A (College) Senior Moment

11:24 PM

Yes, this a play on words. Yes, I'm a senior. Yes, school has started.

I'm fine.

Recently, I was reading all of my blog posts about college life, which I really enjoyed, and I realized that I haven't written anything for senior year yet. Which I need to memorialize, because it's senior year. The wobbly stepping stone between adulthood and whatever the weird in-between phase college was.

It's full of, you know, responsibilities that are just lurking around every corner.



This year includes some semi-big changes like moving into my first apartment on my own, without a roommate--the same roommate that I've had for three years. I don't have super strong feelings about this.

I never had one of those horrible roommate experiences that you hear about all the time when you're a freshman (and for the rest of college). We were in a very neutral, chill zone of friendship or maybe acquaintanceship that never quite reached close friends.

So for me, it's more of me stepping out of my comfort zone...again. (This is not to say that I do that a lot, but I do it way more than I used to)

My main emotions are...excitement and drive mixed with a big spoonful of tiredness and apprehension. Excitement about a fresh start and new things. Apprehension about ending such a huge part of my life and HAVING TO FIND A JOB.

Guys, the mere thought of having to find a job, and good god, "settle down" is terrifying. Let's not even talk about a family member who-shall-not-be-named who often asks how soon I'll be buying a house after I graduate. Buy a house? BUY A HOUSE? Woman, I'm not even ready to buy my textbooks for this semester (never mind, that was invalid. I've already bought them. I bought them like a month before school started. I'm one of those people.)

So with that nice, comforting sentence, let's go into the advice I have for you.

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1. Planners are still important. And expensive.

I like to go to TJ Maxx or Ross to buy planners because they're a lot prettier than the plain ones at Walmart for similar prices.

This is mine! I love the artsy/painterly cover & it comes with a GOLDEN PEN.

2. Think ahead about job applications and apartment leases during winter break. All the important stuff that requires scary paperwork with lots of big words that no one understands. Think about them and then run away screaming with panic hands.

Someone told me pretty recently that realistically I probably would have to wait 6 or more months to get a job after filling out job applications. Better early than late.

3. Explore new movie/TV series and book genres.

There is never time like the present to add even more to your TBR or TBW (too be watched). So, dive into a new genre.

I'm going to be trying to do this by reading more non-fiction and graphic novels, both areas that I haven't really read in a lot. I'm also going to be borrowing graphic design books (on basics, specifics, whatever) from my college library to supplement my learning because my graphic design program doesn't include any actual textbooks. While I think they aren't necessary in my field, I think they're a good thing to benefit from. Look for inspiration from new and unconventional sources!

4. I hope you've been saving up the boxes you used to move in all those other years of college because...eheh. You're going to need them this year. All of them. 

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If you haven't, instead of trying to buy packing boxes, go to stores like Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General (for my USA people) and ask them if they have any extra boxes lying around.

It's definitely not a super common thing to do nowadays, but it will save money and it is done. All you have to do is tell them you're moving and ask them if they can help you out.

Anxiety note: "All you have to do." If you're nervous/anxious/embarrassed about doing this, don't imagine me just marching in and confidently asking for boxes. Yeah, they're just boxes, but you better believe I'll be rehearsing that one sentence I need to say for 15 minutes.  

5. Don't be afraid to entertain possibility. 

This might sound like one of those inspirational quotes everyone snorts at* but I realized this year that I had lost some possible experiences in college because I had resigned myself to the fact that I couldn't do them.

I couldn't afford it. I was too busy. I couldn't be distracted from my major.

Well, that could be true, but it also 👏 might 👏 not 👏 be 👏.

What if you never know because you never entertained the possibility???

(Some of you might have seen my recent tweet about trying to do study abroad senior year. This is why.)

*I do not under any circumstance ever pin these on Pinterest

Bangtan Boys

Summer 2017 Art Things

9:55 PM

Yiiiikes, hey everybody. It's been two whole months since my last post. ðŸ˜Ÿ Woops.

