April Blog 2021

April has been a hectic month! Finals are approaching and I feel like the stress has been building up ever so slightly but I feel eager to finish the semester soon!

School has been great for the most part. All my classes are going well but one. I feel like my professor is unreasonable, unorganized, and unprepared. For the sake of their privacy I will leave their identify confidential. The course material seems simple but it feels like it is being complicated for no reason. I have ran into many issues throughout the year in this class, which I have finally took to the Dean of Students because there was one last straw that made me reach out for assistance. Other than the issue in my one class, all my classes are going great!

I also have yet to finish my Study Abroad application and plan to finish it soon when I get everything situated! I really hope that my college, the transfer college, and Japanese government loosen their travel restrictions so I can go abroad.

All of the clubs I am in has also came to and end as well, like HACO and the Tennis club. It was a bumpy year for clubs but we have managed to pull through and make the best of what we had.

Lastly, volunteering has came to a halt because I have been quite busy this month and the semester is ending as well. I also finished up my part-time job as an academic coach which lasted until the end of April. It was great helping students through school and wish to help others more in the future!

I hope you all had a great April and have a great May!

March Blog 2021

I hope everyone’s March went well, because mine did! With the arrival of spring, I feel like I have a lot more energy than usual! This month has been also going well in terms of Academics. Nothing new but its been interesting with new topics being covered, especially in my ‘Women in East Asian Literature’ class and Abnormal Psychology class. I also intend to study abroad in Japan next semester as well! I am currently in the application process and am trying to finish it as soon as I can. It would be a HUGE opportunity if I got the chance to go, taking note that COVID is still a thing. I have done some research about the place I am applying for and there seems to be so much to explore! I am defiantly excited about this upcoming fall.

Volunteer has been steady but there were times where I was not able to go because of the workload I had, or during ‘spring break’. Our spring break this year was split into two which makes it feel like we barely had one. Besides that, volunteering at a food shelf has really opened up my eyes on how I can give back to the community, especially to children since I have usually been volunteering with assisting kids in the classrooms.

Extracurricular activates has not been too active as usual but with the arrival of spring and how Gustavus is handling COVID, there are less restrictions now. With these restrictions lifted a tad bit, I am now able to go play tennis and volleyball which I really needed. I have not been active the entire fall semester and last spring which contributed to a lot of weight gain. I also think that it affected my mental well being as well, not being able to focus as well. Though I am back to playing sports recreationally, I feel like I am not pushing myself enough, or more like there is little opportunity for me to while playing at a recreational level. I really hope it would be competitive so that I can push my body to its limits but with the skill sets I have and the people I play with, it can only go so far since its just for fun. This makes me miss playing football and tennis at a competitive level. Though there are other ways to push my body, it doesn’t feel satisfying or the same because there’s no one to compete with. Competition is what really drives me and things like jogging and self workouts don’t really satisfy my desires, although it would be great for my body. I hope that during this summer I can get back into with a friend or two to make things competitive and fun! I hope you all enjoyed my little spiel of this month! Take care Concord family! 🙂

February Blog 2k21

Hello everyone! It has been really these past two weeks with a bunch of assignments and exams. I am done with most of my things and plan to finish to rest later on tonight. I apologize for the late blog posting since I have been caught up on school work. I am glad to say I feel really good about my classes as well. Furthermore, it has been beautiful this past week, which is probably why I have been in such a great mood lately. I aced my Abnormal Psychology exam and feel great about that too! Spring break technically starts today but since I have quite a bit of assignments to still do, it will have to be put on hold for the time being.

I also plan to study abroad next semester! I am finalizing my application to apply into the program to see if I can apply to the University I want to go to. I plan to study at Kansai Gaidai University which is near Kyoto. For those of you who do not know where Kyoto is. it is a little west of the middle of Japan. I highly doubt that I will be able to go due to COVID but my hopes are still high and it would be great to go because it has been my dream to go to Japan since 6th grade.

Volunteering at the food shelf has been great as well! we get a little bit of food in return which helps us a lot, since we are college students and are in need of food, especially with not being on a meal plan. I have developed some meaningful relationships since which is always great.

Clubs and activities are still under the radar due to COVID but I have started being a little more active now by playing volleyball and tennis again! I feel motivated this going into March and hope this goes on until the end of the semester. My subjective-well-being has increased dramatically since the start of freshmen year and its really showing through my grades, relationships and mental health. I hope you all are doing well as well, especially with the beautiful sun being up in the sky more often now! Until next month… Alex.

