Archive for November, 2013

Another great week in Middle Earth!

Hey fellow Anteaters!

How was your week? I hope it went well. I had my last midterm this past Friday and WOW am I happy it’s over. Besides that though, I had a great Middle Earth week.

Cassidy, my RA, held an event called Fish Bowl, where the girls who attended wrote questions on papers and put them in a bowl. Then we all passed it along, picked one and read and answered it out loud. It was a great way to get to know the hallmates better and it was fun.

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Some of my hall friends and I holding up our rock buddies. On the left of me is Angie and on my right is Sheila.

Another event I went to in my hall was Rock Buddies, where we decorated rocks because they’ll be our friends if we’re ever left alone a weekend if our roommate(s) left. It was really fun decorating the rocks because we were able to choose from different sizes and shapes and use regular paint and/or puffy paint. Some hallmates came to the event; we all were able to talk and hangout. It was a great way to forget about the homework and the studying.

Mason Jar

The mason jar I decorated 🙂

Another cool event I went to was Oh, The Things You’ll Do. As I mentioned last week, I was able to decorate a mason jar any way I wanted to and write on popsicle sticks the things I wanted to do before I graduated from UCI. On one of the popsicle sticks I wrote that I want to create and run a club. Another thing I wrote on a stick was to be able to write for the New University because in high school, I wrote for the school newspaper and it was really fun and a great experience.

Week 9 is Thanksgiving week and Middle Earth’s Pippin Common is having a dinner for students who are staying on campus because they can’t go back to their homes and families. However, I have the chance to go back home and celebrate it with my family. Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful Week 9!

Zot On,

Gaby

Uplifting.

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Typhoon Haiyan Relief T-Shirt Design

Hello, fellow Anteaters! 🙂

Last week has been an interesting, yet inspiring week.

I got to see people come together in terms of raising awareness and money for the Philippine Typhoon, which is also known as Typhoon Haiyan. I am in a club called Kababayan which is a Filipino organization. Through this club, I find it admirable how much little things can do for people who are in need whether it is donating one penny or two because it makes all the differences in an uplifting way. In Kababayan, people helped raised money by donating money or buying a T-shirt that contribute to the Typhoon Haiyan. It is really amazing how humanities work so quickly and on their feet to help out those who are in need get the necessities of life.

Zot Blogging - Photo 111913 ResizedAnother beautiful thing that happened just recently is a project that was on campus near the Student Center Terrence. It was called, “The Looking UP Project” where people take a moment to ponder about who made an incredible and important impact in their life. It is where people take a moment to think who inspired them, gave them hope, a hero, or saved their life. For one, I put that my residential advisor, Peying Lee from Palo in Mesa Court, gave me hope. I pinned it up on this huge board they had standing outside the Student Center Terrence. I put Peying as someone who gave me hope because she helped me through a lot and gave me great advice. She is a beautiful person with a big heart and she is someone I really appreciate for making such a significant impact in my life. Besides that, “The Looking UP Project” was really easy to find near the Student Center Terrence, and it was a beautiful project unfolding on campus to see people appreciating their love ones and touching people’s heart by sharing their appreciation.

After all, “if you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely” as said by Roald Dahl. This quote alone reminds me of this inspiring and admirable week that has just passed.

Anyway, Thanksgiving is just right around the corner and I will be going home for the holiday. I hope everyone will have a feast and to definitely appreciate everyone in their life and what they have. Appreciation is not just for Thanksgiving and to give our thanks, but rather it is to give and show it every day or often because we should always count our blessings and not dwell on negativity.

With that being said, have a wonderful holiday, Anteaters!

Love Always,
Lily Trang

The Perfect Love

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love… Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear…” – 1 John 4:16, 18

This is just a piece of the passage my brothers, sister, and I read in our time together. “You have siblings?” you may ask. Yes, but not by blood! I actually have two older sisters in relation, but the ones I speak of otherwise are those I have in Jesus. You see, we all become children of God once we accept Jesus, so that makes us family (1 John 5:1)! How awesome is that? I met them through a church group for college students called “The Well.” The Well originates from Harvest Christian Fellowship (Maybe you are familiar with the Harvest Crusades at the Angel Stadium?) and they actually have a group on campus as well! For all my fellow Anteaters, we are “The Well at UCI.”

