June 2011 Archives

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So I have been exploring so far this summer, and it has been a positive experience so far. Let's look at my list of 10 things that I enjoyed, and you should consider doing as well!

7. Competition

I am starting the list off easy. I didn't want to write down sports, since not everyone is a sports fan. But everyone does have an interest or a hobby. Use that to participate in a competition. Whether that may be entering a drawing contest or participating in a chess competition, it doesn't matter. Fuel yourself this summer. Pick up some fun motivation to look forward to everyday.

6. Camping

I always suggest camping to people and they tell me how much they hate it. My only advice is that you give it a shot! I tried it a couple years ago and fell in love with it ever since. It's a great experience. And trust me, everything tastes better outside.

5. Beach Trip

We are lucky to live in New England, where beaches are rather close to us than other places. Take advantage of it. Going to the beach for a couple hours, getting a tan, and dipping in the ocean is always fun. You can always bring your mp3 player and relax on the sand. Fun.

4. Arcade

I just ended up going last week and spent a good amount of money, but it was all worth it. I played all the games I possibly could have played and still had some money left. Sometimes, we all need to forget about things and just enjoy ourselves. Arcade is the perfect way to do that. Don't sit at home playing video games all day!

3. Water Park

Six Flags. Water Country. Canobie Lake Park. Whatever you prefer. I'm sure all of you have been there before. This is one part of summer you shouldn't miss. Water parks are there for you and you have to go. Pick a hot day, and some day in the week like a Tuesday. There won't be a lot of traffic and you'll still have fun. Lines are a pain in the neck, so Tuesday is a good day.

2. Visit another state

Do your own research through Google and find a place you can visit! It will be worth it. As I mentioned, I have been doing some explorations and I have found great places in other states. Rhode Island always offer something exciting and fun so I like going there. I will be visiting Connecticut later on, as well as New Hampshire. Google is your friend. Things that you want to do may be far away, but it's worth it.

1. Try Something New

This last suggestion is really for those of you with secret ambitions. If you ever wanted to try something, just try it. My friend cut his hair into a mohawk this summer. That's bold. I remember dying my hair blonde one summer, for the hell of it. Those are some of those things I am talking about. Change is good...most of the time.

Hope you enjoyed it!
Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great week. I am back here at UML, doing work in the English department. The Bruins won the Cup!!!! It was one of the greatest moments in my life watching all that unfold.

By now everyone should have a good idea of where they are attending school. It's always fun to hear where everyone goes. I know a few people that are attending UML so it's pretty cool to say the least! I'll make sure I give them the freshmen treatment. (Just kidding of course...I don't even know what freshmen treatment is!)

Having said that, it's never too early to discuss and plan out where you are living for college next year, whether you are attending UML or any other schools. It's essential for saving money and time, as well as increasing quality and consistency of studying. I have experienced the best of both worlds and I am here to tell you how to make a decision.

Now, if you are going out of state or it is a ridiculous distance to get to the school, commuting is out of the question. You can still live in apartments or live on campus. That decision could be hard, but if you are a freshmen, I have no doubt in my mind that you should live on campus. You will make friends quicker and will have a better time studying and enjoying yourself. Think about living off campus after freshmen year.

Now for those of you who live close enough to commute, that's where your big decision comes in. I live about an hour away from Lowell and I commuted to school for the whole sophomore year. People may think it's tiresome, but I was actually fine with it. It was a long drive early, sure, but once you get over that aspect, everything else about it rocked. I got to go back home into my comfort zone and I got to see my family on an everyday basis. I couldn't ask for much than that.

When I lived an apartment with my brother slightly off campus during my freshmen year, I thought there would be no problems. The reason I had to go this route is because of financial reasons. If you are one of those in financial trouble, I certainly feel your pain. But embrace what life has given you. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Just stick with it. Anyhow, I liked living off campus, but it was clear I couldn't make friends faster and I just didn't feel like I was part of the campus. Once I started participating in events and such, I felt much better about it.

Pretty much though, I had no choice but to be away from campus because of the situation I was in financially. But if you do have a choice, make the best of it. Commuting isn't bad at all. If you are willing to stay a little bit after classes to check out the recreational center or some of the clubs on campus, you will have no problem.

Many high school kids say that "they can't wait until they leave home," but that mindset will quickly change. Instead, try having the thoughts of "can't wait to experience new things ahead." Then you won't feel so homesick or careless about everything. If you know that you need guidance, you can always commute to keep yourself in check. If you are ready to embrace the college life full on, live on campus, it's always a good time.

Conclusion is that, commuting and living on campus are both good options. It's what you do with the opportunity that will make or break your decision.

Any comments, concerns or questions can be left below! Til then, have a great one!

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Hey guys, it's Andy here with another blog. Hope you all are doing well.

I wanted to go a little bit off topic and talk about things in my life for today's blog. I won't make it boring...or at least I'll try to haha.

So I went to New York over the weekend to get some things done. It was a great time. I love heading over there because it's so much different from Massachusetts. I like seeing the diverse culture, and me being Korean, I love the fact that there are a lot of Korean residing in the area. It's always great to see that. Anyway, I ate a lot of excellent food and had a great time just spending the day there. Driving there may be a hassle, but it's worth it.

So I'm going to refer to the title! I hope some of you are keeping up with the Boston Bruins! It's been so exciting keeping up with them throughout the playoffs. I have been a Bruins fan for so long and I have never experienced a championship series. It's been amazing and exciting to say the least. Game 7 is on Wednesday. Watch it!

I was talking to my boss today about graduation and the lack of seats. I wanted to blog about it earlier but I totally forgot about it. The Tsongas Arena seats were filled and there weren't seats for many people who attended the event. People with babies couldn't be seated, parking was a crapshoot, and many more. Apparently it was better than last year. I wonder how poorly it was organized last year. I think they definitely handed out a few tickets too many this year. I ended up finding some kind of lounge room with my family and watched the event through the TV. That was fine, but you definitely want to watch that stuff live.

I will write again soon! I hope you all enjoy and embrace your vacation!

Go B's!
Hello everybody, it's Andy here again. Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the early part of your vacation.

I am writing to you from UMass Lowell and everything is just dandy here. Today, I have seen the orientation leaders and new students, reminding me of my orientation back in the day. If you are a new student at UML checking out this blog, listen up! Don't be shy and make as many friends as possible. It's an excellent experience that I never really understood at the time. I regret not making a lot of friends there. If I only had another chance...haha.

I hope you guys set goals for the summer. My theme for the summer is "chasing after my dreams." I can't elaborate on it too much, but it's exactly what it sounds like. I made sure 2011 is the year I chase after my improbable dream and if it doesn't happen this year after my hard efforts, then I will give it up entirely and chase after another dream. Do you have a theme to your summer? It actually makes your summer worthwhile and definitely interesting.

I am heading out to New York on Saturday so I will make sure I blog about my day trip.
Just heading out there with my brother and possibly a friend to get some things done and such. Trips are so vital to a summer. You need to go frequently before you graduate and actually end up with a job haha.

So getting back to the title. UMass Lowell is doing fine. The facility is still the same, no major changes [yet]. I am trying to keep the English department somewhat clean and I think I am doing pretty well on it! It gets really hectic sometimes but it also mostly relaxing. Come say hi if you are around on campus.

Well I need to go grab some lunch now. I'll write again soon.


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