December and January Blog

Hello everyone,

Apologizes for the late blog. December was great, as I was able to get through all my classes, especially physics. It was defiantly one of my most challenging semesters thus far and hope everything else goes smoother now that I got physics out of the way. As the semester came to an end quite early on in December, nothing school related was going on much. Clubs and activates were barely active. The only extracurricular activity I did was HACO, and we only met about once a month. Other than that, December was pretty dry.

For January, I was not able to find an internship or job shadow opportunity so I had to drop my J-term class since it required me to have an occupation in one of those. It was not possible given that my interest was in the health field, specifically occupational therapy. Due to COVID and the high risk healthcare workers already go through, it is understandable but I am not sure if this will make it more difficult in landing a job or getting into graduate school in the near future. Other than that, there was nothing else going on during January.

The exception to January though was working. I am still working as a Part-Time academic coach with high school students and I absolutely enjoy it. I get to connect with students and help them with thinking about college and making sure they are doing well in class. It is quite flexible so I feel like its a great job, being a college student.

These past two months has been really uneventful but the semester just started and things are going well so far. I hope things go well for everyone else as well. Hope everyone stays safe like always. Have a great month concord family!

November Blog 2020

This month has been a month filled with a lot of events. Though in times of COVID I still manage to keep myself quite busy. I am ready for the semester to end already yet there are a couple more weeks to go. I have to power through and finish strong even though it has been taking a toll on me for a bit with physics. Physics is not really my area of expertise but I find it interesting. It actually gives a reason to use math. Otherwise, I am over this semester, I feel like I’ve run out of steam sometimes, especially with exams that are always upcoming with other assignments as well.

I have started volunteering at a food shelf in Mankato but given the circumstances, its been more difficult and challenging to go with the rise of COVID cases and all. I am also home for the rest of the semester since Gustavus required us to remain home if we went back for thanksgiving.

I am also working a new job which has been challenging but also interesting. I am working as a part-time academic coach for 10th graders. I love it so far, but with COVID it has been hard to get in contact with my students, let alone get a reply from them. I have only heard from about half of my students and the other has yet to reach back out. I am in the process of trying different methods of contact but its been a little challenging. I also get to work my own hours. The other challenging things with working is school of course. Its been challenging enough to deal with physics already but this is adding onto the workload a bit but I hope it goes smoothly after this semester! I really am looking forward to winter break!

I hope you all are doing well yourselves and are in good health. Thank you for all you do Concord family. I still have the “Kiss My Axe” shirt and I absolutely love it. I have never seen a company have such a cool shirt before. Happy Holidays and see you in December family! Best wishes!

November 2020

Hello everyone!

Midterms has just wrapped up recently and the break after it was much needed. Now things are beginning to pick up again. Physics still deems to be a challenge, we have homework every night, whether its reading or problems from the book which takes a toll on how much time I get to put into my other classes. I enjoy physics even if seems to be challenging most of the time. There is actually a use for math that translates into real world problems. I feel like I put too much time into physics which I am not sure if other people also feel this way. Keeping up with physics and my other classes has been challenging and there is also going to be more obstacles as well.

I am starting a new job with Breakthrough Twin Cities as a coach. It is a non-profit organization giving resources to children who are in need of it whether it be academic or not. I am really looking forward to this new job. It is a part-time job and when I mean part-time, its a maximum of 10 hours I am allowed to work a month.

Furthermore, I will begin volunteering at a food shelf in Mankato as well! I am planning to go on Fridays after class so I have less stress to worry about. I am looking forward in volunteering at the food shelf because I have been helping with children the past two years.

I hope that everyone is doing well. We can get through this rigorous and unstable year, it has been hectic! Best wishes to you all and stay safe everyone!

September Blog 2020

Hello Everyone!

School is back and in full throttle but in a different way that we all expected. I am currently signed up for Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Intercultural Film, and Psychology. Two out of the four classes are hybrid and the other two are online. I also arrived to campus a week ago and the campus feels empty. I do not go out much because my housing is further away the main part of campus and also because of the online classes. It really feels different and it sucks because I really enjoyed seeing a bunch of faces everyday on campus. COVID-19 really did get the best of us and it is not a good feeling. Everything to do on campus is very limited to where it feels like I am just in my dorm taking classes and not living the college life that we all dreamed to have. Its the reality of life I guess and its bitter sweet. I do on the other hand enjoy the online classes and how tutoring is also online to where they are easily accessible, instead of actually walking to a specific place on campus to meet them.

