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Goodbye, September

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Wednesday, the middle of the week. I don’t mind Wednesday too much. Only 2 classes for the day (Intro to Visual Art & First Year Seminar). I must say my Intro to Visual Art class was quite interesting today. I am going to ask everyone the same question that my art teacher asked us this morning: “What does Beyonce’s music video (Single Ladies), an episode of MTV Cribs (Soulja Boy), and Bowe Birds all have in common? You think about that, and I will post my answer (extra credit writing assignment) up tomorrow. Surprisingly enough, they actually share something very in common. First Year Seminar was a miserable 45 minutes of my life. I don’t understand why we jump around to several different assignments every other day. One day it could be making a football roster on powerpoint, the next day writing a paper MLA, APS, ACA, and Chicago style papers. I now have to prepare a two-minute presentation on my assigned fallacy (unrepresentative sample). Lovely..

After finishing class, I took the TTA bus, and went to Wal-Mart for a little shopping trip. Sure it was a lot of fun, but I only had to buy the essentials of life- laundry detergent, body soap, face wash, cleansing pads, a notebook, schultz pretzels, and soy milk! This is exactly what $20 looks like:



Cold,Wet, Rainy Days…

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Cold, wet, rainy days. Lovely way to get the week started, right? To top that, I could definitely use some more sleep. I seriously am starting to think I have some kind of test anxiety. Monday and Tuesday got off to a bad start because of the spent long hours into the night cramming for my upcoming exams.  Oh the joys of overloading the brain.  On Tuesday morning, I even forced myself out of bed at 5:00 AM to study some more. All of the time and energy to get to Math class, take the exam, and run out of time! I din’t even get to finish, therefore I expect I shall fail for sure. As you can probably imagine, I was quite frustrated and upset. All of my time and enery just to end up a failure? I’m not sure that’s the attitude I should have either. I thought about for awhile, and decided to move on. All I can do is try harder next time. Nothing really too exciting in my world of books and Spinach Wraps. Study, Study, Study. I made sure to inclube Spinach Wraps, as it seems to be what I am living off of these days. For me, talking with friends ,and taking a trip to the Recreational Center is about as fun as it gets for me. I’ve actually formed a great exercise rountine. Not only am I getting in shape, but relieving stress, as well. I have been so stressed the past few days, I felt that I could just fall over and die. Is that even possible, anyways? For sometime to just drop over dead from all of the overwhelming stress in life? I’m almost positive it could happen. Stress is definitely not a good thing, so I’m trying to get myself together, and keep smiling.


Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Happy Friday, Everyone! Hope all of your had a great day, I sure did!:) My Intro to Visual Art class flew by today,like always. I seem to like my art quite a bit, so it doesn’t tend to be one of those never ending classes. Today’s lecture was very valuable due to the fact it was test review day! My art teacher definitely earned some good points with me- a test review, and confirmation of a huge favor. I asked my art professors permission to take my final exam early, on Dec.9 along with all of my other exams.

Before heading off to Harless Diner for lunch, I studied for my art exam a little. Of course, I had the usual- a healthy, hearty spinach wrap with hummus!

Before going to First Year Seminar,  Kimhyun treated me to coffee at Starbucks! We had iced soy lattes while sitting by the fountain enjoying a sunny,autumn day.

 First Year Seminar was not too bad. Class was held in the third floor of Drinko Library. We attended a useful session on library resources. I definitely need to live library life to the fullest-use the online article databases, card catalog,and check out tons of books! In fact, I think I shall make it my goal to check borrow a book this coming week.

Normally, I have the entire afternoon free after 1 PM. Although, I attended at Writing Workshop at 2:00-2:45 PM. It is a requirement of my English to attend at least 4 Writing Workshops and 3 Writing Center appointments. I must say the Writing Workshop was quite interesting.

