April 2008 Archives

Today I received my grade for my EPII 2nd exam and I didn't do as bad, but I thought I would've done better.  I've notice that some college students would be "down" or become depressed about receiving grades lower than what they have thought.  Especially in such a major like this, where we have to keep a high GPA to stay in the program, and maintain an overall and science 3.5 GPA to get a type of "early invitation" to Doctor in Physical Therapy Grad School, it can be quite a bummer to receive low grades.  I myself is down about the fact that I cannot receive higher than an A- because of my performance in the last exam.  But this is not the end of the world folks (and telling myself).  Sure, being the best overall student is a goal everyone should achieve, but trying to be perfect is not the ideal.  Sure, it is great to aim for perfection, but being perfect is no good.  I've noticed that those who try to be perfect would often stress on a mistake that may be simple or complex.  Stressing on a mistake is something no one should do.  You've probably heard about a saying, "learn from your mistakes."  It is true that you can learn from what you have misinterpret or have done wrong.  It will help you fix that mistake in the future. 

It is absolutely okay to get an okay grade on your exam.  You can try harder on the next exam.  You will not fall off the face of the Earth.  There is always a better tomorrow.  I know that a particular grade can affect your overall grade which also can affect your GPA, which might affect your chances to go to a particular school.  This is why you must work very hard, study throughout a long period of time, apply resting days where you can mentally clear your mind from everyday stressors, and keep a positive attitude.

I really hope I'm making sense here...

By the way, I have a friend who I met in "Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships" name Casey Hobart.  She has tons of fantastic photography that I want to share with you all!!  Also, there are pictures of stain glass art that she made herself!  

Visit the "Adventurous" Photographer Casey Hobart in:


I hope that keeps you smiling during the final stretch of the 2008 Spring Semester!!!!!


"Quiet" Christian   

Hello everyone,

Just stopping by to say hi... and giving you a heads up about emails that were probably sent from a hacker/phisher/loser/more bad words for cheaters!  Today around 6:43am I have received an email that was supposedly sent from Washington Savings Bank of Lowell, MA saying that "my" bank account was suspended unless I clicked to link and fill in information about myself.  First of all, I told myself, "What did I ever have a Washington Savings Bank bank account?"  Second, I knew it was a phishing scam, because a company, bank, or any organization/person should not ask for your information through email or ask you to click a link to fill in information.  As a cautious person and experienced in handling such types of emails, I hovered over the link to find out that the link did not directly send you to the banks site, but another person's site.  So I was right... it was an email fraud.

So what should you do if you get anything unsuspected? 

- First of all, research the company. For example, for this situation, I looked up Washington Savings Bank and I found out in minutes that the bank came from Lowell, MA.  To match the email to the company, try to look for similiar trends in both the email and the site.  Most likely, the hacker will try to fabricate an email that may look official.  For example in both the email and the site, it said "Washington Savings Bank, Member DIF, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender" in gray letters. 
- Second, if you find the correct site (and official) site of that company, contact them immediately about the email.  I called them up within minutes and I found out from their representative that a person has stolen their graphics and send emails to tons of random people (and I being one of them).  According to her, it was another set of fraud email sent from that hacker.  The first email involved opening an account and receiving $90 from them (fake). 

- Third, report it to the Information Technology (IT) department.  It would be nice to let them know what is going on, because you might not be the only one getting it.  There is a possibility that IT will send a mass email to the whole university in regards to the email. 

- Fourth (maybe it's the very 1st step you take) - Delete the email.  

There are definitely many ways to protect yourself from it.  Please be very careful when you receive emails that you don't quite know about.  Communication is the key to decreasing the threat.  If you let the "big people" (like the bank, IT, etc) know about this, they will take actions to stop this threat, and probably save people from being scammed.  

Yeah, a depressing and tense blog, I bet I feel that I should post it to save people from being victims!!!!!


Maybe you have noticed this at your high school or college, but the weather has been beautiful the past few days.  It has been beautiful enough to make you not want to work on any school work, skip a day at work, and go outside and play.  I've been feeling this lull lately, and its making me not focus as much.  Usually this is the problem most college students go through during the final stretch of the semester.  On top of it all, it seems that traffic on highways increased.  I guess since there is nice weather (and school vacation for many places) everyone wants to travel despite the sharp increasing gas prices.  If I was a doctor of laziness, I would definitely have the following criteria for "Late April Fatigue Disorder."  By the way it is acute, since the warm weather does not last forever (sometimes).

1)  The environmental (outside) temperature must be above 65 degrees for a particular sense of laziness.  As the temperature increases, the urge to not do any school work and just have fun outside increases.  Of course there is a threshold where most people would rather stay inside in the cool AC.  Usually above 90 degrees (depending on the humidity, UV index, air pollution etc).

