Archive for May, 2013

“Fly Me to the Moon”

Hey Anteaters,

Let us reminisce back to our high school prom. We girls could not wait to be asked, when the day finally came, we spent hours getting ready: doing our make-up, getting our hair done. We were so nervous for our first slow dance on the dance floor, this first slow dance; we all thought would be our last. This was definitely not my last, UCI’s housing Semi-formal allowed me to relive my night of prom with my boyfriend. To be completely honest, UCI’s semi-formal was even better than my high school prom. You should definitely go! UCI gave me a night I will never forget. When we arrived to the dance, there was a band playing music by Frank Sinatra as the theme was “Fly Me to the Moon.” It was so romantic. Inside was a caricature artist, a photo booth, and you could make your own flip book out of multiple pictures they took of you. There was this huge dance floor where they played modern songs; it kind of reminded me of a club. This took place near the Donald Bren Hall. It was on campus and they(the housing representatives) did an astounding job! That night I did not even get the vibe that we were right near classrooms. I felt as though we were miles away from school.  I felt we were being flown to the moon! I believe this dance is reared towards the freshman class, but I will definitely be attending every year. Some people dressed up in gowns, and others wore simple spring dresses. You can dress however you want as there is no dress code. There is is definitely a difference between what you can wear in high school to the dances and what you can wear at UCI. It is very liberating to see that no one dressed the same at the dance, and no one judged. Advise for those living in Mesa Court next year start walking to the location 30 minutes before the dance, remember you are not exactly on campus. And girls do not try to walk that far in heels, bring flip flops just in case, I wish I had done that. I will follow my own advise next year.  I simply cannot wait to go again next year, and I definitely hope to see all you incoming freshman there!

Xoxo for now,

Or as we anteaters say zot,zot,zot

Sabina Goldstein

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My Memorable “Memorial Day Weekend”

photo 2Greetings, fellow Anteaters from Oakland, CA! I’m currently sitting on my comfy, soft bed back home, typing away. As I mentioned before, I decided to go home for Memorial Day weekend to visit my family and friends. So far, it’s been so much fun! I’m even convinced that I’ve been having more fun than I did for Spring Break! I got home on Wednesday afternoon to be surprised with my grandma’s homemade posole to enjoy with my family. On Thursday, I grabbed some frozen yogurt with my friend from high school and went to visit my old high school afterwards. I still can’t believe I graduated from high school a year ago! On Friday,  I hung out with my best friend since kindergarden AND I went to see Fast & Furious 6 with my cousin and mother. I must say, I’ve been a BIG FAN of all the Fast & Furious movies since I can remember. I own most of them on DVD! I love all the action that comes with the street races… and oh my God… Paul Walker has to be the hottest man alive! I enjoyed watching the 6th movie in theaters, but I feel like it’s taking a new approach- you don’t see much fuss about “cars” or “street racing”… and that’s what I miss the most. I actually like how Fast 5 ended… but the ending to Fast & Furious 6 was more like… what in the world can happen next? I don’t know, I guess the first movies will always be better in my opinion. But enough of that talk… I hope you all GO WATCH IT! It’s pretty intense!

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Being home hasn’t quite felt like a mini vacation after all. I feel like I have unfinished business back in Irvine, so it won’t be a problem going back. I have about 2 more weeks left + Finals Week, so I’m kinda looking forward to that. It’s bittersweet, really. One minute I was moving in my dorm, and the next, I’ll be packing my things to move out. I don’t want to leave UCI just yet. Since I’ve been home, I’ve felt as though I’ve gotten used to the warm weather in SoCal. Can you believe I turned on the heater last night because I was cold, here in NorCal?! My mom says I’m exaggerating… Haha. But see, here’s the thing: College may seem like a scary thing at first to all incoming freshman, but once it’s coming to an end, you will realize that you can accomplish so much and you’re not going to want to leave! Even if that’s not the case, you’ll realize that you’ve learned a lot from the experience itself. So on that note, make the best of everything! Remember the first week in the dorms how you made the effort to get to know everybody? Continue to be curious. Continue to make new friends. Freshman year may be coming to an end, but when sophomore year comes around, do it all over again. I know for a fact that I will keep in close contact with a few incoming freshman… that means I will be a mentor for incoming U/U freshmen next year! I’m really excited since helping students is something I’m really passionate about. Next year already sounds so exciting! 🙂

That’s all for now, folks! It’s Sunday Fun Day, so that means I have to get ready to go to my aunt’s house for a barbecue. Sounds like fun, right? Hope you’re all doing well with classes! You’re *almost* done!

