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A Review of 2014
December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! With a week left in the year, here’s my review post for 2014:

By the Season

Winter was mostly a quiet/low-key season for me. I was technically on a 2-month break between semesters but I took a 5-week managerial accounting class to get ahead. On the side, I started buying more clothes to refresh my closet inventory (especially with the dresses). The highlight of the season was probably me being in the first batch of acceptances for the school I’m going to now ☺.

I went through my last set of lower division general education courses during the spring semester. After almost 4 years, I finally conquered calculus and its multi-integrals/partial derivatives/antiderivatives. For the longest, I was dreading to take this class because of what happened in high school (which held me back in so many opportunities). I seriously put my mind into the game and did as much homework as I could to finally understand what was going on. After finishing and acing the class, I felt part of me being redeemed. Aside from school, my boyfriend and I started attending formal events together. Annnnd this is also when I started posting more pictures about the food I eat (which ultimately led up to the opening of my food blog project). Oh yes, my top 3 movies of the year came from this season: Need for Speed, Captain America 2, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Surprisingly, I got hired by a company (that produced systems for venues like Pirates at Disney, Water of Color at DCA, Bellagio at Vegas, and more) to be an IT Assistant on the third week of summer. Since then, I spent my summer working Monday through Friday’s from 8am to 5pm. I gained a lot of hands-on experience working at the company from setting up computers to programming our ERP software. At the very most, I took a week off to live near school for fun and orientation. I eventually ended up finding myself eating lunch regularly with our project engineers a couple of weeks after joining the company.

Fall was pretty important to me because I finally started my first quarter at the new school along with moving into the university village/apartments. Moving in was a pretty good experience because I manage to make myself feel at home pretty quick. I adapted to the school’s environment pretty quick and my time management was pretty good! Making my own meals was a great experience because I got to decide what I want to eat and how to make it. The common things I ate were edamame beans, salami + cheese, meat/fish with rice, and miso soup.

Goals for 2014 Aftermath

At the beginning of the year, I made a post with goals I wanted to accomplish this year. Here’s the aftermath of it:

✓ 3.3 is the Magic Number: I aimed for a 3.3 GPA for the year and ended up meeting the goal with a 3.75 during the spring and 4.0 during the fall. I’m off to a good start and hope the streak continues!
✓ Prepare More Homemade Meals: Preparing homemade meals are cheaper and healthier! I enjoyed preparing meals whether it involves me having to be creative with the ingredients or trying to make the presentation look nice.
✓ Be Consistent with this Blog: I’m glad I didn’t go on a hiatus or become totally inconsistent with the posting time frames (unless I got excited over something and couldn’t wait).
✓ Get More Involved with My Major: I joined two clubs over the fall in hopes of improving a skill within the field. With the first step done, let’s see how it goes!
✓ Get Organized & Stay Organized with Schoolwork: I was actually organized with all of my schoolwork the whole way though! I didn’t cut corners to get things done faster; I did what it takes to learn things the right way. Doing this really helped me for my finals because I didn’t have to scramble around and relearn things just because I was unorganized.
? Manage Finance & Build Credit: This was a half and half. I only used my credit card during the fall for weekly gas since I’m piggybacking off of my dad’s account. My independent credit card barely came so I suppose the “spending spree” can wait ’til next year! As for managing finance, I did a pretty decent job; I was below my weekly budget most of the time (if not, my overspending week fills up one of the underspending ones). Safe to say, I’m on the right path in buying my own Mustang soon!
? Pick Up an Old Hobby
: I think at the most, I made a scrapbook during the summer but I haven’t filled it up yet *o*.
✓ Get Used to Driving on the Freeway: I went from driving 12 miles a day daily to driving around 46 miles a day (due to work). I was exposed to driving on different freeways and through more traffic than ever. Thanks to this, I’m not scared of driving on the freeway as much anymore ☺.
✓ Positivity + Happiness: I learned how to make the best out of every situation even if it’s bad. I focus on the things that makes me happy and forget about things that upset me ☺.
✓ Eat Healthier: I ate instant noodles about three times this year (A LOT less than last year), along with keeping my no-soda streak, and avoided as much deep fried stuff as I could! Though towards the end of the year, eating KFC (oh, the irony) got me sick so I went on a veggie-eating spree right after.
✓ Making the Transferring Process Smooth: As said earlier, I made myself feel right at home pretty fast after moving into the village. As far as memorable events go, here are the 6: brewery adventures, cyber tales/car hacks/presentations from SWIFT, web development group project, 3:30am Denny’s run, field assignments for MHR, and FriDates with my boyfriend♥.
✓ Be More Efficient: This was a general goal- but I defined it as preplanning as much as I could while leaving room for last minute events and not procrastinate as much (or else things won’t get done). I’m pretty good at preplanning things out so I know what I want without wasting too much time having to think in the meantime.
? Improve on Them Social Skills: I think I could’ve done better as far as socializing goes. I socialize in most of the classes I was in except 99% of them were short-term. I didn’t bother socializing in the two clubs I’m in aside from talking to one person- I’m a lazy person *o*. On the bright side, I’m pretty good at socializing at work; I talk to almost everyone!
✓ Keeping Up with the Awesomeness: My boyfriend and I reached our 2 years during the summer! Even with our busy schedules, we still try to make time for each other (even though this is the same situation for every couple). We had a lot of adventures together from simple shopping to banquets to FriDates to Disneyland. He has been supporting me from day 1 and I’m happy with what we have gone through together ♥.

