College Year Two.

what to do when you get back failed exams?

i knew there was a reason i didn’t want to go to the final exam viewing. sure, i could have studied more but i felt like i knew that stuff. having three exams in a row isn’t exactly most conducive to studying well for all thee. i knew those mechanisms just didn’t know when to use them in the right context. if only there was a way to see the effort i had put in? or even if i could just say everything i do know. and here i am wanting to go home, but can’t really since we’re moving soon, not able to pack, not doing well on any of my finals, and actually legitimately failing, wanting to talk to my family but can’t because they are all in china and how would i even begin to explain my poor performance here. after freshman year, i thought maybe i was more cut out for this whole college thing than i thought, but now i’m not so sure. and after one day of bliss…now what?

to 20 years of life and many more memories to come.

today is my second day of being 20. today was also the day that i finished my sophomore year. having three exams basically in a row should not be allowed. especially if it is the day after your birthday. but i survived (barely?). i was never somebody who took school super seriously in the sense that i value my friendships and relationships with people over schoolwork. while not necessarily a good thing, i think it’s made me realize that school really isn’t everything. yes, it’s important to do well, but ultimately, the things that i hope to gain out of college are new friendships and random memories, not that second orgo midterm that i failed. it’s really what i personally can get out of the classes and not how the professors quantify how much i get out of it through grades. slowly starting to grasp that idea but this semester may have been my worst semester. ever. ): 

it’s important to once in a while to take a step back and not stress over grades or schoolwork and take a break to just relax. i’m almost glad my birthday falls in the midst of finals period because it essentially forced me to have something to look forward to and enjoy myself for one day. (: started my birthday celebrations a week in advance with my parents at park since they were off to china and wouldn’t be here for my actual birthday. it was a new restaurant and while the menu wasn’t extensive, the food was pretty good. relatively pricey though. i had the mushroom risotto and then went to crema cafe  with them for a celebratory coconut cupcake

on the day of my actual birthday, my awesome friends/roommates threw me a “surprise” party (which i had been partly helping to plan haha). it was really nice to know that people took time out of their study days to come celebrate with me! lots of drinks and food. friends are incredible people ♥  

more celebrating that night with a chinese dinner at yenching with some old high school friends. it was nice to catch up and so glad to have introduced them to the awesomeness that is 上海炒年糕 [aka shanghai rice cakes]. SOO GOOOOD.

by far, the BEST (and most surprising!) part of my birthday was when my roommates and a friend and i went to finale for a 4-course 4 person dessert sampler deal she had bought from groupon!! it was SOO DELICIOUS and i actually don’t think i could move after it. so.much.chocolate.

course 1– two dark chocolate dipped strawberries

course 2- four mini samplers of the finale cheesecake, manjari mouse, boston cream cake, and bread pudding. 

course 3– lemon sorbet in a white chocolate bowl

course 4- MEGA CHOCOLATE SAMPLER (including molten chocolate lava cake, espresson chocolate cake, white chocolate truffles, etc etc), seasonal cornucopia (raspberry/blueberry cobbler), and bourbon pecan tart. [the picture is of the tart]

literally could not move after eating all of this amazing dessert, but was so happy. 

so with that, birthday and finals, sophomore year has come to an end. it’s had it’s highs and lows, but looking back, i don’t have too many regrets. a lot has happened this past year, but i’m sure all of it has been for a reason. i’m so thankful to have met some of the new friends i have made and for the experiences that i have had. college is already half over?!! but here’s to two more years in college and more memories to come.  (:

gorgeous weather, good food, and a blog debut.

in three days, i’ll be done with two years worth of college classes. in two weeks, i’ll be twenty. in three weeks, i’ll be halfway done with college.

seriously, how did the time past by so quickly? it feels like i just started my sophomore year but here i am, talking to pre-frosh about the perks of college and watching my senior friends finish school and go off into the real world. life happens so quickly but how can we make sure to be taking advantage of every second? there are so many things we take for granted but things can so easily change in an instant. that is a scary thought. studying sucks and i’m starting to feel frustrated with the whole school thing so i’m going to take a break to talk about how much i love sunshine!