2)  The amount of school work usually depends on how focused a student is.  Of course it varies person to person.  For example, if a student does not have any finals and only have two small papers left, the student may "slack off" more than a student with tons of finals and papers (like me).  Another senario, if a student has tons of things due, he or she may put it off to the last minute, which might be a grade killer.

3)  Usually the current grade depends of the laziness.  If a student has all A's in class, he or she may slack off and think, "hey I'll do fine the rest of the semester and I'll just take it easy from now on."  At the same time, that student probably does not understand that his or her (Dyanmics) paper is 80% of their grade.

1) STAY ON TOP OF THINGS!!!  The more on schedule you are with your work and studying, the better your chances of a better grade. Here is my logical explanation.   If a student stays on top of things, study or doing a paper without burning an all nighter, and usually studies everyday (with a day of for a mental refresher), the student would obviously do very well on exams and will have a better grade.  A better grade on an evaluation is directly proportional to the final grade (if the exam grade is high, your final grade will be high).  Since you have a higher final grade, you're stress level will be lower.  Then you will have a great summer.

On the other hand, if a student does not "pace" their school work, their grade might decrease, which reflects their final grade.  This would make them work even harder, and most likely be more stressful to make a particular grade.  This would make them think about their GPA, if they need to repeat a class, etc.  Repeating a class to make up for lost time is extra money, thinking power, and time.  If you need to repeat a class because you did not do well, you sometimes can repeat it during the summer.  But then again, it cuts off your summer fun, and with increasing gas prices, it will affect you finanically.  Ouch.  It can be a never ending domino effect if you are not on top of things.

2)  Taking a day off is not bad!!!   If you are a student who works everyday and is taking a mental toll, take a day off.  It's not bad taking a day off and enjoying a nice 80 degree weather day. Like resting during exercise, your mentality needs rest too.  There is so much your brain can handle before you start stressing too much. 

3)  Stay positive.  I know there will be days when the summer-like sun will distract you from doing work.  Sometimes this distraction might make you think, "hey, I've been far behind on everything and I'm not going to do well."  Thinking negative might make you even more stressed out.  Always tell yourself that you can make it to the finish line with flying colors.  

Of course, this whole thing was just for fun, and its not a real disorder (hehe).  But its true that it affects tons of students (elementary to graduate school).  Like I said, don't let the summer-like weather beat you down, because you might end up taking a summer class to retake a class you did not do well on.  Then you will regret not working hard enough during the last few weeks of school.  That's what I think. 

Well time to force myself to get to work,

Hi everyone,

I'm just stopping by to say hello on my Patriots Day off!  Every spring semester, I've always looked forward to this week, because UML students always have Monday (Patriots Day) and Friday (University Day) off, leaving us with only 3 days of classes for the week.  Sweet, huh?  Most of all, if a student normally does not have any classes on Fridays, he or she will have Wednesday off since Wednesday during that week is designated as a "Friday Schedule."  Unfortunately, I do have classes on Fridays, so I have a class of Wednesday.  What stinks even more is that I have an Exercise Physiology exam Wednesday, and Feedback Sheets due Thursday for Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships.  So this week will pretty much be busy. 

There are tons of events going on this week.  The big event is the Spring Carnival on Thursday, April 24, 2008.  This is where students (and professors) can have fun with inflatable moon bounces, some rides, bumpercars, have a bite to eat, get some free stuff, water dunk your professor, etc etc etc.  In other words, this is where a college student can take a break before finals and be a kid for once!  Also, a famous comedian (don't know his name), a battle of the bands competition, and a late night outdoor movie are part of the carnival events. 

Another cool event is the UML Dancing With the Stars!  The UML Ballroom will dance the cha cha, the waltz, and other ballroom dances with the university's most popular professors and staff.  This will be like the real show, but all packed in one large event! The event will be held this Wednesday, April 23, 2008.  For more info, the website is www.umlballroom.org/dwts.

Finally, there will be a Spring Fling Dance at the end of the week on April 21, 2008.  It is a sem-formal type of dance where students can also unwind and relax before being hit by a brick during finals.  It's free for UML students including one guest.

Unfortunately because of my schedule and things going on with my baseball team, I don't think I'll be able to make any of the events this year (tear falling).  I can definitely say that UML always gives back to their students by holding fun-filled events to relieve stress from studying and make the college life interesting and worthwhile! 


According to dictionary.com, a mentor is "a wise and trusted advisor," while a hero is "a person noted for special achievements in a field... or a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits..."  This person I am talking about has a golden heart, a sense of humor that would make everyone smile and laugh with him (or at him depending on the joke or remark, haha), and intelligence that probably could not be measured  anything in this world.  He cares so much for his students, his fellow professors, his family, and friends.  Most of all, he is so dedicated to his work.  This blog is dedicated to my advisor and Exercise Physiology I professor, Dr. Sean Collins. 

