but returning here just felt right. But I can’t relax just yet… I’ve still got finals to worry about!

The End of November

I just can’t believe that November is almost over! This means only two more weeks of classes left, then finals, then I’ll be transferring out of this school. I was accepted into all 3 of my schools that I had applied to (which is fantastic!), so now it’s a matter of which school I want to go to. It honestly just seems like yesterday I had moved onto campus, terrified and anxious about making friends and adjusting to college life. When I returned to Loyola from New York it felt like I was really returning home. It just felt weird returning home and sleeping in my bed, but returning here just felt right. But I can’t relax just yet… I’ve still got finals to worry about!

Thanksgiving Break
I’m so excited for this break! I’ve been counting down the days until Thanksgiving break since the beginning of last month, and I can’t believe it’s finally near! There are positive and negative aspects of a break coming near. Positives: I can go home and see my family and friends. Negatives: The week before break begins is also the week all my professors come together and plot for my downfall, as they assign papers, tests, projects and tons of other written homework due the same days. I’m trying to pace myself with my workload so I don’t get stressed out too much. Six more days…

Thanksgiving Break

I’m so excited for this break! I’ve been counting down the days until Thanksgiving break since the beginning of last month, and I can’t believe it’s finally near! There are positive and negative aspects of a break coming near. Positives: I can go home and see my family and friends. Negatives: The week before break begins is also the week all my professors come together and plot for my downfall, as they assign papers, tests, projects and tons of other written homework due the same days. I’m trying to pace myself with my workload so I don’t get stressed out too much. Six more days…

To Withdraw or Not to Withdraw
As many of my friends may know, I am transferring out of Loyola after this semester. The first year of college makes or breaks your GPA, and I just can’t risk receiving a bad grade for any of my classes. As a result, I’ve been studying extremely hard, but for one class, studying just does not seem to help. Microeconomics. For me, it’s one of those classes where no matter how much or how long I study, I will never understand its concepts. My first test grade in that class was less than satisfactory. Now, I’m beginning to ask myself if it’s worth staying in this class if my GPA is just going to suffer. I had sent in my midterm grade reports to the schools I’m applying to, but how would they feel seeing a “W”? Should I withdraw and get a W on my transcript or continue with the class with hope for the best?

To Withdraw or Not to Withdraw

As many of my friends may know, I am transferring out of Loyola after this semester. The first year of college makes or breaks your GPA, and I just can’t risk receiving a bad grade for any of my classes. As a result, I’ve been studying extremely hard, but for one class, studying just does not seem to help. Microeconomics. For me, it’s one of those classes where no matter how much or how long I study, I will never understand its concepts. My first test grade in that class was less than satisfactory. Now, I’m beginning to ask myself if it’s worth staying in this class if my GPA is just going to suffer. I had sent in my midterm grade reports to the schools I’m applying to, but how would they feel seeing a “W”? Should I withdraw and get a W on my transcript or continue with the class with hope for the best?

FE100 Dinner & a Movie

This past Friday, my FE class and I had the privilege to go to the Maryland Science Center. We watched a short documentary in the IMAX theater about the ocean, and then spent some time just walking around and having fun in the museum. The museum had all sorts of cool machinery and illusions which were fun to play with. Then we climbed up quite a lot of steps to get to the top of a hill, which is supposedly the best view of Baltimore. The view was most definitely amazing and everyone seemed to enjoy it up there! Finally, Dr. Soroosh treated us all to dinner at a Persian restaurant, which I quite enjoyed. I wanted to try new things, and so I ordered a dish that I cannot remember the name of, but it was delicious. My favorite part of the night was definitely the dinner because it brought us all closer and it was obvious that we all had a great time.

FE100 Dinner & a Movie

This past Friday, my FE class and I had the privilege to go to the Maryland Science Center. We watched a short documentary in the IMAX theater about the ocean, and then spent some time just walking around and having fun in the museum. The museum had all sorts of cool machinery and illusions which were fun to play with. Then we climbed up quite a lot of steps to get to the top of a hill, which is supposedly the best view of Baltimore. The view was most definitely amazing and everyone seemed to enjoy it up there! Finally, Dr. Soroosh treated us all to dinner at a Persian restaurant, which I quite enjoyed. I wanted to try new things, and so I ordered a dish that I cannot remember the name of, but it was delicious. My favorite part of the night was definitely the dinner because it brought us all closer and it was obvious that we all had a great time.

Academic Integrity
This past week for FE, we  discussed academic integrity and it’s position in society. There was a  very heated discussion on whether people should be allowed to cheat or  not. Of course I believe that cheating is wrong and it is completely  unfair to those who do play fair, but in the end people should not try  to stop those who do cheat. For example, if I caught a friend of mine  cheating I would most definitely tell them how it’s not fair for others  and that it’s wrong, but I would not persuade them to stop. It’s their  business what they want to do. For cheaters, it might seem like the  easier thing to do, but no one gets ahead in life without some hardships  in their way. I’m a firm believer in that people will eventually get  what they deserve. Eventually, a cheater will get caught and there will  be dire consequences.

