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:

A sparkling new copy of Settlers of Catan being played.

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.

Stock photo of my apartment community by Felix Castor.

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.

Stock photo of the fountain in Washington Square Park by Juan Charvet.

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.

Come to me CHEESECAKE.

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. β™₯

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11 Comments to "The end of a beautiful summer."

Sue wrote on 14th September 2015 at 6:03 PM

Triple birthday! Baptism birthday (being born again), early biological birthday, and actual biological birthday.


Michelle wrote on 15th September 2015 at 1:23 AM

That’s so sweet of you to do that Extra Life event for the sick children:D and you did it on my birthday, too. Lol Talk about awesomeness. I’m glad you had a great summer. This summer for me wasn’t too bad, sure there was some bad, but that’s life, you know? Happy belated birthday!

I too got baptized but it’s been awhile since I revisited my faith, oh well. Congrats on everything this summer!


Tara wrote on 15th September 2015 at 6:28 AM

Happy belated birthday! I’m so glad you had a great birthday month! That cheesecake looks so good! I’m glad you had so many friends to celebrate it with πŸ™‚

And woot for moving to Manhattan! Commuting is never fun, so yay for the shorter commute now. My own commute is short, so I’m always thankful for that!

Good luck with your thesis year! You’ll rock it! If you ever need help with school, feel free to ask! I’ll help if I can ^^


Amy wrote on 15th September 2015 at 7:01 AM

Sounds like you had a very busy month!

Glad to hear you had a goid birthday! Sounds like you have a lot of people who care about you. And I’d love some cheesecake right now…

I kinda wish I’d moved out during university – a three hour commute every day was a pain and meant I couldn’t really get very involved in uni things. Hope you’re enjoying your new living space!


Pauline wrote on 15th September 2015 at 1:14 PM

This was so refreshing to read! I’m so glad you had a great time in August, it seems like you got up to a lot and doing all those activities and stuff is great for your memories! πŸ™‚

Happy belated birthday!

Ugh, I love that line – I feel like I meet a lot of bloggers here who are like-minded and break the boundaries of stereotypes. For example, at my uni, the guys at the gaming society I joined dont take me seriously because I’m a girl who is also into beauty/fashion! It’s like I have to be one or the other but I meet so many lovely people on here who make me feel so welcomed!

You seem to be so positive and lovely! Will be looking forward to your future blog posts <3


Cat wrote on 16th September 2015 at 1:31 AM

Happy belated birthday! I’m so glad you had a wonderful month πŸ˜€

It sounds like your Extra Life event was a success! I was happy to contribute to it, and I think it’s a great cause. It’s too bad I couldn’t be there because that looks really fun. Congrats on the money you’ve raised!

That’s great that you get along with your roommate, and the rent split worked out. I roomed with the same person for 3 years, and now she’s one of my closest friends. Living in Manhattan sounds exciting and convenient!

Yay for multiple birthday celebrations πŸ™‚ That cheesecake looks delicious! That was really sweet of your friends to surprise you on your actual birthday. I don’t like the idea that birthdays have to be celebrated with alcohol. I think it’s more fun to have something laid back and with people close to you.

Good luck with everything! I hope your semester goes well!


Chantelle wrote on 18th September 2015 at 1:23 PM

I’m glad to here that you had an awesome month. Happy (super late) birthday! Congrats on your baptism. ^^ And if you do something like Extra Life again, please post about it so that I can donate too.

Anyway, now you sound crazy busy. Living in Manhattan sounds amazing, but the cost of rent there disgusts me. lol.


Kya wrote on 20th September 2015 at 2:37 AM

I am really glad to hear that you had a good month. πŸ˜€

That is so great that you did the fundraiser and were able to raise money that could be used for such a good cause. It would be so heartbreaking when a child is ill, and also have to deal with the financial stress as well.

That’s great that you moved and are happy with it. That much travel and it ending so late, would have been so exhausting!

How lovely that they celebrated it with you. That cake looks so good! Happy belated birthday! πŸ™‚


Tiff wrote on 20th September 2015 at 1:48 PM

What an exciting & fun filled birthday month! I’ve always hated August because it’s the month before summer is over & school resumes…but I don’t think my August was that bad this year. It seems like it was a very good one for you! I’ve never played Settlers of Catan before, but I wanted to when I saw it on Parks & Rec haha. Too hilarious.

I shared a room in college & it always went two ways: either liked my roommate or hated them. It’s a huge money saver though, but I think I’ve shared a room for long enough that it’s time I be allowed to have my privacy. It’s so nice to hear that you & your roomie are getting along swimmingly though! So awkward when you share a bedroom with someone who you hate.

So happppppy belated birthday!
You’re absolutely right about not fulfilling the stereotypes of enjoying games & still be addicted to makeup. I’ve surprised a lot of people when they find out I play games, but there are some hot girl gamers on Twitch destroying that stereotype of only gross (subjective term) girls playing games.

Also, congrats on fundraising! That’s pretty awesome. Bake sales can help you triple those numbers in the future too!


Jenny wrote on 23rd September 2015 at 6:03 PM

Happy belated birthday!! It sounds like you had an incredible birthday month and I’m so happy for you!
I’m glad I was able to help out with your fundraiser, and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know that you raised so much money to help out the sick children πŸ™‚
Your new community in Manhattan looks really nice!! That’s great that you found roommates that you get along with. The last place you want to be stressed at is in your own home with people you don’t like!
Lastly congratulations on your baptism! Most people I know just do it in their church, so that’s awesome that you got to do it in the Washington Square Fountain!
Best of luck with your thesis year!!


Becca wrote on 27th September 2015 at 11:55 AM

What a beautiful idea and fun idea for a fundraiser! I love Settlers of Catan and Super Smash bros, and all for a good cause. I’m glad that it was such a success, and that is so awesome that you raised so much money!

Happy (uber) belated birthday! What an awesome way to celebrate, with so many people to support you in your relationship with God! It looked like August was a busy but great month!


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