Jan22

Adulthood, phase two.

When we’re children, everything seems like a huge deal despite what our parents tell us, and then we reach an age when we don’t take trivial things so seriously anymore. In my later teen years I went through a phase when I liked saying a lot of crap because nothing really mattered to me. You’ll likely remember some of that if you read my blog in its early days. It’s been a while since I’ve been a teenager, but it doesn’t mean I’ve 100% parted with saying something only I think is funny.

Officially a college freshman complete with a lanyard.

I have only told a handful of people, but I am now a student again! Yesterday after getting my ID card, I thought it would be funny to wear it on a lanyard and take photos like a true freshman. Uh, Liv, maybe that is not how a Master’s degree student should act …

So, to set this straight, I’m going to be studying for a Master of Science at NYU starting next week. Obviously I will not be attending the famous Stern, but my own building is only a bit less pretty than this. I couldn’t resist taking a photo even though I’ve toured the campus quite a few times five years ago – I was really enthusiastic in high school to apply, but I just couldn’t find the right major for me and settled for design school.

Just a nice shot of Stern because they have a pretty building.

Last year, NYU gained a new school – The School of Engineering – which contains an open-ended major ranging from augmented reality, to mobile design, to game development. I can’t predict where my studies will take me, but it looks like the next phase of my adulthood is beginning and I am excited. This is not undergrad anymore, so it’s important to me to take advantage of this short amount of time. If there’s anything I wish somebody had told me before college, it’s being confident in what you want to do, and then absolutely breathe it. I had spent half of my undergrad years trying to learn something I wasn’t very interested in, and the other half building my career on my own. I succeeded, but it came at the price of not being able to network many people around me. I didn’t share a future with my classmates, and there was not a lot of communication. I am not going to let that happen again.

But as expected, sacrifices will have to be made, so it looks like it’s going to be goodbye gaming for now!

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12 Comments to "Adulthood, phase two."

Carol wrote on 23rd January 2015 at 6:51 AM

Woa, Liv- i think i’ve missed quite a few things on the way; Master of Science? I thought you were into design and game stuffs? Or maybe it’s called differently in states and you have those modules under “Science”.

From where I am now, I totally can’t see myself back in school. Best of luck and moral boost to you! πŸ™‚ That Stern school of business looks wow. I never had just majestic buildings as my campus before/ my campus were just tiny- felt a little like my home’s living room instead of a classroom.

Ever since I’ve started working- plus additional freelancing work; I haven’t been gaming at all; gosh I miss those times!

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cantaloupe wrote on 24th January 2015 at 3:26 AM

Haha, I like how you say you’ve toured the campus. As if they have a campus. I remember having to run halfway across Manhattan to get from one of my classes to another, that started half an hour after the previous ended. The buildings were that far apart.

Oh NYU…. In all honesty, I did not enjoy getting my masters there. But I hope that you have a much better time with them than I did. I’m sure it’s different depending on major, etc. Best of luck!!

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Sue wrote on 25th January 2015 at 4:47 PM

There’s nothing wrong with touring campus while not in undergrad. If you’re new, or even if you’re not new to the campus, you can still walk around taking pictures. I did this later in college as well, mainly because I felt that I didn’t take enough pictures of the university. The Stern School of Business looks intense. It’s such a tall building compared to what I’m used to seeing at the cornfield university I went to. Congrats and here’s to a wonderful 2 years full of learning and new friends, and opening doors to a career broader than just web development.

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Cat wrote on 27th January 2015 at 2:14 PM

Congrats on starting your Masters degree! I was really interested in NYU when I was in high school too and applied, but I ended up staying in Texas. That’s exciting that you’re going there! Good luck with everything!

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Aro wrote on 16th February 2015 at 4:46 PM

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR MASTER’S that’s so exciting!!! i actually have a bunch of friends at NYU… you’ll have to let me know if they come from Pennsylvania n___n/

everyone always gives different advice with the future, but i think that if you have a dream, you should definitely go for it. i’m glad that at least now it seems like you know what you’re confident in and what you want! network network network!! you can do it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Michelle wrote on 17th February 2015 at 3:58 PM

I definitely know about sacrifices being made, I’m making them now with the new addition to the family. But still, if it helps me, then it’s good. I need all the help I can get.

Yeah, I think it’s okay to act a little childish, but never to the extreme that you forget that you’re an adult, you know? Never forget who you are, never. :3 And good luck on being a graduate student!

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Tiffany wrote on 20th February 2015 at 12:26 AM

I am so proud of you! Congratulations! I hope you are enjoying life as a graduate student.

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Alice B wrote on 20th February 2015 at 11:19 AM

I have been MIA due to finals and wow I have no idea you.. master…of..science.. that is so cool okay. and NYU too! awesome, awesome πŸ™‚ I’m going to start my 6th semester soon and ugh, I hope I survive.
It’s funny that the school of engineering is teaching AR and game development. I think engineering school in my country does not teach this. then again, education in where I live sucks. design students are overlooked and underestimated here because everyone still think that design is easy and it’s not a huge thing that needs to be studied πŸ™ pretty lame, huh.

I did a project on AR for finals too, but only for the designing part though because the whole coding thing is done by comp science students haha (yea, design x comp science collaboration project). game design is a fun project too, especially for the characters though I had to struggle with 3d software -__- damn that thing.

one thing I don’t wanna do in life is to work in a field that I don’t have passion for. I’d rather go to work and have fun with it than go to work for something I’m not interested in. I’m glad I rebelled and took interactive design instead of as a med student, as forced by my typical asian tiger parents =___= sigh.

awww you’re gonna be busy with science and no more time for gaming πŸ™ awwww

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Amanda wrote on 10th March 2015 at 4:11 PM

I think it’ll always be okay to say some things, even if it doesn’t seem acceptable for y/our age! Keeps the personality alive ^-^

Much belated congrats on beginning your graduate studies! I hope everything is going well. I’m in undergrad right now so I completely understand the struggle between learning things you’re not interested in to maybe be able to do something you might like a little.

I hope your gaming sacrifice won’t be for too long! πŸ™‚ I haven’t had much time to play games either. I guess school just kind of sucks all the time away.

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Tara wrote on 14th March 2015 at 8:24 PM

Good luck with grad school. I’m assuming that it’s sucking your soul since you’ve written this post? I know how it is X_X; Grad school sure nearly took over my own life! So glad it’s done. Again, good luck, and don’t overwork yourself!

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Jenny wrote on 20th March 2015 at 6:37 PM

Congratulations, that’s so exciting!! It’s great that you’ll be studying something you’re passionate about, and NYU is a great school, I’m sure you’ll learn a lot and meet some fantastic people! Best of luck!

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Rezina wrote on 10th April 2015 at 2:59 AM

Wow, congrats! New phases are always super exciting and it makes you realize that you really are getting older, as opposed to getting younger (which, I guess, is impossible in a literal sense haha).

Anyways, congrats again on getting accepted into the program!!

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