Until next time,

BIANCA RAMOS

The End Is Near…

The end…of freshman year, at least…is near! And it’s so sad to think that I won’t be able to say I’m a freshman anymore. I won’t be able to see my hallmates everyday, I won’t be able to just go to Pippin or Brandywine Dining Commons and pig out. I won’t be able to have that fun dorm life. However, time does pass and everybody gets their own turn. Therefore, I should be happy that I had such an amazing year in Grey Havens and make the most out of the moment I have now. Sophomore year will be fun, too! It’s so crazy thinking that I’ll be a sophomore in college…

With the school year coming to an end, that means that there will be a lot of banquets, bonfires, end-of-the-year events, etc. For example, today, ASUCI just had our banquet! Then, at the end of this week, Anteaters In Action will be having their end of the year banquet too, which I know will be super fun. Also, my hall is having a hall dinner and bonfire soon to celebrate the memorable, fun, and wonderful year we have spent together. Time truly flies–again, I say this in every post. [Refer to Maryann’s post about getting involved in ASUCI! :)]

Anyways…today I just found out that I will be a mentor for an Undecided/Undeclared freshman next year! I’m excited to be able to guide a freshman towards having the best possible first year, and also to help them understand what path they want to go towards. Being an Undecided/Undeclared student, I definitely understand how difficult it can be to know what one wants to do. However, I believe that with the help of many of the U/U staff members, I have been able to truly see what I want to do with my college years. Also, as a freshman, I took a lot of introductory classes for the major(s) that I wanted to go towards, and so that really helped me see what I enjoyed and did not enjoy.

Good luck on midterms, everybody! And make sure to make the most out of everything. See you guys next week!

2 more weeks! Crazy.

ASUCI banquet with my team, Anteaters In Action!

ASUCI banquet with my team, Anteaters In Action!

– Mimi

Winning the most difficult battle of them all…

Hey Anteaters,

Today I am going to tell you about how surreal college is and the real battles you will have to take on even though they may seem infeasible. Truthfully today I did not know what I was going to write to you guys, until I realized what I had spent the last 7 hours working on. I had my first college battle, and I am proud to say that I won.

College is frankly a rough place for those of you who have been dependent on your older sister or partners in a group to do the dirty work. The dirty work for me has always been making a Power Point. Whenever I was in a group project in high school I told my partner I would do the research and I would send it to them, so they could produce the Power Point. This is the first time I was ever asked to do a PowerPoint all alone: the research and the slides.  It was so difficult to even grasp the notion of doing all that work. My sister wasn’t here to even assist me, and I dreadfully desired help, however I stayed strong. I “writhed in pain” for hours upon hours making a 3 slide Power Point. But finally I was triumphant.

The moral of the story and your freshman tip is anything at a university is possible. Look at me, I spent my whole life relying on others around me and once I was finally forced out of the lines of my limitations I became conscious of how much I could really do. Anteaters you can do whatever you set your mind to. Just hold your snouts up high and reach for the sky. At Irvine anything is possible even if it as simple as making your first Power Point. Every battle will be won you just have to keep shuffling slowly along(the type of walking an anteater does).

xoxo for now,

Or as we anteaters say zot,zot,zot

Sabina Goldstein

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Uh-oh… WEEK 8 is here! :D

Well, hello there! Week 7? Done. Welcome, Week 8! This only means ONE thing: there’s only 3 weeks left, including Finals Week. Believe it or not, this is a big deal. Time is flying by, and at this very moment, I feel like I’m trying to squeeze in a lot of things I wanna do before I officially finish my freshman year at UCI. I have yet to go to Disneyland and it’s a huge possibility that I will be going with my hallmates right after our last final. I also hope to spend a day at Laguna Beach, because you know, I’ve watched 2 seasons of MTV’s Laguna Beach and maybe I’ll fall in love there… Haha just kidding. Or am I? 😉 Yeah, I’m kidding. I also want to have a photoshoot with my hallmates in Aldrich Park. I must admit, UCI is beautiful- the campus, the scenery. I can’t wait until I’m done with finals to finally relax and breathe. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves… there’s still 3 weeks left and that means being productive and focused isn’t optional- it’s a must.