I have been staying really busy this summer, and it's been busyness with art or design type stuff as opposed to my other college summers where I stayed cooped up in my room and took online classes or studied for exams.

I like the change of pace.

If you're interested in finding out what the mysterious and vague "art or design type stuff" is, then I won't disappoint. Keep reading!

Stay Bookish Zine

I don't think I've talked about this on the blog (I HAVE on my twitter though, which is where you can keep up to date with it). The Stay Bookish Zine was started by Hazel Ureta of Stay Bookish. I think I randomly saw a tweet from another current staff member about an open application for staffing an e-magazine last winter. They needed graphic designers and I was like "aw yeah, a magazine that combines YA and design, like this is mah dream." So I applied, but I didn't really have big expectations.

Here I am, two issues later, a (semi-)permanent staff member of this awesome YA e-mag. We're still getting organized, but I think for our first two issues it looks pretty great. ðŸ˜‰ You can find them here.

This last issue featured S.K. Ali and her new book Saints & Misfits along with other cool things like a playlist for new releases ALONG with a Spotify playlist and the staff's current reads. 

BTS (Bangtan Boys/Beyond The Scene) AU Youtube Series

On May 12, I and my sister started on a whole new branch of artsiness with a BTS murder mystery AU Youtube series. This has taken houuuurs and I mean HOURS. 

Because we basically just started with who we wanted the victim and murderer to be and created the plot and individual video concepts as we went. 

The series is called Who Killed Me? and starts out showing the viewer that Park Jimin, member of a huge local gang, has been murdered. The official verdict is that the dirty job was done by Jeon Jungkook, a fellow member... but is the official verdict the right verdict?

We are currently wrapping up the series, and we're so, so, SO happy with the small following we've gotten. 

Produce 101/Kpop Edits

I've been trying out creating some "best moments" and edits for k-pop in general and Produce 101 Season 2. I'm not sure if it's going to be a long-term thing or if I'm really good at it, but it's fun and relaxing so I'm doing it for now on my Youtube channel.

Summer Internship

OOOOHOHOHO. SUMMER INTERNSHIP. WHAT A BIGGIE. *runs screaming into the distance* This is my first internship, and my first legit job in the field I want to work in aka graphic design. I'm working part-time for the summer at a printing company along with some work for a sister paper company. Hoo boy. 

It was super overwhelming at first. So many new people, so much new information about presses and corrugated which apparently means cardboard like in what dimension people and going to publicity meetings. WOWIE. I've settle into it a lot better now, and I've finished several projects like a internal business newsletter, baby shower invites, marketing materials, etc. I usually have several projects going on at the same time. 

It's a lot of responsibility and constant churning out of ideas, but I like it because there's not that pressure of grades and maintaining GPA so you can keep your scholarship. You get quality work done, and you get paid for your work. 👍  Although, it has been super interesting and stressful in the anxiety area. ðŸ˜‚

What are you spending your summer doing?


My Dream Crate // Haikyuu!!

10:23 PM

Some of you might be familiar with the name Loot Crate, but in case you aren't, Loot Crate is a geek subscription crate that sends a collection of all kinds of crazy cool merch (from Guardians of the Galaxy to RWBY, which is an anime) out every month. 

Loot Crate is encouraging fans everywhere to participate in a project unlimited by practicality, to showcase their wildest ideas in a blog post. I got challenged by Loot Crate to put together my ultimate Dream Crate too!


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I'm going to gush about an anime called Haikyuu!! (also a manga). It's amazing and you should watch it (or read it) and there absolutely should be a crate all about it.

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A very brief summary before we hop into the merch *wiggles eyebrows*: this is a high school volleyball comedy. That being said, there are a lot of dramatic emotions, weird cut scenes, and unearthly (not in the good way) facial expressions. I love it.

Here's What My Dream Crate Looks Like: *

*Each crate usually has around 4-6 items, so I'm going to try to keep within that range of numbers.

