Archive for April, 2013

Taking a Study Break at Huntington Beach to see Emblem 3!

Hola, Anteaters! Week 5 has made its way to let us know we’re halfway done with spring quarter and most importantly, our freshman year. With that said, it’s time to make each day count, make each moment memorable! For starters, I decided to do things a little differently last weekend. I made last minute plans to go to Huntington Beach to see Emblem 3 from X-Factor! Huntington Beach is approximately 20 minutes away from UCI, so it’s convenient if you have a car to head down there for a bonfire or just to tan by the ocean. So let me tell you about my little adventure to see Emblem 3 🙂

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I woke up that Saturday morning feeling spontaneous. I thought to myself, how cool would it be to see Emblem 3 while I’m down here in SoCal? since, you know, I’m from Norcal. So right then and there, I jumped out of bed and got ready, packed sunscreen, snacks, and water for the day. I already knew what I was getting myself into. When you think of Justin Bieber, you probably think of a crowd of squirmy girls with posters, right? Well, it wasn’t any different with Emblem 3 fans. My hallmates and I arrived at Huntington Beach to find ourselves in a line of over 500 girls, and this was just 12 PM. Let me just inform you that the concert started at 7 PM. Yes, we got in line, and waited. And waited. And waited… but I didn’t mind. We tanned meanwhile, and we had alternating shifts to check out the beach and grab some food from the little shops.

DSCN0777Time passed by really fast, actually. Before I knew it, we were a few rows away from the stage seeing Emblem 3 perform. It’s amazing how they started performing at Huntington Beach a few years ago, and some people praised their music and others probably walked right passed them. But look at them now! The X-Factor brought them fame and now people have recognized their potential. I can’t say I’m a “huge fan” of them, but I enjoyed listening to their music. Some of my favorite songs by Emblem 3 include the famous “Sunset Blvd” and “Curious”. To be honest, I don’t know what’s the deal with their top-hit single “Chloe” haha.

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But yeah, I wrapped up Week 4 with an Emblem 3 concert, which was very memorable and worth it! This just comes to show that there are things to do on the weekends if you’re a student at UCI, whether it means going to the nearby beaches, malls, or exploring Downtown LA. Anything is possible (especially if you have a car or know a person with a car, but there’s alway buses and shuttles!). On that note, explore! Go out! Be spontaneous! Freshman year is coming to an end, so plan something out with your friends and make it memorable! College isn’t always about studying; sometimes you gotta make time to go out and have FUN! 🙂

Until next time,

BIANCA RAMOS

Lies for a Surprise

Hey Anteaters,

It is week five already of third quarter, and I have yet to tell you what my suitemates did for me on my birthday, April 8, so I must say! My birthday was on a Monday and I have Mondays off so I was home for most of my birthday. I came back on Monday night and there on top of my desk were balloons, delectable Sprinkle’s cupcakes (if you have not tried these you must, find a friend that drives and force them to drive you hahah, I recommend the Smores, it has this huge piece of chocolate in the middle :)), and a card that sang in Italian signed by all them it was too cute! The next day, I had so much reading to do, but my friend, Nicole, insisted that we go out to eat as we had gone out to eat the previous Tuesday because we craved some “real” food. When I say “real” food, we just did not want to eat from the commons that day because to be frank if you eat there EVERYDAY, you will get sick of it. So, she came to my room and told me I needed to get dressed up, I was a little skeptical of why I needed to do so but I complied with her demand. We went to her car, and then we got to the restaurant. It was called Buca Di Beppo, if you have not gone there go, order the baked ziti, it is the best. So, we got to the host and Nicole said table for two, we walked to the tables and you would not believe it, my entire suite was there, they surprised me! They did this all for my birthday. The cupcakes and the balloons were enough, but they went out of their way and did this too! My friends in Irvine are simply amazing. They have taught me something I will remember forever; put down the pen once in a while and have fun. Trust them, sometimes you will regret saying no. I still cannot fathom they kept a secret from me, I still do not see how they managed to do it. I am like a detective when it comes to these things. I love each and every one of them with all my heart and I still cannot believe we only have six more weeks together as we are all going our separate ways with housing next year. We need to make them last! Freshman year, where did you go?

Well that’s it for now.
Talk to you next week 🙂
XOXO,
Or as we Anteaters say ZOT ZOT ZOT,
Sabina G.

 

My friend Robert and I at Buca Di Bepo celebrating my 19th birthday! 🙂

 

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Celebrate UCI!

Greetings, fellow Anteaters! For those who don’t know, it’s Week 4 already! I still feel as though Spring Break was last week or something, but no, the quarter system has a way of making time fly, which is a good thing as long as you keep yourself busy.

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ONDAS is the way to go! The theme is First Year Excellence Program (FYEP), so you can’t go wrong!

Anyways, last Saturday was CELEBRATE UCI and I had a wonderful experience. That morning, I volunteered to be on the U/U student panel and spoke before prospective students and their families. Afterwards, I participated in a housing tour and showed my single dorm in Ondas to prospective students. This by far has been one of the best experiences at UCI! I enjoyed answering questions and giving these future Anteaters an insight to dorm life. It makes me a little sad that MY freshman year will come to an end in a matter of weeks. I’ve had so much fun these past quarters, and I can definitely say that I’ve grown a lot as a person. If anything, I hope to mentor freshman next year 🙂

Now let me tell you about Celebrate UCI and Wayzgoose! I had no idea what to expect as I stepped into Aldrich Park. Of course, there were numerous booths selling cookies, ice cream, $2 boba, you name it! I saw arts and crafts here and there, family picnics, and smiles everywhere. The coolest part was the car show! If only I could actually get inside the cars, but we weren’t even allowed to touch them :/ I guess you can look, but can’t touch. Oh well. Maybe next lifetime…

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I was a little sad that Wayzgoose ended at 4 PM, which seemed really early to me because I spent most of the day volunteering. However, I did catch a few dance performances on stage, and I must admit, I was so happy to see a group of girls dance “baile folklorico”. It brought me back to the days I used to watch my little cousins perform, and it also reminded me of back home and my Hispanic heritage.

