Summer Break Shenanigans #10
Me putting EDM on loop to work on monographs.
Parents ask why there is strange noise.
8 Little Ways to Become More Present (and Love Your Life More)
I’m beginning my preparation in finding every tip possible for the P2 survival challenge. #Braceyourslves
- Sleep deep
- Tap into all 5 senses
- Revel in the small things
- Immerse yourself in a hobby
- Move toward your worries, instead of away from them
- Find power in releasing control
- Accept the nature of things
#Twentysomething as defined by a 23.5yo
In this cray summerbreaknotbreak with an ever-growing list of responsibilities, I surprise myself at having time to write a Tumblr post this thoughtful and able to encompass the essence of this past half year.
Twentysomething means accumulating an ever-growing list of responsibilities and learning to prioritize and time-manage, learning from stress and quasi-breakdowns (actually it’s primarily just rants… as of now), confronting the dilemma when you make mistakes but with good intentions, exploring alternative identities and finding out what truly resonates and what is fabricated, being so exhausted at times that you self-diagnose nacrolepsy, accepting the fact that you cannot keep in touch with everyone but still taking initiatives to make efforts, living in spontaneity, dealing with inevitable conflicts when you live at home, increasingly treasuring your time with family, adapting to very different work environments and dynamics, figuring out what to do when people don’t get something and set unattainable expectations even though you thought you made yourself clear, discovering regrets but finding ways to meet similar goals, setting clear goals and systematically accomplishing them a la Galatea effect, believing in yourself, keeping the big picture in mind, developing hashtags, being horrified when you see little kids using tablets and cell phones, forever opening your eyes to diversity, treating yoself, finding yourself in progressively worse scheduling scandals, losing yourself in hobbies, encountering and learning how to ameliorate awkward moments, putting SAT vocab words into real-life use, increasingly falling in love with coffee shops.
Twentysomething means being realistic to see the optimistic and pessimistic perspectives, but being strong to focus on building the optimism instead of being jaded from the pessimism.
The Work vs School Debate
The grass is always greener on the other side.
When in school, I complain about how everything is removed from context and doesn’t stick due to the lack of real-world applications found in work.
When at work, I complain about all the little inefficiencies preventing me from the most direct way of learning found in school.
But when all is said and done, it is always staggering to look back and see how despite all the endless work and complaints, everything from school and work synergistically meshes together and expands your mind.
Keep the goal in mind and carry on.
That last summer I cooked and made my own coffee and tea a lot; this summer I just eat out and go to cafes and write reviews a lot. Is this what growing up means—working harder, playing harder, making more $, spending more $, contributing more to society
Summer Break Shenanigans #9
What happens when you get 16 hours of sleep over 4 days during conference, and have work early tomorrow morning?
You come home and stay up replying to emails regardless because of all the inspiration from conference <3
23 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In San Francisco
All of them <3
Except I don’t hate LA that much (though of course that is only a city, not the City ^^)
Summer Break Shenanigans #8
Why did I choose to be productive on the WC final day
Sometimes I Feel Like Such a Bum
When I come home from work, collapse on the couch, watch kdramas, eat dinner, write Yelp reviews, then go to sleep =__=
I don’t know if it’s called procrastination or time management to have such a bipolar work ethic… either I’m on my caffeinated toes the entire day sounding productive pounding away on a keyboard at my desk, or I’m essentially waiting for bedtime.
Work hard, play hard, rest hard.
Twentysomethingness According to Friends
I used to watch Friends as a kid… now it all makes sense :’)
A Midsummer Night’s Crisis
The saying about staying hungry… I guess this summer I’ve been a bit too hungry. Literally because of my Yelp craziness, but more importantly, metaphorically because there are so many things I want to learn. I feel like I make this mistake repeatedly, fall behind my expectations and complain, reflect and make a plan, and in the end it works out.
After an eye-opening first year, of course summer seems like the perfect incubation time to grow personally, intellectually, and professionally. But with my greedy appetite, I defer and initiate too many things for the summer such that it feels I’m drowning in my own ambition. (I know everyone hates that facade “I’m too passionate and too hard-working”… but it seems too real!)
All this work, work-related things, side projects, self-learning, volunteer things, and obligations border on unrealistic scheduling on their own; however, taken together it becomes difficult to focus—it’s the opposite of synergy. In fact, today I had an interesting discussion with my Big that the problem with insane multitasking is that even though you are doing different things, you deplete the same pool of willpower.
Some people say that the biggest takeaway from undergrad is learning how to study. I realize that the equivalent in grad school is learning how to prioritize. You reach that point that you know what you want to do and what you can do, but you feel like everything is mutually exclusive, even though your capacity is not.
The solution? Not to keep calm and carry on, but to prioritize and carry on. Much as I am enthusiastic about health econ, it’ll go on hold for now. Much as I want to preview next year’s classes, I’ll likely just skim it during vacay this summer. Much as I’d like to work on my photography blog, for now I’ll stop after taking the pictures. Much as _ ____ __ ____, let’s minimize stresses and distractions.
Take it one day at a time. Let’s do this
Summer Break Shenanigans #7
When your ankle is sprained, your quads are sore, and you left your weights in SF… you do girl push-ups. Can’t tell whether that makes me sound intense or weak.
The Intern Diet
Grabbing a light skimpy breakfast because I’m maximizing the latest I can get up, getting full from coffee, having a yogurt for lunch because I’m too lazy to pack a real lunch and have too much Elite dignity to resort to the food truck, passing on the boba run because I’m cheap, slightly losing my appetite from being stressed, storming out of the house at night and going for the second run of the day.
Twentysomethingness that somehow all works out.
That it is impossible to keep up with everyone you’ve been hoping to keep in touch with. Even though true friends have no problem picking up where they left off in order to accommodate busy schedules, there is a significant opportunity cost of all the memories that could have been formed (sounds like anterograde amnesia).
And I thought I was done with that phase of twentysomething confusion :/
Notes from the Pharm #11
When you sleep in a different bed every 2 nights—wait, that came off as way more scandalous than I intended. Redo:
When you stay at a different city every 2 nights and switch among different work/conference responsibilities, you realize there is such thing as something more exhausting than full-time work or school. What makes things worse is not being able to sleep because you are too excited about the work you’re returning to the next day X)