the weather being nice can make such a difference. people are happier and everybody just wants to enjoy the outdoors. why study inside when you can bask in the beautiful sun? we had a week of absolutely gorgeous weather! today is a bit gloomy, but i enjoyed the weather as much as a could last week and this weekend!

started off the weekend by make oreo truffles! my roommate had gone on a jog because the weather was so nice and ended up coming back with oreos, cream cheese and white chocolate chips. three simple ingredients to make a super delicious snack!  SO GOOD. i think i ate at least three of them that night…and probably another two the next day.

we knew it was going to rain today so we wanted to celebrate the nice weather as much as we could yesterday! my roommate suggested taking a walk so we walked from the square down past central square towards MIT/kendall. we weren’t sure what we wanted to eat so we just walked until we found a restaurant with yummy food! we decided to get take-out sushi from theolonius monkfish to eat outdoors! 

we got spicy tuna, rainbow maki and crazy maki (which had shrimp tempura!). at first we were a little bit disappointed by the wait and portions but the sushi was really good! maybe it’s because i haven’t had sushi in a while, but the fish was really fresh and just overall, delicious. and it was nice to be eating outside in the sun (:

got dessert immediately after dinner at toscanini’s! it had gotten a little bit chillier but that wasn’t going to stop us from eating ice cream. i got bananas foster and my roommate got green teatoscanini’s ice cream is considered some of “the best in the world” and definitely did not disappoint! YUM 

most exciting part of the day? being featured on a blog! i fit the stereotype so well of one of the AZNS that likes to take pictures of food. how else would i be able to keep a food blog? and now, here it is, my debut on a public blog:

http://picsofaznstakingpicsoffood.tumblr.com/post/21535114187

here’s to more food pictures, delicious meals and good weather! (:

the days that come and go.

it’s been a while since i’ve really updated this.  this past month has been one of the busiest i’ve ever had. from continuous sister dates to midterms to dance shows, i’ve barely had any time to myself. i tell myself that ienjoy this feeling of being busy, but it has been a little overwhelming. having a day from 8am-11pm with only a half hour break should not really be allowed. but the thing that really keeps me going is that the people that i am so appreciative to have met these past few years.

days come and go so quickly. one day i’m SO busy running around and the next thing i know, it’s already the weekend. spring break officially began today which means we only have about two months left of the year. why does it still feel like we just got on campus to start our sophomore year? i want to take the time over spring break to really relax and reflect. i need to start setting my priorities, focus on school and not get so caught up in things that might be as important.

my best friend from high school visited for lunch today! the three of us ate delicious sandwiches at crema cafe and had some time to catch up with each other. i miss the high school carefree days when we would just sit together and do nothing. 

for dinner, went to cambridge 1 with a couple of my roommates and some other friends. they are known for their interesting flatbread pizzas so between the six of us, we ordered four full pizzas. i was SO FULL eating them. but they were all pretty delicious! that night, 

i usually like the potato one that has all different types of cheese but it was kind of a carb-overload so i tried to not eat too much and save my stomach! i still ended up eating SO MUCH pizza though, but hey, it’s almost spring break, so why not? (:

that night, we pre-celebrated one of my roommate’s birthday with cake and more pizza. she wasn’t that surprised but it was still really fun to just hang out! we also ended up playing about 2 hours worth of taboo which was awesome.

i’m really happy that it’s spring break. finally will have some time to breathe and think over things. there’s been a lot on my mind lately from school related things to family. i can’t wait to be home and to just be able to chill with my parents and spend time with my family. 

about a year ago from today, i had the wonderful chance to be a part of OAASIS. at the time, i was mainly excited but looking back on it now, i could not be happier to have joined. i think it’s been one of the best decisions i’ve made thus far at harvard. i’ve met so many amazing girls and am constantly amazed by everybody. throughout this entire comp process, i’ve also had to think about what OAASIS really means to me and what i think it will mean to me in the future. 

tonight, we welcome a new class and while i’m SO SO SO excited, i’m sad that we will no longer be the puddles. forever puddles 2011 love. ❤