T-Minus Three Days

20 August 2015

I feel excited, anxious, ambitious, worried, and a whole lot of other emotions for the events coming up in the next couple of days. I'm starting college finally after the infamous four-square playing days of elementary school, sliding through the middle school halls to avoid bullies, and surviving the long hours of band camp during high school. Looking back I have to say, it doesn't seem all too bad considering the new waters I'm about to tread. 

College. A place with sooo many decisions, I mean think about it. You get to choose what classes to take, when you can take them, there's no curfew, you're living away from home with strangers at first glance. And this is what makes me worried...While this section of life may be the first time they are experiencing no-strings-attached freedom and anticipating so much out of it, there will be muddy waters. Becoming eighteen doesn't magically make individuals who were considered minors a couple of months all of a sudden wiser and responsible adults. There will be mistakes or conflicts that will arise (not may) and I'll need to be honest through faith. It'll be scary at times, but knowing that my heavenly Father is watching over and protecting me, family and friends will pray for me, and me praying for others in the same boat as me won't sink.

"How firm, our foundation. How sure, our salvation. And we will not be shaken. Jesus, firm foundation." 

Advice from Freshman to Senior Year (High School)

13 August 2015

This is a recycled post from my past blog, but I think the content is still relevant and will be helpful to someone:

To all those who are about to finish their first year of high school, congratulations! Looking back, that must have been the best year out of them all (for me at least). At first, I was scared of the thought of being in classes without my friends, while also looking forward to leaving behind all the drama and bullying of middle school. For coming, make sure to be more involved in school activities and outside service projects. P.S. start taking those ACTs and/or SATs in the April of your sophomore year!

Look at you, moving on up in the world. You are finally going to be called an upperclassman in a couple of months! I'd have to call this the most laid back year of high school. Most of our class time was dedicated to state-standardized tests, so this year was a breeze for most people. I made sure to use this opportunity to be involved in more activities, branch out, and try to make friends with students in other grades. This means you have to take on extra responsibilities and be a leader. And don't be so quick to judge the lower classmen next year–everyone was a freshman once.

I gotta hand it to you, this was probably the most critical year of high school. Fun-filled with GPA rankings, 8-page papers, and more ACTs. But you made it through! Start focusing on a couple colleges you'd like to visit (a must), and apply early! By early, I mean apply before late October of senior year and make sure all your required documents make it to the university. I'd advise: Do Not rely on your high school to take care of everything. My high school ended up not properly printing my information on the transcripts I sent to admissions, which cost me a two-month delay on my acceptance letters. Other friends of mine lost guaranteed scholarships. Be on your 'A' game!

Pretty much done, right? Think again. Stay on top of those grades till the very end, because colleges still care about your effort until the very last quarter and some request a final transcript. In these last coming weeks, cherish the good, be grateful of all the bad things you won't have to encounter anymore, and look forward to the new. Take a deep breath and give yourself a pat on the back. The most stress filled year, was also the most life changing year. With all the upcoming decisions, decide on what it best for yourself based on your values.

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Current Tides

10 August 2015

So it's been a couple of weeks since my last post, which is due to me traveling around different places. While I was gone however, I did have some time to think of more things to post about since the college season is finally upon me. This past week, I had the chance to stay on campus for a whole week (a great experience) which will be expanded in an upcoming post.

Aside from college visiting, I had the chance to visit two places: Maranatha Springs, and Niagara Falls. I may not religiously identify as Catholic, but visiting Maranatha Springs was truly a wonderful experience as well as a faith-enhancing one.

As for Niagara, it was more of a in-car sightseeing trip, because traffic was crazy! If you ever plan on going to the falls, make sure you arrive to find a parking spot before 10:30am. If not, be prepared to pay ridiculous prices for parking.

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