Sunday, October 28, 2012

Job Searching

I feel like I have been going in circles the past couple of months. I have endlessly been applying for jobs of interest. I knew it was hard before I started job searching, but I have to admit that it's very stressful and difficult.

It's definitely a learning process. In order to apply for jobs, I have to understand my work/internship/volunteer experiences and skills, but I have to market them to each job I apply in order to achieve results. I feel that each time I work on a cover letter, I notice something that I can improve on whether its using better keywords, applying more relevant skills, and/or the sentence structure. In addition, I feel that people who have reviewed my resume and cover letter have been very helpful in my improvement. Each person has their own perspective and it helps to know what someone thinks of a one page document that you use to describe yourself through experiences and skills.

I have received a number of interviews. There were some interviews that I had to decline because I realized that the work is something I couldn't imagine myself doing in the future. Other times, I went through an interview for companies of interests really hoping to receive an offer, but usually don't get a response back.

It's very tiring to know that I don't know when I will be hearing back. Some places might respond a few days or hours after applying, while some take weeks or months to inform me of a status. Since I am a person that likes to achieve results and plan things out ahead of time, job searching makes it much more difficult since it can't be planned, as it in the decision of employers/hiring managers. In the meantime, I'm staying positive and I'm going to keep applying!

My Diploma

I recently picked up my diploma at the registrar's office at UC Davis. I didn't know it was going to be ready or not, but I checked the website and it should be read after 10-12 weeks. I know that 10-12 weeks already passed, so I went to check and it was there!







I was happy when I got my diploma! It's a confirmation of what I have accomplished academically while I was an undergraduate. I can't believe I did a double major and a minor, but I have the diploma to prove it. And, the diploma is just one of the major symbols of the steps in life that I have overcame.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mud Factor Run

Over a week ago, I participated in the Mud Factor, 5k run. I decided to join because me and a friend noticed that there was a Groupon special and wanted to do something for fun. I never thought I would be doing something like a run. It's sort of out of my characters, except for the fact that I do like to try new things and I love new experiences.

The Mud Factor run in Sacramento was located more in the rural part of Sacramento. When me and my friend got there, we had to pay $10 for parking and we parked on dirt. The moment I parked, I immediately cover the car with a blanket since I knew we would be coming back in dirt. I waited for another friend to arrive, so that I dont have to pay $5 for my key to be stored and picked up later. When we got there, we realized that we should have matched. Other teams were matching it and it was apparent that they were in a team. When we checked in, we received a bib and a badge to pin on.

I got to admit that I had about 2 months to prepare for the run, but I didn't actually run! I prepared my doing warm up and exercises with my yoga ball and weights. I was slow since I didn't prepare. My teams wave time was 12:00pm, but we probably didn't finish until 1:30pm.

The obstacles slowed us down and got us muddy. There were many obstacles, in which, we had to go through a huge mud puddle. My soaks and shoe got completely soaked. There were other obstacles that you had to climb and get over a wall. Some of the obstacles required team work. One of the obstacles was very tall and required us to climb over, but the moment I was very high up, I was very frightened and doubted whether I could do it. But, someone from another team offered her help and helped me get through the obstacle. The obstacle wasn't just an obstacle of what I was capable physically, but mentally. After that obstacle, I realized how important team work was and got through all the others with confidence.

Once we were finished with the run, we were provided a Mud Factor necklace! It was nice to get something when we accomplished the run. I got to say that it was an amazing experience. It was challenging at times, but that was what made it memorable. I guess I don't mind doing again because I realize I love challenges and pushing myself to do things I didn't think I was able to do.

I found the picture with my team at the Mud Factor Run:
http://mudfactor.smugmug.com/Events/NorCal2-Late/25858213_WxTX2T#!i=2142714129&k=vcdv28F&lb=1&s=A

Cool Patch Pumpkins

Yesterday, I along with three other friends went to Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, which is about 10 minutes away from Davis. We went there for the corn maze although you could buy pumpkins there or go for a hay ride, as well as some other activities. I wanted to go to that corn maze since its apparently one of the largest in the world and it held the Guinness World Record for the largest corn maze.

When we were there, we were given a map after the purchase of tickets. The map seemed kind of confusing to me although I tried to figure it out. At first, I didn't realize that there were numbers in some of the corners of the maze, such as 37HH or 12DD. But, those numbers were really necessary in moving along in the corn maze and being able to get through in a quicker time. There were time periods, in which, we didn't see the numbers for a while, so we made our best judgements based on the map. It helped that we knew that we needed to move to each station (ex. Starbucks Station), in order to know we are going to the correct route.

We did get lost a few times and ended up in dead ends. I liked that the dead ends were not too far from the other paths and was easy to find our way back to the right route. Sometimes, we followed other people to get through the maze since it seemed like they knew what they were doing. It did helped to look at the path around us. Some paths looked like they were set up and some looked like shortcuts made by others who were tired of going around and made a shortcut.

Although we were there in the middle of afternoon when it was shining really bright, the corn was tall enough to block the sun. It was not that hot when we were walking around. But, our pants and shoes got dirty from the dirt in the corn maze. About an hour into the maze, it started to get dark and we could see a bit without lighting, so glad that we went a bit early, but we were aware of the lighting situation before arrival and that it was a good idea to bring flashlights. We spent less than two hours walking in the corn maze, which was good because that was around our goal.

I kind of wanted a scarier experience going through the corn maze. There wasn't anyone hiding in the corn maze to pop up and scare us. I also wanted to see a scarecrow somewhere, but oh well.
I'm glad that I had the opportunity to go through the corn maze although I wasn't the one doing most of the navigating. But, it was something that I been wanting to do and I finally did it!