Saturday, September 2, 2017

My brothers started school, and a lot of my friends have already begun college, but I go to a school that’s on the quarter system--which means I move in on September seventeenth. Because I have nothing to do, I decided to challenge myself to write and publish a blog post every single day, as well as come out with new videos every other day. It’s an avalanche of content that is most significant, for me, in the fact that I’m just trying to do it. I don’t really expect people to read it every single day or watch all the videos (although it’d be great if they do); I just want to work hard.
I would also love to finish the first draft of my current work-in-progress, which I’ve been brainstorming/plotting/planning all summer, as well as brainstorm for my next one. That may or may not happen, but I’m trying to push myself to do more, so here goes!

This is The Countdown.


I’m going to college ???

Kind of crazy, considering the fact that I feel like I’m twelve (and sometimes act like it, too).

Anyway, I’m leaving for UC San Diego in a bit and thought I’d share some of my freshman year goals with you. I made a video on it a few weeks ago, but this post is more in-depth and has more stuff, so if you’re into that, read on!

1 // Join a Christian fellowship + local church.
UCSD is, like, Asian Central, and a lot of Asians are pretty into church. I just received a pamphlet with the list of clubs and organizations and stuff, and there’s a TON of Christian fellowships on campus, so I hope I don’t have a hard time figuring out which one I want to go to. I’ve already got an idea of which one I’d like to join, but it might be an interesting experience church-hunting.

2 // Join SCBWI
SCBWI stands for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and if you’ve known me for any amount of time, you’ll know that I love writing and want to be a children’s book author someday. SCBWI, for me, is just one of the first steps to achieving my dream--it’s an international organization that helps potential/actual authors network in the publishing industry. There are different “chapters,” depending on your region, and I’m hoping to join the San Diego chapter and maybe get into a critique group, if it’s a viable option for me. (I just need to turn eighteen first, lol.)

Going along with this is
2a. Join a critique group! I hope I can do this--I won’t have a car in San Diego, so I might be limited, but I’ll see what I can do.
2b. Go to the Los Angeles writers’ conference in the summer of 2018. SCBWI puts on two different writers’ conferences a year--a winter one in New York and a summer one in LA. Since I live in southern California, it just makes more sense for me to go to the LA one (plus, I think the LA one is bigger).

3 // Get good grades
Depending on what you want to do with your life, college grades either matter, or they don’t. I have no idea what my future looks like besides the fact that I want to do something writing-related (or, at the very least, something creative), so I need to keep my options open. If that means graduate school, I want to get good grades so I have the chance to go to a good one.

Plus, I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t try my hardest. I love learning, and I want to do well, and I want to feel like I did well--so I’m planning on doing well.

4 // Exercise at some point
At one point this summer, I went to the gym nineteen days in a row, mostly because I have nothing else to do and I want to be productive. I’d like to keep up at least some semblance of the trend.

5 // Get an internship
Part of college is figuring out what I want to do with my life, so I’m planning on doing just that; i.e., internships, jobs, etc. During spring quarter, I’ll probably want to look for an internship over the summer.

6 // Make friends, and travel/adventure with said friends
I want to travel a lot in college, and I want to travel with people. I want to build relationships and have adventures that I’ll never have for the rest of my life. Doing this will probably take quite some effort on my part--more than I’m used to, at any rate--but at the same time, I think it might be easier since I’ll be living with people and doing stuff with them.

7 // Learn to surf
It’s San Diego. Enough said.

8 // Join The Guardian
I have a slight interest in journalism, and The Guardian is one of the on-campus papers. It looks like a good way to get involved and figure out what I want to do with my life.

9 // Join a club/organization or two
Maybe school and social life and organizations and church and writing might be a lot. But I’m interested in a lot of different things, and trying out different organizations might be super fun. So I’m open.

Those are my goals so far! Obviously I’m not going to meet all of them, and a lot of things change throughout the year, but these are my expectations. We’ll see how well I meet them.

What are your goals for the new school year?


  1. It's so cool that you are going to college!! Awesome goals. :)

  2. Ayyy turn up turn up! You're gonna slay college ^_^

    Amidst my college research is a glance at clubs & organizations too! Most of the colleges on my list have Christian organizations, and the ones that don't better be ready for me to START ONE! :P

    I'm praying that you thriveee in this new season and that college is a major blessing for you! Also praying for you on them internships; they can bless your resume.

    Okay. I'll stop emotionally gushing now. :P

    O | Life as a Young Lady

  3. GIRL! Good luck with posting everyday! And vloggggging too! I'll be sure to send you some love! College will be lots of fun for you! You know my advice already!
    Simply Me

  4. These are such great goals! I'm so excited to see you rock college. :)

  5. Those are some pretty cool goals. good luck!


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