1. Karasuno High School Volleyball Team Stickers. 

2. Four Chibi Buttons (*clears throat* MY choices would be Tanaka, Daichi, Kageyama, and Hinata. Those are the first three and the bottom third).

Haikyuu 1.75inch Chibi Buttons Set or Single

3. This Haikyuu!! Teams Drawstring Bag in Karasuno Colors.

4. Hinata Magazine Cover Poster (because Hinata is life and my sunshine/smol son. he runs this show). 

5. Mini Volleyball Key Chain. 

Cat Toy Mini Volleyball Shaped Keychain Chaveiro Key Chain Ring Keyfob Holder sleutelhanger llaveros mujer france laduree(China (Mainland))

6. Karasuno Volleyball Club Jacket (because just all the feels).

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What if you could put together the ultimate dream crate with merch from your favorite TV show, movie, book, or game? What would you choose to showcase?



10:30 AM

Hey, guys. It's been a while huh. I basically have the same old excuse, which is-- school runs my life right now (and for the remaining couple days of finals week). Sleep deprivation is a way of life. Etc. etc. 

Between no sleep and exams though, I still wanted to do April's recap because 1) it was a pretty cool month and 2) DO YOU GUYS SEE MY NEW BLOG DESIGN. 😊 Oh my gosh, I'm so happy. 


(My Side by Laurex, only one of the cutest Youtube couples EVER)

(Kuaga/Lost Time by Pierce Fulton. This sounds like a tropical island. And it also happens to be the song for one of the couples that I highly ship in my sisters WIP. So. We all win.)

(Spotlight by Punch & Silento. Who knew dis boy aka Punch could sing this good?? The dancing is pretty spot on too 👌)

(Dong Dong by Produce 101, the show. I'll explain more about my new interest in Produce 101 Season 2 BUT this performance from Season 1 is fire.)

(Romantic by Stanaj. This is just really sweet. Although everytime I hear him say "You say I make you shy. Don't know why. Everytime we kiss, it gets better everytime" I have a mini rant in my head about how he's like I don't know why you would be shy the kissing's been great *cue deep guy voice*.)

(Minzy, formerly of 2NE1, has created her first solo album and pretty much everything I've listened to has been kickbutt and catchy. Especially this one--Superwoman. Psst go check out ING too.)

(Will You Go Out With Me? by DIA. At least two girls from DIA were on Produce 101 but that's beside the point. The point is it is VERY cutesy but at a tolerable/nice level? I mean, the rap's great.)

(Rumor by K.A.R.D. Co-ed group what what. Personally, I think it's awesome especially since co-ed singing things aren't done a lot in Kpop. And they have a really neat funky vibe going on.)

Woops. That's way bigger than I thought it would be. Sorry, but also, you're gonna thank me later. ðŸ˜‰


Rites of Passage
pages: 416
published: September 9, 2014
genre: YA, contemporary, military

I also read a book this month?? Which was amazing. Both the book and being able to sit down and submerge myself in a storyworld. I think I'll be posting an in-depth review soon, but to summarize quickly: it's about a teen girl who's thrown into hostile situation in a previously all-boys military academy. She has military background, but man, but it's still hard and the way the bullying and character growth is written is almost perfect.

what I'm doing

What am I doing? Hmm. Well, right now I'm writing this post when I probably should be working on my latest design project or the term paper for that class. Don't worry, I'll be fine.

