Grad school mind, Undergrad immaturity




my friend started a new blog for guys who always wanted to know how to dress classy and change up their wardrobe for an affordable price.  Please “like” his facebook page called Simpler Man.  Free tips and great advice!

Oct 3


as a grad student studying stem cell research, hearing news like this is amazing. Hopefully I can do something similar with Parkinson’s 

Oct 3
This is a hella legit way to add some kick to your dishes!

This is a hella legit way to add some kick to your dishes!

Oct 2

If you have trypophobia, this will destroy you

First piece of baby blue swag.  Gotta say, it’s not bad for college colors

First piece of baby blue swag.  Gotta say, it’s not bad for college colors

The types of people you meet in Graduate School

I attended the UCLA Graduate orientation last Friday and it was definitely an overwhelming experience.  There are definitely a lot more different varieties of people in graduate school than there are in undergrad, where most kids have raging hormones, are excited to just go balls out at a frat party, and are having a taste of freedom for the very first time in their short lives.

Graduate school is a different beast….here are some of the types of people I met:

1) The Down to Earth graduate student who took couple years off from undergrad to “discover themselves”

I decided to write about this first since I fall into this category.  These people, in my opinion, are the most relatable and easy to talk to since they took time off to do some work related in their field and really know getting that Ph.D. is what they want to do.  They know how to balance work and play, and are jaded just enough to realize they don’t want to be stuck in school for 5+ years and want to have a little fun while at it.  They aren’t over eager, but they aren’t debbie downers either

2) The kid who just graduated from Undergrad

These are the people that were only at orientation to get drunk at the Graduate happy hour afterwards.  They still roll with a posse that dress like they belong in a teenie-bopper magazine, and talk about shit that would only entertain a 10 year old.  Yes, you are still an undergrad mentally.  By the time I finished my first drink, these kids were already busting out their dice and cards.  Nonetheless, I was envious, but my image is at stake, and I cannot be remembered as the guy who was playing King’s Cup or 7,11,doubles with kids that look like they stuff their bras or have trouble growing facial hair.  As far as they are concerned, they are still in undergrad, living the undergrad life

3) The Old person

There’s someone in my department that looks to be at least 40 and seems to have been in school for all his life.  These are the hardest to connect with.  They try to be hip and relive their youth, so they’ll try to start conversations with us about things they think interest us.  Best part is that I saw this same guy do the Gangnam style dance….and fail miserably.

4) The Married person / person with kids

There are a ton of those around.  The only thing I have to say about this group is that they are super nice, but you know that it’s useless in hanging out with them since they’ll always back out of happy hours and such with the excuse “oh my wife wants me home or I have to pick up my kids from daycare.”  You’ll only see them walking around in your building or in class.

5) The Asian FOB

According to a infographic from UCLA graduate orientation website, 333 kids from China were accepted:

FOBS have a look.  they dress differently.  they rush towards the free food like locusts in a swarm, and they have….”interesting” social skills.  During breaks and social events, they’ll be holding food and chowing down…with the look on their face that they WANT to talk to someone, but will ultimately not talk to anyone…but other FOBS.  it’s understandable, but it is what it is.  They’ll be cooped up in lab working their butts off, and enjoy the occasional karaoke / hot pot.  You’ll see them make an effort to go to sporting events, but they wont know what’s going on.  Being asian myself, I <3 Fobs.  For some reason…people from other counties don’t have as much trouble integrating with American students like Asians do.  Europeans are hella fun. 

I'd like to major in Economics, if that makes a difference. I've actually already visited both campuses, and while I know what they physically look like, I don't know what it's like to actually be a student at either. I got the vibe that LA is a bit "sterile" and superficial if you get what I mean, but it seems like students there have a ton of fun. Meanwhile at Berkeley, everyone seems stressed and always so studious. Are these impressions of mine wrong?

Mmm, most of the things you hear about these places are probably all stereotypes.  I can only speak from a Berkeley perspective since I was an undergrad there, but I had a great time at Cal.  It’s really a great community to be in, and I think it’s a more laid-back environment than LA (I grew up and lived in 18 years in LA before moving to NorCal for 6 years).  But I would actually try to stay there couple days to get a feel for the campus vibe.  It’s one thing to visit a campus and just tour around, but it’s another thing to actually see what it’s like and spend a night or two at each place, if possible.  I could be biased and tell you Cal, but honestly, both are good schools and it depends on where you feel most comfortable.  Go Bears!

Hi! I noticed that you've attend Cal and are now at UCLA. Which one would you recommend for undergrad and why? What are the differences between each of them? I'm applying for colleges now, which is why I am asking.

Hey!  There are definitely differences between the two, and there are a lot of questions to ask for yourself to see what you prefer.

1) What major do you want to pursue?  UCLA and Cal have different strengths, and what you should always go with if your interests and the school’s strength matches.

2) Culture.  NorCal and SoCal are completely different.  Both UCLA and Cal have smart students but the culture is definitely different.  If you like colder weather and San Francisco more than hot weather and LA (where you have to drive everywhere), than Cal is the place for you.

I would say, apply to both, and visit.  It’s all about comfort level, and since I went to Cal for undergrad, i’m biased towards it, but like i said, it varies between person to person.  Apply to both, if you get into both, then great!  you can make a decision.  If you get into one, decision is made easier haha  Good luck!

Life is a longass journey…What is your legacy

Looking at where I am now, about to start possibly the last degree of my career, I realize how much it has taken me to get here and how much more lies in store.  It seems like i have gone thru hell and back at times, but then I realize that I’m only 25, and there’s definitely a lot more hell in store for me.  It’s always fun to look back at what you consider your legacy.  Most people will eventually say their kids are their legacy…but since I do not have kids, I will only look back at personal achievements.   

So here’s to each of the academic milestones that I have encountered in the past decade that has led me up to this point, the friends I have met and the experiences I have had at each school has definitely made me who I am today, and I’m excited to carry these memories with me for the next decade:

Two of my favorite drinks in one:  Coffee IN a beer bottle!  These are two drinks that grad students live on.  Bought at Groundwork coffee at Santa Monica Place

Two of my favorite drinks in one:  Coffee IN a beer bottle!  These are two drinks that grad students live on.  Bought at Groundwork coffee at Santa Monica Place