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A Time to be Thankful [Nov. 26th, 2009|05:34 pm]
[Current Location |United States, Florida, Jacksonville]
[Current Mood |thankfulthankful]

My first semester as a graduate student and first as a UF student, has come and gone, along with ups and downs. There were stressful days, a near death incident, and instances of disappointment and uncertainty. Yet as days, weeks, and months pass, I'm living and breathing, moments of joy occurred, friends triumphed (I'm proud of you all), and I am thankful for the experiences that came along having taken the opportunities in the first place.

To say that I have no regrets at all would be a lie, as one will always have regrets about something, large or small. And even though it is easy to feel sad about what could have been, it is pointless to do so. Instead feel glad for what did happen, and marvel at the success attained and of experience obtained, of one self and of others. Make the most of what you have and relish it. Take opportunities as they come along, take risks (especially losing that $600 in Macau over the summer), make choices with heart and conviction, go for it and don't look back. To wallow in regret is to remain stagnant, or to even step backwards.

In the end, the thing to learn is no matter what, whether decisions right, wrong, good, bad, it doesn't matter; learn from it and grow stronger from it. I am moving forward. I can only grow stronger.

This semester (or at least what's left) I will be writing policy and administrative papers on APIA Immigration Reform, APIA Affirmative Action/Education, as well as a research paper on APIA voting demographics. Shieeettt, they better be mad good.

Goals for next semester:

  • Work on an immigration forum town hall
  • Intern for Congressman Kendrick Meek's Senate campaign
  • Inform students about the 2010 Census
  • Attend ECAASU and reunite with old friends
  • Write for INK magazine on my OCA/APIA experiences
  • Use what I've learned from OCA and APIA conferences to inspire others
  • Network, rediscover old friends, meet new people, perhaps someone special
  • Attend Gator Basketball games
  • Learn a new dance routine
  • Take trips (I feel ya Atlanta, DC, NYC)
  • Attend the Orange Bowl and BCS Championship (if my teams make it & I get tix)
  • Attend Atlanta Hawks playoff games (#1 baby!!!)
  • Write mad papers on other APIA issues (gentrification, health care, etc)
  • Remain passionate and focused
  • Have a more open mind

Happy Thanksgiving.

P.S. I love Pork n' Beans!

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A Look Back: Junior Year, Summer 2007 at Vistakon [Jul. 6th, 2008|02:49 am]
Junior Year

Grades sucked. Did a bunch of CSA stuff. Asian Nights with Shanghai Summer friends. Went to ESPN Gameday. Corso is a tool. Did MAASP stuff. Met Wong Fu Productions. Attended ECSA's Pandamonium Lunar Celebration at the zoo. Eliot Chang came. Did Culture Tech stuff. The zhajiang mian I cooked made people sick. Saw Obama. Saw Gore. Saw T.I. Went to the Atlanta Zoo after moving out. Did some other stuff.

Summer 2007

Went to my cousin's graduation. Saw a bunch of the blockbuster movies, especially threequels. Went to the Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center. Went to HIN: Orlando on 07.07.07. Got into a car accident. Went to a GT Alumni dinner. Went to a piano symposium organized by parents' friends. Went to Day-Glo at The Globe. Lost my glasses at the beach. Got contacts. Went to Huguenot Park. Went to D&B with Marc and Adam for their birthday. Read Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Went to an Eddie Money Concert. Saw Jason perform martial arts. Went to Atlantic, Brix, Ocean Club, etc at the beaches. Saw the Perseid Meteor Shower at a farm. Interned at Vistakon, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., during the weekdays in Jax. Learned a lot about contact lenses. Met Steve, a cool boss. Made a lot of money. Opened a bank account.
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Beliefs [Sep. 19th, 2007|01:14 am]

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (99%)
3. Liberal Quakers (84%)
4. Nontheist (76%)
5. Theravada Buddhism (71%)
6. Neo-Pagan (69%)
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (67%)
8. Taoism (60%)
9. New Age (58%)
10. Mahayana Buddhism (53%)
11. Reform Judaism (41%)
12. Scientology (36%)
13. Orthodox Quaker (35%)
14. New Thought (33%)
15. Sikhism (29%)
16. Jainism (28%)
17. Hinduism (26%)
18. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (25%)
19. Bahá'í Faith (23%)
20. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (17%)
21. Seventh Day Adventist (16%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (13%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (9%)
24. Islam (9%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (9%)
26. Roman Catholic (9%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (5%)
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蔡 "土豆" 老师 - Professor Howard "Potato" Choy [Apr. 26th, 2007|08:53 pm]

今天我去看蔡老师因为我要跟他说话。我听说蔡老师明年可能不会待在佐治亚理工大学去教课。这个谣言是真的,夏天的汉语留学过了以后蔡老师离开了。如果我早点晓得他的计划,我可能会跟另外五个学生去上海学汉语。土豆之待了两年,他教得第一节课是我二零零一课。我同学会说蔡老师的课是难的,但是依我看,土豆老师的教学方法很有意思。他的课不简单,我觉得这是个好特点。 我三零零三,四的老师,傅老师,太容易。我觉得我不需要试图很多努力为了考好。蔡老师的课让了大家做很多,学很多。

