Hello, my lovely readers! It’s crazy to think that in two weeks, my first year of college will have come to an end. So, I figured for my final blog post, I would reflect on my growth as a student here at the university.
I remember my first visit to the campus back in June of last summer; I attended the Summer/Student Opportunity for Advising and Registration (SOAR) day with my father, and that really solidified my love for the university. I met a lot of great people, students, and faculty members (I feel I should mention Mr. Rinehart here; he helped me transition into student life when I first arrived, and he’s kept in touch with me even after leaving the undergraduate admissions office). Being part of a FLEX group was also a great experience my first semester (shout out to my fellow blogger Megan who was part of my FLEX group: FLEX 8). It was nice having familiar faces for multiple classes. Being able to spend a lot of time with the same group of people created somewhat of a bond, which served as a great support system for all of us during our first semester. I also found myself bonding with a lot of honors students; I think living on an honors floor helped a lot with creating strong ties with people I now consider to be great friends. I’ve made so many memories, all of which I’ll remember as part of my La Verne experience.
I’ve also extended my efforts through different organizations this year. I found comfort in being a delegate for the Residence Hall Association, as well as becoming a student blogger. I made some strong connections within the Anthropology department here on campus, and I plan to further my connections by joining Lambda Alpha once I meet the prerequisites. Working closely with Gloria sensei, who is part of the Japanese department, and helping her reinstate the Japan club has also given me connections with people who share the same interests as I do.
As for learning to adjust being on my own so far from home, I think it’s safe to say I’ve come a long way. I remember how, at the beginning, I would miss home a lot…but now, the University of La Verne has become another home for me. I know that when I return to Guam for the summer, I’ll find my mind wandering back to all of the memories I’ve made here with everyone. Overall, I’m so grateful to have experienced all that I have, and to have shared those experiences with amazing people, people I hope to stay friends with long after college. My La Verne Experience has definitely changed me for the better. I’m more independent, confident, and open to experiencing new things. I only hope to grow more as an individual over the next three years here, and hopefully you guys will get to read all about it. Thank you to everyone who has been following my blogs and that of my fellow student bloggers. Sharing our experiences with you are what make us enjoy what we do, and knowing that we can help prospective, or current, students simply by relating to them makes it all worth it in the end.
Are you guys ready for your final question of the week?
What would you like to gain out of your La Verne Experience?
Personal growth was definitely a big one for me. (: Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comment box down below!
Have a great summer!
As a sorority that is always looking for unique ways to fundraise for our chapter and philanthropy, we go out on a limb and try new events. This semester, Phi Sigma Sigma’s fundraising chair Diana worked tirelessly to put on a small music festival called Phicadelic Fest.
A week prior to the festival, we tie dyed Phicadelic t-shirts, made flower crowns and played music. The shirts, designed by Diana’s brother, were sold for $10, and people made flower crowns for $2.
Two local bands and a DJ played at the festival, which drew a relatively good crowd of students, sisters and devoted fans. DJ Rvy Spry, who is also a ULV student and in SAE fraternity, opened with mixed beats. After, Shaman Cult performed a groovy set, but before they could finish Campus Safety came to us because of a sound complaint. Obviously some people did not want to vibe with us. Once Shaman Cult finished playing, Dead Bedouin set up, but before they could finish a song (which was great by the way) Campus Safety came again. Instead of packing up and going home, though, we had an intimate acoustic set before Campus Safety came for a third time and wrote us up.
For the most part, our festival attendees had fun even though it was cold, windy and we got shut down! People from around the area showed up for the bands and we ended up making about $300 in t-shirt sales!
After helping the fundraising committee clean up the lawn, a group of us made a late night Donut Man run. It was my first time getting a strawberry doughnut, and if I’m being honest I did not really like it. The filling would have been so much better without the sugary glaze surrounding the strawberries and oozing out the sides of the overstuffed doughnut. I’ll just stick to Sidecar Doughnuts in Costa Mesa.
Have a great summer!