Other things:

  • There are really pretty trees with flowers right now, but the problem with that is pollen. I'm allergic to pollen. And for some reason the levels have been off the charts this spring which means gross allergies.
  • HOTT. I could be talking about weather or I could be talking about my college's version of Humans of New York aka HONY (it's the second one). So we're doing that, but a lot more journalistically accurate as in using AP style. It's honestly terrifying to walk up to random people and try to interview them. It's over now! But I am glad I got the experience.
  • It's also been raining a lot. ☔ 
  • I'm a part of the Stay Bookish Zine (online) as a graphic designer and we recently, or semi-recently, published our first issue
  • My final design project has been an illustrative typography, which is using text to form shapes, one where I've hand lettered designs for Mulan, Tiana, and Rapunzel. It's been agonizing in terms of hours and sore wrists from using my drawing tablet, but I love how it's turning out. Maybe I'll post something about it on here?

on the TV

Now's the time to tell you about my newest interest. It's Produce 101 Season 2.

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I'm actually obsessed. It's getting bad. I already have a little group of my favorites and I'm afraid to make it any bigger because the final group is only 11 people and I can't handle that stress.

Do you want to see them? Great, I'm glad you said yes. ðŸ˜‰

REMEMBER THESE BOYS. And if you're in South Korea, pleaaase vote for them or at least check out their performances. (I am sulking over the fact that I can't as an international person.)

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Starting from top left: Park Woojin, Kim Samuel, Kang Daniel, and Jung Dongsu. They are my bebs. If you by any chance want to see more of them, I will find you links. *wiggles eyebrows* I am on a mission to convert everyone to be their fans.

Well, that was my April in a nutshell. QOTD: What new obsession have you gained recently?



11:31 AM

author's note: this was actually written on and is about February 7th. enjoy!

9 am - The alarm on my phone goes off. I hate the noise so much, and I used to have it on just vibrate, but I've been so tired and busy this school year that I'm too scared to do that anymore. This is one of my late morning days. On Mondays and Wednesdays I get up at 7. ðŸ˜’

9:15 am - I manage to actually get out of bed.

9:30 am - Take a shower.

10 am - I check all my social media and try to make sense of this week's to-do list. Feel strong waves of despair as I look at the 8 homework assignments for Professional Practices (plus other homework and projects for other classes) to be completed in a week. Check my student email. Boring stuff.

the set-up

10:30 am - I start working on my heart art that's due tomorrow afternoon. In my defense, I've had an extremely busy, stressful past couple days. Hopefully I can work on it more later and write my art analysis on it.


11:45 am - Time to speed clean my room, which needs it REALLY badly.

12:00 - Lunch time :)

that's ranch dressing. which kinda looks gross in the pic. there's not as much on there as it looks lol.

1:00 pm - Off to my 1:30 class! (News Layout & Copy Editing. It's one of my electives, a journalism class.)

2:25 pm - I trek over to the fine arts building for my class at 3. I'm wayyy early so hopefully I can get something school-related out of the way. Or I could just hang out on Twitter. Twitter sounds nice.

4:20 pm - Class ends. We learn that the midterm, previously a mysterious "approximately" before spring break, might now be "next Tuesday." I panic. Since I haven't studied for this test at all yet.

5:15 pm - I fix some supper and eat fast cause your girl's got a lot to do today.

6:10 pm - Start back on that heart art, which is for a special honors class I'm taking called The Human Body & Visual Art.

this was watercolor. watercolor is hard.

7:50 pm - I take a much needed break from the hustle and indulge myself with episode 15 of Hwarang. It just gives me all the fuzzies seeing the guys becoming a good team and working together. Gawsh so kewt.

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9:20 pm - Back to arting the heart. (note from author: okay, guys, I did this hovering over my art piece which was laying on the floor. and man. the leg cramps.)

10:50 pm - I decide that it's time to call it quits, seriously hoping that I have enough time tomorrow to actually finish the heart. GAH.

12 aka midnight - Off to bed. Finally. I should probably have better sleeping habits. No, I know I should but sometimes my mental-rest-needs outweigh my physical-rest-needs and I just stay up. It's a bad excuse but it true.

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my world. If you'd like to read more posts about my life at college or what I do specifically as a graphic design student (everyone would like to know. we're a well-kept mystery. *magic dust*), let me know. 