I was super blessed, with not only the Word that was read, but the fellowship that was shared with me. Every Monday night, this small group come together to read a passage in the bible and share in depth the truth behind it all (I’ll also mention there is much laughter and fun as everyone is so silly and close knit!). Even though it’s not easy to set a time apart, especially since I finished up my last set of midterms for my first quarter this week, I’m so glad I joined them for the first time. I’ve come to realize that no matter how busy we are, God needs to come first and we need to set a daily time with Him, and that includes fellowship with other brothers and sisters.

So what is this perfect love? I valued how it was pointed out during our time that love is not just a characteristic that describes God, rather, love is the embodiment of God. It’s simply who He is, and He displayed it perfectly through Jesus Christ. Are you aware of His love for you? Do you know that through sin, we have been eternally separated from God, and there is absolutely no way to fix it ourselves? Do you know it’s impossible to be good enough? But take heart! For while we are still imperfect, Christ came and died for us so our relationship with God can be restored! He paid the price of death so we would not have to eternally, and all we have to do is accept that gift. Now that’s what I call love.

With lots of more love,

Aby Ambriz

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Holiday Break Time!

Holiday/Winter Candy Gram selling this last week was an interesting experience. What can I say? I felt like the people on Ring Road (when people refused to stop and check out the booth, LOL I kid). If everything works out, the grams will be out and ready to be sent out by this week! Huge thanks to everyone that stopped by to support and got into the holiday spirit 🙂

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This upcoming week on Wednesday, I’ll be going back home, to the Bay Area woohoo! I’m excited since I haven’t gone back this quarter at all (and it’s also my birthday week :D). I’m a bit nervous though since it is my first time flying completely by myself and my first time at the John Wayne Airport, which makes things more scarier; I have no idea of what to expect when I get there.

Once I arrive back home, I hope to catch up with family and meet up with old friends, do some Thanksgiving grubbing, and have a Black Friday shopping session. Still the fact that Finals are so close by, already guarantees a large amount of studying during my trip. After I come back I will only have one week before finals, and after finals I’ll be flying back home. Winter is my favorite season though it tends to be the busiest because of holidays and also because it’s the time to successfully wrap up the year. I hope that everyone has an enjoyable break with family, and study study study for those finals 🙂

Xoxo

C

Tis the Season to Be…

Mesa Court Events

This quarter I decided to become a hall rep because I’ve always enjoyed holding a variety of different leadership roles, and as a first year, it is the easiest and most fun way to get involved around campus. Every Tuesday night, I attend meetings with other halls reps from my hall and meet with the rest of the reps (from all 28 other halls in Mesa Court!), and the MCC (Mesa Court Council) board and discuss upcoming events for Mesa Court! Something fun that we are working on this month is a Holiday/Winter Gram Sale! I love the end of the year holidays, so I was super excited when I heard that we were working on this. This whole week from the 18th to the 22nd we will be selling the holiday/winter grams outside of Mesa Court Commons from 5 pm to 8 pm! It is always a nice gesture to remind someone how much of a good friend they are and how much you care for them especially right before the holiday break. I encourage everyone to do so and hey you might even receive some back 🙂 Like my good friend Victor Hernandez-Vega Activities/Advocacy Director for MCC once said “DON’T LET YOUR FRIENDS BE LIKE GRETCHEN WIENERS! TREAT THEM LIKE GLEN COCO!” (Total “Mean Girls” Reference!) I hope to see all of you there this week outside of commons where you will need the persons name, hall name and room number to have it personally delivered by us Mesa Court Council!

Until Next Time!

