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Friday
02/24/17

International Fiesta: Celebration of Cultures

Posted by aasalina on February 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

I thought Senioritis was only in senior year of high school, but it seems like I am starting to have that habit over again. With this senioritis feeling to my classes, I  still took the leap to enter International Fiesta again one more time before I graduate. Besides the ever crazy college student schedule, I thought this would be great thing to participate again for the Filipino American Student Association. I truly appreciate UB’s Diversity and the program it offers.

During practices outside Knox Lecture hall at 8:30 PM or a full dance run through at random places on a Saturday afternoon until night time. Practices may be draining but  I think it is truly worth it. I may be studying in between my practices or doing homework, but I would never trade this experience for anything else. . Last year my club won and it was also my first time sitting as an audience and had the itch to do it again even with nursing school.

International Fiesta March 4, 2017 Saturday   5:00 PM UB Center For the Arts

When I got accepted nursing school, I felt like all the activities  I used to do for fun weren’t my priority anymore. I came out of a heavy exam this week where our professor threw multiple concepts of critical care (patients who are at end of dying) including medications that have one million side effects and interactions. I honestly thought I wouldn’t do well because I had dance practice Saturday and Sunday or had clinical Wednesday and Thursday from 7 am-3 PM or 11 am-7 PM (how tiring)  However,  I luckily did well. I used to do miserably on my exams  in the beginning so I changed my study habits & focused more on practicing questions than the material itself. I think it’s also because I started to realize that it’s not how much you study but it’s how you balance yourself. In the beginning I quit so much of the fun things I used to do & it just made me feel burnt out. I would skip church to study or not go to a club event so I could stay in. But those excuses hurt me more than helped. Sometimes we push ourselves to the limit we really forget that we come first before a test grade . Before the exam everyone was stressing out, going over conceps so I tapped my headphones and listened to classical nature music for good ten minutes & it worked!

My takeaway from here is COME TO INTERNATIONAL FIESTA! But also in college, take all the opportunities you can not just ACADEMICS. You will see that the most successful and happy people are not the one’s who bombard themselves in academics but who tries to achieve a happy holistic life.

I will send another update if my club ever wins! Oh yeah I got the J Scott Fleming Scholarship this week! Thanks UB!

 

Monday
02/06/17

I went back where I came from… Philippines

Posted by aasalina on February 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

About 8 years ago my  whole family left the Philippines. We took the leap of moving to America all together to chase the cliche immigrant “American Dream”

Knowing your roots is important. Knowing your history, your upbringing makes you the person who you are today.  After 8 long years of adjusting to American living. I finally came back to the Philippines. It was such a long needed and refreshing experience.

I only had 7 days so I made each day more than worth it. Here are some of my wonderful experiences.

I experienced my first free fall superman where your whole body gets dropped in the air! So many people backed out but your fee will still be charged so I did not want to waste my money

New Year in the Philippines is lively. You play fireworks outside and there are common  myths and sayings of the elderly. Some are to jump so that you grow up an inch, wear polka dots means good luck, buy  circular fruits at your dinner table for wealth.

Lastly, I met up with my childhood friends and had a mini reunion! We used to just play carelessly with fake paper guns and colored chalks on the blackboard. Now I am proud to say my grade school friends are current and future doctors, chefs, pharmacists, medical technologists, nurses, engineers, lawyer and more!

Sometimes I wonder what my life could have been if I stayed in the Philippines. Would I be happier while my family worried about finances everyday? or here in New York where most of your relatives are in distance and your career is the sole focused. Both way of living are different but I can conclude that SIMPLICITY WINS

As to where I am standing now I am very lucky, #blessed, fortunate that we got out of  median income poverty. Back then we used to share one piece of chicken, dried fish. Anything in the table we ate to survive.  But I think the image of American Dream to me is gone now. As I came back I  treasured the value of family,  happiness and simplicity of living.

I suggest anyone to travel especially in third world countries. Its in these places where you will realize that MONEY cannot BUY HAPPINESS. 

Philippines I will come back soon for you and I promise I will give back.