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Looking Back at 2017

A lot of people say 2017 was a bad year, but for me personally 2017 was a great year! Here are a few things that happened in 2017.

Graduated from Cal State LA with a bachelors degree in history
After so many years of going to school, both back in community college and Cal State LA, i could finally say I got my degree. It was tough at times, going to work part time and going to school full time. To make things harder, I didn’t have a car for most of my college years, which meant i was usually going to school and work on the bus. It took me a little longer than I had expected to get my degree, but better later than never right?

Got a job at my local gym
In August I decided that I needed to get a second job because I wasn’t getting enough hours at the supermarket where I was cashier. So i decided to apply to a few local areas. Someone I knew from the gym where I have been going since 2016 told me they were hiring there. I decided to give it a shot even though I felt there was no way they would hire me. I was wrong. Within two weeks of Applying, I got hired! I was so happy. For three months, I worked both jobs. It was hard at times, but I decided to stick with it. At the end of 2017, I decided two jobs was two much and I needed to pick one job. My choice was easy. I picked the local gym.

Which brings me to this major thing i did in 2017. I finally left the job I had for 5 years.
This was pretty scary, not going to lie. I was not happy at this job, I spent all year being miserable, but I was too scared to quit. I had originally planned to quit in May after my graduation, then I decided summer I would get more hours so I Should stay a little longer. then decided I would quit in September, that didn’t happen either. I said I would quit around Thanksgiving, that didn’t happen either. I finally said that I would quit December 31, and i didn’t want to keep postponing it. I gave the manager my two weeks notice on December 15, 2017, the whole process was easier than I had expected. December 31, 2017 was my last day and it was a really long 8 hour shift. Before I quit, they gave me a certificate for being there five years. It was bittersweet. On one hand, I was happy to be getting away from retail life and rude, demanding, self entitle customers, but I will miss the friends that I made while working there.

I ran my first marathon
I never thought I would one day be able to run 26.2 miles, but on my 26th birthday, I decided I wanted to celebrate turning 26 years old in a big way, so that’s when I decided to run a marathon. My first ever marathon was in Long Beach, California and it took me about 5 hours and 17 minutes to finish. it took me four months to train for it. I thought this would be my only marathon ever, but I signed up for the LA Marathon, March 2018, and I am currently training for that.

Went to Orlando for the first time to attend Wrestlemania
I went with my friend Giovanna. We have gone to Portland, Oregon, Washington DC, and now Orlando together. We went to Universal City Walk, where I had the best tasting milkshake ever, red velvet with a red velvet cake. Yum! We also went to Universal Studios, where we went on so many rides and got to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I tried butterbeer for the first time. Besides Wrestlemania, we also went to Monday Night Raw, NXT Takeover, and the WWE Hallf of Fame. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I had so much fun. We got to meet a few wrestlers at one of the events, inclduing Baron Corbin and R Truth. Wrestlemania was amazing. Our seats were so close. We got to see Undertaker retire, Seth Rollins vs Triple H, Hardy Boyz make their return, John Cena propose to Nikki Bella, and many other things.

Went to Las Vegas
I had never been to Las Vegas, which is crazy because I am 26 years old and most people go there for their 21st birthday. I never had much interest. Until I decided to run the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon and 5k. I went with my mom, grandpa, and three of my sisters. My mom drove us there and it took forever to get there. I had fun there, i didn’t gamble once, but i did have fun walking around and trying the all the different drinks. One of my favorite things that I did was getting on the roller coaster at the New York New York hotel.

Visited San Francisco twice
The first time was with my family, my mom, three sisters, and brother. We did all the touristy things, like visit the Golden Gate Bridge and the Full House/Fuller House house. We ate crepes and clam chowder, which was super good. The second time I went, it was only with my grandpa and my sister Destiny. I went to run the San Francisco Half Marathon. It was one of my best races. I can’t wait to go back to San Francisco this year. It is a much nicer place than i ever thought. It is one of my top favorite places to run.

Went to a Tim McGraw concert
Tim McGraw is by far one of my favorite country singers. I had the chance to see him and his wife Faith Hill in concert at the Staples during the summer. I loved it. It was so great seeing them. I was so happy when they announced they would be coming back in 2018, I have to see them again. I also discovered a new singer whose music I love. Her name is Rachel Platten and I feel like her song Fight Song is my theme song in life! Haha

Watched my two favorite soccer teams play each other
Went to the Coliseum in Downtown LA with my sister Angelina to watch Real Madrid vs Manchester City. Manchester City won, but it was fun just seeing them. While I was there, I ran into my friend from work and his friend, who is a manager at my old job.

