You know, when the year started, I believed that 2016 would be like any other year. Yeah, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Let’s recap, some events shall we? In no particular order:
- A gorilla died, and like any artist, rose to fame post-mortem.
- A fifteen-year-old named Daniel wore white vans.
- Running Mannequin Challenge + every other challenge that lasted 30 seconds or less
- Warriors blew their 3-1 lead
- The wrong candidate won the U.S. Election
Of course, the list is much longer than what’s above, but let’s talk about the real reason why you’re reading this post, the most significant part of 2016. ME!
In January, I wrote a short list of goals (New Year Resolutions) that I wanted to accomplish during the year.
So, did I meet my goals?
Let’s recap my post from January. You can click here if you’d like.
Took me an extra semester, but I did it! I was supposed to finish my undergraduate career in May, but things don’t always go as planned (Asia failed a class). Here’s the thing about failing classes: always have a back-up plan. I made a mistake by not dropping the class when I had the opportunity to, but as soon as I knew I wasn’t going to pass, I immediately talked to my counselor and discussed different ways I could still graduate within the year. Instead of spending another semester at UC Merced, I decided to finish that last credit class back home, at SJSU. If you have questions about how I did this, or you’re curious about taking your upper division requirements at another university, feel free to shoot me a comment or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll respond as quick as I can.
2. Become Chris Traeger
Parks and Recreation is one of my all time favorite TV shows. Each character embodies a unique trait I strive to emulate (i.e. Leslie Knope, hard worker). Chris Traeger is fitness goals. Did I become him? No. Lol, I do not have the stamina to run 10 miles without breaking a sweat. However, I did improve my fitness and health immensely. Without a doubt, 2015 was not my year. At one point I weighed 150 lbs. My diet consisted of junk food and more junk food. I started my workout plan January 2016, and lost 10 lbs! (Extremely proud of myself by the way). I started running 4 miles 2+ days a week with my dog, hitting the gym more than 3 times a week, and ate so much healthier. I credit my fitness success from living with amazing housemates who inspired me to be healthy.
3. Get a Job
10+ resumes late, I got myself a job! I’d like to make a special thank you to the wonderful staff at the UC Merced Career Center for always being there whenever I needed help writing resumes, and encouraged me to break free from my comfort zone. Without them, I probably would still be unemployed. If you have any questions about applying for jobs post-graduation, don’t hesitate to ask! I’d love to help you out anyway I can. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of work. I applied EVERYWHERE, and only managed to land a few interviews. If you don’t put in work, you won’t see results. Also, you can land a job without connections. If I did it, so can you, so don’t give up hope.
Asia’s advice: Never underestimate yourself. Be confident and genuine. Also, google some interview questions and practice, practice, practice!
4. Be More Adventurous
This year, I didn’t just step out of my comfort zone, I threw it away. I went to Las Vegas (First Time) , Hard Summer (I don’t rave), dyed my hair too many times to count.. etc. I pretty much did everything I normally wouldn’t do.
5. Learn Something New (Anything New)
Amidst the insanity of 2016, I’ve learned quite a few lessons:
- Makeup primer is a godsend.
- Writing consistent blog posts was a lot harder than I thought.
- I have a love/hate relationship with time.
- Sometimes bridges need to be burned and sometimes they need to be fixed.
- Follow your intuition.
- Life doesn’t always go according to plan.
- Growing up is easy if you don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Eliminate the term “failure” from you vocabulary. You’ll thank me later.
- I still don’t really know how to use Twitter.
- For those in relationships: Forgiveness and communication are key.
- I still don’t like bananas.
- It never hurts to ask. Better said than never said at all.
- Have faith in who you are. Be confident, not conceited.
- Pick new year resolutions that are open ended, and doable.
Peace out 2016. You were amazing. 2017, can’t wait to find out what you have in store.
Thanks to Neda, for always being an amazing friend and proofreading my post.
Thank you to Sabrina Mayo, for always being there when I needed someone to rant to about life.
Thanks to Everson, my wonderful college housemates, who inspired me to be a better version of myself.
Thank you to my friends, family, and mentors who have given me guidance throughout the year.
Last but not least, a thank you to my other half, Vincent Nguyen, for laughing at my jokes, even when they aren’t funny.