Archive for June, 2010
It’s the time of year when I must reluctantly bid farewell to our amazing 2009-2010 U/U Zot Bloggers. They have worked extremely hard this year to bring you pertinent and interesting insights about the first-year, UC Irvine, Undecided/Undeclared experience. I hope you’ve enjoyed what they had to say. Please feel free to browse their entries from this year, on this site, and the old blog. However, for the U/U Advising Program staff and myself, summer brings the start of a new chapter as we begin meeting and advising incoming freshmen at the Student Parent Orientation Programs. The Undecided/Undeclared Anteaters Blog will also be welcoming some fresh new perspectives. A new group of bloggers will be chosen from the incoming freshman class, applications beginning at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. If you are interested in the U/U Zot Blogger position or would like more information, please feel free to leave a comment here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a wonderful summer!
~Christina Luiz (U/U Academic Advisor)
I’m going to miss my hall sooo much.
Wow, I can’t believe my freshmen year is over. It seems like just yesterday I woke up extremely early before moving in to go on a reflective jog around my hometown. I still feel like i’m supposed to have this awkward vibe, not knowing people but everyone you meet through your hall, clubs, or even classes like the extremely popular Uni Stu 2 class targeted towards U/U students…but I don’t.
I’m really glad that I’ve found a great niche for next year, since I won’t be living in Mesa anymore. For me, Circle K has become more than I ever expected. I meet a lot of different people, but most importantly I get a few close friends that are extremely fun to hang around and study with, etc. I feel really welcome, and just last week I got member of the week so that was pretty awesome.
As far as freshmen year goes being Undecided/Undeclared, I’ll admit that I was extremely nervous at first. I was worried I’d be set behind or be pushed into the possibility of five years, but the U/U program here as well as the other programs really take it upon themselves to try to give you choices. The honest truth about most freshmen students here at UCI is that everyone changes in/out of majors a lot because the huuuuge amount of bio majors change to U/U after a quarter or two then go on to change to something else. Undecided/Undeclared really isn’t a big deal and after talking it over with counselors you might have to push two major classes into one quarter but that’s about it…you’re really not all to far behind
As far as my future…well, I’m going to test out the CalTeach Program here at UCI. Basically, it’s a teaching credential along with a bachelor’s degree in the major of mathematics or science. Not sure if that’s what I’m going to do exactly since I’m not the biggest math fan or science fan, but I know I’m going towards a teaching credential sort of thing and hopefully get a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or something along those lines in working in Educational Leadership.
I hope you all enjoyed my blog this year .
They yellin Z – O – T , down in the O – C,
Everyone always said the first year would be the best year and the year fastest to end, and I hate to say that I agree. This year has been beyond anything I could have ever imagined. There have been so many people, memories, and lessons I don’t ever want to forget, but I guess things pass to make way for bigger and better things (I hope).
Exploring different clubs and organizations on campus has easily been one of my best decisions this year. Finding the right organizations to dedicate myself to was completely worth my time and effort. MEMO and VSA have allowed me to continue with my interests, make friends with similar interests, and finally, make my first year experience all that it has been. I am sure to be continue participation in both VSA and MEMO, so if anyone sees me there again next year, please don’t hesitate to say hello!
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m currently affiliated with UCI’s School of Social Ecology. I plan on majoring in Psychology and Social Behavior. I’m not sure exactly what I plan on doing with that yet, but I’m thinking either therapy or social work. I’m going to look into volunteer or job opportunities relevant to this path next year to gain some experience. I hope to be even more involved on campus with CSA or Campus Reps. If there’s one thing I learned this year, it’s that there is A LOT to do here at UCI and never enough time do it all.
Lastly, the amazing experience I had this year was due in large part to this very blog! Contributing to the Undecided/Undeclared Anteaters Blog has encouraged me to go out and really make the best of my first year here at UCI, and I can honestly say that I would have never made as much of an effort as I did this year if I wasn’t a part of this wonderful project. I’d like to thank Christina, the moderator of the blog, and the U/U Advising Program for giving me the opportunity to contribute to this project. I’d also like to thank my fellow bloggers for sharing this experience with me as well as teaching me so much through their posts! Lastly, I’d like to thank you, the reader, for your interest and support this entire year.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Best wishes to all, and for the last time, comments are always welcome.