The first few weeks ever in UML was a bit scary for me.  I came fresh from an all boys high school in Malden, MA and I didn't know what college life is like.  I would look around and see how different the college life is from private school;  I knew I felt left out.  But as soon as I met my advisor, Dr. Collins, the transition from college to high school became smoothier.  Seriously, everytime I visited him in his office, I would always come out with a smile and a chuckle (and sometimes a hold-release slip so I can register for classes).  He is a great guide, teacher, and hero through my career in UML.  As a hero, he gave light to my fellow students and me.  When he was a student, he struggled trying to improve his grades; at one point he was in academic probation.  When all hope was lost, he closed his eyes and told himself to never give up.  Next thing you know he is a professor in UML teaching one of the hardest subjects on campus.  As a student would say, he went from an almost-failure to the brightest and most respected individual on campus.  His story gave me the drive to work as hard as I can to reach for my goals.  He helped me become the student I am now - professional, well-rounded and brillant.  I can honestly say that without his help, care, and love for what he does and what he continues to give to the EP and UML community, many would not even be here in this great university. 

I remember one time when my friends and I were studying for one of his exams, I certain nickname came up for Dr. Collins:  Papa Collins.  We could tell by his personality and care for what he does that he is a family man who loves his wife and children.  Sometimes I think our classes and meetings with him is more like a father teaching his kids the lessons of life, guiding them through the storm, and picking them up when they need the most help.  He is just that father figure that all of his students needed in school.  I don't know if any of his students feel this fatherly or "best friend" figure with him... maybe its just me. 

I really hope that all of you future EP/PT (or other majors) students would get a chance to meet this wonderful man, my advisor, and professor, Dr. Collins.


Hey everyone!  Long time no see!  A lot of things have happened to me the past few days and I'm trying to fight the problems off.  Despite the problems, I did very well on my Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships midterm (102 out of 100 points), a 95 on my Intro to Gerontology Elderly Issues Project, and an 86 on my 2nd gerontology test.  Hmmm, I guess I just got lucky... seriously. 

Today my EP II lab performed speed and agility tests.  Right away I thought, "oh no not another test that will kill me!!!"  The tests we performed were the T-Test, the Side Step Test, and the Hexagon (of Doom) Test.  This all involves moving quickly from point A to point B.  Honestly, the most interesting test was the Hexagon Test.  Imagine a hexagon with 22" sides and angles about 120 degrees (approximated).  The object of the test is to jump from the center of the hexagon, jump over one of the sides, jump back to the center, jump to the next side... and so on.  You have to complete 3 "circles" around the shape.  You are timed.  It might sound easy, but getting the pattern down in a quick motion is extremely hard.  Fortunately my past experience with plyometrics (especially Mr. Smith's ladder drills) helped me go through all the tests.  Funny enough, I'm not a big recreational college student, nor too sedentary... and I had the lowest (and best) times for all test.  I don't get it.  After years of absence from these kinds of workouts, I still had it in me.  I felt good after doing well in these tests.  I cannot forget falling backwards from the T-Test during my backwards run back to Point A... oh well.

My award for doing so well was watching a good ol' game of UML Riverhawk Softball!!!  I've heard that the team was pretty good and I had to see myself.  Secondly, there was free food being offered by (I think) The Blue Fan Group, which is the student fan club for Riverhawk Sports.  I watched the softball game with my friend and EP buddy, Corinne.  Throughout the game, we talked "baseball" (well softball) and talked about our experiences with the sport.  It was pretty fun and I enjoyed sitting on the cold metal benches in a nice breezy day right next to the Merrimac River.  I didn't know if they won or lost, but I do know that they were playing a great game.  They were winning when I left to head back to my city to do baseball practice for my baseball team.  My baseball team looks pretty good this year.  I can feel the championship run forming beneath my feet. 

I think I'm going to bed early since I'm overall exhausted,
Hello everyone!

Right now, I'm just sitting on front of a computer in O'Leary Library in South Campus.  I'm near the stairwell, so there's tons of people flying by me to catch their next class.  Nothing exciting happened the past few days.  Same ol' homework and studying for test.  About test and quizzes, I had two exams and one quiz in a 24 hour span.  This is something a college student has to get used to.  There will be times when you have tons of things due on one day, have multiple exams, and other evaluations in a short span.  Here's the best advice for you:  Spread out your studying, working on papers, etc.  Never ever wait until the last minute... it will weaken you mentally and might ruin you academically.  Trust me I've tried it.  Once I've waited until the last minute to study for an exam, so I crammed until 2AM in the morning, only leaving me with 3-4 hours of sleep (I had to get up 5:30am).  Sleep may become a problematic thing for college students.  It might be due to the large workload from school and work, or it may be from partying too hard (which I don't do).  Try your best to get a good 6-8 hours of sleep.  As the school year gets harder, and more things are due, you need to freshen up your mind for a good academic fight.  Trust me, having a few hours asleep before an exam (especially for a 45 minute drive in heavy traffic) is never good. 

