Graduate Struggles

As I’ve mentioned earlier in another post, that I recently finished my undergraduate studies. Like any other graduate who majored in something that does not translate directly into a job description, I’ve been having a hard time defining my career. People say that job searching is equivalent to having a full-time job. This is the awful truth. My emotions rides a roller coaster of highs and lows going through the process.

These are the thoughts I come across while job hunting, not necessarily in sequential order.

1. Alright, let’s start this thing! Can’t live with the parents forever. Got my coffee in hand! Bring it!

2. [Opens Linkedin, Indeed, Aggie Job Link, Craigslist, Fast Company all at once.]

3. [Looks at Administrative Assistant positions.] Holy sh*t, requires 5 years of experience?! Are you kidding me?

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4. Data Entry position?? A monkey could do this…

5. I wonder where all my applications, resumes, and cover letters go. Seems like its going into a black hole because I don’t hear any responses.

6. Alright, this is depressing. Need some pump up music. [Cue Taylor Swift's Shake it off.]

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7. Let’s read some inspiring stories from successful entrepreneurs on Fast Company. INSPIRE ME.

8. I have reached my maximum capacity of tabs I’m allowed to open. Let’s actually start applying to some jobs! YEAH! FUN!

9. I wish I did more during college. Maybe I should have studied something different. WHY DIDN’T I DO ENGINEERING OR COMPUTER SCIENCE LIKE MY ASIAN PARENTS WOULD’VE WANTED ME TO.

10. No, I’m okay. I know I am a smart, confident young woman. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. Can I do this? I can do this.

From the hilarious Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”

“You know those books called From Homeless to Harvard or From Jail to Yale or From Skid Row to Skidmore? They’re these inspirational memoirs about young people overcoming the bleakest of circumstances and going on to succeed in college. I was worried I would be the subject of a reverse kind of book: a pathetic tale of a girl with a great education who frittered it away watching syndicated Law & Order episodes on a sofa in Brooklyn. From Dartmouth to Dickhead it would be called. I need a job.”

My thoughts exactly. But hey, look at how Mindy turned out!

The pursuit continues.

The pursuit continues.

Tune Tuesday: Alt-J

Alt-J just came out with their second album, “This is all yours”. Needless to say, this has been playing ceaselessly on my Spotify the past two weeks. Have you ever had an album or just a song that sticks with you? Whenever, you hear that song or album, it brings you back to those exact feelings that you felt when you first heard the song for the first time. That was Alt-J’s first album, “An Awesome Wave” for me. It brings me back to my spring quarter of my Junior year of college. It’s funny how music can evoke emotions in such a startling way. Alt-J-2-620x400

Moody Mondays

“It was one of the best days of my life, a day during which I lived my life and didn’t think about my life at all.”

- Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Moody Mondays: Inspiration

Here’s some inspiration for the week:

monday quotesSetting my intentions for the week:

1. Regularize my sleep schedule. No surfing on BuzzFeed at 2 AM in the morning.

2. “Workout” everyday this entire week. “Working out” doesn’t have to be 5 sets of hill repeats. Just get out of the house and move for 30 minutes or more!

3. Blog on the weekdays. The only thing that has been holding me back is my need for perfection with every post (which prevents me from ever publishing any).

Happy #NationalCoffeeDay! Go out and enjoy a cup of Jo’! 

Fall Ombre

Let’s talk hair. I’ve had a tempestuous relationship for the past ten years with my hair. Throughout elementary school, I had typical thick, straight, silky hair that most Asians have. However, starting middle school, around when puberty hit, shit hit the fan. My hair became this giant ball of frizz that could not be tamed. A pleasant little addition to acne and overall state of middle school awkwardness. [Sarcasm] Haha. I desperately tried every product my mother allowed me to buy and every technique to fix it. Sadly, to no avail. In high school, I heard a rumor that some girl was telling everyone that my hair looked like pubes. Ouch! Haha

Fast forward to present day, my hair texture has changed drastically since then. I still have thick hair but no frizz. A hair dresser once told me that your hair texture naturally changes every 5-10 years. So, there’s always hope! Now that I finally have hair that I don’t have to straighten on the daily, I want to try something new.

I want to cut my hair shorter for a more sophisticated look (something that screams college graduate). But also, color! I love seeing girls with ombre hair. I feel like it’s a pretty safe look that anyone can pull off! I’ve collected a bunch of pictures to show my stylist (thanks Pinterest!). What do you guys think?

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Love this burnt autumn color

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SOSUPERSAM sporting ombre

Now what?

I’ve officially graduated with a degree in Nutrition Science from University of California, Davis!

Now, I am at my parents’ home and am paralyzed with decisions. Decisions, decisions, decisions. I feel as if I can do anything and everything I want. However, taking insight from Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project, I can do anything I want, but I can’t do everything I want. This makes the whole decision making on the next chapter of my life astoundingly difficult.

However, then, I am stuck in this arrival fallacy, believing that when I arrive at a certain destination, a certain point in my life, I will finally be happy. Gretchen Rubin realized that “the days go slow but the years go fast” before writing her book. I try to keep this in mind when feeling stuck. Thinking back on the four years of college, I wish I did not complain about the midterms and lab reports. Those four years were four of the best years of my life spent with amazing people in a small but charming little town called Davis.

Here’s to making the next four years just as amazing. :)

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Hiatus

I’ve been gone for a very long time. But I’m back! And I’m graduating college next Friday! I’m definitely going to try to post on at least a weekly basis. Baby steps!

 

Bakers Beach, San Francisco, CA 05:24:2014

Bakers Beach, San Francisco, CA 05:24:2014

Freunde von Freunden

I’ve been meaning  to share one of my favorite online magazines, Freunde von Freunden. FvF features people from diverse creative backgrounds and interviews them in the comfort of their daily working environments.

I love the entire concept of  Freunde von Freunden which translates to “Friends of Friends” in English. The magazine never goes out of its way to find the most glamorous  apartment or workspace to photograph. Rather, all it’s features are through “Friends of Friends”,  giving the features a much more intimate feel.

If that doesn’t impress you, just check out the website. The aesthetics are visually impressive. I’ve always been very intrigued by artist’s workspaces, their second home. One’s workspace is such a sacred space for creativity and focus to merge.

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” –Betty Bender

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All photos taken from FVF’s feature of Drew Seskunas (Architect, Founder of the Principals, Greenpoint, Brooklyn) 

Flaming Lips & Stardeath and White Dwarfs – Borderline (2009)

Listen. You’ll love it.

“The Parisian Look”

While spending time in Paris, I swooned over how incredibly well-dressed everyone was. The styles that caught my eye were very distinctly Parisian. All the girls had perfect dewy skin and nicely coiffed wispy hair. I am guilty of taking double takes of extremely well dressed and attractive people. So, I started taking notes on some of the common staples in attempt to maybe achieving “the Parisian look”

  1. Black flats paired with red lipstick and double denim.
  2. Soft, undone wispy hair.
  3. Dark, fitted blazer paired usually with a bright silk scarf.
  4. Loose printed pants.
  5. Cardigans and coats in mustard brown.
  6. Ombre hair.
  7. Bright, good quality bags.
  8. Trench coats.
double denim done right.

Double Denim. Key the trip is to use a darker tone and a lighter tone. Avoid this.

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The “Oh, I actually just got out of bed” look.

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