蔡老师去哪里啊? 到Wittenberg大学, 所以他会跟他老婆。


今天我去看蔡老師因為我要跟他說話。我聽說蔡老師明年可能不會待在佐治亞理工大學去教課。這個謠言是真的, 夏天的漢語留學過了以後蔡老師離開了。如果我早點曉得他的計劃, 我可能會跟另外五個學生去上海學漢語。土豆之待了兩年, 他教得第一節課是我二零零一課。我同學會說蔡老師的課是難的, 但是以我看, 土豆老師的教學方法很有意思。他的課不簡單, 我覺得這是個好特點。我三零零三, 四的老師, 傅老師, 太容易。 我覺得我不需要試圖很多努力為了考好。蔡老師的課讓了大家做很多, 學很多。

蔡老師去那裡阿? 到Wittenberg大學, 所以他會跟他老婆。

For everyone else:

Today, I went to see Professor Choy because I wanted to talk to him. I heard that he wasn't going to stay and teach classes at Georgia Tech next year. This rumor is true; after this summer's Chinese LBAT Study Abroad, Professor Choy will have left. If I knew his plan earlier, I maybe would have went with the five other students to study Chinese in Shanghai. Potato only stayed for two years, and the first class he taught was my 2001 class. My classmates would say that Professor Choy's class was hard, but in my opinion, Professor Potato's teaching methods were interesting. His class was not simple, and I felt this was a good attribute. My 3003, 3004 professor, Professor Foster, is too easy. I feel that I don't need to attempt a lot of effort in order to do well. Professor Choy's class allowed everyone to work hard and learn a lot.

Where is professor Choy going? To Wittenberg University, so that he can be with his wife. Everyone wish him the best of luck.

BTW, If my Chinese is a bit weird, it's cuz I'm an ABC. ^^
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Turkey [Apr. 26th, 2007|12:20 am]

1st game: 75; 5 strikes, 3 of the strikes on the 10th frame, making it my first ever turkey
2nd game: 83; 1 strike
3rd game: 78; no strikes
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The Weather with 20,000 for Obama [Apr. 15th, 2007|11:40 pm]
The weather in the last two weeks have agitated me and left me sick. It's been cold one day and warm the next day. The air conditioner and heater can't work at the same time, thus we need to call housing maintenance to turn the one needed on while the other remains off.

Barack Obama stopped by Saturday. I've never been to campaign rallies before, and it was rather enjoyable with a good atmosphere. I didn't think there were 20,000 people in one area on campus, but that's what the AJC said. Barack has good plans, but I want to know how he plans to achieve them, which will wait until the debates. For now, Obama is my top pick for the Democratic nomination.

Not only are the upcoming political nominations a melee, I swear, recent elections on campus have been close. For SGA presidency Alex only missed the runoff by 80 or so votes, and each of the three vice presidential candidates roughly captured one-third of the overall vote. For TASA elections, there was a close call for treasurer, and maybe something going on for presidency. For CSA elections, three individuals ran for presidency, and four ran for vice presidency. I ran for vice president, but lost. What's the general consensus out of all these elections for future elections? Every vote counts! You never know when it can split the vote or lead to a runoff for a candidate.
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I should've gone to UF [Apr. 4th, 2007|10:58 pm]
Yay, Florida won. Sucks for OSU? ^^

This has been my second time filling out an NCAA Men's Basketball bracket. How did I do?


Georgia Tech ~ All The Way! Pool
Points: 1040
Percentage: 72.1
Rank: 820,392

Yahoo! Sports

Fans of Georgia Tech Pool
Rank: 340
Points: 124
Correct Picks: 42 of 63
Overall %: 82nd
Overall Rank: 356,517

CBS SportsLine.com

2007 CBS SportsLine Bracket Challenge Pool
Rank: 132,726
Round Score: 32
Overall Score: 124

Facebook Pools

Georgia Institute of Technology
Rank: 221 out of 995

Rank: 11 out of 40

"Yang Wang's" my pool
Rank: 6 out of 54

Stanton Introverts
Rank: 2 out of 6

The Biggest NCAA Pool on Facebook
Rank: 40,470 out of 183,169

Global Standings: 312,971
Friends' Standings: 24 out of 137
Georgia Tech Standings: 901
Jacksonville, FL Standings: 737
Points: 116
Correct: 66.7%

If you look at the Top Regional Networks, the top 8 consists of Florida cities. Look at #2!

1 Gainesville, FL 122.001
2 Jacksonville, FL 109.242
3 Sarasota, FL 106.133
4 Tampa Bay, FL 105.564
5 West Palm Beach, FL 105.496
6 Fort Lauderdale, FL 105.466
7 Cape Coral / Fort Myers, FL 105.165
8 Orlando, FL 104.945
9 Dothan, AL 103.773
10 Huntsville / Decatur, AL 103.658

We're putting Jacksonville on the map!
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Letter [Apr. 2nd, 2007|08:42 pm]
To all Republicans,

Please help stop global warming.

Thank you,

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Serious Question [Feb. 6th, 2007|10:45 pm]
Should I legally change from "chang" to "zhang?"
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Hey [Jan. 28th, 2007|12:11 am]
A spur of the moment update. I don't know when I'm gonna update again. Life is keeping me busy, yet I think I'm worrying too much again. This semester will be enjoyable. Miss Asian Atlanta is done, with the exception of wrap-ups. :)
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