Last night, I had a last minute get together with some friends on campus. We sat around, drinking beers, reminiscing on our days as grad students, talking about future plans, and just enjoying a random Monday evening together. Thank you friends for coming out one last time.
I had not one, but two graduations this weekend. The first was the school wide one, for both undergrad and grad students. As you can see from the photo, I decided to be a little rebel and stand on the chairs in the middle of the ceremony. It was an amazing experience to sit among mostly Taiwanese students and enjoy an entire graduation ceremony in Chinese. It was a truly memorable experience.
Then on Sunday, we had our own special MBA ceremony. Here I am accepting my diploma with the dean and associate dean of our program. Good times.
Then, we went to take a few pictures by the library. SO happy we stole the balloons...makes the picture 100X better, don't you think?
Then, in the 100 degree weather, we scooted to 101 to take some pictures with the iconic building of Taipei. Can you tell how sweaty I am? Sweaty and happy. :)
And last, but not least, with my favorite boy and my amazing photographer for the weekend. So thankful that he took so many amazing pictures of me. It was a great weekend. And now, this chapter is officially DONEZO...wooo!
We had an MBA Christmas Ball on Friday night, filled with delicious food and bottomless drinks. I am so happy that I forked up the money and decided to splurge on this event because I was able to be with my four best friends in Taipei. Now that I've pretty much graduated, and Tania (on right) has also finished her thesis and is just waiting for her defense, I'm starting to realize that we only have 2-3 months left together. Honestly, I want to cry when I think about not having them in my daily life. We've made promises that we'll get together in the years to come, but these kinds of promises are hard to keep as our lives will get busier and busier. However, in the meantime, I'm trying really hard to just enjoy them while I have them. I'm so lucky to have made such amazing friends here.
Friday night, I stayed up until 3:30am putting the finishing touches on my PPT thesis presentation. But then when it came time to sleep before the 9am defense, I simply just couldn't. I was like that boy in the Disney commercials..."too excited to sleep!" Well, more like super anxious and scared that my alarm woudln't go off. The good news is....I PASSED my oral defense!!!
It was actually quite easier than I had expected. Or maybe I just really prepared for it. But it was a breeze. I got one tough question and the rest were opinion based and easy to answer. When it was all done, I was in serious shock. And frankly, I still am. I woke up today and realized I have NOTHING (school related) to do. That's bananas. And so liberating. And kinda scary too.
I spent the weekend celebrating with friends. But it was acutaly quite low key since I was pretty exhausted from not sleeping on Friday night. All and all, it was a great weekeend.
I need to thank the following people...I couldhn't have done it without them: My famlily, Manuel, Michelle, Tania, Lauren, Toby, Sarah, Karolina, and the friendly staff of Masa Cafe.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am done! Officially an MBA grad...WOOOOO!
I did it! I got my teacher's approval a few hours ago...I am defending my thesis December 11!! WOOOOOOOO! Words cannot express how excited I am. And how tired I feel. All the stressing, all the times spent in cafes writing, all the sleepless nights were all worth it.
A few more final edits, some minor changes, and then BAM, I'll send it to print tomorrow. I am on the road to graduation...I can't believe it!!
Hello November first. Two months left in 2010. And hopefully the last month that I will work on my thesis.
I'm sitting in Starbucks, attempting to get to work, but finding myself surfing the net and taking Photobooth pictures instead. I'm drinking a Creme Brule macchiato that is not only creamy and delcious, but also guaranteed to give me at least two dimples on my ass. Man this shit is fatty and wonderful, but today, I definitely need this sinful pleasure.
My thesis has been frustrating the crap out of me. My thesis advisor sucks. I can't seem to decide on a direction. And my motivation is nowhere to be found. I think the problem has been my routine and starting today I'm going to change it. If not, then I'm going to find myself bitching about my thesis one month from now and that is the LAST thing I want.
So hopefully the coffee will kick in soon and productivity will follow. Let's do this!
I've been feeling discouraged lately, mostly because of my thesis. It's quite a daunting task and with the weather being as rainy as it has been for the last 4 days, all I want to do is lie in bed watching bad tv. I honestly hate how much of my creativy this thesis is taking from me (and how mundane my life has become without the fun of spontaneity).
And so today I went on an internet search to feel inspired. And then it made me think of all the things that I want to do, especially the things I said I would do and have not yet done. On the top of my list, is learning how to make videos on iMovie, taking more pictures with my Nikon that is currently burried under dust (no joke), and to dance and be more carefree again. Not only do I want to dance, but I want to take videos of said dancing and then make videos on iMovie. Perfect plan...yeah i think so!
Other random thoughts for Friday:
I missed the stallion at precisesly 12:38pm and 3:06pm today
I love cooking at home, even if its the same 4-5 meals
I'm finally reading Hunger Games, are you proud Lauren?
I have a million nickames, my current favorite is Monkey
I need a halloween costume, but don't want to pay $50 for one
I also want a new phone, but don't want to pay $300
Finished my last exam at 11:47am today. I don't even remember getting on the bus to come home. I just remember waking up around 4pm thinking, this shit is finally over. No more sleepless nights. No more 3am study dates in the lounge. No more studying for worthless finals.
