Week 8: Recap

Sunday

Steve Chua spoke on worship and a place called Naioth. This refers to 1 Samuel 19, where Saul goes to find David and instead becomes filled with the Spirit and starts prophesying. This was definitely something new that I hadn’t heard about, and I was quite intrigued to learn that Naioth means God’s dwelling place (or something like that).

Michelle Choi’s Birthday! Wow, almost forgot about that, but the gajok managed to round up a few of the children to surprise her, and we had a white mountain birthday cake :)

Monday

Valentine’s Day Shopping began in the morning, and I hit up four stores to complete the to-do list. First off, Starmarket for steak, then CVS for body wash… (ok that was just for me, haha), Olympia Flowers for a half dozen of roses, and then Chipotle for lunch :P

So, for Valentine’s Day, Steph & I began with a steak dinner. I was a bit hesitant since I never cooked steak before, but my mom said it was easy… and I just seasoned two fat pieces of steak and then let it cook for like 20 minutes. I’m surprised it turned out well! But, there’s still room for improvement… I think I cooked it well-done, which is a bit too much for me, since I’m more of a medium guy, but I was more afraid I was going to undercook it, haha. With the sauce leftover, I added red onions & mushrooms, and then cooked some veggies as well for a well-balanced dinner :) 

Next, we had plans to go to Northeastern (first time visiting!) to see Dave & Rich open for Tim Be Told! Most of the 90 boys went to the concert to support as well as Justin, Esther, Young Park, Ryan, Young Hahm, and Jin. Dave & Rich definitely blew out the other openers :P and I was quite surprised that Dave did a shout out for Steph and me… oh boy. And then, they sang hunters & cougars! They had such good stage presence, although they made it a bit awkward for the two people they asked up, one of which was Dave’s cousin! Then, Tim Be Told came up to play, and they were amazing :) Though, I was a bit bummed to hear that half the band quit… I’m so surprised that they’ve been able to continue and find new members, and I can’t wait for the new album!

Tuesday

The Leadership Exchange was a meeting where we gathered various leadership groups on campus, including Shaw, to mingle and to listen to a speaker, Michael Durkin, CEO of United Way of the Merrimack Valley. It was great that most people were able to come, and the Heights Room was packed! I think there was probably about 200 people, and the food was good too :) especially since it was free. Personally, I didn’t meet many new people even though I saw with other leadership groups… because Justin Feng was from ELP and I think Arthur was from Freshman Academy… and another girl was from Shaw and ALA. Win for me :)

KRUP Auction was very hilarious, although when I arrived, Justin and my service was already sold to Dan Kim… He wants good guitar lessons :) I was hoping to win something this year, and I had a couple serious bets going, but for some reason, someone else always seemed to win out. So, at the end, I didn’t get to buy anything :(

Wednesday

Thea Bowman Reception was amazing for the free food! That, and I went with the guys from Gate 404 and Young Jae. We just kept eating… and that was probably the most exciting thing about it :P The actual reception took so long because they called people up too slowly, but Don & Andrew made it amusing by switching names… haha.

Ended the night with Applebees with the Gajok! We had quite the scare since Rachel didn’t have her phone, so we couldn’t contact her. We kept waiting for her since she had told us she was definitely coming and we even confirmed when she left her place through friends… but she was not at the bus stop! Eventually, we left without her, and to our surprise, Rachel was waiting at the Reservoir bus stop… phew :P She told us her story/thought process, and basically she thought there was another stop after main gate, but once she arrived at Cleveland Circle, she unsuccessfully tried asking people for a phone… yet that probably wouldn’t have worked either since she didn’t know any our of numbers! Gosh… at least half-priced apps were delicious, and we were able to finish it all, especially with dessert!

Thursday

Lunch with Dr. Bob was so great, as we hadn’t really talked for a couple months! I really enjoyed our  conversation, and I hope the next time we meet up won’t be so long in between…

I skipped Feminisms discussion for BC IDOL preparation, and while we couldn’t sound check individually, it was good to know how the guitar would be mic’d. Neither Liz nor I could eat dinner, so we just spent most of our time just waiting around with Ryan & Shinyoung until BC IDOL started. We were up 4th, and while I didn’t feel too nervous before the performance, I think that all changed when I realized we were going up on stage! I was so glad the song went without hitch, so at least, we couldn’t regret how we did :) Then, we headed into the audience to see everyone else perform, and I cannot believe how talented people are! The acts were amazing, and there were even children from St. Columbkille performing - CRAZY GOOD :) Finally, at the end of the competition, we were waiting for the results, and when I heard who placed in 3rd and 2nd, I was a bit bummed because I hoped we were gonna place… but, it was quite stunning when it was announced that Liz Peter had won first place! I was a bit confused, especially when I walked on stage, but what a great feeling to be able to help a friend win! :) And, even cooler, she won a check for $350! And she is now the BC IDOL, yay! What an unforgettable night… I loved it! Especially with all the support from our friends :)

Friday

The ROFL Winter Retreat began with just youth from Connecticut and Boston, as NY people were in traffic and still on their way. I was taken aback at how amazing the flyers, booklets, and schedule were done because they definitely surpassed my expectations! The NY people didn’t make it until the message was over, but it was a fun night just getting to know the California team, which included Pr. James Wang along with his wife, his brother John, and two other co-workers, Brian & Grace. I mainly worked on audio and visual stuff, which was a bit new for me, but I liked the experience :P

Saturday

What a tiring but fun day… the messages were great, the small group time was meaningful, and the small group competitions were awesome! While we didn’t get to really interact with either the Connecticut or NY people, it was a good time to strengthen the leadership within our youth group. But, at the same time, we realized that we had to be more missional, and we saw that being more welcoming to our brothers and sisters in Christ from other states would be good practice :D

Sunday

Church was packed! Usually, service is full with the adults and kids, but with an additional 50-60 youth, there were lots of people standing! And, it was great to see the place filled because hopefully, this will happen soon with our youth :) Haha, I’m praying for it! Anyways, leading worship after/during the retreat for Sunday was really rewarding because I didn’t feel like I had to “switch” mindsets. I mean that usually I spent Saturdays at BC, so to wake up the next morning for church and all takes some time to adjust, but being at a retreat, it wasn’t needed and it just felt easier to pour out my heart during worship. After service, I decided that it would be prime time to show the other churches the circle hug :D And, while they felt awkward in the beginning, I think they liked it :P 

Lunch time was fun, as there were little kids running around everywhere! Even the youth from the other churches were playing with them, haha. But, then we had to leave early, as my dad had to prepare a lobster lunch for the California team. I rested a bit, and then for dinner, we went out for Minado! Despite a long wait, it was worth it, and although I missed KRUP training, I’m glad I got to talk with the California team since I didn’t really have time during the retreat to do so. Wow, what a great weekend, although I’m definitely more tired than usual, haha.

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!