I still am planning to volunteer but I do not know how that will work so I have to get in contact of the program that is in charge of community service. I also plan to work again but the work load this semester is a bit tough especially with physics at the moment. I am thinking of applying for Hy-Vee soon if I can get settled down since I worked there over the summer. If I do end up working, I will definitely have less hours than I did in the summer. The only reason I hesitate is that the work environment at Hy-Vee back home was very stressful and I feel unsure if I want to add more onto my plate at this very moment.

College life is definitely different but what can I do right? I just have to suck it up and get through the change. One thing I defiantly miss though are the gatherings with friends. I have met with a few friends at a time but it does not feel the same because of COVID procedures. I really wonder when things will go back to normal. It certainly is not anytime soon.

I hope everyone is hanging in there during the tough time we are in! We must be resilient, we can do it!

April Blog 2020

Hello Everyone!

It has been a very hectic month for all of us and I hope you all are doing well and staying safe, as well as your loved ones! This month has been quite the shift and a new challenge that I had to face. In life there are endless challenges that await, and COVID-19 is just one of the many challenges we must endure. Classes has shifted to online class towards early April, since Gustavus was one of the few colleges to put in the decision to go into online classes late. We also have a later spring break is which gave the college more leeway to come to a decision. Taking online classes is different, and in my opinion puts students and teachers at a disadvantage, especially if we are not trained and well adapted to it. It is harder to interact with professors and classmates. Furthermore, there are many distractions at home, which I think makes it for an unsuitable study place for myself. The positive aspects of online classes I do like is being able to do assignments more on my time. We do not meet as often, or at all which allows me more time to work.

I am still currently working at Hy-Vee, in which I was transferred over spring break. The pandemic has affected the way we work also. We are now required to wear masks. That is mainly about it, but I am way more mindful in my personal hygiene at work. I wash my hands way more often and make sure I keep my distance from people, especially if they seem ill. I try not to keep so far of a distance most of the time because it may seem like I do not want to help the customer and that I am afraid. I am not too afraid of contact, as long as the person seems healthy and I regularly wash my hands and wear proper gear. Quarantine does not seem like quarantine at all. People are still out playing and keeping close contact. I wonder when this stay at home order will end.

All the ruckus on the pandemic has also affected my volunteering hours. I am now at home, so I cannot volunteer even if the students still went to campus. It would be too far and way out of my convenience to drive over an hour to volunteer for a bit. There is nothing new that has been going on, only a change of pace and how things are being done. On the bright side, I am able to reconnect with friends from high school online, since I am no longer in the presence of my college friends.

As stated earlier, I hope all are well as long as your loved ones. Stay safe and be smart in decisions.

Thank you,

Alex

March 2020

The begging of March was easy going, with the same schedule. All of a sudden, a global pandemic happened, COVID19, otherwise known as corona virus. It had impacted the lives of many, including myself. My college was one of the last colleges in Minnesota that I know of that made the later decision in going online with schooling. We were all told not to return from break, while many of our essentials remained at campus. I was granted permission to stay on campus, with limited access to the buildings, only having access to my dorm, and necessary places, like the cafeteria. I was only granted permission because I was working in Mankato, which is about 15 minutes away from Gustavus. The college eventually came to a consensus that the students on campus had to leave by the last Sunday of March. I grabbed all of my belongings and left home, but little did I know that I forgot a small amount of belongings. I had forgot to double check every drawer, which was a mistake. I will plan to go back to campus as soon as they will allow students to return. They have given out emails about scheduling times that students can return to campus and obtain their belongings in acts to reduce the amount of people on campus.

Moving to online classes has its pros and cons. I dislike the decision of doing online classes. I am not able to meet my professors, especially the ones that require meetings, like my condition and golf class. I do not have any golf clubs, so I have to compromise with a stick to try and practice for our lessons. As of conditioning, most of it can be done at home. There is at least one time in the week we are required to do a run and jog exercise which makes it challenging. In all honesty, with what has been going on in the United States, especially discrimination against Asian people, it makes me feel unsafe to run and jog in my neighborhood. I already did not feel safe running and jogging around my neighborhood before the pandemic. I have seen many people become victims of discrimination and hate crimes which makes me furious.