This might be random but I’ll be going home during Week 8. This is kind of a big deal to me because I’m from NorCal. This will be the first time I’ll be going home for a casual visit. I’ve been quite a tough cookie and waited to go home for Thanksgiving break, Winter break, and Spring break. A lot of my hallmates go home on the weekends, and the dorms are quiet and a little lonely sometimes. The distance away from home doesn’t bother me. I’m truly blessed to be where I’m at. But since I’m going home this upcoming week, I can’t express how happy and excited I am. I feel like some people take dorm life for granted by going home EVERY weekend, but I kind of understand that feeling you get when you’re home- and it’s like no other. My advice to freshman is to tough it out… don’t go home every weekend. If you signed up for dorm life, make the best out of it. Socialize, plan events, and hang out with friends…. YODO! (You Only Dorm Once). It’s okay to go home occasionally on the weekends if you live nearby, but don’t make it a habit… you might be missing out on some fun stuff! Also, this is the time you become INDEPENDENT! Yes, that includes doing your OWN laundry as opposed to taking your dirty heap of laundry back home. That’s no fun. I actually have fun doing my own laundry in the dorms; I feel a sense of accomplishment afterwards 🙂

So with that said, I hope you all have an amazing WEEK 8. I know I will 🙂 Do not procrastinate… you know who you are! Haha.

 

Until next time,

BIANCA RAMOS

Are you ready to tackle your SECOND year at UCI?

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Hey, there Anteaters! Guess who was at the Keystone Leadership Conference this weekend? I was! 🙂 The Keystone Leadership Conference is a one-day event full of helpful workshops and informational sessions to aid first-years transition from life in the dorm to living independently in their second year of college. This exciting event took place last Saturday on May, 11th. I started off my day, waking up at 7 AM to get ready and headed to the Mesa Court Multi-Purpose Room at 8 AM to check-in and eat breakfast. Yes, I know it sounds dreadful to wake up SO EARLY on a Saturday morning, but believe me, it was worth dragging myself out of bed. At check-in, I got a nametag, a Keystone booklet, a cool red bag, a t-shirt, and pens. I got my plate of breakfast and sat at a table with a few familiar faces of Mesa Court residents. There was a few residents from Middle Earth, but Mesa Court topped it off (woohooo! Mesa Court!). Throughout the day, there was icebreakers to get to know each other, and we were later broken up into small groups based on our interests ranging from our majors or intended majors, which made it easier to network with our mentors during the conference.

431903_10101738072655321_1647347498_nAs the day went on, we had a workshop called “Avoiding the Sophomore Slump” which informed us about different time management techniques and how to cope with stress. We also had a Professionalism workshop that helped polish our resumes and informed us what to do and NOT do to during interviews. Afterwards, we headed to the ARC for a fun cooking class! This was my favorite part of the conference not only because I wanted to cook some food, but because I knew it would be useful now that I won’t be depending on Mesa Commons, Pippins, or Brandywine for food. Next year, I’m gonna have to learn how to survive without a meal plan. Chef Jessica Vanroo walked us through the steps to make a few Mexican dishes, including green chicken enchiladas, guacamole, quesadillas, and baked churros ALL FROM SCRATCH. Not only did we learn how to cook, but we also had the chance to eat it and it turned out pretty good! With our tummies full and satisfied, we headed to Middle Earth to listen to a keynote speaker, followed by a money management workshop and a panelist of students.

photo-1Overall, this was wonderful experience filled with opportunities and learning! It’s true when they say that the whole college experience is about growing as an individual, and I can proudly say that I’ve grown to be responsible and independent in college. Now I’m ready to finish my last quarter as a freshman and tackle my sophomore year! This conference was a memorable experience that I recommend for all incoming freshman! You will not regret it, even if you have to set 2 alarms to wake up and be ready by 8 AM 🙂 Hope you all have a GREAT WEEK 7! By the way, the Vendor Fair is on campus, so go check it out!

