I’m going to get your attention to read this post with a pretty picture… Hehe (from my most recent Vegas trip for my friend’s birthday)

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It is seriously taking me forever to finish this survey thing hahaha. What the heck am I gonna write about after this is over?

Anyway, I already wrote pretty extensively about my plans, dreams, and goals for first post in this survey. I guess I’ll summarize. I have a clear vision of where I want my life to go. My dream is get my PhD in Economics, get a position as an assistant professor at a major research university, preferably in California. Teach and do great, meaningful research in development economics. Get tenure. Once my kids go to college and I have tenure, go on sabbatical and work short-term positions at a UN Economic Council such as the IMF and/or the World Bank. Work at the Federal Reserve Bank for a few years. Live in New York while I work at the UN, travel abroad to do field research. Retire in Hawai’i. Oh yeah, and somewhere along the way, hopefully find the right person for a lifelong relationship, get married, and have kids.

I’m happy with the career path I’ve chosen; I find it meaningful and fulfilling. Even if I don’t find romantic love in my life, I know that somehow I will find unconditional love with a family and fulfillment in pursuing a livelihood that allows me to help others. Just to make a real difference in the life of one person who genuinely needs my help - that’s all I could ever ask for. Sometimes when I feel down about school or when I’m thinking about all the things I don’t have, I feel comforted and happy to know that someday, I’ll *hopefully* be able to change someone’s life for the better through my own work.

So there are my lifetime plans/dreams/goals. *Sigh* but for now all I can think about is passing my classes and my comps! Ayiyiyi…

“By going beyond your own problems and taking care of others, you gain inner strength, self-confidence, courage, and a greater sense of calm.” - His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

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