Monday, March 20, 2017

DSA AREITO

Hello Familia!!

 A few weeks ago the Dominican Student Association had their annual dance party. Of course I had to tell you guys all about it, in the first place because I'm Dominican, I'm part of the committee,  and it was an amazing event. This year was one of our biggest event ever because it was possibly the last one since most of the Dominicans on campus are graduating. As if right now we are still looking forward to keep doing it in the future, but we wont know until next years come, and may be more Dominicans arrive to campus.
For this years event the topic was Fauna and flora. We focus the event to educate people on the beauty of the engendered animals and plants back in the Dominican Republic. We also took the moment to explain how animals are often used in our language to describe certain types of people in our country. As an example a tiger "tigere" is a person who is often younger than the person saying it, energetic, immature, vicious, with dynamic persona, most often a bad boy with lots of swag. In the other hand  pigeon "palomo" is a person who is most often scared of everything, someone that is soft, most often used to describe males that can't get any girls ever.
There were different performances through the night. I participated in most of them because I love singing and dancing so why not, also it is my last year at USU, and I wanted to be part of everything we did this year. A little moment was also take to commemorate our dear friend Frank Marino De Leon who passed away last semester. He will forever be miss and remembered. Two awards in his honor were given to a professor and a staff from the school for their support to the Dominican community through the years.
There was also Delicious Dominican food as always. We had Dominican chicken, with "moro" a type of Dominican rice with beans, salad, and "flan" the most delicious Dominican desert.
To finish the night, we had a dance party after the show where everyone danced to the tune of Dominican music all night long.






Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring Break

  Hello everyone. It had already been half way through the semester and it is time that school gives out Spring Break!! to students. I feel so good because it is a rest from all the hard works during school times. It is around a week this time and I decided to go back to my country Korea and spend some time there. I know it is kind of short to fly 14 hours for a week, but I believed that it will worth it. My basic plan for it is to meet family, not go out so much and take some rest from home. Almost all of my friends are servicing their time in the military, so I cannot meet a lot of them. I am really looking forward to it.
  Many of my friends at USU are planning to go camping, climbing in the wild. There are a lot of camping sites and natural rock climbing places that students really love to enjoy. I wanted to try, but myself is not really a climbing person, so I gave up. There are so many different places that you can enjoy around Utah, so I am looking forward to hearing diverse experiences from friends. I am kind of worried about getting back to school after it, but I believe I will have the best time in there!! Happy Spring Break !!

skiing in Utah


How are you all doing?
 It is almost getting to half of the semester with a lot of things went on. So much school activities and lots of tests. So to get rid of those stress, I decided to go skiing with my friends. Utah is definately the best place to ski and there are so many places to go skiing around school.
Cherry Peak takes only around 15-20 minute drive and other places like Beaver Mountain takes 25-30 minutes drive. It is no burden of time to go and actually really cheaep to borrow skies from school. It only costs around $13-15 to borrow a ski set. The place that I decide to go this time was Beaver Mountain. The day was with really clear sky and moderate weather. The snow was incredible and I had so much fun. It was bit cold at the top of the mountain but still, so much fun to ride down. I believe that it is one of the best opportunities that students living in Utah can get. Never gone ski this much in my life and never knew I loved it so much. You will get to experience all these once you are in Utah State University.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

SPRING BREAK - SAN FRANCISCO

HELLOOOOO!!!!!!!!
Spring break has come to an end and I am really upset :(
I thought that I was not going anywhere for spring break but at the last minute my friends and I decided to travel and we decided to go to SAN FRANCISCO!
I fell in love with SF! I love the weather, the city, the people, food, literally everything. Although I was only there for four days I was able to go to every famous tourist place and truly enjoyed the city. I was quite surprised because I thought SF was going to be warm, sunny and nice but it was the opposite. It was quite windy and cold, but I still loved it :)
 
 







Friday, March 3, 2017

USUSA Elections

Here at USU we elect officers every year to represent us, the students, and are also are responsible for all the major events on campus. . The new officers for the next year were just elected. And for the first time ever we had internationals students run for some positions. Three international students ran this year and one of them was elected. 

These are this year's candidates: 

If you want to know more about USUSA, this link: https://ususa.usu.edu/candidates/ has everything you need to know about USUSA. GO AGGIES!

Monday, February 27, 2017

10 Tips to Succeed in College (International Student version)

I remember when I first came to the U.S, I was so afraid of asking, of talking to new people, and not knowing anything. I can think of days where I wish I was home again because it felt lonely to be in a place where I though I wasn't going to be understand, where I though that I wasn't going to be able to make friends, where everything was unfamiliar and the culture was different. All these thoughts change, the moment I stared to let go of my nightmares, accepted that I was in a very different place from home, and I changed a few different things. Here are 10 things that you could do to make your college experience a better one.


1- DO NOT BE AFRAID

Don't be afraid! That is it! Don't be afraid of exploring. Take the time to go beyond the geographical boundaries set by the school. Take a walk around that small town that you will call home for the next four years of your life. Don't be afraid to get to know other people. Go and make new friends. I promised that your friends back home will understand. They know that you will always be their friend, but remember that you are now in a different place far from them, and making new friends will open new doors in a different place. Don't be afraid to experience new things. Go and snowboard if you don't know how to, go hiking, or mountain climbing. Don't be afraid of talking to your professor or your advisor. They are very knowledgeable people, remember that they  already when through college and they can help you find the right path towards what you want.