Wrapping It Up

Overall, I accomplished most of my goals with three questionable ones and none completely failed. I’m really satisfied with my accomplishments this year and I’m happy with how things turned out this year. I’m thankful for everything that has happened whether it was good or bad (because I end up learning something) and for all of the blessings I’ve had. There might be things that didn’t go according to plan, but things happen for a reason. This was a great year for me because I finally overcame barriers that held me back for a while. I’m eternally grateful for being given the opportunity to work in a position that relates to my field of study.

I’m extremely lucky for how things turned out as for as college goes. Things didn’t go according to plan a couple of years ago and I manage to get all of the classes I need so I could be done with the lower division track within two years. In addition, I got accepted to Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego. What surprised me the most was getting into the Computer Science program in UCSD with it being one of the top ranked schools since it wasn’t my focus to begin with. Another surprise was getting a full ride offer from UCI for their informatics program. Computer Information Systems was what I was aiming for and I chose what I know is best for me. I’m happy with going to CPP right now and hope to eventually land in any cyber security job in a couple of years to come. All of my hard work has paid off so far and even though I wish I was giving this kind of speech a couple of years ago, at least it happened. I supposed all of this happened to teach me a lesson that rewards come with hard work and you shouldn’t expect things to be handed to you… Unless you do things the unethical way or you got lucky- but that’s another story.

I hope everyone’s year was just as great or better~

15 Responses

  1. Sean ☆ December 25, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    You’ve stuck to your goals and that’s good. I wish I was as good with blogging as you have been, every few days I see you posting about new entries.

    What are your goals for 2015?

  2. Tara ☆ December 26, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Nancy! Looks like you had a jam-packed, but a successfully good year! I’m so glad you’re schoolwork is going well. From what I can see, you’ve balanced out school, work, friends, and family in your life very well! Kudos to you on that since many people struggle with time management and finding the balance to just make everything work.

    You’ve also met a lot of your goals! Yay for that! I was surprised to see the “improving social skills” as one of them because I always had the idea that you were pretty good at that XD But there’s always room for improvement in anything we do, so it’s good you expounded on that!

    It was great following through your blog entries this whole year 🙂 Keep it up with everything in 2015. In fact, I wish you the BEST in the new year! 😀

    • Nancy ☆ December 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you for the support, Tara ♥. I enjoy following your entries as well and let’s make the best out of 2015!

  3. Raisa ☆ December 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Yay! It sounds like you had an awesome year! Good job on achieving your goals. 😀

    I also struggled with Calculus. I actually took it twice because I wasn’t happy with my first grade. Second time, I got a B+ which was good enough for me. Yay for us! XD

  4. Cat ☆ December 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Sounds like you had a great year! Congrats on conquering calculus in the Spring! Your hard work totally paid off 🙂 That’s also awesome that you gained so much experience at your work, and that you had no problems adapting to the new school. Both are pretty big changes! That reminds me that I should go back to making more of my food. It’s definitely nice (and healthier) to decide what goes into your meals.

    That’s a long list of goals, and I think it’s amazing that you accomplished most of it. Congrats! I hope 2015 will be another great year for you!

