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Happy Holidays!

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Hope everyone is enjoying their respective holidays! I certainly enjoyed a good dinner with the family. I also hope you guys got everything you wanted. When you don't get what you want or dislike, well...we've all been there haha.

I never really celebrated Christmas until I got to America 11 years ago. I've heard of the holiday, but never really celebrated it back home in Korea because I practiced a different religion. When I came here, all that changed, including my religion. When I found out what the social aspect of this holiday brought about, I was ecstatic. Presents? Sign me up haha.

My family never gave presents to each other and I am still not really sure why. I know people have Christmas trees and other festive items but we've never had it either! I suppose we just appreciate each other and that's good enough. We do give out presents to people outside of the family and we receive some as well. I always liked giving out presents more than receiving them because it gave a good feeling inside.

I just woke up and thought that it'd be nice to put something up the day after Christmas. I am still writing the research paper but I am moving along nicely. Hopefully this gets done this week and I can really relax. I am hoping to write another blog on New Year's Eve to reflect upon the year. Hope you all join me then!

-Andy
Hey guys, it's Andy here. I decided to take a little break from the research paper and write a blog. Finals are still on Monday (2 of them!) and I am feeling less confident as we approach it. Typical me haha.

Check this link out. UMass Lowell is building another building, this time though, it is a Residence Hall! There will be another Residence Hall in the East Campus sooner than later. According to the article, the proposed design is amazing and some students who saw it were blown away by it. Exciting news for the upcoming students in UMass Lowell. Unfortunately, I probably won't be able to see it or experience it.

Speaking of buildings, they had a ceremony for the Health and Social Sciences center in the South Campus. Lots of changes are coming on campus and this is just one of the many buildings that are being built. I, of course, am looking forward to the parking garage that's being built in North Campus. I can't wait to see if that gets done by the Fall. Then I can park on North with no hassle (imagine that).

Did any of you go to the Billy Joel concert? I didn't go but I've heard great reviews about it. The man is a legend and kudos for those of you that went.

By the way, when I attended my ODK meeting a couple weeks ago, a professor named Christopher Carlsmith came by to introduce us to a thing called Fellowship. I'm sure many of you have heard it before, but I have never heard of it. Basically, in a nutshell, it is an office on campus that is aimed toward helping out students with graduate school financially, through national fellowships that are offered. Students of all grades should look into it. He said that it's much better to plan earlier, so you should go meet him at some point. Hopefully I don't sound like a hypocrite because I should go meet him as well. Here is the link for those who want more information.

Alright, I gotta get back to my paper. Then I have to spend the next two days studying my butt off for this final. Wish me luck and I'll blog next week!

-Andy
Hey guys, Andy here. Next Monday is the final day of classes for this semester and I am feeling pretty good about it. I still have a ton of work left to do, studying, the research paper and all, but I am ready to take on the challenge!

As I use the Internet and surf the web for news, I find that there are more and more articles on debt and student loans. Mainly, these articles are not really informative. Instead, the articles scare you into thinking that you are in trouble, or offer some sort of an alternative to what you are doing. I know I am being unclear, so let me give you an example. One article I've read in the past showed that taking out debts was a terrible idea, and showed a few examples of students that have "failed' after graduating college. Another recent one said that taking loans out is good and makes you more competitive. And apparently, all these articles are backed by certain researchers, analysts, and etc.

I do not have any student loans. I am lucky enough to have a scholarship + financial aid so I don't graduate owing money for college. But I never considered loans a terrible thing. For one thing, UMass Lowell has very good value in terms of tuition and education. It's relatively on the low cost side compared to other universities and colleges.

So whenever I see these articles, I cannot help but think of my fellow students at UMass Lowell. There is no doubt in my mind that some students are taking a big loan, regardless of the cost of our schools. Any kind of loan is big money to me. Anyhow, I can understand some of the stress these articles may cause to some students. Some can shake it off easily, better than others, but some students may have a hard time ignoring it, because college really is a four year process. All of us cannot help but think about our future after graduation. It's not fun to see articles that scare us like that.

The best advice I have for yourself is "believe yourself." And no, this is not a kumbaya moment. Allow me to elaborate on that. You know how much work you have put in so far. You know what your abilities are. Some say it's hard to judge your own abilities, but I don't think it's complicated as it sounds. If you are confident in your abilities and the work you put in, you should shake off these useless articles easily. They are no help to our well being nor does it provide any useful information. If you know you are not up to the level you should be, then you need to work harder so that you can shake off these articles that you see every now and then. Don't let these articles put you down, even if you are performing poorly. There is always room for growth and improvement.

I felt like this is an important message to get out because of finals coming up and all. Finals are really stressing and I literally hate it. But that's for another time.

So keep in mind that this is a good time for you to reflect upon your work so far. If you are a sophomore, I believe this is the perfect time to assess your effort.

I hope you read through the boring pep talk. Stressing time calls for rants and pep talks I suppose haha. I'll write something more fun next time.

P.S.: Prayers are with Virginia Tech, the Worcester Fire Department, and the UMass Lowell students affected by the fire.

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