I can’t believe it. I’m honestly shocked about how quickly the year has gone by. My first year of college was definitely amazing and memorable. By just thinking about the year, I think I’m going to cry because in less than a week, we’re all moving out of Mesa Court and I’m not going to live with all these awesome people anymore. As stated in previous blogs, my hall’s theme is wellness, so that played a pretty good role in influencing my first year experience. I was introduced to new foods that are great for staying healthy (FARMERS MARKET!!), I went to the ARC to work out with friends, we also did some great, INTENSE workouts inside our hall, there were fun activities such as capture the flag, dodge ball, basketball, and yoga, I ate healthier at commons, I learned about how to be more “green” to better the environment, I’ve learned how to manage my time and money, how to prevent or deal with stress, how to spend my time studying…etc. These are just a few things that I’ve gone through in that past school year. The list could go on and on. I’m really excited to be living in Vista Del Campo starting this summer, but I’m seriously going to miss living in Bahia and making great memories with everyone. My first year is practically over, and I just want to say that I’m glad to have met the people I’ve met and to have experienced everything that has happened. I’m never going to forget what a fun experience this has been.
Since this is my last blog, it might be nice for you to know what my plans are for the future. As I stated, I’m going to be living in Vista Del Campo. I’ve affiliated with the School of Biological Sciences because I plan to apply to the Nursing Program to major in nursing, but I’m also thinking of taking pre-med classes at the same time (hopefully I can handle it!) so I could go to med school in the future. I’m working on finding a job for the summer as well as the upcoming school year (hopefully I’ll get the job as a LARC tutor for Bio 94). I’m also looking for volunteer work, maybe at a hospital or somewhere here on campus. For my third year I wanted to be a Resident Advisor in Mesa Court (not sure yet, but considering it), and I’m also planning to apply to be a U/U University Studies discussion leader, and/or a U/U peer academic advisor. I’m really glad I chose to go to UCI as Undecided/Undeclared and I want to give back to the school and to the program as much as I can.
Thank you all for reading!! I had a blast being a U/U Zot Blogger. Unfortunately, it’s time to say goodbye!
Week 10, June 6, 2010
Currently playing: Live Like We’re Dying by The Script
Packing my room and taking things down is quite heartbreaking.
Yes, yes. I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. It’s the end of the year. The end of being a naive little freshman. It’s been a great experience blogging this whole year for everyone and anyone to read. I don’t really know how to express my thoughts or excitement to have completed a full year of college. During spring quarter, I chose to write about resources on campus that I’ve discovered to be useful. Though I know most resources were rather boring or uninteresting, I think anyone at UCI can say that these resources are a necessity on campus. Writing about these resources made me realize how fortunate I am. I don’t know many other UCs or universities with an Enterprise shaped science library or gym with Kobe Bryant guest appearances. Even if I don’t use the Cross Cultural Center or Career Center on a daily basis, I know where to to get information regarding cultures or careers. I gotta say, students at UCI are extremely lucky to live on such a beautiful campus with appropriate resources.
As for the present and future, I am currently an Undeclared major student under the School of Social Science. Though I previously was thinking about majoring in Economics, this last half of spring quarter has made me realize that I don’t love it. So I don’t want to pursue it. If it’s not something I love, then forget it. My parents always told me to find my niche in college so I’m still on the hunt for it. Even though I’ve left behind International Studies and Economics (my two previous possible majors), I think I’m going to go back to my old love. Environmental Science. I took AP Environmental Science in high school and I loved it. So my plan, as of now, is to major in Earth and Environmental Science and I am totally excited. Though I don’t really want to take Chem or Physics, I’m willing to suffer through both to ultimately do something I want, which is researching. Researching about nature, animals, organisms, pollution, anything environment related. Although I haven’t figured out what career entails researching, I still have a while to figure this out.
As for this summer, I will be going to community college to take classes for arts/humanities general education requirements. I wish my summer was more exotic but I’m just going to take a break at home and hang out with old friends.
This is my last blog post and I’m sad to see this end. I hope many of you guys out there will apply to be a Zot Blogger in 2010-2011! I definitely enjoyed the whole experience and I highly recommend anyone to apply for the position even if you don’t think you’re qualified.
Thanks for reading my posts!
And last but not least, here’s a personal vlog I made.
