Category Archives: School

Reflections on Post-Grad Life (Thus Far)

It’s been four months since I graduated college. How am I holding up? To be honest, life isn’t as glamorous as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong – I’m incredibly grateful for everything I have right now. But there are still some things I struggle with every day that no amount of undergraduate education could have prepared me for.

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Summer 2012: Things I’m Looking Forward To

1) Graduation. In three days, I’m receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Care Management. These past four years flew by way too fast, and dorming on campus has transformed me into a completely different person. Not only did I meet so many different and wonderful people, but it also taught me so much about life and the world that I never would have learned otherwise. Words can’t express how grateful I am to have taken this opportunity to grow. Goodbye, Stony Brook University. <3

2) Work. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was hired for the job that I got interviewed for a few weeks ago! :D I literally feel like all the stress and anxiety that I’ve been feeling since last semester just melted away overnight. I’m going to be working as a Medical Records Coordinator for the Medical Consultants Network. Although it’s only an entry-level position, I’m incredibly excited to start next week. I also feel like the experience that I would gain with health insurance records and billing would be valuable to my future career prospects.

3) NYC Nightlife. It’s no secret – I love to eat, drink, and dance. Now that the majority of my friends are 21+, I’m looking forward to visiting new bars, restaurants, and clubs in the city. I’ve even started a list of places I’d like to go! :D You can find them under the “Take Me Out” tab above my blog header. Since I’ll finally have a disposable income, be sure to make plans with me! ;)

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Post-Grad Interview Outfits

Hello! Sorry once again for the long wait before another post. It’s the last four weeks of school for me, and I’ve been swamped with group projects and presentations. Before I go about about giving tips for what to wear to an interview, let me just update you guys on the current state of my hair. It’s been about two months since the last time I dyed it, and my black roots were growing in much quicker because of the warmer weather. (It’s true, look it up!) I ended up buying a box of Garnier Nutrisse #63: Light Golden Brown (Brown Sugar), and apart from the roots, it didn’t change my previous shade by much. So I’m not going to be posting pictures this time. :<

I probably shouldn’t be experimenting too much with new shades anyway, since I’ve been spending the past two or three weeks applying for jobs and waiting for callbacks. Who knows if something can go wrong with a hair dyeing session the night before an interview? :P Speaking of which, I just had my first interview yesterday for an entry-level job relating to my major! :D Which inspired me to write this post.. here’s a good Polyvore representation of the outfit I wore:

Always dress appropriately for the position you’re applying for.
This is common sense. Yet I still hear of horror stories of applicants who show up to interviews in jeans and a blouse. At the same time, it also depends on the field you’re looking to work in. As a Health Care Management major, I always assume that the company will be a distinguished organization and bring my best business attire. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, after all.

It’s 2012. You can look put-together without being too conservative.
What always irked me about putting together an outfit for an interview are reading websites giving advice on how to dress demurely. Given, these websites mostly target middle-aged women. And I think that many younger college students are led to believe that they have to dress in their grandmother’s Sunday Best in order to secure the job at the interview. I disagree. In fact, I firmly believe that you can wear clothes that are more fitted to your body. Many websites tell women to avoid skirts, on the risk that they may be too short. But I think that times have changed, and it’s now acceptable to wear a skirt above the knee – as long as the hemline and the rest of your outfit is still reasonably modest.

You can never go wrong with a blazer.
I understand that freshly graduated college students may not have the wardrobe or income to provide them with several full business suits. Thus, I’ve come to the conclusion that blazers are a lifesaver. A single-button blazer looks great on top of many dresses, shirts, or blouse you may already own – and add instant class to your outfit. :) Invest in one or two, for now!

Avoid patterns – solid shades look neater.
While I was looking at websites targeting young women, many have a “professional wear” section. I was horrified to see pages and pages of fashion faux pas in the business world. Gaudy embellishments, tacky pinstripes, and too many ruffles to count, just to name a few. In my opinion, sticking to solids in a more traditional cut looks much neater for a first impression.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors.
Monochrome suits are dated. Many companies seek applicants who are on top of current trends and technology. To a certain degree, I think you should look like it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think you should wear anything too trendy. Sticking to neutral colors like black, grey, and beige are very safe bets. Just don’t hold the old-fashioned mindset that your outfit should be limited to a suit in the same color. In fact, statistics have shown that navy blue is the most successful color to wear to an interview. ;)

Leave your statement jewelry and dramatic makeup at home.
This, too, is common sense. Don’t wear your giant feather earrings or tribal necklace. In fact, I had to take off my favorite necklace before my interview because the pendant was a pair of scissors – which may have raised some concerns if my interviewers were from an older generation. Additionally, don’t make up your face to the point where you can be mistaken for a street walker. Keep it natural and light. As a girl who really enjoys lipstick, I would advise settling for chapstick or tinted lip balm for your interview. Good luck!

