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November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving Traditions

I love this time of year. I love when Peets begins to serve their holiday favorites (the peppermint mocha is beyond amazing!) and I love the holiday music becoming more common on the radio. More than all this, I love that this time of year means the end of the fall semester. The one thing I love more than the end of a semester is Thanksgiving. This holiday has always been insanely busy for my family. We travel almost every year to visit with a large group of family. Spending hours in the kitchen leads to hours around the table, which then leads to hours of lying around letting it all "settle" as my grandma would put it. Our family traditions are nothing sort of...well...traditional. And I wouldn't have it any other way :)

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December 18, 2006

Winter Break is Here

Hey guys! Now that Winter Break is here, I plan to rest up and relax. I am planning on taking my MCAT in April, so I also want to be studying for that. For fun, I'm going to be snowboarding with my brother and catching up on some good reads. I'll most likely be a couch potato and watch some TV too. Not too mention have Blockbuster nights with my family! I hope all your finals went well, and be sure to mentally prepare for next semester! We are half way through the year, congratulations!

December 12, 2006

Few more days, keep it on!!

Two more days! Then I am free! I can’t wait until my break starts. Fall semester is ending very soon! I believe everyone studies very hard for the finals. People are planning on what to do after the exams are over. I am going to have a white Christmas this year!

I am going to have a white Christmas at Tahoe this year. My fellowship is going to Lake Tahoe for a four-day-retreat. Around sixty to seventy college students are going. It would be fun! We are going to stay next to the lake. The view will be very beautiful!

I wish everyone has a wonderful Christmas and good luck to all your finals!
See you next semester!

December 8, 2006

Freedom

There are only 6 more days until I'm done with finals and I officially begin my winter break. I honestly don't have anything planned this year. Last year, my family took a trip to Europe, but the only thing I see myself doing this break is bumming around the house and catching up on my TV watching. And of course, seeing my best friends and catching up on lost time. But doing nothing will be a nice break from this long and busy semester. I have a lot of shopping to do, sleep to catch up on, and family to spend time with. Hope you have a super wonderful vacation as well, and good luck on finals!

A Nice Long Break

Winter break is just around the corner…well, after you get through all of those finals, of course. I can’t wait for it to come!!! So much to look forward to…And for once, I’m going to keep this blog short! :D

Home…means good food, family, and catching up with friends from all different universities. Shopping, spending time with my sister, watching TV, reading books, doing crafts (hopefully knit a scarf or something) and just keeping myself busy with small little things that I don’t necessarily have time for. And I can’t wait to watch my high school’s Charity Dance Show! It’s bound to be great, as it is every year, with guest performers and pieces from our school’s Orchesis Dance Company.

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December 7, 2006

Winter Break Bum

I’m not even sure which day I’ll fly home, but I’ll buy my flight ticket online sometime soon. Home is Los Angeles. It is a different world from Berkeley—where isn’t? The best thing about going home is being with Mom, and I’ll have time to paint and do things I don’t have time to get involved with during the swirl of the semester. Nonetheless home can be a distraction of bad influences. I will get into the old bumming-around-because-I-don’t-have-to-study routines and pick up old habits, like watching television. I worked hard all semester, after all. My brain needs to chill. I will watch “M.A.S.H.” and “I Love Lucy” re-runs.

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December 6, 2006

Winter Break Plans

I'm sooo excited that winter break is just around the corner, although it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when I still have to study for my bio final :( ... after a really stressful and demanding semester, I'm looking forward to going home and relaxing. I love Christmas so much because it means I get to spend a lot of time with my family and my dog... I plan to hang out with my friends a lot, go on a couple snowboarding trips, and most importantly, get ready for my SEMESTER IN BELIZE for spring! I leave January 4th so I've got a lot of packing to do, but it's going to be amazing. Anyways, I hope that everyone has a relatively stress-free finals season and a great holiday break.

Prepping for the upcoming break...