Not to talk politics, but another point which made me feel like the Asian community was belittled was from what Andrew Yang, former presidential candidate said. He explained that we as Asians should act more “American”. We should neglect our Asianness and focus on Americanness. That triggered me, because we are all Americans. What is he trying to say when we should express more Americanness? He explained that we should wear more red, white, and blue. I do not think that solves the problem of discrimination and hate crimes. I feel like he is trying to tell us to step down and neglect our true identity. The real question is, what does it mean to be American? Andrew Yang is trying to help solve the problem, but I do not think he is taking the right approach. For a long time, Asians traditionally have been conservative, trying to maintain peace without conflict, which is why I understand where Andrew Yang is coming from, and that also shows his Asianness. I am not sure if he is aware of it, but no matter how far you run from your roots, it will follow you some how. Besides Andrew Yang, I think the Asian community should fight back. It is really getting out of control, and many places in which are diverse with Asian people are getting targeted. Bowing down and letting people who discriminate will just enhance their thoughts that they have even more power than we do. Being a minority is hard when your community is being attacked by many people and fighting back in my opinion would make it look like we have as much power as they do, which we do, since its supposed to be America right?

This was a little different from a normal blog you all are used to reading, but I honestly think this is an important issue that I needed to address, as it affects how I live my life and how others live their lives, not just Asians. Issues like these happens to groups of people all over the country, and still, nothing changes. From the begging of minorities in the United States, there has been discrimination, and even now, history repeats itself. I only have one big question for you all, what do yo think it means to be American? 

Best wishes to you all and stay healthy,

Alex

February Blog 2020

Hello everyone!

I hope your month has been great! the first month of the semester was a little hectic, as in figuring out how to schedule school, volunteering, and working. I am learning many new things this semester and am interested in the topics we are learning in class so far. At the moment, I am taking anatomy and physiology, sociology, Japanese literature, conditioning, and golf. two of these five classes are my prerequisites for Occupational Therapy, one of them for my major, and the other two for general education. All that is left is to schedule an appointment with our Center of Career Development so I can find out what I need to do in order to obtain a mentor/advisor for the pre-OT program I want to go into. Furthermore, I have to also decide in who I want to have as an advisor for my major. I will be doing all of this hopefully by the end of March. Taking various and diverse classes has truly aided me in developing who I am. It enhances my ability to understand many perspectives about a certain subject, in which is the reason why I enjoy the liberal arts perspective of education.

Work had been all over the place for me. I tell them the times I am available, and they schedule me however they like based off of my schedule. One week can be busier than the other, which is why I somewhat dislike the system. I also work many weekends, so the chances of going home and spending time with family is little to none. I will also most likely be working during spring break, unless I request it off soon. I am not sure if I have mentioned it before, but I am working at Hy-Vee. The first couple of months has been very fast paced, learning many things on-the-fly, which I am perfectly fine with. I have adapted to learn and do things on the fly from student coaching, and through maturing into a young adult. Though I have been working here for a short amount of time, there is also another opportunity for employment that seems more promising for my future, which is working in a nursing home near campus. If some point in time I decide to apply and get the job, it will look great on my resume when I apply to graduate school, since it is in the medical field.

Volunteering has been slow. Study buddies has just kick started the semester and this past week was their first week. I went in on a Friday, and the children and teacher were glad to see my return.

My busiest days are Thursdays and Fridays. Thursday I wake up at 5:00 AM and get ready to help set up and coach our weekly speed and agility session for football. I then have class, a small break, class, and a high likelihood of working on a Thursday, which I close at work. This is probably not too bad as it seems, but for me, it is not as enjoyable as other days because I dread waking up early. I am one of the many non-morning people out there. As of Fridays, I have three classes and volunteer between them, then usually go straight to work. This leaves no time for me to get in a lunch, which can be draining on me. I haven’t yet had that type of day yet, but this week on Friday would be its first, and I can only imagine how hard it is going to be to not eat for a while. I will probably plan to change my availability on Fridays for work to not available, because fasting for that long is not healthy at all, and I want to be in the best position to do all the activities I can to my fullest potential.

I feel like this semester is going to be a grind, but every semester has been a grind for me. So I know I can do this. I just have to keep fighting and stay strong, especially mentally. I hope you all have enjoyed this blog, which was probably part rant also and I apologize, but lets have a great March everyone!

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