The MiO Diet

Hey, guys! :) How is everyone doing? I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately. Between the frustration of finding a job after college and how sick I’ve been for the past few days, it’s been hard to focus on things like work and school. I’ve been trying to keep myself as hydrated as possible, though, with the help of MiO Liquid Water Enhancer. I admit that I’m obsessed with this stuff – a few drops in my reusable water bottle, and I’m good to go. :P

MiO is convenient to carry in my purse or school bag, and promotes recycling in that I no longer have to buy bottled water on my campus. The best part? It contains zero calories. :) I never liked the taste of plain water anyway. >.<; My favorite flavors definitely have to be Mango Peach and Strawberry Watermelon. I really want to try Black Cherry and Green Thunder, though. A single bottle lasts me forever, too! My plan for the next few weeks is to cut out all the calorie-dense liquids in my diet and replace them with MiO-enhanced water.

Anyway, what have I been up to lately? Well, apart from my regular daily responsibilities.. I visited the new exhibit at the Charles B. Wang Center on my campus, Singgalot: The Ties that Bind.

“The exhibition details the rich history of Filipinos in America, honors early immigrant pioneers and the determined generations after them, and addresses the community and culture of Filipino Americans through historically significant photographs. Singgalot celebrates the vital contribution made by Filipino Americans to Pacific trade, military service, the arts, and civil rights activism.”

I found it  interesting, especially with my background, but was a little disappointed that the advertisements that I had seen mislead me to think that it was larger than it actually was. In reality, it only took up one small room.

In other news, I’ve been relieving stress and passing my free time by streaming episodes of Breaking Bad. I’m only halfway through season two, but I’m already hooked! For those of you who aren’t familiar, the television series is about an overqualified high school chemistry teacher who cooks crystal meth with one of his old students in order to make money for his family. :o

As for my extracurricular activities, I recently joined my quad’s intramural volleyball team. (Below is the design that I created for our uniform shirts!) Although I had played on a volleyball team for five or six years in the past, I’m sure that I’ve gotten rusty. But volleyball is one of the only things that I get competitive about – and I needed more exercise in my life anyway. :POn a final note, are any of you interested in purchasing prescription eyeglasses online? Because my friends at Zenni Optical sell a large and inexpensive stock of stylish glasses – be sure to check them out. :) Until next time! ^.^

Garnier Nutrisse: #53 Medium Golden Brown (Chestnut)

Hello! Again, I’m sorry for the hiatus. Things have been very hectic with work and school, and I have yet another exam later this week. Thankfully, I’ve found some free time to update you all with what’s been going on with me. But first.. my new hair color! :P At this point, I’ve tried out most of the Garnier Nutrisse shades, so I picked one at random that I haven’t. What did I have to lose?

I was getting sick of my black roots anyway, and although Medium Gold Brown lightened them, the length of my previous color was darkened significantly. I still have the gradient effect going on, which I can’t seem to get rid of ever since the last time I bleached my hair last Spring, but I don’t really mind.

Under indoor lights, the result does look somewhat golden. But as you can see in the photo below, the shade is more of a chocolate brown in flash photos – same goes for in natural sunlight. I was just really relieved to get rid of the brassy orange undertone that my hair had developed prior to dyeing it.