These are the major things that happened in 2017. I was also blessed to meet people who I now consider my friends, I lost a couple friends, but made new ones. I spent time with my family, boyfriend, and friends. Hope 2018 is just as good or even better than 2017 was!

Posted in School

Class of 2017

Congratulations Class of 2017 graduates! We did it! On May 20, I graduated from Cal State Los Angeles. For me, graduating is a bittersweet moment. I am happy to be done with tests, essays, finals week stress, but at the same time, I know I will miss the school environment. It might make me sound like a nerd, but I really enjoyed going to school and learning, especially about history, which is what I got my bachelor’s degree in.

I started off my college career by going to a community college first. I graduated from Rio Hondo back in 2012. It took me a while because I had trouble passing a math class and I took a semester off school. It may have taken me a little longer than other people, but I am happy I finally finished and got my degree.
After going to school for 20+ years, it will be very strange to not have to worry about picking out my classes or the first day of school butterflies I always got whether I was in middle school or college.

My biggest regret is working while going to school. I feel like I missed out on so much. I know some people need to work in order to support themselves while going to school, but I feel like it wasn’t the right thing for me. If I hadn’t been working, I would’ve joined more things and participated in more school activities. One thing I did while at Rio Hondo was write for the school newspaper. I loved it. That is definitely something I wish I could have done while at Cal State LA. I would also have tried out for sports while at Cal State LA.

Now that my college career is over, it is time to start looking for a real job. I’m definitely nervous about that. I know that it will not be easy.

Posted in School

10 Things to do Before I Graduate College

After many years at a community college (earning my AA degree) and many years at a university, I will finally be graduating this year and getting my bachelor’s degree in history! Before I am done with school forever, I would like to do a few things. Some might be simple and others might be harder to achieve. I have about two months to do these πŸ™‚

1. Pull an all nighter √
2. Take pics with college landscapes
3. Decorate graduation cap
4. Attend a school sports event
5. Have an awesome spring break √
6. Go a week without using social media (March 20- March 26)
7. Go a week without watching tv, Netflix, hulu, etc (April)
8. Go vegetarian for a month (Meatless March) √
9. Clean my room and keep it clean for the rest of the school year
10. Dye my hair a different color √

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What I Would Like in 2013

What do I want in 2013? To be happy. Yes, this sounds lame, but after the last few months, that’s not too much to ask for right? Some other things I want- for my football clubs to do well πŸ™‚ to finally transfer to a 4 year, go to Portland for the weekend, see the USMNT qualify for the 2014 World Cup, do all the things on my 2013 “Bucket List” lol

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Looking Back on 2012

Based on some of my posts from the last few months (specifically the ones from November and december), it might seem like 2012 was a horrible year for me, but that’s not true at all! Well, it ended horribly, but the first 9 months of 2012 were pretty good!

One great thing that happened to me was that after almost 4 years, I finally got my braces taken off! Well, it was more like 3 years and 10 months to be exact. I got my braces taken in January, a few weeks before my 21st birthday. I was so happy! It took me a while to get used to it.

Some other good things that happened- I finally graduated and got my AA. Not much, but I’m a step closer to get my bachelor’s degree πŸ™‚ I also got my first job ever! I’m still there, surprisingly lol It’s been 5 months and I’ve met some pretty cool people, and one, well, person who wasn’t so nice. But I think I’ve written enough about that person tbh

I was a LA Galaxy STH and went to so many games. I also went to see USMNT in Arizona, as well as LA Galaxy in Portland. Real Madrid and Tottenham Spurs came to LA and played against LA Galaxy at HDC (Home Depot Center).

For the most part, 2012 was a good year for me. I think November and December were really bad months, because of that person and everything that happened, well more like half of November. But I’m not going to say that 2012 was awful just that one month and a half.

I’m hoping 2013 is much better!

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First Week of School

Although I’ve been going to school for over 15+ years, I still always get nervous about the first day of school. I’m not really sure why tbh. Anyways, this semester, I’m only taking one class (yay!) but it’s math class (boo). Well, it wasn’t so bad. I mean, it’s like it will be one of my favorite classes, it is math after all, but the teacher wasn’t that bad. From what I read about him on ratemyprofessor.com , I was expecting him to have a really thick accent and that i would have trouble understanding him. I can understand him which is good lol I don’t really like that we have to do our homework online, but we have a week to finish our homework so that’s good. Oh and of course, there’s a cute guy in my class. Not just any cute guy, he’s a soccer player! When I used to write for my school newspaper, I would cover the men’s soccer team here and he was one of the starters. Well, anyways, my goal is to pass this class and finally get out of here! I’m aiming for an A, though I’d settle for a B tbh