  5. Michelle ☆ December 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I’m so happy you met your goals and I wish you the best for 2015, always! <3

    Those all sound like great goals, especially meeting and exceeding your gpa, that's awesome. I hope you continue to meet and exceed all your goals, while smiling at the same time.

    You deserve that happiness and luck!

  6. Tiff ☆ December 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    What a year for you! Any travel plans for the next year? I asked Tara the same thing actually haha. I noticed the two of you also didn’t travel this year so maybe it’s in your cards next year? Well, there was the trip to Disney, but that’s not really traveling since it’s still in SoCal.

    Hopefully you’ll be able to keep up a more healthy eating kick next year too. It’s the worst during the holidays because there’s so much food & you’re surrounded by Christmas parties, family, friends, etc, but next year, it’s time to get in shape with better food! I mean obviously you felt that you did a good job this year, so maybe you’ll do an even better job next year! 🙂

    It’s also important to remember that even though you work hard, you don’t always get rewards & I think people often forget that. It’s similar to expecting tons of rewards without doing anything to deserve them, you know? You can work your ass off sometimes & nothing will come of it (in terms of being recognized or getting rewards or money or whatever) & that just happens. What I’m trying to say is, working hard toward your goals is in & of itself, a reward, but you must expect that no matter how hard you work, sometimes you might not be rewarded. That’s okay, it’s part of life. Good things happen to bad people, bad things happen to good people. Just gotta stay positive (like that goal you ticked) & work to fix the mistakes you’ve made & move on.

    • Nancy ☆ January 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      I want to go somewhere out of town this year! As for where, I’m not sure yet. If I continue my newly-bred addiction to MyVegas Slots, maybe Vegas!! (mostly caused by a coworker who just redeemed his 100k+ tokens).

      You’re right about times when there are no rewards from hard work. Things like that happens from time to time (or all the time at the worse) but we gotta keep our heads up in the game and aim for excellence! ☺

  7. Sean ☆ December 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I’m impressed that you kept on top of your goals, that’s not easy, but I suppose if it’s something you really want it makes it easier. I wish I could keep up on my blog as well as you have.

  8. Chynna ☆ December 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Awww, Nance. You’ve had an amazing year! I’m glad to hear it too. It’s so awesome to see how many of your goals you’ve accomplished. You go, gurl!

    Those food pictures got me feeling some type of way. For real, though. I think I’m going to have to grab something to eat after I finish commenting. *drool*

    Hope you have an excellent start to the New Year, babe 🙂

  9. Agent Q ☆ December 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Seems to me like you’ve had an eventful year full of accomplishments, despite the “three questionable” ones. I’d say for an undergrad, you’ve become wiser with your gained experiences. I’m sure you’ll be able to use these knowledges to your advantage as you continue with your personal and professional development in the coming years.

    I wish you a happy new year. 🙂

  10. Kya ☆ December 31, 2014 at 12:16 am

    That is so fantastic that you were able to do many amazing things in 2014 and meet so many of your goals. You should be so proud of yourself. I think it’s also great that you really dedicated yourself to your studies and you can certainly see the rewards of that now. Sometimes it takes having problems at the start to really know how far and hard you have to work. Other times we are just not ready at that time in our life.

    I wish you all the best for 2015!

  11. Becca ☆ December 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Aw, what a beautiful year you had, Nancy! I can’t believe you and your boyfriend have been together for 2 years now! I hope that 2015 brings just as many exciting things that 2014 did. Happy New Year’s!

  12. Liz ☆ December 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

    It sounds like you have had a really productive year! I’m a bit scared about how mine turned out, but I’m considering making a review of it, because maybe I can look back at it later and see where I’ve become better. (I do have memory problems, after all…)

    I know I have failed at commenting, but I’ve been reading your posts, and unless I’m mistaken, I think you’ve blogged about a lot of these things. :p Felt a bit like déjà vu. 😉

  13. Holly ☆ December 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    It sounds like you have a had a pretty good year!

    Cooking for myself was one of my favourite things about moving to university, although Tyrone does most of the cooking now as he’s better at it than me. 😛

    Captain America 2 was also one of my favourite films in 2014, Along with Guardians of the Galaxy.

    I hope you are as successful with your 2015 goals, if you set some. 🙂

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