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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!


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