-Carolina

Stories to Tell

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I wish to blog about freshmen and their stories at UCI. I want to share what kind of long and short term goals they are trying to achieve throughout their first year at UCI. I want to give others the opportunity to share their stories, their dreams, their inspiration, and their motivation. I want to know what motivates them to do the major(s) and/or minor(s) that they are pursuing or what major(s) and/or minor(s) they plan on going into. I will blog stories about what makes them determined to do the things they want to do, and why they want to excel in their studies. I want to share stories of other freshmen’s experiences by getting to know them better and what is their motivational factor. I want to be able to share uplifting stories because I like listening to other people and being motivated by their goals and dreams. Overall, my topic will be focusing on student academics and how students are doing in their studies, what their experiences have been like so far here at UC Irvine, and their stories of what they want to pursue. I want to give them the opportunity to be heard and to motivate others as it does for me.

-Lily

The Beginning

Welcome to Ondas and welcome to my first blog! My hall is themed "Tangled." How cute, right?

Welcome to Ondas and welcome to my first blog! My hall is themed “Tangled.” How cute, right?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

This verse truly sums up my mission as your new Zot Blogger. In fact, I would not be writing to you, right now, if it were not for Him! I’ll begin by sharing how this came to be.

When I first heard about Zot Blog during SPOP (or student orientation), I had no second thought toward it. The only thought that did come up was, “Hey that’s cool, I’d love to read their blogs, but I probably won’t even…”  Yeah, didn’t even finish that thought! I’d like to shift the cause to the rush of SPOP and the excitement of my years of UCI beginning that day, but really, I just couldn’t see myself as someone who shares a prominent experience.

Yet, once again, the chance to apply for Zot Blog popped up, but this time, in a more personal manner. My wonderful advisor, director of Ondas FYEP, head faculty of Zot Blog, and friend asked me to consider applying (Love you, Gisela!). This is when I truly began to contemplate the opportunity, and I dwelled on the thoughts of what I could personally bring. Honestly, by myself I have not much to share, and it did not make sense for me to join! What could I possibly bring to the table?  But God tugged on my heart otherwise, and I deeply prayed about it.

Although it did not make sense in my own understanding, I trusted He could use me in ways I cannot imagine through this blog. Through this blog, He can use me to proclaim His love for you, and use my experience as a U/U freshman of UCI to show His mysterious ways of working. It is without a doubt, 100% God’s will that I am here.

I seeked His will, and the path was lit.

So here I am, blogging away! I want you to know that every single post I write will not be in my own strength, understanding, or words, but GOD using me through the Holy Spirit. If you don’t understand what I mean, it’s ok. I promise you, right now, to dedicate a blog for another time concerning who and how the Holy Spirit works. But for now, this concludes my beginnings as a Zot Blogger!

Love,

Aby Ambriz

 

A Little Bit About Middle Earth!

Hello fellow Anteaters!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Week 7. We only had 4 days of classes! As I vaguely mentioned in my biography, I’m going to be writing about how it’s like to live in Middle Earth.

Middle Earth is one of the main resident halls on campus just for incoming freshmen; there’s also Mesa Court. Middle Earth gets its name from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, indicating that all the residence halls and places to eat around Middle Earth have names from the trilogy. For example we have Gandalf’s Classroom, Pippins Commons which is a place to eat, and the dorms have names like The Shire.

Zot blog Pic entry 1This week my Resident Advisor, Cassidy Walker, set up a mixer with the hall Aldor. A mixer is where we get to meet new people from different dorms. We played games like Shipwrecked and Telerades. The picture above shows all of us who attended the mixer by the end of the event. We all had a great time and created new friendships.

The great thing about Middle Earth is that there are always fun events to go to throughout the week. This week I’m excited to go to an event called “Oh, the Things You’ll Do!” where we’ll decorate a mason jar and fill it up with things we’d like to do before the end of our college experience. Another event will be “Holiday Mail for Heroes” where we’ll be able to write letters for military families, veterans and active-duty service members. I can’t wait to attend these events!

Have a great week!

-Gaby

Get Your Zot On and Meet the NEW Bloggers!

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Hello fellow Anteaters,

Welcome to the Undecided/Undeclared Anteaters Blog also known as the famous Zot Blog! For those who don’t know me, my name is Bianca Ramos, former Zot Blogger from last year. This year, I am Assistant Coordinator for Zot Blog and I am excited to introduce you to the NEW Zot Bloggers for 2013-2014! Don’t hesitate to scroll down… Get to know the new Zot Bloggers and join them in their amazing journey as their first year of college unravels. Well, what are you waiting for? Go check them out!

