The week away from school was much needed, and I cannot even begin to explain how much my time at home meant to me. Many things can be taken away from the week, but I feel the most important thing centered around the being humbled by realizing all the great people that God has put in my life. (more…)
In high school I worked at a Chinese restaurant. One week late in November I looked at the work schedule and noticed that I was scheduled to work on Thanksgiving. My boss had recently moved from China and barely spoke English, so he did not know what Thanksgiving was. I tried to explain to him that nobody was going to come eat on Thanksgiving because it was a holiday. He wanted me to explain what the holiday was, so I said it was a day where families cook dinner at home. At first he didn’t believe me, and I couldn’t blame him. What kind of holiday is Thanksgiving anyways? (more…)
When I woke up this morning, I was attempting to capitulate over recent stress induced by student organizations so I could enjoy the day cooking with my boyfriend, thinking of things I am grateful for, and attending the Texas A&M v. University of Texas football game. Because of work scheduling, my family celebrated Thanksgiving a different weekend, and the change of itineraries this year made me realize some changes in me. (more…)
“We will remember them as long as there is a Texas A&M and Aggie spirit, and that, my friends, is forever.”
- Gov. Rick Perry ‘72
Last Wednesday marked the tenth anniversary of the bonfire collapse at Texas A&M. Twelve students lost their lives, while twenty-seven others were injured. Several events were held on Tuesday that ended with a Candlelight Vigil at 2:42 a.m., the time of the collapse. (more…)
My friends and I took a road trip this past weekend to attend the Texas A&M vs. OU game.
It was a long trip up to Oklahoma City/Norman, but so worth it. (Apart from the Aggies losing and me not being able to withstand the windy weather.)
My mother always said it would happen one day. That one day, I would get off a plane, and among the mass of waiting drivers, I’d see someone standing there with my name.
Well, it happened, but it wasn’t a corporate sponsored limo in New York as I imagine she had envisioned. Instead, it was Yanik, a local artist doing a favor for his hostel owning friend, picking up two Texas kids on an adventure in Bali.
Jacob ’06 works for Mustang Engineering. Our fathers, both Aggies as well, met each other through work. When they found out both of their eldest children had moved out to Singapore about the same time, it was inevitable that we get hooked up. Meeting up several times in Singapore and keeping posted on the everyday happenings of each other’s lives has proven to be a unique experience. Also a Houston raised suburban kid, we know exactly where each of us has come from; sharing that culture and then continuing on to share this Southeast Asian one has helped us form an interesting friendship. As my dad likes to remind me, this is just another great manifestation of the Aggie Network in action! (more…)
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve been far from lazy…
My best friend from Paris, a Singaporean who now works in San Francisco, came back for two weeks to visit her family. It was so nice to catch up with everything happening in each other’s lives. Walking into her parent’s condo was exactly what I needed; a loving, safe environment… with AIR CONDITIONING! I spent many nights there, including one where the two of us were as sick as dogs. She couldn’t hear out of one ear, and I re-tasted the chili-crab I had eaten earlier that night… It was sad to see her go, but I think that our continued to connection, and ability to pick up like nothing had changed between the two of us is a real testament to friendship.
I was not a tourist for very long in Singapore. I made local friends and got to know people who have lived here for a while. On one hand, this is a real advantage- you are brought to the hidden gems of the city, (including the world’s greatest burger, but I’ll get to that in a second) but on the other hand, you tend to skip all the fun tourist stuff. Making up for lost time, I headed to the Singapore Zoo. I went to the zoo with my Aussie friend Karen, making a special stop in the Australian Outback exhibit (she is really from the Outback- came from a small town and tells stories of her childhood without running water!) where she laughed at the tiny size of the Kangaroos! I think the pride of the zoo has to be their extensive elephant show and exhibit! You can purchase a painting made by an elephant. Apparently the elephants don’t speak singlish- the original trainer at the zoo was from Sri Lanka, so this tradition of training them in this native tongue has stuck. (more…)
Lately I’ve really been in limbo mode. Everyone knows how ready I am to graduate and move on with life, but at the same time I sometimes think I’m rushing too much and not quite ready for the so called real world. The last few years have really gone by fast, and this semester seems to have gone by even faster. While I love the fact that I am almost finished with my last fall semester of college ever, I’m also finding myself wishing time would slow down so I could enjoy and soak in all the great things around me here at A&M. Life has really been treating me well as of late. My grades are good and I feel positive about the direction I am heading in life. (more…)
This summer I was blessed by being able to take the Marketing Study Abroad Program through Mays Business School. We traveled throughout Europe learning about local cultures, international business and the world we live in. This video blog documents our experience and gives you some insight into the adventures we had, the things we learned, and the relationships we formed. Bon Appétit!
We live in a very complicated world where new technology is available every day. When I first came to college, I thought that I could stay in my bubble and avoid all of the new fads, but I was wrong. There are many technology fads college students are going through that are actually useful in the classroom. (more…)