Yes, that is a pineapple rum cocktail in my hand! :)

So what’s been up with me? Stress, and lots of it. It’s not even necessarily my workload, either. Between trying to juggle my academic responsibilities, keeping up with Resident Assistant work, and enjoying my last year of college as much as possible – I’ve just been exhausted and drained all the time. It’s kept me pretty productive, though! Check out my bulletin board for this month:

I thought it would be useful to my residents to put up vacationing tips, especially since I know that many of them are going out of the country for Spring Break. Not only did I take this opportunity to promote safe traveling habits, but also safe sex and responsible drinking. :P I also designed a poster for a passive program that my staff is implementing. My boss is going to blow it up really big, laminate it, and hang one up in both laundry rooms in our building. :D

Again, I apologize for not updating as often as I once used to. I’ll keep trying to stay active, but the several hundred other things in my life must take priority. This next photo accurately explains my current mindset. Until next time! :)

Bikini Body </3

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! How did everyone celebrate? Personally, I didn’t involve myself in any of the festivities. I just grabbed a few drinks at John Harvard’s Brew House with some friends. :) It really upsets me, though, when the majority of the single people around me become bitter around this time of year. You could at least be happy for those who are in love and choose to celebrate it. :P I chose this Valentine’s Day to mail one special boy a small care package, which included chapstick and an envelope full of origami that I made – complete with this cute paper bow on the front. I used this tutorial, if any of you are interested in trying your hand at it. :D

My coworker and I also decided to host a Valentine’s Day themed program in our building the other day, too! Residents were able to craft their own unique cards using any of the supplies available in our office, so they could give them to those special people in their lives. We even gave out heart-shaped donuts and candy!

And to make up for my recent frumpiness, I decided to at least look presentable the other day. I’ve finally gained enough courage to start posting on – it’s great motivation to be more style-conscious in my everyday outfits, and gives me the opportunity to hone my photography skills. So if you guys can do me a favor and hype this look.. that would be awesome. <3 Even if you don’t have a Lookbook account, you can still log in with your Facebook. :D

So.. my Victoria’s Secret bikini came in the mail a few days ago!! ;) I was quite ecstatic to try it on, especially since I’ve always been too scared to wear one at the beach. I know it was a little pricey at $50 for both the bandeau top and string bottom, but definitely worth it if it will drive me to lose weight. Isn’t it sexy? :o

I also found the bikini below while browsing the Hot Topic website. It was a close second when I was deciding which swimsuit to buy. :) Although it’s cute AND has Hello Kitty stamped on the butt, I didn’t think it would be as flattering.

I basically got lazy at the beginning of this semester, and haven’t even gone to the gym once – despite promising myself that I would. Instead, I’ve been cutting down my calories severely. But even that isn’t enough to get my flabby body into shape. >.<; Right now, I’m about 113 lbs. I’d love to be 105, though! ;_; So in order to improve my self-esteem, I camera whored a little bit the other night. :P

I’m really enjoying my new DSLR. :) Many of my shots still come out really blurry, though, since I have extremely shaky hands. It’s nothing a little Photoshop filter can’t fix, though, to pass for “artsy fartsy”. :] Anyway, that’s all I have for now. Stay tuned for more posts throughout the week – until next time!

February Bulletin Board

Hey, guys! Sorry for the hiatus. I’m back on campus, but have been incredibly busy with work. Hopefully you all didn’t miss me too much. :) Anyway, I just wanted to share my bulletin board of the month with everyone! With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be appropriate to promote V-Day. It’s the global movement to raise awareness and end violence against women and girls. For more information, you can check out the official website.

For those of you who haven’t watched a performance of The Vagina Monologues, I strongly suggest going to one! My campus hosts a performance annually around this time of the year, and I don’t regret seeing it for the first time when I was a college freshman. Personally, my favorite monologue from the play is ‘My Vagina Was My Village’. It’s very haunting, dark, and personal. Here is Eve Ensler talking about the inspiration behind it, then later performing it.

I also decided to keep my door decs simple this month. I went into Adobe Photoshop and made name tags that say “Hello, my name is..” in six different languages! The paper I printed them out on was kind of thin, though, so I dont expect them to last very long before getting worn or ripped down.

In other news, I ran out of mascara pretty quickly this month. Decided to give Maybelline’s The Colossal a try. It was about $7 at Target, and the name was promising! I thought that if it was anything like Maybelline’s The Falsies, I’d love it just as much.

Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of the bright yellow packing or the brush. The bristles don’t catch every eyelash upon application, and makes it difficult to get product on in a few strokes. The formula itself is also very dry. So between these two factors, it takes a REALLY long time to get the effect I want.

Even then, my lashes don’t end up looking as dramatic as I would like. The length and volume just aren’t enough for my tastes. It give you more of a natural look, and the impact isn’t even close to “colossal”. Definitely not repurchasing or recommending. Until next time! ^.^