day 294

i did not sleep too well the night before… but when 630 came around, i was up! i took a long shower, and got myself psyched up for the day. actually, it was more like reflection and rehearsing answers to interview questions. when i got out of the shower, my breakfast came! except, it was weird because i had to accept it with just a towel since i had JUST come out of the shower… good thing it was a guy? uh. i had bacon, eggs, & potatoes with apple juice :) totally hit the spot. and despite feeling a cough coming on and lots of congestion, i felt like i could make it through the day. i got ready by 7:30, so i relaxed, looked over a couple more questions, and listened to brooke fraser to calm the nerves. i LOVE her new album! i’ve had to have played “Who Are We Fooling?” at least 50 times this past week… it’s so chillingly beautiful. but i think it’s about breaking up… doh. anyways, i posted the song recently, so i would definitely take a listen if you haven’t already… and buy her ALBUM! =)

i left the hotel at 8 and had plenty of time to spare when i arrived at the upenn dental school. i think in the meeting room, there was in total 14 interviewees including myself, and as always, the beginning was intimidating because everyone’s in suits (well the guys are… i’m not sure if suits are correct for girls… but the equivalent.) and i guess i have the habit of “sizing” people up. you know, to make myself feel more confident. a lot of people were from california and florida. two of notre dame… and one girl from northeastern! so, definitely an interesting mix. we went through introductions and info sessions in the morning, and one point made by the director admissions really struck me: “we care about people, not statistics.” i feel like that’s hard for upenn to say when their fact sheets show high mean gpas/dat scores, etc… but after looking over their information and talking with the students, i really believed it. and, it really resonated with me, because i’m hoping that i will continue to develop as a person in dental school!

we then took a tour around upenn, and the facilities were nice for the most part… the lecture rooms don’t have windows though… strange. and finally, it was time for my interviews! my first one was at 11, and this was with the assistant dean of admissions. it felt intimidating at first, but she was really nice, and i felt like i could just open up. i talked a lot about kairos, and developing as a person, and at the end of our short conversation, i felt that i had an opportunity to share parts of myself that weren’t on the application :) as soon as i got out of that interview, i was met with another faculty member, and we went to her office for the second interview! i kinda went over the same things because she had specific questions, but since it was more like an interview, i made sure to highlight examples that would answer the questions… and not just bs or something :P like, she wanted to know about my best and worst experience at bc, and i said kairos was my best experience, while the worst experience had to be the drinking culture because there doesn’t seem to be a compelling alternative. and, i also shared about my core group of friends in shaw, and how that’s allowed me to branch out and meet new people, especially people who i hope to stay friends after graduation :) and i think we ended with sharing about an example of feeling overwhelmed, so i told her about junior year and balancing everything, like physics, school work, studying, extracurriculars, relationships, church, sleep, etc. and i was able to maintain this by destressing through like guitar, journaling, and having conversations with people. so again, i felt very happy at the end of the interviews because i could share my story! =)

after the interviews, i really unwound…. we had lunch with a couple students, who were very helpful in describing the ups and downs of upenn, and i’m really impressed about how one guy came to upenn knowing that he wanted to be the best clinician possible. i think that’s my goal too… i’m pretty sure research isn’t for me. and he’s a family guy, and i think that’s something i resonate with too! after that, i took a self-guided tour of upenn, and the campus is BEAUTIFUL. i’d still say BC is more beautiful, but it’s under construction… :/ anyways, it’s a different kind of beauty because it’s so interesting how insulated it feels while being situated in the middle of a bustling city! that was pretty cool. and for the longest time, i thought this row of buildings belonged to a museum, but i figured out that they were housing! craaaaazy. 

seriously though, that does NOT look like housing… but another view of it actually reminds me of the new stokes hall that’s being built at BC… hmm.

upenn quad

vs.

bc stokes hall

haha maybe not.. i duno. after the tour, i went to go visit the bookstore, and it’s HUGE. i guess because it’s sponsored by barnes & noble, but it basically was a B&N store… with two floors and i was overwhelmed by everything they sold! bc bookstore could not compare. but, i realized that it was just as expensive :P so i just bought some thank you cards that i would use later, a card for my gajok daughter, rachel’s birthday, and a gift for my sister because i found some cool pencils! i didn’t want to buy a tshirt or something that said upenn… because what if i don’t get in? that’d be gg… haha.

anyways, being done with visiting upenn, i met up with nick & stella, and we hung out at their place, playing halo reach :P then we headed to koreana, and it had some amazing korean food! i couldn’t believe it: kalbi for $9! i think hmart costs $15… and it was pretty good :) that, and they paid for my dinner :D so i was very grateful. and full afterward, even though we ate a very early dinner at 4. the reason was because i had to catch the train back to the airport at 5… so they accommodated my schedule. we said our goodbyes as i took the bus to the train station, and i made it there a couple minutes late for the train at 5, but thankfully, i could catch the one at 5:30 and still make it an hour early before my plane left at 7:15. 