Academic Integrity

This past week for FE, we discussed academic integrity and it’s position in society. There was a very heated discussion on whether people should be allowed to cheat or not. Of course I believe that cheating is wrong and it is completely unfair to those who do play fair, but in the end people should not try to stop those who do cheat. For example, if I caught a friend of mine cheating I would most definitely tell them how it’s not fair for others and that it’s wrong, but I would not persuade them to stop. It’s their business what they want to do. For cheaters, it might seem like the easier thing to do, but no one gets ahead in life without some hardships in their way. I’m a firm believer in that people will eventually get what they deserve. Eventually, a cheater will get caught and there will be dire consequences.

Midterms
Back in high school, I was used to taking midterms around December because I had year-long classes, but having only one semester classes, it would make sense to have midterms now, but it’s still a bit odd. I’m not much of a “studier,”  but I try to study as much as I can before my short attention span kicks in. I thought I was done with these big tests the week before Fall Break weekend, but apparently not… Some of my teachers decided to give some more exams this week even though we had already taken a test the week before! However, our “midterms” aren’t really as hyped up as one would think they should be. The teachers tell us to relax, and to think of it as just another test, but just the fact that it’s called a “midterm” still unnerves me. Nevertheless, I still have to try my best and get the best grades that I can!

Midterms

Back in high school, I was used to taking midterms around December because I had year-long classes, but having only one semester classes, it would make sense to have midterms now, but it’s still a bit odd. I’m not much of a “studier,”  but I try to study as much as I can before my short attention span kicks in. I thought I was done with these big tests the week before Fall Break weekend, but apparently not… Some of my teachers decided to give some more exams this week even though we had already taken a test the week before! However, our “midterms” aren’t really as hyped up as one would think they should be. The teachers tell us to relax, and to think of it as just another test, but just the fact that it’s called a “midterm” still unnerves me. Nevertheless, I still have to try my best and get the best grades that I can!

Our Daily BreadThis past Sunday, I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at “Our Daily Bread,” a hot meal program run by Catholic Charities. This was the first time I had ever volunteered at a “soup kitchen.” However, Our Daily Bread is a different type of hot meal program, where we serve the people at tables, like a restaurant. I was assigned as a bread server in the family section. I think the best part of my day was meeting and talking to so many kind people, and surprisingly many of them looked like regular people! The most upsetting parts were seeing the number of children who came in to eat, and the few people who were actually rude to me, making it a negative experience for my first time. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering because I felt really proud of myself at the end of the day, and I would most definitely offer to volunteer again.

Our Daily Bread

This past Sunday, I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at “Our Daily Bread,” a hot meal program run by Catholic Charities. This was the first time I had ever volunteered at a “soup kitchen.” However, Our Daily Bread is a different type of hot meal program, where we serve the people at tables, like a restaurant. I was assigned as a bread server in the family section. I think the best part of my day was meeting and talking to so many kind people, and surprisingly many of them looked like regular people! The most upsetting parts were seeing the number of children who came in to eat, and the few people who were actually rude to me, making it a negative experience for my first time. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering because I felt really proud of myself at the end of the day, and I would most definitely offer to volunteer again.

Homebound
This past weekend was the first time I returned home and had seen my family since moving into Loyola a month ago. As I stepped off of the bus into the streets of New York City, a wave of nostalgia and happiness rushed through my body.  The first night back I stayed over at my friend’s place in the city and celebrated my 18th birthday. The next morning I returned to Long Island, and as I drove around town it felt a bit weird, but at the same time it felt as though I had never left. I met up with another friend from town and we hung out as though we had been hanging out every day. One of the best things about returning home was having my mom cook for me. I had never realized how much I would miss Korean food. As a result, I brought some Korean food back to Loyola with me. I definitely brought more stuff back with me than when I had packed to return home. Now that I visited my family, I’m glad to return back home to Loyola to be with my second family. It’s been oddly quiet without them in my life…

Homebound

This past weekend was the first time I returned home and had seen my family since moving into Loyola a month ago. As I stepped off of the bus into the streets of New York City, a wave of nostalgia and happiness rushed through my body.  The first night back I stayed over at my friend’s place in the city and celebrated my 18th birthday. The next morning I returned to Long Island, and as I drove around town it felt a bit weird, but at the same time it felt as though I had never left. I met up with another friend from town and we hung out as though we had been hanging out every day. One of the best things about returning home was having my mom cook for me. I had never realized how much I would miss Korean food. As a result, I brought some Korean food back to Loyola with me. I definitely brought more stuff back with me than when I had packed to return home. Now that I visited my family, I’m glad to return back home to Loyola to be with my second family. It’s been oddly quiet without them in my life…