2- GET INVOLVE

 Join different clubs, this is the easiest way to make new friends, and to try new and exiting things. If you like science, then join the chemistry club. If you like baseball, then join the baseball club. The sky is the limit in college! They don't have a club that you are interested  in, well then make your own. Yes! you can create your own club. Join a sport club if you like sports. Get involve with the service center, if you love to volunteer and help others. Go and try out for the marching band, if you play any instrument. Be part of something! This will make your college experience better, an your resume look good!

3- ASK FOR HELP

Make sure that if you are struggling with anything, ask for help! Here on campus we have many resources to help you overcome anything. If you are struggling with classes go talked to your teacher, you might found out that he has TA's that can help you with any questions, that there might be a tutoring lab for the class, or he might be able to help you with anything that you are struggling in class. Also if you are struggling with metal health issues, we have a counseling center where there is always someone available to help you.  They Key here is to just ASK. If you think that you are alone is this, you are wrong!

4- MAKE FRIENDS

Don't forget that you cant do this alone. make sure to make friends because they will make your experience a better one. They will help you through ups and down, and they will bust you confidence when you feel that your  world is falling apart. They will remind you everyday who you are. College can be though, and sometimes you will feel that you are not smart enough, pretty enough, and don't deserve being here. Your friends will be your rock, they will remind you that you do belong here, that you are smart, that you are good enough, and deserve to be here. They will make you laugh, and they will never leave you alone.

5- YOU ARE HUMAN

Remember that you are human, and that everyone makes mistakes. You don't have to be perfect because no one is. Don't try to be better than anyone else. If you want to be better that someone, it should be you. Not your roommate, not you friend, not anyone else. Everyone is different, we all have different strength and weakness. This is what makes us all special. Stop trying to be this perfect image of a perfect person that doesn't exist because if you do this, you will friend people that appreciate you because of who you really are. 


6- YOU ARE NOT A GRADE

Remember that you are not a number, grades do not define who you really are, and how much you know.   A test does not define how smart you are, or how much you study, a test only can test how good you fallow rules and memorize things. A test is standard, and since we are different, may be what works for me doesn't work for you. Also, you once you go to get a job they don't only look at the grades, they also look at job experiences, extracurricular activities, and other things. Do not let a grade or a class define who you are. You are more than an exam can test. A test is just a piece of paper and that does not reflect who you are.

7-TRAVEL

Go on road trips! Go on adventures, and travel the world (or at least explore the city that you are living in) you will be surprise of how many things you will discover. Traveling will open your eyes and your mind to new people, and new cultures. You will learn to understand other people, it will teach you to appreciate what you have, and learn to love the rest of the world. You will discover that even though we are all different, we are all humans, and we just want to be accepted. You will see the world with different eye, the eyes of compassion, the eyes of kindness, the eye of acceptance, and the eyes of love.

8-TRY NEW THINGS

I know that doing or trying new things can be scary, but college is the prime time to get over this fear. If performing gives you sweaty hands, it is the perfect time to get over it. Join a club , and go perform with them. I know so many people that were always afraid of performing, they tried it once, now they love it, and cant stop doing it. I cant say that I was one of this people (because I love dancing, singing, and the spot light), but what I can tell you is that majority of my international friends have gone through this part of their life, and they don't regret it a bit! Eat new food, try every plate even if you find it weird, you might be surprise. I mean other people would not eat it, if it wasn't good, wright?  Try snowboarding, skiing, or surfing, you don't know if this is the area where you excel and because you haven't try it you will never know.

9-Volunteer

Make sure to use some of your time, to give back to the community and the campus where you are living. Besides looking good in your resume, it is a good way to help others and  meet new people outside in the community. You will be surprise of how great it feels when you help others, and how amazing it feels when you see a big smile in their face for the service that you are doing. Go to you service center on your campus, I'm pretty sure that there will be one wherever you choose to go. Here at Utah State we have a service center at our student center (main building). They are usually looking for people to help with the different programs that they offer, so if you are kind and love to spend your time in a very satisfying way then service is a great option.

10- Live  

Live everyday like is the last one. sometimes we forget that college is also about living, and enjoying the little things. Not all is school work. Don't forget to take breaks, and breath. College can be stressing, so make sure you are exercising and eating healthy. Go to the movie theater, or go for a walk, go on a hike, go to the gym, go to events and enjoy the college experience to the fullest because once is over is over. The years that you expend in college will be one of the best years of your life. You will discover that by the end of your journey you will become a completely different person,  you will have more knowledge about life in general, you taste will be different, and different people will surround you. Remember that change is good if it is for the better. Live the life that you always wanted, and don't forget about those you love.





Go Aggies!  


 


Friday, February 17, 2017

Undegraduate Research

Utah State University's research program is the second oldest in the nation, established in 1975, it is only behind MIT. And at USU you have plenty of opportunities to do undergraduate research, which is unusual in most universities. For example, as a Freshman  you can enroll to a Psychology class where the top students of that class get selected to do research on mice. I am just a sophomore as a Computer Science major, but I already had the opportunity to be a Software Engineer as a Research Assistant. I help program Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Here is a picture of the new airplane I am programming:


Here is the undergraduate research website: http://rgs.usu.edu/undergradresearch/about/
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