one month of college

Has it really been one month? Move-in day feels like years ago. Too much has happened in such a short time period. To compensate for my lack of online presence, I'll provide a recap of this past crazy helluva month with loads of iPhone pictures and a couple quick college life tips I picked up these past few weeks.

A  N E W  E N V I R O N M E N T

I'm on the east coast for four straight months before returning home. Homesickness hasn't hit me yet (but the cold has, I'm coughing up a storm right now). I love my school's absolutely gorgeous campus. It's silly, but I feel so happy as I'm walking to class because I'm always marveling at beautiful architecture and beautiful people (yes, people). But I hate the endless number of bugs here. Life is hard when you have a large red lump on the bridge of your nose.

t i p  # 1

You're not the only one trying to assimilate to new surroundings, so don't feel too overwhelmed. There are students who live five minutes away from campus and go home every other weekend, but there are also people who flew all the way here from Hong Kong by themselves. Just take things easily, one step at a time. Figure out where the closest convenience store is for emergencies; where the nearest Starbucks is for your daily coffee fix. Map out and visit your classes before the first day so that you won't be panicking two minutes before your next lecture starts.


My schedule is pretty packed because I'm trying out the pre-medicine track this fall. Lots of science-y material to study; if I'm not loving it by the end of this semester, I'm going to drop this path and explore different areas in the spring. I just finished failed my first round of midterms and boy were they startling wake-up calls. Haha whoops. It's disappointing, but I'm not fussing over it too much because 1) these were my first ever tests in college, 2) I'm sick, and 3) I still have a lot more exams coming up. It's definitely not the end of the world, and it's definitely only the first semester of freshman year.

t i p  # 2

Stay on top of things. Do not fall behind. If you want to do well in your classes, review the material you learned in class immediately. I definitely learned it the hard way. You're going to find yourself stumbling upon a lot of freedom in college. Use it wisely, and find your balance between academic work and other things as early as you can.


The City of Brotherly Love is lovely indeed. Coming from the burbs of Los Angeles, I'm unashamedly fascinated by the idea of being able to walk anywhere and everywhere. I can walk to the library, I can walk to the movie theater, I can walk to Dunkin' for brunch. From Rittenhouse Square to Reading Terminal Market, downtown has so many treasures that I still need to discover. Things I've done so far: take a bite of Franklin Fountain's famous ice cream, grab a dozen from Federal Donuts, and fangirl over OMAM at Mann Center's Skyline Stage (perfect view of downtown's skyscrapers).

t i p  # 3

Go outside! Adventure! Don't stay cooped up in your dorm room and dining hall 24/7. I visited Camp Men-O-Lan in Quakertown, Pennsylvania for fall retreat with a Christian leadership group I joined. It was the most breathtaking getaway from the city, with the clearest view of the stars at night and the freshest air while canoeing.

G R E A T  P E O P L E

What I'm most grateful for is the fact that I've met the most amazing and diverse people here. I swear, upperclassmen are the nicest human beings to exist on Earth... they've made me feel so much more at ease and I'm forever thankful for their awesome advice, listening ears, and welcoming arms. College gives you the opportunity to bump into the coolest people. I've talked to someone who can speak six languages, another who plays squash (does not exist back home), and another who came from New Zealand.

t i p  # 4

Be open. Get to know everybody. Chances are, the very first person you meet is not going to be standing right next to you for the rest of the year. It takes a lot of energy and effort to befriend new people, but it's worth it. Make study groups, say hi to your neighbors, get to know your roommate, and find gym buddies. Shoutout to my boba lovin' friends who were the first to learn about my blog ~

02:20 AM. I should sleep now. The only reason why I'm up is because my first class is at noon. To-do list: clean the floor, study for math, buy cough drops.

Much love,

P.S: Boba has to be called "bubble tea" here. No!!
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