End of October

Philanthropy:

This Sunday, the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi successfully raised money for the Arthritis Society through the charity soccer tournament “Score Out Arthritis” and selling lots of baked goods. More money was raised through bake sales that we’ve been holding in the Nest, the place where lots of UBC students hang out and eat lunch.

If you want to help a good cause, specifically the BC Children’s Hospital, and love a good scare, go to Sigma Chi’s Haunted House this Thursday or Friday evening. It’ll be in Greek Village, which is close to the ice rink and the field. Admission is minimum donation of $5. I’ll be there Friday evening with some friends after our Chemistry lab. I know I really really need to study but I firmly believe that every student deserves a night off to celebrate Halloween. That said, I feel pained to stay in on Halloween night itself but I’m going to have to because I have a midterm next Monday and next Tuesday. Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year because I love wearing and seeing other people wear costumes, watching scary movies and visiting haunted houses with my friends, and handing out candy. *sigh* There’s always next year.

 Academics: 

The TAs in the Math Learning Centre were really helpful when I needed help before my math midterm. So if you need help, try dropping by in the LSK building. I didn’t do as well on my math midterm as I hoped to do and I was pretty sad. I have to figure out a better way to study math. What I’ve been doing before is not good enough. I’ll have to figure out a better way and study better for the final. If you have any tips on how to study calculus, please leave your comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

I’ve been working more on my paper but stopped now to study for my upcoming physics midterm. (eek!)

Sorority Life: 

Big-Little Reveal and Pledge Ceremony happened. I also ate dinner with my new “family” consisting of my Big, grand Big, “twin” sister, and my Big’s grand little and great grand little.  The family is hard to explain. I loved meeting the girls and felt an immediate connection because everyone is so easy-going and just totally awesome. <3

 

Have a wonderful Halloween!

Shanna

 

Play soccer to support the Arthritis Society Oct 25

12088437_10153657712943430_1482373781487179462_n“WHAT IS SCORE OUT ARTHRITIS?
Get out your athletic gear for some friendly competition! Score Out Arthritis is Alpha Omicron Pi’s signature philanthropy event, a 6v6 indoor soccer tournament fundraising for the The Arthritis Society. Each game will be 15 minutes long and teams must consist of 6-8 players. You are more than welcomed to put in more than one team!

WHEN + WHERE?
Sunday, October 25th 11AM-3PM at the Student Rec Centre.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Anyone! This event is open to the public, with guaranteed spots for Greek organizations.

WHAT IF I’M NOT GOOD AT SPORTS?
The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi will be preparing lots and lots of baked goods! Bring some cash and munch on desserts for a good cause. We will also have auction items, which we will be launching on this event page leading up to the event.

DEADLINES AND REGISTRATION FEE?
There is limited spacing for teams, so please e-mail our Philanthropy Chair, Nao Fujiwara, at philanthropy@aoiiubc.com as soon as possible to secure a spot in the tournament. The registration fee is $80 per team and must be paid by October 21st. All proceeds will go towards the The Arthritis Society – BC & Yukon Division.  ”

If you email Nao, please let know her know that you heard about our fundraiser from AOII sister Shanna Yeung’s blog!  <3

Hope to see you all support this Arthritis Society fundraiser October 25!

Two midterms done & Campus Food

Artwork in the bathroom. Credit to Leah Schimdt.

Artwork in the bathroom. Art is everywhere. You just need to look! Credit to Leah Schimdt.

Food

I purposely avoid buying food on campus too often to save money. I usually bring snacks or an extra meal from home but today I splurged and bought food.

An awesome girl I know works at Bubble Waffle so if you ever crave Hong Kong Style bubble waffle, bubble tea, curry fishballs or hot soup and noodles, go to Bubble Waffle!

While we’re talking about food, I shared a box of sushi from Bento Sushi (next to the Sauder building) with a friend because we wanted some food in our stomachs before the chem midterm. The sushi wasn’t the best I ever had and it was pricey. I doused  my sushi with wasabi and soy sauce. However, two of our other friends got teriyaki chicken bowls and those looked pretty good.

While we’re on the topic of food, I burned my tongue with a hot drink. Be careful with hot drinks everyone!

Academics

My first Biology and Chemistry midterms are now over! In my mind, I was expecting these midterms to be mammoth but they were actually short.

Sorority Life

I missed Pledge ceremony and Big-Little Reveal tonight. I hurried to the chapter room soaked from the rain and looking like a beautiful disheveled mess but I don’t get to find out who my Big sister is until Monday. Ahhhhhh I really want to know who she is! Something I looked forward to most is having a big sister who will be both a close friend and a  mentor. There are no girls close to my age in my family. Even ALL (seriously ALL) of my cousins are male. Although I love my cousins a lot and have them to thank for introducing me to road hockey, horror movies and R.L. Stine, cars built for speed, I really wanted to experience what it is like to have sisters!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Midterms and pictures

I came out of my Bio midterm Monday morning feeling like I studied as much I possibly could have and whatever I get is representative of the hardest I could have tried. For me, knowing this is the best possible I could have done is enough. I just wrote a Physics test that felt alright too. If you’re a first year like me who feels like you’re studying so hard and have no idea when you’ve studied enough, remember: if you put in the effort, you’ll be just fine. Remember to take breaks to eat, sleep, and relax with your friends and family!