I also made plans to go to the Recreation Center. I have really been trying to find the time to go there as much as possible. Although, the fee is included in my tuition, so I should make full use of the exercise equipment. At 4:00, Kim and I went for our evening workout. We went around to all the different exercise equipment, practiced some yoga, and then dinner at Harless Dining Hall. I once again decided on a spinach wrap and vegetable soup. For tea time we had Chai tea and dessert. Tea time is just the greatest, especially on a chilly evening like today. Kim had a piece of chocolate cake, and I had an oatmeal cookie! Oatmeal cookie!  I haven’t had dessert the whole time I’ve been in college, and I had a stressful week. I think I am more than deserving! That oatmeal was pretty good, but maybe a tad bit too sweet.  After having a nice cup of tea, we went for a nice walk around campus. Nothing better than a  nice autumn evening breeze. The rest of my evening consisted of studying. I have a good bit of homework assignments this weekend along with a lot of exam preparation. Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Is it just me or did this week go by extremely slow? Really, is it only Thursday!? I have had so many things on my ‘to-do list” it seems like it should be Friday for sure. Soon enough, it will be here tomorrow. I apologize to those of you who actually do read my blog, I have been failing miserably with updates. I also haven’t included any photos for a long time, I’ll have to work on that. Speaking of which I missed a really great photo opportunity today. I have been a little stressed so I decided to go to Freshens.. for the second day in a row!! What’s this? Well.. Freshens is one of the largest smoothie & frozen treat companies in the U.S., they remain committed to providing customers (like me!) with purposeful nutrition.

We just so happen to  have a Freshens on campus at Marshall. Yestuday, I got a Mango Beach smoothie. Today, I had a frozen vanilla yogurt with fruit toppings (Strawberry and Blueberry). It was great. I really wanted to take a photo, but I didn’t have my camera with me. I am sure there will be plenty more opportunities to take a photo next time for sure!:)

Today hasn’t been too bad. I’m actually quite proud of myself, I’ve been somewhat productive! I’ve done some studying for my first Art exam on Monday, Math homework exercises, and online modules for UNI 100.

After going to all of my classes studying, I went for an evening jog. :)

Math class is canceled!!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Greetings everyone! Hope you are all having a lovely Tuesday. It’s been a few days since I did a blog post. Nothing really too exciting. Sunday was “catch up day” I did laundry and finished all my homework assignements! Yesturday (Monday) was not such a bad day. In my Intro to Visual Art class, our first exam was moved back until Monday; which is great! I now have more time to study! Speaking of exams, I went to biology class this morning, and got my Exam 1 score back~ I definitely did not do as well as I had hoped… I really did study hard, but the true and false questions got me..>.< All I can do is just learn from this experience and study harder for Exam 2.

I would also like to say “Happy Hispanic Heritage Month”to everyone!  Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. Yesturday at Harless Diner, we a very lovely dinner of Hispanic/Mexican cuisine in observance for HHM.  I absolutely loved the spicy dishes and Cuban Sweet Potatoes!

Thai House

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

What a day! It is 12:36 AM, just now finding the time to write a blog post. Today I actually had plans of going to the movies with some friends, but it turned out totally different! After having lunch with Chen and Kim, I returned back to my dorm room, and checked my email. To my surprise, I had an email from Patra at Thai House. She asked for me to come for training 5pM-9:00PM! I took the shuttle from Marshall University to Pullman Square, which took a whole 5 minutes. I got to Pullman Square at about 3:45 PM. I wanted to get there somewhat early so that I could do some looking around. I arrived right in the middle of the 2010 Chili Fest! Did I eat Chili? No! Did I want to eat Chili? No! It was packed. I went to Edible Arrangements and treated myself to a Strawberry Banana Fruthie! It was quite refreshing to a hot day like today. Just a little for 5, I went to Thai House. I was welcomed by all the staff members, put on my apron, and got to work! I studied the menu, learned how to properly set the tables and fold napkins, practiced serving, and..

It wasn’t too busy early in the evening, because of all the Chili Fest excitement. Around 7-8 was when we really started to get business. I worked until about 9:15 PM, and then I was..dinner- ไข่ลูกเขย (khai luuk kheuy (son-in-law eggs) over Jasmine Rice, Chicken, and Thai Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce. Absolutely delicious!!