I think I failed my last exam, but I am hoping the professor curves it. And I'm also trying really hard not to think about it, because i'm in celebration mode now! I'm gonna spend the entire weekend with a beer in my hand, a world cup game on the tv, and not a care in the effin world! I am going to spend the 2.5 weeks sleeping in, yet being productive. Working out, yet being lazy. And traveling, but without an itinerary. I'm gonna soak in and enjoy every single minute with my favorite partner in crime: the stallion. I'm going to go shopping, even though I don't have money. And I'm gonna spend the next 2.5 weeks not worrying about a thing, scooting around town, living in the moment, and just being free of responsibilities. I know I am super excited to leave on July 11, but I know I will also be sad to say goodbye to this student life of mine. I mean, who's gonna scream "do your work!" to me now? I guess I'll have to make myself a sign and carry it around with me for when it comes time to write my thesis. Ha!
Just finished exam#2 and it was a breeze. That was the first time in a LONG time that I thought an exam was easy. The one tomorrow shouldn't be too bad, it's the one on Thursday that is going to kick my ass. But hey, only two more exams and this semester will be a thing of the past. And then in 2.5 weeks, I'll be home and super far away from this place. Free of responsibilities, and I'll have time to sit back and think about the next steps in my life. Whether to come back to Taiwan, or move to China, or just move back to the States. I'm leaning towards a move to Shanghai, but we'll see. This all depends on job possibilities and of course, salaries. I'll go where the money is, because after 2 years of unemployment, money is what i need! Just gotta get through this week. 2 more days. Two. More. Days.
Here again. Nearly 1am, and still in the study lounge. Finished a paper today. Now working on finance. Tired out of my mind. Red, blood-shot eyes. Frizzy hair from the horrible humidity. And just ready for this semester to hurry up and end on Thursday.
Today was a day full of tears. Tears of frustrations mostly. With some sadness tears mixed in there too. And some "if i do one more finance problem i am going to jump from taipei 101" tears. Luckily, a good friend took me out for a nice steak dinner and talked me down from the proverbial ledge. If I haven't said it enough, if it weren't for my friends here in Taipei, I would have been long gone from this place months ago.
It's Friday night. 10pm. Just finished watching the Germany-Serbia game. But now I'm back in our MBA study lounge. All alone. Ready to get some work done. I figured, if I can watch soccer until 430am (like I did last night with the amazing Mexico game!), then I should be able to do homework and papers until that late too. Logically, that makes sense. Let's see how long I last here.
And yes, I'm wearing the same exact outfit from yesterday. Same necklace too. But I did change my underwear. Don't judge me. It's been a looooong few days.
i think argentina is going to go very far the world cup. they reminded me of graceful ballerinas on the field. their passing skills are effing amazing.
my boobs have been looking bigger for a month now. i think it may be a late 28th birthday present from god. its about time he gives me some boobs...considering i've been wanting boobs since about 5th grade. true story.
7 days and school will be over. i hope i can pass international finance.
i can't wait to go shopping before going home. i want to stock up on asian inspired clothes. ripped up leggings. oversized shirts. flat funky sandals. crazy jewelry. my closet needs an asian inspired makeover.
i have a stong desire to put on my fake eyelashes today.
i am going to make guacamole tonight.
this will be the last weekend that I spend studying for tests, probably the last time in my life. THAT, my friends, is a GREAT thought.
Saturday, I woke up bright and early, put a dress on, grabbed the Nikon, and went to take picture of Clare and Manuel's graduation. Afterward, we went to Gordon Biersch to celebrate, and in part, I was also celebrating my two year anniversary of arriving in Taipei. I seriously cannot believe it's been TWO years. Two years of living far away from my home, my comforts, my parents, my siblings, my friends, and my world.
I am a completely different person now than I was two years ago. I feel more confident, smarter, wiser, braver, quirkier, and stronger. I appreciate the things I have so much more than I did when I lived back in the States. I have a few more wrinkles, and a few more gray hairs, but I also have this amazing and invaluable experience that I know will open new doors for me in the future. Its been tough at times, but lets face it, life is hard regardless of where you may live. The important thing is to always keep moving forward, and I think I have done that to the best of my ability.
I have no clue how much longer I'll be living in Taiwan. My plan is to go home for summer and then come back and quickly finish up my thesis and graduate. I probably won't attend a ceremony like the one above, because I hope to be somewhere else by next June, but then again, you never know. I guess only time will tell. For now, I'm just happy I've survived this long.
Got all dressed up on Sunday for a dinner to bid farewell to this year's mba grads. I wore my pink girly dress that I picked up in Korea last year. I sat at what I call the "cool" table because we snuck in 4 bottle of liquor and everyone kept coming to our table to hang with us, because obviously, we had the goods. After dinner, we headed to a lounge bar nearby where the party continued to the wee hours of the morning, on a Sunday night mind you. It was the perfect ending to a pretty awesome weekend. Most importantly, while looking through pictures I noticed that I genuinely look happy and that my friends, is a HUGE accomplishment. Cheers to that!