As finals week rolls around the corner, it’s finally hitting me that my freshman year is coming to a close. I’ll be putting my memories into boxes once again, except this time I’ll be missing my UCI family, my second home. Things have certainly changed this year for me, and I can proudly say that I am a stronger, more independent person. (Though I will surely miss not having to do the dishes this year!) I have become a more active and attentive college student, and I am so proud be a UCI Anteater.
I have mentioned this before, but I cannot emphasize how much FYEP has contributed to my freshman experience. Living in Palo with constant interactions with my fellow undecided peers has helped me determine my academic and extracurricular interests. Coming in, I was intimidated by the large number of residents and I wondered if I would be able to get to know them all. To my great surprise, I learned everyone’s names quickly and I never felt uncomfortable with saying “Hello!” In addition, just after the first few weeks as a student, I was very grateful for remaining undecided. Many of my declared friends told me that they were not enjoying their classes and wanted to switch their major. Of course, you have the freedom to change your major at any time, but coming in undecided has saved me a lot of stress and time concerning a major choice.
Getting accepted into FYEP was my first achievement as a UCI student and has motivated me to apply to other positions. Following FYEP, I was accepted to SMLI (Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute) in the summer, which has opened my eyes to the various opportunities that I now am not afraid of pursuing. Among them, I became a volunteer for the Cross-Cultural Center, a participant in MCLI (Mesa Court Leadership Institute), and, as you know, am one of the five U/U Zot Bloggers for 2009-2010!
It really does feel strange to be composing my last Zot Blog post. It feel like just yesterday that we five bloggers were attending our first meeting and introducing ourselves to one another. I am very grateful to have met the Zot Bloggers and to have worked under the U/U department to help future and current students learn more about our experiences as first-year college students. I truly hope that our efforts have made a difference, and have done justice to the phenomenal experiences given to us at UC Irvine.
I am currently affiliated with the School of Social Sciences, and my fall courses are: Introduction to International Studies, Anthropology 2A, Mandarin, and I am currently trying to enroll in Social Science 3A. Unfortunately, enrolling for my sophomore year has made me realize the advantages of being a freshman student. Many of the courses are labeled “New Only”, (which is good for you!), so do take advantage of the introduction courses when you can. I will be taking Introduction to Macro Economics and Anthropology 2B over the summer at my local community college (as I have explained before), and these are to help me take care of some of the requirements for the School of Social Sciences.
My first year whizzed by so incredibly fast, and this has made me realize that my time here is very limited. 4 years will fly away in an instant, so my greatest advice is to make your time here worthwhile by being involved in the UCI community. I have realized that I am capable of being a good role model and leader, and part of that realization is the joy I found in knowing that my blog has given many students the resource of having a student-voiced UCI perspective. As to my future plans, I hope to become a campus representative, peer academic advisor, a discussion leader, a student reader for the Social Sciences, a SPOP staffer, and an intern and volunteer, to name a few. These goals may be quite ambitious, but I believe that though I probably will not be able to pursue all of them, there is no harm in trying. Therefore, I encourage you to aim high during your college years and to expand your horizons because there are countless opportunities waiting for you. Indeed, “Shoot for the moon, because even if you fail, you’ll still land among the stars.”
The Zot Blog is a program that is very much open to new ideas, and I highly encourage interested students to apply to be bloggers in the future. I will truly miss this experience, and I hope to remain a contributor to the U/U community, even after my blog has come to a close. Please, do not hesitate to contact me for further questions. I love being a helpful and insightful resource for prospective and current students. I hope you enjoyed getting to know me through my blogs, and I would really love to hear about your future experiences as well. Thank you so much, readers, for making this experience so memorable, and thank you U/U for giving me this priceless opportunity.
Though this is goodbye, it certainly does not mean the end. I leave you with a bit of advice that, I believe, expresses what I have learned from my first year at UC Irvine: When one door closes, another opens. But it is your job to find the next room.
Much love and good luck!
- Faye Cheng
PS — I pass over the responsibility of reciting lame jokes to you. I hope my efforts have put a smile on your face, and even a face-palm reaction is okay too! I hope that my blogs have reflected my goofy and passionate personality, as well as my great desire to bring life into my posts with positive energy and optimism. Though college surely does take a lot of effort and time, I hope that you don’t forget that you need a little fun in your life. Keep smiling, my friends, and happy joke-telling!