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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AREITO THIS WEEKEND

HOLAAAAAAAA :)
How are you all? This week has been very busy, with school, homework, meetings and events. This Saturday the Dominican student association will be hosting an event called AREITO. I always look forward to this event because I love the performances and the food!
This year I got invited to perform at Areito and I am really excited/nervous. I usually like to go to events and just sit and watch but this time it will be different. I look forward to it :) 
Next week will be super busy because I have two exams !!!!!!!!! Anyways, next week I will post some pictures of Areito :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Late Post - :)

HELLLOOOOOOOOOO!!!

I have been very busy and stressed lately with school, homework, meetings and other things. What I usually do to control my stress is working out. BUT this week has been crazy, I did not have time to do it either. Anyways, this weekend was the perfect weekend because I went skiing and I had the chance to relax for a while. I went to Beaver Mountain (it was my first time) and I loved it.
I was skiing with the perfect weather, the snow was good and the trails were good as well. I really enjoyed my time skiing.
I will be honest .... I haven't gone skiing in a long time and last weekend was my first time in three years!!!! You would expect me to fall at least once but I didn't.
Well I did fell and it was because I was trying to do jumps but that doesn't count as falling. jajaja.
Anyways, below are some pictures of my trip :)




                                      








  



Why USU is for International Students

Hi how are you guys doing!
I am now in middle of school trying to get through all the tests and assignments. It is sometimes tough but worth it all the time I get through it.

Today, I wanted to talk about why Utah State University is such a great college for international students to apply. During the 2 years that I was in Utah State, I thought that it is a really attractive place for international students to study at.

First, Utah State has one of the cheapest tuition fee in the United States. For international students, it is $9,886 per semester. It is almost the half of average tuition fee in US, which is really attractive in the standpoint for international students. And the cost of living in Logan is really cheap compared to other campus towns. The cost of living on campus ranges somewhere around a thousand to two thousand a semester. I was kind of shocked how cheap the student housing was  when I first applied to school.
Also, we have such great programs in school. Our school's Aviation ( Professional Pilot ), Aircraft Maintenance, and aerospace engineering are one of the best programs that I can proudly say. Many of the Asian students ,that I have talked to on campus and gave tours to, were really interested in aviation programs a lot. USU provides the best experience and our aerospace engineering program sent most projects to space than any other schools in US.
And very last, it is really safe! It is one of the safest campus town in the country. Nothing really happens even with your house door unlocked! Safe, good environment for students to study.

Back to school !

Hi everyone, it's been a while since I posted blog. School was on winter break and we finally got to take some break from assignments and tests. Comparing to summer break, winter break is super short but it is enough time to take some break. For myself, I went over to New York for a week and spent rest of the vacation back in my country, Korea. New York was really fun and less cold than what I expected. A week was enough time for me to enjoy. Had a lot of good food and got to see all the sightseeing. Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and all those good stuffs. After that, I went back to Korea and spent Christmas and New Years. I got to see all of my family and friends. It was really exciting, relaxing and nice throughout the 2weeks.
After all these comes the school again, but it is all good in Logan. So excited about things that I will get to experience this year and all the fantastic snow sports here in Logan. Starting off with good vibes, hope a fabulous semester!

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's chilli at USU but the events don't stop!

This weekend is full of events at USU. We have True Aggie Night today, Basketball game on Saturday, followed by a huge Mardi Gras celebration!

If you don't know what True Aggie Night is, you can search for it on the blog. Basically it is a night where an Aggie kiss another Aggie under a full moon on the "A" and become a True Aggie.

Tomorrow we're playing the Wyoming Cowboys on Men's Basketball. Our Basketball games are crazy fun. A couple week ago our student section "The Hurd" gave away free T-shirts matching the Stadium's chair. Here is a couple pictures:



And right after the game we have Mardi Gras. This year's attractions at Mardi Gras include:
-Hypnotist Show
-DJ Marcus Wing
-Live music by Danger 5
-Casino Games & Prizes
-USU Dance Co.
-Reptiles
-Dance in the Fieldhouse
-O2 Bar
-Airbrush Tattoos
-Glow in the Dark Mini Golf
If you would like to know more about this awesome event on campus, here is the link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1854393268153299/

Have a nice weekend, because with all these events on campus I will have a great weekend for sure! Go Aggies!!


This year we have had a "snowcalipse" and I am loving it

Here some pictures of the snow and me skiing all this snow!!







I didn't grow up with snow but I have learned to love it here at Utah State!!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Chinese New Year

HOOOOOLLLLAAAA!!!
Happy Lunar New Year!!! Here at USU we celebrate the Lunar Year with a big, nice celebration that the students put up. I attended the event with a couple of my friends and I had so much fun!!! There was performances such as dancing, singing and monologues that I really didn't understand because they were in Chinese and I was unsure what was going on but I enjoyed all of the performances very much.
Every once in a while the MC's would give away gift cards to the people that had the winning ticket. Usually whenever I attend events like this I never win anything but that changed. During the even while the MCs were giving away the gift cards, they said my ticket number and I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT WAS ME WHO ACTUALLY WON SOMETHING!!!
There was a couple of ambassadors that were at the event and when they said my ticket and I stood up they saw me, yelled and cheered for me. It was the best moment so far.
On my last blog, I mentioned that I became and RA (resident assistant) at Blue Square Apartments. A lot of my residents are from China and the majority were participating at this event, that was part of the reason that I had to go to the event.

Below are some pictures of the event.