The end of a beautiful summer.
I had the best birthday month I can remember, and I want to remember it here right now. The last time I didn’t blog (for an entire spring) I spent my summer trying to catch up, which ultimately didn’t turn out as I expected because I was writing about parts of my life that occured months ago. As much as I can remember little details, it’s not the same. My August was wonderful and here’s what went down:
August 8th I held my Extra Life Fundraiser (mentioned in last post) with my friends and raised $390! About 40 people turned up at the event to play Super Smash Bros and a bunch of board games. I also received lots of donations from friends who couldn’t make it. Sue, Cat, and Jenny contributed plenty to this total as well! I have sent the money to the nearest children’s hospital. The money is not for the hospital to do research; it’s for a fund used for sick children who can’t afford to pay their bills.
August 15th I moved to Manhattan after choosing four years of commuting because I had such a terrible time in my freshman year of dorming. I survived commuting through three years of college and 7 months of work, but in graduate school it became too much to rush home an hour away after classes that ended at 10PM and attending the extracurricular activities I got into. I live in a beautiful community and to afford it, I share my bedroom in a 3-bedroom apartment. Despite all the warnings I received from my coworkers, I do not regret it at all because my roommate and I get along great and we’re both so happy about the rent split.
August 25th I got baptized after a summer of struggling with my faith and non-believing parents. My ultimate decision is that my relationship with God is personal, and is not meant to clash with my family or pre-faith friends. A bunch of amazing friends from my fellowship, who either helped me on the road or are non-Christians who still supported my bumpy train ride, turned up for my baptism which then turned into a birthday celebration dinner as it was two days before my birthday. My friend who guided me the most during my journey with God had the honor of pouring water over me as I was blessed by my pastor. Everyone else heard my testimony for the first time and I only hope I’ve inspired them as much as I can. Though sometimes I wish I could have gotten baptized in the ocean with the two people from church earlier in the summer, I’m so glad I did so in the Washington Square Park fountain, right in front of NYU where I found faith and learned that love is real. No pics though … to protect everyone’s privacy.
August 27th On my actual birthday, I went to a friend’s house near the beach for a small get together with two other friends. Since we already had such a big celebration at my double birthday only two days ago, I was shocked after dinner when they brought out a cheesecake while singing happy birthday. This is the first time in quite a few years I’ve celebrated my birthday, because based on my college and job experience I even thought it was social stigma to not celebrate after high school unless with beers, and if you are a bad drinker like me, people ignore it. I love my friends so much, not just the three who were there for my actual birthday, but everyone who attended my early birthday celebration and everyone who couldn’t make it but still took the time to text me happy birthday. My boss even sent me an email to wish me a happy birthday!
There, that’s hopefully the last gradlife recap around here. Though I don’t expect to ever become as great of an updater as some of you girls, I made the decision to finally update today because I don’t want to give up on my blog despite my lifestyle change. My blog is where I learned to be a WordPress theme developer that’s now bringing all my food to the table every day. My blog is where I met so many friends who show me that girls who code and/or play video games can also be beauty/fashion addicts because there’s no need to follow the rules of stereotypes. My blog was where I put my efforts during those college years because I was forced into an introvert lifestyle by drama when there’s no doubt I’m a natural extrovert.
Now that thesis year has begun, I want better balance in my life this semester than last. In general I want to work hard at my job to continue to support myself, work hard to research for my thesis and keep up with my other classes. I also want to spend more time at The Game Center to get to know the developers better so I can gather more resources to make a game advantageous to working as a one-person team. In any spare time I have, I want to check up on my friends, including you guys, which means more updating and leaving my very long comments! I want to spend my time listening to and maybe helping others, and who’s better than starting with my friends? Nobody should be forced into something they are not because they are afraid. You don’t need to be afraid. ♥