checking in and security was very quick, and there was like no line for security compared to the ones in logan! i waited at the terminal, and did some homework/reviewing. knocked out on the plane even though i planned on doing work :P after arriving at boston, i got on the silver line bus, went to south station, took it to park street, then took the B line to the star market at babcock… just to buy a birthday cake for rachel! i hope you realize that my gajok family is going to be the best ever!! anyways, i knew that the T would take forever getting back to campus, and i was already running late for a group meeting at 10… so i took a cab, and i was just $15 to get back to BC, including tip. i managed to get to BC around 10:30, changed/unpacked, and got ready to meet people at lower. thankfully, the project was mostly done, and i could just edit the rest later… so i headed off for rachel’s birthday. we met up at upper, and i’m so impressed that our entire family made it! it was kind of a fail at the beginning because we actually went into her room BEFORE 12… some freshmen were too antsy. haha. but, we sang happy birthday to her, justin oh used a lighter as a candle (so ghetto!), and then justin also caked her… haha. i guess since she’s now a ksa fresh rep, he gets to do that… that and he’s the grandpa of all gajoks. fine fine, i guess i must respect my elders :P oh the only bummer was that we never got to eat the cake! rachel is wayyyyy too popular, and there were so many of her friends there once we said happy birthday, so we just left and let her share the cake with her friends… bummer :/

a good night though, as the rest of us headed back down to lower. and now it’s time to study… i’m glad i did put some time into this exam already… but i hope i don’t stay up too late! i am also glad that i’m writing this entry now so i won’t leave it for the last minute and sleep even later! i think i’m gonna have to study more tomorrow and skip my 12pm class just to be safe. whew, i didn’t think i’d be THIS busy as soon as i got onto campus… but what an exciting day!

day 293

ok so i can’t journal too long because i need to sleep soon!

classes went well today… turned in my homework early for math because i wouldn’t be able to on thursday… because of my interview! thankfully, she’s really understanding and she’ll help me catch up on the stuff i miss because i’ll also miss two more lectures the next week :/ physio and dev were fine too, we got to play jeopardy!…except it wasn’t as interesting as i thought it’d be. oh well

packing for the trip went smoothly, i had enough time so i didn’t rush, but throughout the packing and trip to philly, i felt like i didn’t pack something… but so far, i haven’t lost anything! oh and i updated my splash class for pokemon :P see X58… it’s gonna be legendary :)

the trip and flight to philly went by really smoothly. stopped by mcdonalds to get monopoly stuff finally :O… i won medium fries… meh. i knocked out on the plane, and then the ride from the airport to the hotel took an hour! so frustrating… but at least it was only $10. actually, waiting for the bus was kinda weird. i called the place, and they told me to go to the transportation front desk and ask for 27. what?! so when i got there, i was told to sign my name, and i was given a ticket. then i was given a phone to dial 27… and it was the woman from the bus place again. whoa. and because i had a ticket, now she could give the driver directions to pick me up… yeah i think i’m gonna take the train back to the airport…

after getting situated at the hotel, which is FREAKING nice. i didn’t even turn on the tv though… but i shouldn’t get distracted! i love the soap and lotion they provide… i’m gonna bring it back :P i looked at the map they gave me and realized that drexel was next to upenn! SERIOUSLY? because stella and nick, who are from my youth group, go there! and so i called them up, and hung out with them. they showed me their place, and then we went out and visited the grocery store to pick up a late night snack… sushi! mmmmmm. i’m glad they showed me around because i was afraid the city might be dangerous… and even better, we basically went to the dental school, so now i know how far it is! oh, but the only bad thing is that i almost saw two girls get run over… because they crossed the street when they weren’t supposed to… i guess drivers dont stop O_O. oh boy. meanwhile, it was really great catching up with them because i haven’t talked to them often, especially since they didn’t come back in the summer due to coop. i only talked to nick in the summer because of starcraft 2 :P anyways, it was really cool because they visited me in my freshmen year, and now i had the opportunity to see them :) it was definitely a fun time, and i hope that they get coop jobs back in mass! oh, and i’m looking forward to eating dinner with them before heading back to the airport tomorrow :D

i spent the rest of the night preparing for the interview tomorrow… and i think i’m falling in love with upenn! so much of the school resonates with me, and while i was nervous for most of the day about this interview, now i’m really excited! i really hope i’m able to speak my mind and leave the interview confident about how i shared my thoughts…. the only bummer is that i can feel a cough beginning to happen :/ i think i stayed out too much the past few nights in the cold talking to people. oh well… being in the room and eating sushi and reading on upenn was a very unstressful night… kinda reminds me of kairos :P oh and i ironed my clothes… that was fun too!

oh, and after mako’s talk yesterday about being thankful, i’ve made a conscious decision to be thankful about the big and small things, like being able to interview at upenn, and also for the whole trip so far to go so smoothly. i’m sure i’ve been thankful before about stuff like this, but i’m hoping that by making enough conscious decisions, it’ll become a good habit, and develop into a way of life :)

ok well, i gotta get ready to suit up tomorrow and do well in my interview :)