 

Until next time,

BIANCA RAMOS

 

Reminiscing the Night of Fright

Hey Anteaters,

Goblins, ghouls, and witches, oh my! How should I spend my night on this holiday that I decree the scariest night of them all? We all have traditions on Halloween. We might go with our friends trick or treating (because we can never get too old for that), or every year we help our parents decorate our houses so we can scare little children. UCI does not want you to lose any of your traditions, so they let you keep them, but have you make whole new memories with entirely new people.

Mesa Court has this activity called Haunt the Halls, people compete to have the most petrifying hall it is actually extremely fun. If you feel you are too old to go trick or treating definitely partake in this activity. My hall actually did it, and even though we did not win, they sure did scare me!

My Halloween night was spent with some of my dorm mates and one of my friends that commutes (you can still have a lot of fun here if you commute). We went trick or treating! Yes, because we are 7 at heart! It might not look like there is anywhere to go trick or treating in Irvine, but to my surprise there was! There is this community that is called University Hills where professors and students live, and what is scarier than seeing your professor outside of class? I am urging all of you guys to go to University Hills your freshman year! Dress up, and have fun, if you don’t feel like buying a costume you don’t have to; just look what most of my new friends did (the hats are from In ‘n Out and everyone loved them)!

xoxo for now,

Or as we anteaters say zot,zot,zot

Sabina Goldstein

Halloween is coming up in 5 months, and I say it is best to prepared!

 

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Week 6 is here… Say WHAT?!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Anteaters! I didn’t do anything special today other than work on my essay for Writing 39C, and oh boy, it’s A LOT of work. I love writing… for fun, of course- without any deadlines or pressure to check for grammatical errors and what not. Yeah, this is college for you. Not to scare any incoming freshman but it can be overwhelming sometimes, and just know that this is normal in college. For the next few weeks, I will be preparing for my last two midterms of the quarter and working on this research paper. It’s manageable if you manage your time wisely and learn not to get distracted by social networks and friends. I have yet to master that skill, but I’m progressing 🙂

Believe it or not, it’s Week 6. I’m a little sad now that I have a few weeks left living in the dorms. Sometimes I wonder where the time went, and I dearly miss fall quarter. WELCOME WEEK was truly memorable- getting to know everyone in my hall, exploring the campus by day and night with friends, and a lot of hall bonding! For most of us, classes weren’t in session so we had a lot of free time to just get acquainted with the campus and with each other. Now, it seems as though we’re all busy studying for midterms. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and alone, but do NOT isolate yourself! Make time to study and time for friends. It can be as simple as having dinner as a hall ( AVOID taking out food from the dining commons! It will become a bad habit and you’ll be isolating yourself!). Another important thing is to keep yourself busy! If you have some free time, head to the gym and exercise before you start studying (get that blood pumping and de-stress yourself!). Also, make sure you have something to look forward to… it can be something you planned for the week like heading to the beach with friends or the next anticipated party. Let’s not forget that rewarding yourself for your hard work is essential! Treat yourself to that yummy frozen yogurt at Yogurtland or to a frappuccino at Starbucks (my favorite is the Mocha Coconut frappuccino!). I personally have the Keystone Leadership Conference to look forward to on Saturday, which I’ll be talking about next week 🙂 Last but not least, finish strong this quarter, Anteater! You earned your spot here and you deserve to be here, so you’re more than capable of getting that essay done and getting a good grade on that midterm. You’re almost done! I hope these tips help you along the way!

Until next time,

BIANCA RAMOS

 

The truth about college

Hey Anteaters,

college   This is crucial advice, so please listen close. College is a place where we envision something like what we saw in the movie “Accepted.” If you haven’t seen it yet watch it, but do not believe that is what college is like. I, on the other hand, succumbed to trusting that movie.

Packing day came and I spent the whole summer buying clothes for parties. I even gave some of my dresses the title of “clubbing clothes.” I brought approximately fifty dresses with me. My clothes do not fit in my closet. Let this be a warning the closets in the dorms only fit what is necessary. Leave the glittery scarves, the “clubbing dresses,” anything you don’t really need at home(the rooms are not that spacious either).

Bring tennis shoes, not heels. This is embarrassing, but to be honest, I had to buy tennis shoes in Orange County, because all I brought was wedges, and stilettos. There is a lot of walking to get to your classes, and there is no way you can go through Aldrich Park (the biggest short cut to get to your classes—do take it!) in heels without twisting your ankle.

