This is going to be a fairly long post because I decided to combine different posts, that I would normally do separate–only because it’s the end of the year. It’s interesting to think that another year has already passed by. Time passes by amazingly fast and I can’t believe I’m already in my 3rd year at grad school.
The past month has been really busy for me, school wise, and I’ve been having a hard time balancing my school life with everything else. I haven’t even had time to read leisurely. I’m going to be doing a separate post for my 100 Books for 2017 challenge but I can say that I didn’t reach my goal but I have read a lot of new books this year–which is why I wanted to do the challenge in the first place.
Goals I Made for 2017
Fill my Empty Sketchbook with Drawings: I didn’t complete this goal, haha. I did draw more but not as much as I would have liked. I do think I tried challenging myself by drawing subjects that I normally wouldn’t draw and used more reference photos to improve my drawing skills.
Finish Another Year at Grad School: One year completed! The quarter is over as well, even though grades haven’t been released yet. Just two more quarters left, and I’m done! Which means the stress of job-hunting is coming up.
Learn How to Save Money: This is something I struggle with, even after a whole year. I think this is something that I’ll continue to struggle with. Although, I did open a savings account and have managed to save at least a $1000 dollars for a trip to California, this past year. I want to do another trip (maybe New York?) and save some more money! My ultimate goal is to save enough money to go to S. Korea with my family, although that probably won’t happen this next year.
Visit More Blogs and Be Brave: I feel like I halfway completed this? I feel like I met a lot of new bloggers because I challenged myself to comment on blogs, besides just the ones I’m comfortable visiting (if that makes any sense). I have a lot of trouble, socially, and I think this is true offline, as well as online. But I took that first step and even sent out a bunch of Christmas cards this year! I also did an art trade with Cat, which was really fun.
Film Photography: I bought my film camera this year and started taking pictures with my film camera. Here are a few of my favorite pictures this year–
Read a Lot of Books: I read a lot of books this year and a lot of them were really good books too! This is mainly because I challenged myself to read more… even though I already sort of read a lot, haha. Some of my memorable books include–
- Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive #3) by Brandon Sanderson
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
Letters by Park Byoung Won: This last year I did a project on my grandpa. I took a class called the “History of Recorded Information” and we had to choose a project based on some kind of document. I made a post about it here, which was (I feel like) one of my most personal posts this year and probably my favorite out of all the posts I’ve done on my blog. I really appreciated doing this project because I learned not only more about Korean history but I also learned more about my grandpa’s life.
Purchased a Surface Book: Probably my best purchase of the year, even though it was almost $3000. My past two computers were a MacBook Pro (2012) and a Surface Pro 3. I gave both away–one to one of the students my sister tutors and another to a high school student I know from my church. After using both Apple and Windows, I like Windows a lot more! I know Apple is more trendy but I like the way Windows is set up more.
Normally, I post this as a separate post but since December is almost over and my next post probably won’t be until the new year–I decided to combine it with this one. I also don’t have too many favorites because I was so busy for school, so it works out!
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds: This is a drama but I’m not actually talking about the drama! Whut. I want to improve my Korean reading and writing skills, so I purchased two books in Korean. One is Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, which is basically a historical fiction novel about a girl who dressed up as a boy and falls in love with the prince (I know cliche) and also The Hobbit in Korean, which I’ve already read and enjoyed.
I actually feel like my Korean reading skills have improved somewhat this year because I’ve been following Nu’est news on Korean news portals (lol) and from the Korean Naver Webtoon app. But I wanted to challenge myself further by purchasing books. And I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy the books because of how slow I read but I’ve discovered I’m still enjoying the book, haha. The only downside is the feeling of frustration when you can’t read any faster when you want to know what happens next.
Less Coffee: This is weird but I haven’t been drinking coffee every day. This is a huge achievement for me! So yay!
Coco (Pixar): I sort of forced my sister to watch Coco with me because I heard it was really good and I really, really, really wanted to watch it. So we watched it in this theater with really comfortable recliner chairs and it was soooooo good. I won’t spoil anything for anyone but the ending scene with his grandmother was so sad and touching I actually cried. Highly recommended!
I Finished My Internship: Although I felt like I didn’t learn as much from this internship, than my last one, it was still a really valuable experience. I had a really great supervisor and I got to start doing work on oral history, which I found interesting and somewhat tedious. I also got to experience working in a small library and really liked the atmosphere of a smaller library, compared to a larger one.
Poochy’s & Yoshi’s Wooly World (3DS): My sister bought a new 3DS game for me and it’s so cute! I love it and out of the games I own, it’s probably one of my favorites.
In other misc. news, I’ve mentioned a couple times I’m done with school now and even though grades aren’t released yet, I’m 99% sure I received a 4.0 (on a 4.0 grading scale) for one of my classes. This is my first (first!!!!) 4.0 throughout my whole school years in college and as a grad student. Which might be underwhelming for overachievers and granted… this was an easier class, where assignments were graded easily… but still! I’m so proud of myself.
And that’s it! I hope everyone has an awesome rest of the year, happy holiday’s and see everyone in 2018! Thanks for reading.