And if you were curious as to how that heart turned out, here it is ^^:



12:14 PM

The last half of this month has kind of been a whirlwind...moving back to school, organizing everything again, getting into the routine of five classes (two of which are 3 hours each). It's probably life making up for the first half of the month in which I was shamefully lazy and did nothing.

Instructions For Flight The Fill-In Boyfriend On the Fence

Instructions for Flight by Kate I. Foley ðŸŒŸðŸŒŸðŸŒŸðŸŒŸ (review here, but ðŸ‘Œ)
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West ðŸŒŸðŸŒŸðŸŒŸðŸŒŸðŸŒŸ (💗 I love it SO much)
On the Fence by Kasie West ðŸŒŸðŸŒŸðŸŒŸðŸŒŸ (TBH this was leaning more towards 3 but relatable guy problems yo)

It wasn't a big reading month. I guess I've been going through a slump and nothing really interests me (except YA contemporaries *gasp*). Or else I don't have the energy/attention span to sit down and actually read a book.

One of the delights of being a lot more anxious and stressed out at school. Sometimes, okay most of the time, I'd rather watch YouTube or the latest TV series.

Oh NaNa by K.A.R.D
Stay With Me by Chanyeol x Punch (Goblin OST)

Born to Lose by No Sleep ft. Gia Koka

Not Going Home by DVBBS & CMCs ft. Gia Koka

I find a lot of my favorite songs when I'm playing one of those 2 hour chill remixes or summer playlist remixes on YouTube. Which is where the bottom two songs came from.

K.A.R.D is a relatively new K-pop group that hasn't really done promotions and it's CO-ED or whatever word you use to mean guys AND girls. Two of each to be exact! I think it's really cool.

I have been slowly but steadily watching Goblin (no spoilers, guys, don't be Hoshi) and I've fallen in love with this soundtrack. It just makes me so calm and relaxed, which I really need, and especially when it's played with the drama montage. The. feels.

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I really liked Miss Peregrine's! Don't hate me, but I didn't read the book first. I might in the future, but my point is--the movie was really exotic, funky, circus feeling and I loved it.

The Swap. Disney. Yes, it is cringe-worthy. Yes, it has a million second-hand embarrassment moments. But in the end, the message was there and it was very cute. (I will say you definitely have to be in the mood though.) 

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Kubo and the Two Strings. *cries big ugly tears* It has a children's story feel, but the story runs deeper too and I was never bored by it or though "ugh this is so kiddy." The animation is also gorgeous. 

Goblin. The k-drama that everyone's talking about. I think. I don't keep up with trends too well. The premise is very interesting... Grim Reapers, Goblins, deities, etc. However, the big age-gap between the two mc's is slightly disturbing imo. (not a spoiler. it's literally in the drama trailer)

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Hwarang is a historical drama and much slower paced than Goblin, and many other shows. It took like 4 episodes for the plot to actually get moving. BUT the problem is it's a very interesting premise (rich nobles' sons chosen to be personal guards for the king) and I'm actually in love with all of the characters. Not like "OMG I WANT TO MARRY YOU" but "OMG I WANT TO MARRY A COUPLE OF YOU THE REST ARE MY SMOL SONS."

  • All last semester, I didn't really have the motivation to organize my apartment bedroom. This semester I finally replaced my little bookcase that broke with a new snazzy one and organized.
  • INTERNSHIP. I got one. As you all may or may not know, I'm majoring in graphic design and right before school started I got an design internship in my hometown that is very small I might add. !!!! That means I get to stay with the fam for a whole nother summer before I graduate ^^
  • I'm in the second semester of my junior (3rd) year of college so classes are kind of winding down and I'm taking the "big" ones. This semester it's independent studies. And let me tell you. It is testing me. 
  • Besides that, there's not a whole lot happening. ✌️️

What have you guys been up to? Is school killing you already (I wouldn't know. I always rock school tbh... sarcasm. That was sarcasm.)? Rec me some songs or 2017 books!

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