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Where do I start today!? This is is the most “productive” I’ve had, in well, since I moved to Huntington! 4th week down! I only had two classes today (Intro to Visual Art & First Year Seminar).  Only two classes, but so much happened today!! My Intro to Visual Art was canceled (because the video we were scheduled to watch was somehow removed from Netflix). Rather than hurry home like everyone else, I stayed behind to have a nice chat with my professor (Professor Cook). Quite an interesting conversation, I really should start talking with my professors more.

I pretty much had the whole morning free, until 11:00 AM. At 11:00 AM, I went to my first job interview, at Starbucks! I don’t think I did too bad for my first job interview, let’s see what happens!

I got my first package in my mailbox at Buskirk Hall today! A few weeks ago I requested some Korea travel brochures and information. I shall now start planning my trip to South Korea! At 12:00 noon, I went to eat my daily spinach wrap at Harless Diner, and then headed to my First Year Seminar class at 1:00. We are currently working on a group project, which I am not too enthusiastic about. Somehow, I always end up doing all of the work myself. Why does everyone take advantage of me..

Since it is Friday, I decided to do something fun and totally spontaneous. I took the shuttle to Pullman Square. First, I went to “Thai House”, a Thai restaurant which reccently opened (July). The entire Thai atmosphere was just beautiful! I met the staff members, had a nice conversation, and I was then handed a job application!

-library book and card

-travel agency

cooking/baking shop, cooking utensils, recipe books, tea party supplies, and imported goods. So many different kinds of imported jelly from France! I most definitely would like to try some, adding that to my “to-do list”

Pet shops (rabbit)


Friday, September 17th, 2010

Hello Everyone! ^^ I am back once again on this cold, wet, rainy Thursday.  First for everything-Huntington, WV is current under a weather advisery. I must say, it’s quite cold, windy, and rainy-and I feel sorry for the people with no umbrella!;(

Seriously, I have been studying diligently the entire week, therefore I have not been able to update. Let’s see what has happened in Emily’s world Tuesday~Thursday.  I would like to say “I’ve been doing great”, but that we would be a huge exageration! Endless never ending assignments, and cram sessions. Just lovely.. Shall we rewind a little?  

Tuesday-one of the busiest, most stressful days of the week. Biology, Mathematics, Biology Lab, and English. Biology Exam….! From day one, I knew I would have a biology exam on September 16, 2010. My week mainly consisted on trying to balance 5 chapters at once. Sadly, I can only remember so much… Wednesday wasn’t too bad. Art and First Year Seminar class. I have my first exam coming up in art! Time to hit the books, and study!!

Back to today^^ I unwilling rolled out of bed this morning, ate my breakfast, and went to take my 8:00 AM Biology exam, and then spent the afternoon listening to Jay Chou while watching the rain fall. On the bright side of things, the exam was nothing like I had imagined. I definitely thought of the worst-essay questions, charts,etc. No.. It was a 100 question exam, all true/false and multiple choice. The multiple choice questions, I am not so worried about; as for the true/false questions….>.< For a person like me(who will believe just about anything) true/false questions are not the easiest!! I have no idea what kind of score I will end up with. I have even thought of the ultimate treat if I make an A or B: I am going to treat myself to Khao Niaow Ma Muang-Thai Mango Sticky Rice Dessert, at Thai House! If I get a C, I get half of an oatmeal raisin cookie. If I got a D or an F, I get absolutely nothing, more study time.. Wish me luck, everyone!! I want Khao Niaow Ma Muang!!!♥

All in all, this week was loaded with homework, exams; and the dishwasher at Harless Diner (the place where I eat) has been down all week. The highlight of my week-I’ve got nothing, unfortunately. Well, Harless had Tomatoe Soup on Tuesday for dinner! That’s pretty exciting.

By the way: Happy National Cholesterol Month,everyone!A good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. :)

Prosperity is just around the corner!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

“Prosperity is just around the corner, Taurus. With it comes change. Change in your job, career, or environment figures prominently today. However this change manifests, it’s bound to be positive. You’re lucky, and you’re about to hit the road to even greater success. Savor this moment, for you’ll be busy soon!”