The semester tends to end rather abruptly--we have a series of finals that we all stress over and then, in the course of a day or two, it all ends and you head home. Winter break is actually quite long, and many students have found it to be quite boring in comparison to face-paced life at Cal. But it doesn't have to be mundane! The important thing is to find something productive to do, whether it be an internship, externship, a trip out of the country, or a job.
I recall my last winter break to be quite eventful--I had my first trip back to Hong Kong in seven years, meeting with many relatives I could barely recognize. I also took the time to apply to one of the USPHO scholarships, which I highly encourage you guys to try out! While the scholarships and prizes are awarded for literary work, they are open to all majors. Go ahead and use this opportunity to reveal your inner writing abilities (go tot the Undergraduate Scholarships and Prizes website for more info).
This winter will be a bit less exciting, but I'm still looking forward to it. I have this yearly ritual with my best friend of going to the LA Auto Show. Both of us are really into the auto industry and are really excited about all the new makes that have come out this year. In addition to meeting up with friends from high school, I'll be studying for standardized exams and unwinding a bit before Spring semester starts. Have an awesome break and enjoy the Christmas season.

December 5, 2006

Ready for Winter Break!?

Winter break is the best time to recharge myself for another adventurous semester. It’s time to leave school for awhile and go home to enjoy some family time~! During breaks, my family and I usually travel, either to other countries or within the states. This break is no exception. We will be cruising around in our car in California and Las Vegas!

Besides traveling, I like to spend some of my break reading novels and watching movies. Since I rarely have time for my wanna-read-novels throughout my busy semester, sitting down and submerging into my favorite books or movies is indeed pleasurable!

Being a junior premed student, medical school applications are not far away. So, this winter break, I plan to start studying for the MCAT and change my studying gear to a higher nerdified level. Usually before the start of a new semester, I would buy some of the books for my future classes and start reading a couple of chapters on my own. Just to be ready and to get a feel of what the class is about. By previewing ahead, I find myself more involved in class discussions even in the beginning of semester and have an easier time absorbing the material in class.

Winter break is a good time to volunteer, work, look for an internship, join the gym, learn a new recipe, try new things, and have fun! Most importantly, be safe and happy with whatever you do! Have a nice break everyone! Good luck and do well on finals!

Here are some career center suggestions
http://career.berkeley.edu/Article/041217a-hh.stm
See y’all after break!

Finally, Winter Break is HERE!!

Well, I'm going to be relieved that I don't have to worry about tests and projects. But, I'm going to working up a storm during break as usual. This year though I'm actually going to make sure I have a week off to buy presents and stuff. My home is not far, but I will definitely be staying back home for break. I'm so excited for Christmas because I get to see all my family members all together. Especially because this year my Uncle and his family are coming back from Kuwait premanently. It will be nice to have them in the area again. I don't only get to see my family members for Christmas, but I also get to hang out with my boyfriends family and my extended family of friends. Being with my family during the holidays is very important to me. Even though I have to work Christmas Eve and Day. I will get off early enough for our evening celebrations!! I think it is so important to be around people you care about during the holidays. Hopefully everyone has a great break and stays SAFE!!

December 3, 2006

How Will You Spend Your Freedom? ;)

Winter break is two weeks away and I can already feel the excitement starting to build up (although we all have to get through finals and even the last round of midterms for some). I think having something fun planned for winter break to look forward to while studying for finals is a great way to get through the end of the semester craziness. Whether you are going on a trip, spending time with friends and family, working for some extra cash, or just taking some time to relax, winter break is something we can all look forward to after such hard work all semester long!

This winter break is my last break as an undergraduate, which means I will actually have to do some work on my Graduate/Dietetic Internship applications. Although, I am happy that I will have plenty of time to work on them without having to worry about school work on top of it all. I will also be back and forth between home (Petaluma, only about an hour from here) and Berkeley, since I work at Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

I have some fun activities planned as well. I am looking forward to spending some time with my new puppy, Charlie. Puppies need so much attention and training and I am glad that I will have winter break to dedicate much more of my time to him. I also plan on spending some time with my family and my friends from back home that I haven’t seen in a while, making a trip up to Tahoe to go snowboarding, and enjoying the holiday festivities (Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year!). However, what I am looking forward to most is my trip to the East Coast with my mom and my aunt. We are going to go to New York and Boston and while we are there we will visit some schools that I am applying to. I can’t wait for this trip because I have never been to the East Coast before and we have lots of exciting activities planned.

I hope that everyone else plans on enjoying their winter break as much as I am! Make sure to find some time for yourself over break to rejuvenate. Good luck with finals and happy holidays!!!