Is it just me, or Thursdays are unusually long for me?  Let's think about it.... 8am class and a 3pm class which gives me a 6 hour break in between... I always spent a good deal of time doing my EP II Lab Report... maybe I should just relax and enjoy the 70 degree weather.  Funny enough, I'm wearing shorts and a t-shirt.  I can't wait until the summer!

Thinking about taking a nap outside,

Hey everyone!

Just checking in to say hello!  Today is the Red Sox Home Opener at Fenway Park!!  Exciting stuff!  Of course, I'm decked out in my Red Sox stuff (my authentic game used Boston Red Sox cap with the 2008 World Series patch on it and my Josh Beckett t-shirt)!  I've been longing to watch the game on the T.V. with the Fenway faithful in the background... It was definitely a long road trip for them!  Actually, I listened to the news today and found out it was the longest road trip in franchise history.  I'm looking forward to see most UML students wearing their Red Sox gear! 

With the opening day, I have my baseball team's first practice.  I'm happy to say that most of my players from last year are returning.  We have three new fresh arms that can help us go for the trophy again.  I'm excited, and I'm hoping this baseball season is the best I've ever had. 

Hmmm... how can I get myself to study for Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships, and Exercise Physiology II?  This is going to be an interesting day.

Off topic, if any of you have any questions about the UML life, especially the commuter life, or anything else, feel free to email me Christian_Tiongson@student.uml.edu, or leave a comment.  The comment link should be right next to the title of this blog post.


Well time to do some actual school work before I go baseball crazy today,

All I can say is that I can't dance, but I can have fun!  Last friday, April 4th, I took my girlfriend to the engineering semi-formal at the Weston/Westford Regency (I think that's the name of the place).  Most of you probably would ask me why I went to this when it's for engineer majors only.  This event was offered to all majors and all dates from out of campus.  My girlfriend and I had to take time from our daily routines from college and have fun and dance the whole night!  Of course, I've seen my buddies from North campus, Justin, Daniel, Dennis, Mark, and other cool people.  I finally had a stress reliever from a tough week.  I always like to dress up, wear my suit, and look "suave" (haha).  My girlfriend was beautiful that night... she always looks beautiful to me.  Here are some pictures of the event:


< Cassandra and I





















< Daniel acting cool with his camera with Justin dancing the night away (behind the camera)





















< Mark and his girlfriend




















Well that's it!  We all had fun, and we're looking forward another great one next year!! 



That's all I can say.  Today my exercise physiology II lab was about anaerobic power that is generated by our legs.  We conducted two tests:  The Vertical Jump Test and the (Never doing that again) Wingate Test.  The Vertical Jump Test involves the subject jumping as high as he or she can, and determining the amount of power of each jump.  Easy enough.  The Wingate Test involved a subject "going all out" on a stationary bike while trying to overcome a heavy resistance.  It may sound easy, but doing it was pure h-e-c-k.  At the first few seconds of the test I felt that I was doing okay physically, but as I was told to push harder I felt my stomach turn inside out.  Of course with all the motivation, trying to look strong and buff, and trying to get "good" lab results, I had to go all out without any hesitation.  Obviously, fatigue hit me and I slowed down right away.  I felt all right after the test, but after 20-30 minutes I started to feel some nausea, dizziness, and overall fatigue.  I spent 45 minutes to a full hour trying to let my body buffer out the lactic acid (and that was h-e-c-k also).  I barely remember what my friend said to me:  "Christian, I think that this test literally killed you... We're going to exempt you from any future tests." I can tell you this, I'm never doing that again...

For all of you future brillant EPs, don't be scared!  Going through these types of exercise tests make you appreciate the research that was done to develop them.  Without these types of tests, no one will know how will a person does physiologically, physically, etc.  Plus, I don't think you want to see a professional hockey player with a very low anaerobic threshold on the ice, or a football player "die" from running.  Honestly, doing most of these types of tests from the Forestry Step Test to Body Composition Girth Measurements combines your learning from lectures with practical hands-on applications.  Plus, it is nice to know these examinations for a future job in the field.  :-)


Well time to let my body rest, replenish my ATP, creatine phosphate, and glycogen stores (and whatever I lost during the test).


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