Something of interest today:horoscopes. I wonder how many people actually read their horoscope daily, besides me. Anyone? Although I continue to read mine, I’m not fully convinced that I even believe it.. Today’s horoscope (at the very beginning of this post) sounds too good to be true. If it really is true, I like what I’m hearing!!

Monday- Intro to Visual Art and First Year Seminar. Guess what, everyone!? I am now entering my 4th week of college. I know, it’s unbelievable!! I have definitely come to conclusion that I’m not so thrilled about getting out of bed, as compared to the first week of school.  My dorm room was extremely cold last night! I did not get much sleep at all~There has definitely been a temperature drop within the past week. Autumn is just around the corner (next Wednesday)!

As of today, I completed my job application for a position at STARBUCKS! I really hope I get this job, wish me luck!!

☆Taste Of Asia

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Today my mom and Micheal came to visit for the first time since I moved in on August 18, 2010! Today really was a great day.  While they were here, we both went down to Taste Of Asia to celebrate our get-together. Here are some of the Taste Of Asia eats that we had:


                                Taste of Asia


                         Thai Green Curry

The Thai Green Curry was quite a hit! My mom and Micheal absolutely loved it! Delicious Green Curry served over sweet-smelling Jasmine Rice.


                          My mother and I

Nigiri Sushi- the taste of Japan! I have to say, this was some of the best sushi I’ve ever had outside of Japan, very good quality. I definitely went all out for sushi-maguro, unagi,


                                    Pad Thai

One of Thailand’s national dishes! For weeks, I have been craving Pad Thai-Rice noodles sauteed in Thai Sweet and Sour Sauce with jumbo shrimp, spring onion, bean sprouts, and ground peanuts. This was just too good!!



A fresh, delicate favorite!

All in all, I had a super great day! I definitely needed a day like this- to see the happy faces of my mom and Micheal, eat authentic asian cusine  (a break from cafeteria food!). I am really looking forward to doing this again in the near future. After spending the afternoon out for some fun, I spent the rest of the evening working on various assignments. I also attended our weekly Resident Hall Association Meeting tonight. I find it quite interesting that we will be starting “Sundaes on Sunday”- we will now be having an ice cream sundae bar on Sunday nights at Buskirk!


Friday, September 10th, 2010

Friday! I have now been at Marshall University finished my third week.  It is amazing how time flies, especially when you are so busy with studies. I feel like I just can’t keep up with time. It is definitely a challenge to balance life when you have a load of college studies. This week has been the busiest thus far, especially due to the fact it was a four day week. The second draft of my personal essay & writers note were due,  I had my first Math exam, weekly quiz in biology, and Vocabulary Quiz 4 in English. As you can imagine, I was pretty stressed.. Now for the weekend~ My weekend consists of: MORE STUDYING.. Today is actually the Marshall Thundering Herd vs.
West Virginia Mountaineers game at 7:00 PM, which I have no attenions on attending. Tonight I plan to study, do laundry, and watch Episode 3 of 命中注定我愛你. Last night, I was able to watch all of Episode 2, which was the most eventful thing this whole week. My friend Chen got me started on this drama, which is great!!  

Day after Labor Day…

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Today is Tuesday, which means back to the daily college adventure. Yesturday was Labor Day, therefore my university was closed. Technically speaking I “had the day off”, but I really didn’t “have the day” off. I spent the entire day doing homework. Wonderful… Although, I did sleep in one hour later than I normally would, which was quite a blessing. I finally worked diligently and completed Draft 1 of my first formal writing project!  I’m not so sure why, but I had a time getting this one finished. Not really so sure as to why, but I wrote about an amazing personal experience. I’m thinking it’s just so difficult, because I had to take the best experience of my life, and summarize it into a 3-4 essay. Other than that, I set aside the day to complete math and various reading assignments. It could have been worse, I could of had a lot more homework!

