This year I gave myself a great birthday gift – VIP tickets to see G-Dragon in Houston. I am a huge GD fan, and I was really excited to see him and attend his soundcheck. The drive to Houston was actually not that bad compared to the drive to Atlanta or Dallas from Hattiesburg. Plus, the speed limit goes up once you get to Texas! Unfortunately, it also goes back down as I discovered just outside Houston. I had… Read more »

things I wish I knew when I started college

It’s almost that time of the year when the traffic gets ridiculous, there are no parking spots in a one mile radius of my office, and the meetings led by long-winded professors begin once again. A relatively calm and quiet college town turns into a chaotic whirl of students and parents. The start of a new year at the university.   As I enjoy the last few breaths of summer and quiet, I think back to my first year of… Read more »

back to school

I was one of those weird kids who loved going back to school each fall. I loved thinking about all of the new things I was going to learn, shopping for new school clothes with my mom, and picking out fun, brightly colored school supplies. I don’t think my mom ever experienced any of the anxiety that parents have today when it comes to sending the kids back to school.   First, there are the uniform requirements. You need to… Read more »

birthday wish finding joy

Today is my birthday. I have not felt like celebrating my birthday in quite a while, and my reason has nothing to do with age. A few years ago, my grandfather died on my birthday. He and I were very close, and I have not been able to let go of the sadness I feel every year on that date. As I thought about what I really wanted for my birthday this year, I realized that the one thing I… Read more »

fulbright scholarship

As of June 30, I submitted my completed Fulbright scholarship application for next year! I really don’t have a concept for how competitive the process is or how good my chances of getting chosen actually are. So, I wanted to put together the strongest possible application that I could. I spent a lot of time working on my proposal and all of the application components. I started learning Korean and reading research relevant to my work. I reached out to… Read more »

You may remember that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is on my summer reading list. I finished it in two days, and it was a fun summer read! The story is centered around a girl named Cath who just started college, and is thrown into that chaotic life adventure. Fortunately, Cath is not alone in because she has…her twin sister? Nope, that girl abandoned her. Cath has something even better…her fandom. She is a beloved fan fic writer in a fandom… Read more »