WI18

To keep tradition, here is my recap on WI18-

It feels so good to be done with finals! This quarter’s round of finals were definitely much different to what I’m used to… I DID NOT HAVE AN IN-CLASS FINAL (at all)! To be honest, it’s a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I hate exams and cramming. A curse because group projects and papers are just as time-consuming. To be honest, I had a lot of brain farts these past few days. However, I’m so happy to say it’s all over now!

It’s my third winter quarter of my undergraduate career and I still feel like this time of the school year is definitely not my fave. I don’t know why but every winter quarter always feels so “slumpy.” Is that even a word, haha? Every year, it feels so slow, but fast at the same time. There’s always road bumps where I feel so down or anxious every winter quarter. At the beginning, I remember starting it out super overwhelmed. I started withdrawing myself from some of my favorite things because I just felt like I couldn’t do everything. Classes intimidated me and I haven’t felt that way since fall quarter of my first year. I started out the quarter with 22 units which then dropped down to 16. Yikes at myself for even doing that! As the quarter progressed, I started gaining the motivation again! Thank God I did.

This quarter made me realize a few things! Here are some things I learned about myself coming out of this quarter:

-I really love writing.

Hear me out. Yeah, I have this blog. Of course I love writing, but this quarter I had the opportunity to take a News Writing Workshop course that made me fall back in love with writing. I never really thought about or considered journalism as a passion of mine. This course allowed me to explore the different types of journalism while writing my own original pieces. Finally! A class that allowed me to express myself outside of a research paper or an academic essay. Not only did I get to create pieces to add to my portfolio, it has allowed me to learn more about the world and the students on campus. My professor was super dope too! The most rewarding moment I got out of that class was when we were sharing drafts of our articles and I got my paper back with the comment, “You’re an amazing writer. This is ready for publication.” This moment stuck with me the most and it has inspired me to keep writing. Check out my final article here!

-Access work is so important.

Shout out to my little/ading Isabella for throwing such a successful High School Conference. For those of you who don’t know, Kaibigang Pilipin@ throws an annual conference at UC San Diego where high school students from all of San Diego and Riverside county gather together for workshops, mxntoring, speakers, etc. There students are educated about resources for them to utilize to help them attain higher education. I feel so grateful to come to a university like UCSD. Flashback to a few years ago, I did not think I would be where I am now. I had no idea my path will lead to San Diego. Seeing these students feel so inspired and determined to pursue their dreams made my heart so full. It’s so important to help your community out, especially with giving them the tools to help their education.

-He has always been there for me.

He as in my homie, Jesus. Through times of discomfort, I look to my faith to bring me strength. This quarter, I have been given the blessing to help found a Pilipin@ Catholic Community on campus called Pagasa. Pagasa has been in the works since the beginning of this school year after being encouraged by our local parish to start this unique organization. With patience, persistence, prayer, and of course, pagasa, our club was born. Although only a quarter old, Pagasa has become a space that I look forward to every week. My faith has always been so important to me and having a space like this was something I have been looking for since coming to San Diego. I’m glad it is now here. It has allowed me to enrich my spirituality and I can’t wait to see what else we have in store.

-I can (somewhat) survive without meat.

Okay, I probably cheated four times but whatever. For Lent this year, I decided to give up meat. I would be a pescatarian for 40 days. Holy Week is next week, making it the end of Lent. To be honest, I was a little weary about this feat. However, I’ve found a deeper appreciation for fish and tofu. Seafood kinda rocks! I’ve been eating a lot of poke, pasta, stir-fry, and I’m not complaining. Of course, there’s always those temptations. Fun Fact: I cheated by eating chicken bake two times. I can’t resist T-T In conclusion, lowkey down to be pescatarian. Just don’t tempt me lol

-I’m getting freakin’ old.

I feel like these past quarters, I’ve just been a grandma. It’s not that I’m lazy, but I’ve just become such a homebody. I feel like one reason is because I’m getting old. My 21st birthday is in less than a week and I’m lowkey freaking out. Don’t get me wrong! I’m so excited. I really am. Just thinking about it makes me happy, but also anxious. I’m going to be an adult. Like legit this time. Like legally. Like actually. I’ll talk more about this in my next blog post 😉

As always, here are some pictures from this quarter. Check them out below!

I’m having a hard time getting this blog going and I always say I’ll post, but I get busy. I promise this time around, I’ll do it! This coming quarter is looking great and I’m so excited for Spring. I promise I’ll try my best to keep y’all updated on my shenanigans.

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Sincerely,
kaithleen1 (2)
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