To celebrate the school year coming to an end, the University of La Verne hosts a concert in the Fox Theater down the street in Pomona. Tickets are free and the artist to perform is chosen by the students, picked from hundreds of write-ins and selected by a school vote. Last year, we had the chance to see Big Sean and this year’s pick was 2 Chains.
Tickets may be free, but it takes time to get one. The concert is always the first Thursday of May, and the day to pick up a ticket is one month before. However, free is a magic word in college and it has the power to summon waves of hungry and tired students. The line tends to stretch across campus, going this year from the fountain in Faushnaut Court to the end of the Campus Center. Only the first 600 or so students can be ensured pit tickets, so you need to prepare to skip class that day to get to the front of the line. It’s ok though, you also get a free T-shirt.
Doors open at 7 and the opener doesn’t start until 8, so the only rush is to get a good spot and beat the line. The University also supplies busses to take students to the event, meaning you don’t have to worry about finding rides. The bus takes a while to fill up with the students and another 20 minutes to get to the venue, but then the doors open to the neon sign and you’re ready for a good time.
My friends and I arrived late, so we had missed the opener. However, we got there right when 2 Chains started his act and were able to get close to the stage. The rest of the night was like going to the club with the entire University, as everyone was dancing and you would run into people you knew every ten minutes. What better way to say goodbye then a party with everyone and anyone you’ve ever met at school?
Random Fact I Paid Thousands of Dollars to Learn:
Most Asians and Latinos are type O blood.
Hello my lovely readers! This week’s blog post is going to be slightly different, as I’ve been busy preparing for finals week. Yes, we’re nearing the end of the Spring semester, and might I say, this semester is turning out to be more challenging than the previous one. However, I expect nothing less; otherwise, what good is college?
As a freshman, I’m still trying to find my social and extracurricular outlets here at La Verne. I’ve made connections with the Anthropology department and organizations, and I’ve joined the Residence Hall Association, but I still felt like I needed to invest my time in other places. Thankfully, my yoga teacher, who also happens to work in the Japanese language department, noticed my desire to branch out. She recommended that I try to restart what was once known as the Japan Culture Club. I had heard about the club prior to attending La Verne, but I didn’t know that the club had been disbanded for over a year now. So, once Gloria sensei had filled me in on the status of the club, I was more than happy to help rebuild it.
As of now, the new Japan club, JAPAN Daisuki, is still a work in progress. However, after attending some unofficial meetings, and discussing our plans for the club, I feel confident that JAPAN Daisuki will be an active outlet for me. I signed on to be the Public Relations Officer, so what better way to start promoting the club than to mention it on my blog this week? If any of you are interested in the country of Japan, its culture, or its customs, feel free to check out our brand new Facebook page and give us a like (JAPAN Daisuki). Also, if you’re interested in becoming a member of the club, don’t hesitate to reach out through our page. I’m so excited to embrace my Japanese culture, and to share it with any students who may be interested. Just as a way to show you how beautiful Japan and its culture is, here are some photos I’ve taken from my past visits to Japan:
Okay, ready for your question of the week?
Which clubs are you currently involved in, or want to become a part of?
Don’t forget to share your thoughts and answers in the comment box down below. See you guys next week! (:
As classes wind down and finals creep up, we focus more on our school work and less on other important aspects of the end of the year. For students living on campus, the move out date also falls on the last day of finals.
Recently, the housing office sent out an email to residents about check out guidelines and information on move out extensions. By May 29 at 5 p.m. we must have everything out of our rooms, clean everything and have a room inspection done by a residential assistant.
To make the move smoother, I plan to take things home each time I visit. All of those sweaters hanging in my closet — they are out! It is summer and I don’t need them. Extra bedding and towels — yep, they are going too! Pictures and other decorations will also be easy to take home in order to make finals week less stressful.
I have done the same thing the last two times I moved out of housing and made my last week so much easier. As I watched people spend nights studying and days cleaning, I was able to focus on my final tests, papers and projects. Overall outcome: a relaxing last week of school and smooth transition into summer.
If you are a resident at ULV and are able to take your belongings home early, do it and enjoy the rest of the semester.
Until next time!
(Two more weeks … not that I’m counting or anything.)