Keep ZOT-ing On!

-Bianca Ramos

Meet Lily!

Zot Blogging - Photo 110913Hi, my name is Lily Trang. I am the baby in the family of three siblings. I have two older brothers and an older sister who currently lives with my parents. I was born in San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra, but raised in San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys.

Now, I am a student at UC Irvine who is Undecided/Undeclared, but leaning towards double majoring in Business Administration and Psychology and Social Behavior. I find people interesting and unique in all sorts of aspects. I believe in doing random act of kindness for others in hope that it will brighten their day.

Besides that, I enjoy long walks, heart-to-heart conversations, and blogging. I blog as a hobby since it helps me formulate my thoughts into words. I have plenty of dreams, but one of my most remarkable dreams that I had since middle school and held tightly onto is to open up a café one day. I do believe that dreams give a little more hope and faith in achieving what could become a reality.

Overall, the softer side to me would be that I love listening to ballad music and anything that is melody-like. Tea and coffee are my havens because it calms my soul. Winter is my favorite season, and hot chocolate with whipped cream is always lovely. I love hearing the voice of people’s laughter and seeing people’s smiles. I appreciate the little things in life and I find a lot of things and people to be a blessing. After all, I count my blessings and not my tragedies.

-Lily

Meet Gaby!

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My name is Gabriela Grijalva but everyone knows me by Gaby! I’m an Undecided/Undeclared freshman living in Middle Earth. As my part of the blog, I will be writing how life is like living in Middle Earth. My building is called Oakenshield, which is an all-girl dorm and it’s cool living here. I room with two other girls and they’re very cool and fun. I’m the first person from my family to go to college. I’m fully Mexican but born here so that makes me Mexican-American. I have two sisters, one is 25 and the other is 12. My parents don’t live together anymore for about 6 years. My mom is my hero; she does anything for my sisters and I.

I love listening to music and my preferred genre is rock. Any kind of rock, I don’t mind which one. I love going to concerts and I’ve been to almost all of my favorite bands’ concerts. I love to read books and watch movies and TV shows; I have a ton of favorite ones. I love to watch The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Parenthood and MasterChef. I’m a big fan of Batman… he’s my favorite super hero! He’s awesome! I also really like The Joker as well. I love Johnny Depp and Tim Burton! They are a dynamic duo! Their movies are amazing.

Well that’s enough from me. Have a great week! I’m out!

-Gaby

Meet Carolina!

ba047b3cf9b011e2830022000a9f50e0_7Hello my fellow Anteaters! 😀 I would like to start off by introducing myself. My name is Carolina Burciaga and I am currently a freshman at UC Irvine! This year I will be giving you an insight on my first year journey of college! A little background about myself, I am from Oakland, California which is up north, in the Bay Area. I attended a very small College Prep Charter High school, where our graduating class was only 60, and now I am in a campus with over 28 thousand students! I chose to come to UCI for many reasons, but change of environment and surroundings was definitely a big reason why. I was ready to get out of the urban Bay Area atmosphere and explore the many wonders So-Cal has to offer. Now I am living in the Palo house in Mesa Court. Palo is a FYEP hall, which stands for First Year Excellence Program, this hall has a large population of Undecided/Undeclared students. There is a lot of perks of living in a FYEP hall, like having academic counseling in our very own hall!  I am also one of the Hall Reps for my hall this year, and I get to attend meetings every week to plan out events with Mesa Court Council and other Hall reps. By having an insight on many different events going on both in Mesa and on campus, I will like to inform you all about them.

Being a first year and in my first quarter, I did not notice the big transition from high school to college, till now that I am more than halfway through the quarter! Time has gone by so fast that it feels like just yesterday that I unloaded my luggage from my car and arrived to my new destination, my new home. It’s crazy that soon I will be done with my first quarter here at UCI. I hope to make this one heck of a year, an unforgettable one. I also hope that you all enjoy my blog and come back next week for more.

Toodles and have a ZOTful day 🙂

-xoxo C.