Overall, I really enjoyed celebrating UCI! I hope all the prospective students who were present consider becoming an Anteater! UCI has a lot to offer and you’ll feel at home if you do the following: dorm (Did I hear Mesa Court? Yay! ONDAS is the way to go!), get involved (clubs, greek life, work-study, intramurals, ZotBlogger!) make new friends (outside of Facebook lol), and of course, study hard (you didn’t buy those books for nothing, right?). I hope everyone has a wonderful WEEK 4! Make the best of it, Anteaters!


Until next time,

BIANCA RAMOS

CELEBRATE UCI and WAYZGOOSE!

Hey guys!

Sorry for the all-caps title, but I was just too excited for Celebrate UCI/Wayzgoose 2013. Celebrate UCI was on April 20, 2013, which was yesterday. It was probably one of the best days of my freshman year, because I was able to volunteer the whole day for Middle Earth, which is one out of two freshmen housing communities at UCI. I volunteered as a tour guide, and I spent the day giving tours of my room and hall, Grey Havens. My friend and I woke up at 7am to arrive at the Middle Earth Basketball Courts at 8am, and then we volunteered until 4pm. It was quite a busy day, but like I said, it was so fun.

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At 8am, we helped set up everything. We tied balloons all around Middle Earth, prepared the snow cone and cotton candy machines, made posters, and created a balloon arch. Then the tours officially started at 10am! I have to admit I was pretty nervous for my first tour, but then after I gave my first tour, I was constantly looking for any opportunity to get a group of parents/students. I wanted to give as many tours as possible, because it was such an exciting and memorable experience. I really underestimated how tired I would be after walking backwards for a few minutes, and often times when I was giving tours I found myself partially out of breath as I was walking uphill…which is crazy and made me think about how tired actual Campus Representatives are when they give their tours around the entire campus.

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Middle Earth’s balloon arch! So pretty, yeah?

After I gave each tour, I would go help out at the snow cone station, and then when another group of freshmen came in, I would run back and give a tour. I actually really wish that I was able to give more tours, because I loved it so much. One thing that I remember that made me super happy was when I asked one of my tour groups if they had visited Mesa Court already, and one student said yes. I then proceeded to ask him which one he thought he was going to choose, and he said “Middle Earth, because of this tour.” This made me super happy and I felt proud that I was able to have a positive influence on both the Middle Earth community and the prospective students. It was one of the best feelings in the world. Hopefully next year some of the prospective students that I gave tours to will see me and let me know. Go baby Anteaters!

I hope everybody is doing well, and is having a good time, as we approach the end of our freshman year. Time for Week 4!

Until next time,

Mimi 🙂

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Just a little motivation. Make the most out of everything.

Have some fun in the sun! Make your break!

Hey Anteaters,

Spring Break; College students go to Florida to ride the waves, sunbathe by the water, and have those romantic one week affairs. The one week seems as though it is forever; literally, Spring Beckerd-college-south-beachreak on those television shows can last up to a whole season. So, how could I not think my break would be just as mesmeric as those I have watched all my life on television? I thought that I would maybe go on a road trip, and supplement the whole “college experience.” But truth be told, this was all an illusion for me. I could not believe that I did not venture out like those college kids I had seen do so much. Now that I look back on Spring Break I acknowledge that the choice was in my hands to do something riveting. So it was my entire fault my Spring Break was not the picture-perfect one I had in my mind.  I regret what I spenGossip-Girl-American-TV-seriest my Spring Break doing.  With the quarter system, time flies by like three times faster. It is difficult to even fathom. Spring Break was no different. The week went by just as fast as it always does at UCI. Except for the fact that I was at home. It literally flashed before my very eyes; I do not know how I ended up back in classes. So let me tell you just what I did on my Spring break; the first day, I was beat from taking tests so I watched “Gossip Girl” on Netflix. Days passed and I was still on the couch watching the same show. Incessantly I told myself that I would get up off the couch and go do something fun. I told myself that I would go drive somewhere impulsively, but that never happened. It was already Thursday and the week off was almost done. I had not even finished watching the season of “Gossip Girl” yet. So what do you think I did for the rest of my break? That’s right, I watched the whole season until Saturday.  So basically all I did all break was sleep, eat, and watch “Gossip Girl.” This break did not differ at all from high school; I did the same thing. For some of you watching television for ten hours of the day during a break is picture-perfect, but for me it was not.  My goal in college was to move past the predictability and become a whole new person that lives each day as though it is my last. I still cannot believe I did not do that.

 

****So here is my tip to you my fellow anteaters…

During breaks, DO NOT be couch potatoes. Get dressed and leave the house. Even if it is just to run errands, you are still being productive. Who knows who you will end up running into. Even though I absolutely love  “Gossip Girl,” the characters in this show are not real people and they are not my friends, even though I may think so when I am watching it. I needed to be with my friends. During breaks connect with your friends from high school, go have fun with them. I know during the quarter I am way too busy to see them. The most I do is send them a text every so often. Make the most of your breaks because once you are back in class, you cannot go back to “chilling.” It is all serious again…

Well that’s it for now.
Talk to you next week 🙂
XOXO,
Or as we Anteaters say ZOT ZOT ZOT,
Sabina G.

 

(BTW I still love “Gossip Girl” even though it was part of the reason I did not do anything all break)