Category Archives: Ramblings & Updates

Grad School Thus Far…

Hi everyone! I haven’t done a more personal post since…well…a month ago maybe? Woops.

But a lot of things have happened since then! For instance, I joined a research group! Wooo! As of November 2nd, I have officially become a graduate researcher. I even have a small project right now which involves looking at old data and confirming trends seen in Houston in order to try and compare it to what happens here in So. Cal…or at least that’s what I understood when it was explained to me. It has thus far involved reading papers I don’t really understand deeply enough and learning MATLAB which is a whole obstacle on its own…(No prior software experience except for LaTex.) I also now spend my days plotting random variables together to see if anything makes sense. Or, at least I would if I even knew what made sense in the first place…

Heh. Well this post isn’t off to a good start, huh?

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Grad School Goals!

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So this year, I decided it was time to make a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish throughout my time at grad school. I figured it was easier to separate them into individual quarters at this point. So, in case you were interested, here are my goals for Fall Quarter!

1. Join a Lab

I mean, that’s the point of going to being a chemistry grad student right? Though this is a bit more than just joining a lab. I want to join a lab that I can call family for the next 5.5 years of my life. It’s a big decision, but my goal is to find a lab that does research I love with people that are amazing. 🙂

2. Be more Social

So I have a problem of shying away from people and sticking to those I’m comfortable with. However, since this is a new university, I don’t have anyone I’m comfortable with. Therefore, I need to open up and be more social so I can actually make friends and have a bit of a life outside of school. O:

3. Be more Confident

I really need to work on this one. I once had a professor I really respect say that he expects me to do great things once I gain the confidence I need to launch myself at whatever task I have. I want to live up to his expectation.

4. Stop Doubting Myself

This kind of goes hand in hand with gaining more confidence…

5. Join a Dance Class

I like dancing but I always find an excuse to not go to classes. I’m too busy. I’m too tired. Well no more! Sometime this quarter I shall join a dance class and attend regularly!

6. Read More

This means both reading for fun and reading scientific journals. Both are going to be beneficial as I move forward with my career. O:

7. Save Money

Now I’m not a big spender in general, but I do make a lot of unnecessary small purchases such as that starbucks coffee I could have made myself, or that lunch that I could have made at home. So this quarter I hope I can change my spending habits for the better!

So there are my goals for the semester/quarter! What goals do you have?

❤ K

My Favorite Books

Well, since this blog is still pretty new, I wanted you guys to get to know me a bit more. I already updated my about me page, so you can head there for the basics. However, recently I feel that the easiest way to peek into someone’s mind is to see what their favorite books are.

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So voila! In no particular order, the books that I hold dearest to my heart are:

  1. Solanin by Inio Asano
  2. The Manifesto on how to be Interesting by Holly Bourne
  3. Boy Proof by Cecil Catstellucci
  4. The Martian by Andy Weir
  5. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  6. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  7. The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. The Compound by Stuve-Bodeen

I’m still looking for one more book to so this list can officially be a top 10. Any suggestions?

Have a good day!

❤ K