Week 15: Designing the Life I Want

As the semester is coming to a close, I am getting ready to walk at this years commencement ceremony. I will be back in the Fall to finish my last three classes and then be finished with my B.S. in Health Science. My degree is geared to public health which can encompass jobs like working for the FDA, being an epidemiologist, or environmental health. I can develop health programs to target specific health problems and get grants from the federal government to put them into place. A part of me would love to do these jobs and a part of me would like to go to the medical route. The three me’s that I have in mind for myself are as follows:

Keeping my current job as an instructional aide and go to a community college after I graduate to finish my prerequisites to attend P.A. school or Medical School.
I would love to be a physician’s assistant because it is very similar to being a doctor without all the time money that goes into becoming a doctor like medical school and long-hour residencies. I could make a decent amount of money finish within two years. I also like that it would be easier for me to start a family with this degree because there wouldn’t be as much as a time investment if I went to medical school. I would also love to pursue a career in medicine because I would hate to look back on my life and think “Why didn’t I just go to Medical School?” seeing that I would have the time and the energy to do so. I would hate to let myself down on such an amazing opportunity that few women, and Latina women at that get to have.

2. Moving to New York to pursue a Health Scientist job starting off at 80K a year, gain some experience and then come back to LA. and go to graduate school for epidemiology.

I think this job opportunity would be amazing because it would allow to make what I think is great money especially for a new college graduate to have. Very few people get to make this in a year throughout their lives so if Im able to have this chance I would definitely take it. I would get to experience a new city, a popular city at that but I do not see myself living there or raising a family there. I would want to come back to my home town here in L.A. and be within close proximity to my family. I would gain amazing experience and hopefully it would make me stand out when looking for a new job.

3. Join the Peace Corps which can help defer a few dollars off my loans and gain experience, then come back and get a job. Depending on how well of a job Im able to get with this experience Ill make a decision on going to graduate school.

Joining the Peace Corps is something that I have always wanted to do. I always thought it would be a great life experience that would allow me to get cultured and create memories from. This is something that would be hard because I would necessarily be getting paid, only to cover basic necessities where I am living, which would not allow me to come home and see my family nor will it give me money to make payments on my student loans. It would also be a time commitment of about 2 years. This would give me public health experience which I think is priceless. I would not be getting paid and I would be away from home which sounds terrifying, but I think 2 years is a good amount of time to learn a lot and Im sure this time would fly by. I think the Peace Corps would also help me grow up a little bit because I would be there alone and would meet amazing new people who are in the same position as me.

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Week 15 Classmate Conversation: Vicki Wu

For my last classmate conversation I paired up with Vicki Wu. She is someone that I have talked to before but in another class that I shared with her this semester, Biology. While talking to Vicki I learned that she is a first year student here at CSULB. She is a Health Care Administration major. When I asked what kind of career she wanted to pursue with that degree she said she felt a little unsure and was still working on figuring out what she wants to do. Some of her favorite foods include Korean BBQ and Hot Pot. I thought this was interesting because I had never heard of Hot Pot but she explained to me that it was a large pots simmering and you get to add your favorite ingredients to it as it cooks. This sounded delicious to me and is something I am considering trying. Vicki is Chinese and she told me that she speaks mandarin. I asked her if she knew how to write in Mandarin and she told me that she had learned when she was younger but she forgot most of it. She said it is really hard to write the characters and remembering all of them.

I really enjoyed talking to Vicki and learning more about her. It was a great last classmate conversation. IMG_2643

Week 14 Classmate Conversation: Annie Chung

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This week I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Chung. She is from Temple City and went to Temple City High. She is a first year student at CSULB. I found out that Annie is the same major that I am, Health Science. I also found out that she is in my biology class so we have two classes together. Annie likes to watch Netflix and a few of her favorite shows include Modern Family, Riverdale, Reign, Stranger Things, and Bones. While talking we found out that we both love almond milk tea and jasmine milk tea. She also enjoys sushi. Some of  her favorite movies are Kingsman, Why Him, Bad Moms, and Finding Dory which I thought were great movies. I have seen all the movies she’s mentioned except Kingsman. She is a really nice person overall and it was cool to learn that we shared the same major because I was able to offer her a little advice about the classes that she needs to take in the future.

Week 14 Art Experience: Sketching in the Garden

This week’s activity was interesting and nothing like I had done before. It was easy to  be able to draw without erasing but I found difficult was drawing without looking at the paper. When I drew my hand I tried my best to not look at the paper but I did look a few times out of habit. We rarely draw anything without looking because we always try to make things look “perfect” or as perfect as we can make them. When i finished my hand, I saw how hard it is to draw nicely without looking. My hand did not look proportionate to my actual hand and it look crooked. My thumb resembled a pinky and I tried to draw the lines on my hand as I saw them. I think the lines came out better than my hand drawing.

When it came to drawing the scene at CSULB’s Japanese Garden, I think the one where I was able to look at the scenery and my paper came out pretty decent. It resembled what I was looking at pretty well and I though it looked great for being just a sketch. I then tried to create the same picture without looking at my paper. They look similar but this one definitely looked messier. All the objects were enmeshed and drawn on top of each other and overlapping. The coy fish do not look like fish at all and they look like blobs with fishtails. My plants also look different in both sketches. In the second sketch my plants are floating around in the baby and look like spike circles rather than plants. This really made me appreciate my ability to see.