UCI has a lot more studying than partying, so plan on bringing a lot of sweats: comfort clothes. J Don’t get depressed just yet though; there are parties if you look for them, I can guarantee you! The other night Mesa Court (I recommend living there because it is very involved in making sure that the students get a once in a while break from studying, and yes the coolest people live there too!) hosted a Casino night, where I actually got to wear one of my clubbing dresses. Yay!!!It was a lot of fun. My crucial advice don’t overdo it while packing, bring a couple of fancy dresses (this goes for guys too, there is a guy in my dorm that brought so much clothing that is all over his floor). Trust me you won’t miss them that much!

xoxo for now,

Or as we anteaters say zot,zot,zot

Sabina Goldstein

Circle K Banquet/Ken-Ya Dance/Senior Prom/Tie-Dye?

Hey Anteaters! How are you guys doing? This post is going to be sort of like a double-post, because I wasn’t able to post last week. Sorry! Anyways, last Sunday, I went to an end of the year banquet for a club at Irvine called Circle K. The banquet was held for members, and it was just a nice way for old board members to “retire,” and to welcome the new board members of 2013-2014. The theme of the banquet was “Once Upon A Time.” At the banquet, there was yummy food, good music, and also a few performances. For example, for any of you Circle K/Key Club members out there, some of the members showed us the dance that they performed at DCON again.

At the event, we were able to catch up with other members. I was really happy that I went to the event, because recently I haven’t been able to see many of my “family members” (I will explain later) because I’ve been so busy. I haven’t been going to the meetings…so that’s my fault, and therefore I feel like I haven’t seen anybody in so long! In Circle K, if one chooses to join the club as a member, one will be placed into a family, with two “parents,” a “big brother/sister” and also a bunch of other “siblings.” I love being in a family because I’m really able to get to know a few members and develop a stronger bond with those people. Also, being put into families introduces friendly competition because many families like to compete with others at Family Day. Family Day is a day dedicated to Circle K, where all the members go to a park and participate in different types of games, etc. It’s so fun and it’s another great opportunity to get to know your family members and also different club members better.

If any of you guys are interested in joining Circle K, I strongly suggest that you guys do! It’s really fun and it has really made my first year here at UC Irvine better.

Another event that took place on Sunday was Ken-Ya Dance, which is a charity dance showcase that is held at UC Irvine’s Bren Events Center. At the event, there were different performances from dance crews at UCI such as MCIA, Urban Motus, INSA, etc. Also, Philip Want from WongFu Productions, Yuri Tag from Kaba Modern, and DanAKADan from Afterschool Special. Poreotics, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 5 winning team, was also there! Unfortunately, I was not able to go to the event because I already RSVP’d to go to the Circle K event. I really wanted to go to Ken-Ya Dance, because some of my friends who were on the dance teams were performing…and, because Philip from WongFu went to my high school!

So far, I’ve been really busy because the school year is coming to an end. I have to find a balance between schoolwork, friends, time for myself, and also other things such as the ASUCI commission I am in, Anteaters in Action. On Friday, we had an event called Senior Prom, and it was where we went to the Inn at the Park Senior Citizen Homes, and we danced with the senior citizens. The event was super fun, and it was a great way to de-stress and just enjoy the start of my weekend. Also, yesterday my RA planned a fun tie-dying event for our hall, and it was also a great time to de-stress on a sunny Friday afternoon.

As time passes and all of us realize that our freshman year is soon to be over, I think it’s important to make the most out of every moment. I can’t believe we’re starting Week 6 of our Spring quarter, and there are only 5 weeks of school left. It’s crazy, because I remember when we had 5 months of school left…it really seems like just yesterday when we moved into our dorms and had Welcome Week. Well, I hope you all have a great weekend and good luck Week 6! Study hard, and play hard.

See you guys soon,

Mimi 🙂

“Life is what you make of it.”

 

Senior Prom.

Senior Prom.

Senior Prom.

Senior Prom.

 

Circle K Banquet! Me & my family.

Circle K Banquet! Me & my family.

Ken-Ya Dance 2013

Ken-Ya Dance 2013

Tie-dying with the hall!

Tie-dying with the hall!