As for today, I’m having a rather nice day.^^ To be perfectly honest, I have been a little down for the past few days. Still trying to get acustomed to whole new college experience, and just take everything in. First of all, I am still trying to recover from some serious heartbreak. This time last year, I was just starting my school life at Musashi Ogose High school. I seriously doubt that anyone can imagine how hard this is. September 1 was the 22nd Annual Cutural Festival at my school. One of my most favorite events of all time!! During last year’s cultural festival, I worked to the best of my ability decorating and representing my classroom. I also met so many people and made so many friends. September 3… September 3 made me exactly 2 months being back on American soil… I am still going through some serious reverse culture shock~

Although, I sat down yesturday evening and thought long and hard about somethings. I realized that I need to stay as positive as I possibly can. Things are hard right now, and there’s nothing I can really do to change that. So rather than just be melancholy and miserable, I came to this conclusion based on what Oprah had to say: Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.
– Oprah Winfrey

As of yesturday, I took these words into deep consideration, along with some words of incouragement from my mom. I was talking to my mom a few days ago, as always, she incouraged me to hang in there, and keep trying my best. She also told me that I…(”I” of all people was her hero.

I do know one thing, not too many people have a mother as loving and supportive as mine. Things like that make me realize what a truly lucky person I am. Along with having all of wonderful experiences in my life, family and friends in Japan, and a place at Marshall University. I’m sure there are many people who actually applied, but did not get accepted. Although, I am one who did get accepted, and there are a lot of people who would love to be in my position. Therefore, I would like to show more appreciation, dedication, and postive thinking toward my college experience.

Sunday Social Meme

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

This Week’s Question: (Thanks Ellery!)

    What would you do if you shrunk to just 1 inch tall?
    My answers:
    This is a really interesting question! Would someone standing at 1-inch tall be required to pay airfare?! I take  the opportunity to see the world! I could go anywhere and everywhere, just one pocket away!   
    Then, for fun and games, I could make a bowl of ice cream my very own playground.Being 1-inch tall would be of great benefit for the times I feel like I could die of embararssment and want to disappear. Easily done, because no one would see me! The possibilities are endless….

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Is it just me, or did this week go by extremely fast!? It was Monday, and in the blink of an eye, Friday! I’m not saying that’s such a bad thing, just hard to believe. A second week of college down! I can most definitely say that compared to last week, this week has been at the least 10x easier. I am now able to remember my class locations, all of my professors names, and a few familiar faces of my classmates. Not too thrilled about getting up at crack of dawn every morning, but I manage. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I am able to sleep until 7:00 at the latest. Tuesday and Thursday, I am up at 6:00 AM.

Reflections on the past week…:)

Monday- Beginning of the week, only two classes for the day- Intro to Visual Art and First Year Seminar. Intro to Visual Art class consists of lectures in the form of powerpoints, and watching art documentaries. The class only lasts from 9:00-9:50, I have no  room what so ever to complete. I find the class to be quite interesting and informative.

First Year Seminar on the other hand… We were assigned a project “Athletes and their birthdays”. Basically, we were assigned to one of many sport teams, and were required to to create a roster. Sounds easy enough, right? Well.. actually.. it was quite in depth! By creating a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel, I had to display (…..) for about 7-8 teams from NHL West. All I can say is very time consuming!! Moving on to Tuesday~

Tuesday- not one of my favorite days of the week. I made myself a nice soy latte (with strong, black cofffee!!) and pulled myself together for the day. My first class (Introduction to Biology) starts at 8:00 AM! >.< Just in two weeks of class, biology has grown on me. Biology is the study of life, I am most definitely interested! On Tuesdays, I also have a Biology lab as part of my Introduction to Biology class. We had our first official “lab” today. We worked on Linear Measure, Weight Measure, and Volume Measure, along with graph constructions from our labratory manuals. I have almost convinced myself that Introduction to Composition II is my favorite class of all! For my English class, we were given instructions to write a sketch (a detailed description of an event, person, place, or all three-300 to 500 words and focus on a personal experience) . Today’s homework was to finish reading Chapter 3, study for Vocabulary Quiz #2,  I must say I was quite thrilled, in a very good way. I am still very into writing these days, and believe there is always room for improvement! I worked long enough on my writing sketch, and finished successfully. I think my writing sketch will help me develop a nice composition for my first formal writing assignment (first draft). I have until September 6, 2010.

Wednesday- The first day of September!! Which means..turning to a new page in my Hello Kitty calender. I especially like the design for this month! ♥ 


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