I have a chemistry midterm tomorrow night so instead of writing today, I share some pictures with you all to recap how first year has been this past while:

AOII Bid Day
AOII Bid Day
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Long morning commutes means that sometimes you deserve a nap after a tiring day. Warning: Your loving friends may decorate your arm with some highlighter smiley faces.
Ramen with one of my best friends ever to recharge after a chemistry lab- before studying for our bio midterm together. Yay for best friends!!
Ramen with one of my best friends ever to recharge after a chemistry lab- before studying for our bio midterm together. Yay for best friends!!
Lunch on a typical Tuesday
Lunch on a typical Tuesday. Everyone looks so focused but I think R and B were playing a game. 😉

Don’t let midterms crush you – go crush them!

Have a lovely rest of the week,

Shanna

Week 3

Hey all,

I have a massive draft of a post I want to make about the negative misconceptions people have about sororities and how wrong I learned that they are as I went through Formal Recruitment. I have a lot to say now that I saw firsthand how sweet and down-to-earth the girls who conducted all my interviews were! I want to devote time refining that draft so that that post will be meaningful. So hang tight, I’ll return to writing it after I finish some Calculus! For a sneak peek of what I want to say, check out Naoadays’s blog post on Why You shouldn’t date a Sorority Girl  (This is such a misleading title but why she makes this title so will make sense when you read it.)

Other things that happened during Week 3

  • The first part of my training at the Canadian Institute for the Blind. I’m learning techniques to become a better sighted guide! This summer, I served as a sighted guide briefly and that experience had so much impact on me that I want to volunteer more and so I’m getting myself properly training. Some of the scenerios we covered included flights of stairs, washrooms, and restaurants.
  • REX Orientation. REX is a program that is part of UBC Undergraduate Research Opportunities, which I am now a member of! That reminds me… I need to work on my application!
  • Clubs Day! Lots and lots of clubs. I plan to go to a meeting for one of the clubs I signed up for tomorrow.

Other stuff but now I’m tired and need to get back to work.

until next time!

Friday Pizza night

  • Lots of love to my silly friends and so thankful that we’re in this journey together. <3 Thanks especially to Kevin and Veena for being super supportive and understanding towards me Week 2!
  • Also: huge thank you to Sarena, the Undergraduate Physics Advisor, for all her help and patience.
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Signs of friendship

Friday night: A low-key end to the school week.

  • Physics with my friends “Potato” and “Avocado. ”  Yes those are their real life nicknames. Frequent alternation between “I DON’T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING! LIFE IS TERRIBLE.” and “I GET IT! I GET IT! LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!”
  • When Koerner closed, we met up with some other friends in Irving.
  • We were all starving so we ate pizza at Mercante.
  • Silliness post-pizza and on the bus home.
  • Stayed up late creating multiple blog posts for the next couple days because this is going to be a bit of a busy week. I compiled songs together in themed posts to share with you guys – hope you like these posts!
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Cute song of the day! (Vision related!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ir4z_1jzAk

But in real life, please don’t follow someone around without telling her or grab her arm like he did at the beginning at the video. Recall my earlier post about Things you should know about people with vision loss.

Back to the music: I love the pure sentiment this song conveys! (and the totally adorable relationship and doggy in the video). I’ll make this another goal: to live by the principle that loving someone is as simple as constantly telling and showing them that they’re incredibly special to you and making them smile.

Continue reading “Cute song of the day! (Vision related!)”

Music: Goodbyes

“Meet him among them” has one of the most beautiful videos that I’ve ever watched. I love the relationship between the visually impaired man and the dog.  A dog is a man’s best friend 🙂 The relationship between elderly man and his wife was cute. I was so sad at the end…

K. Will has such a beautiful voice. Important symbol to understand this song: white flowers are for the deceased Asian culture.

“On rainy days” is a song about time healing goodbyes. Simple yet sweet.

A whole story contained in five minutes. The song itself doesn’t start until a couple minutes into the video.

 

 

Molly Burke & Retinitis Pigmentosa

I was inspired to get involved with volunteering with individuals with vision loss when I heard Molly Burke speak in person at a Microsoft coding workshop. This Youtube video that she made is closest to the speech she made. I highly suggest you watch it to learn about growing up and living with vision loss.

Music: Uplifting lyrics

I like songs with meaningful lyrics that warm your heart. Here are some songs that put a smile on my face and hopefully will put one on yours too. These are great to listen while studying!

 

A cheerful and upbeat song with uplifting lyrics that I like listening to over and over again . Click CC for english subtitles. My favourite lines:

“I know you always got my back and I always got you right back. From now on, I’ll always be by your side even if the world turns against you. “

I cried when I watched this video. I watched it so many times and then ran to hug my mom. Oh I wish that no mom has to go through what the mom in video had to 🙁

Hong Jin Young’s song “Cheer Up” is exactly what you need on a day you’ve met an obstacle or experienced failure. Cute father-daughter love alert <3

Bumkey’s “My Everything” is about how “everyday is happiness” because simply being with those you love is joy.

The lyrics of “Sky Blue Coat” were written by the couple together, one of them composed the music and the two of them say it together. She was wearing a sky blue coat when they met for the first time. How adorable!

https://youtu.be/XGo_RotGga0

Enjoy listening! Please let me know if you would like to see more posts like this!