Category: Living

Living at UIC: res halls (dorms), food, getting around campus.

The brand new blogger

It’s 3 a.m. I’m sprawled out on the floor of my room, surrounded by my work, pretzels and Nutella. I can’t remember the last time I’ve slept for more than a three-hour interval and I’m seriously considering buying toothpicks to prop my eyelids up. Despite the insanity, this is my college life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

My name is Holly. I am a junior majoring in English and minoring in communications and management.  I am also a resident assistant and the Assistant Director for Recognition for the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), an organization that takes pride in being the top 1% of leaders in campus housing (you’ll hear plenty more about that later.) It has been amazing to be able to call UIC my home away from home for the past two years, and I continue to take advantage of all of the opportunities this school gives me.

I absolutely love sports, reading, chocolate and all things girly. One of my absolute favorite things to do is exploring this incredible city we are lucky enough to go to school in. When I’m not busy with homework or my leadership positions, I enjoy heading out and sightseeing.

I love campus housing and UIC as a whole and am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my UIC experience with you!

 

 

Oh, and I really wasn’t kidding about the pretzels, Nutella and homework.

What keeps me sane

If I can sum up the things that keep me sane in three words/phrases, they would be:

  1. Chris Brown
  2. Drake
  3. Me

There’s probably more to it than that but that’s all I can think of right now. Also, I do not know either Chris or Drake personally so they don’t physically keep me sane, but their music sure does! And finally, there’s me keeping “me” sane. If you ever see someone talking to themselves, they’re either 1) crazy, 2) actually talking to someone with a Bluetooth device hiding in their ear, or 3) trying to figure themselves out (or so I interpret it as).

Tapas at La Taberna

I had a get together with a cousin who goes to school with me (we're in the same anatomy and physiology class!) and one who is currently in OT school at Rush University Medical Center. My brother was there too! This was my first time having tapas at La Taberna (and having tapas in general). It was really good! They had a lot of seafood dishes that my cousin at Rush couldn't eat and a few that I couldn't eat either, but I'm glad there was still variety to pick from. I am definitely coming back again!

I tend to find myself responding to common “How are you?’s” with “I’m alive!” There’s usually more thought into it, but that’s basically it. I tell you that I’m alive and thus I am good (because if I wasn’t alive, well that wouldn’t be very good for me, right?). It is almost a morbid response if you think about it, but to me it’s very positive!

Waiting for the 7 Bus

I wait for the 7 bus half an hour before my class on west side, but the bus seems to never come until 10 minutes before my class starts...so then I end up a few minutes late to class! Luckily the instructor never starts exactly on time (and half the class isn't there either), but I still feel bad not being on time. I am contemplating whether or not I should get an annual membership for those Divvy bikes! It's only $75 and a one-time 24-hour usage is just $7...so you get your money's worth with 10 rides! The only problem is that on rainy days (such as the one here), I'd get soaked on the bike!

I’d like to talk about using the word “sucks” in regards to school and work and whatever else students have on their plates. I ran into a friend from my pre-medical club and she kept telling me how much everything sucks and upon asking me she was thinking I would say the same thing…but to my surprise (and hers), I just said “I guess…it’s more like because there’s so much to do it’s hard which makes it suck but not really…” Haha…I don’t get it either.

In retrospect, I think all of the activities and classes I take on are ways for me to know myself better. Even if I write a million essays and personal statements, it’s going to be hard to articulate who I am unless I keep challenging myself into ridiculous situations that I put myself through. I feel this way about others or “knowing” others. Until you have seen someone in every single situation possible, you don’t really “know” them (and heck they don’t even know those parts of them because they haven’t been confronted yet or never thought about it).

Okay, I don’t want to get all philosophical because that’s where I was thinking about going, but what I understand from myself is that when we put ourselves in academia like this, we’ll never stop searching for answers and never stop learning more about ourselves. Knowing all that, I feel confident in my ability to face every situation head on, and I hope you will too!

Best of luck to everyone who is taking the first anatomy and physiology exam this Friday! I know there’s about 800 of us, haha. WE CAN DO IT!

Go big or go home

I remember my senior year of high school I wrote a meta-analysis essay on my growth as a writer and how I was tired of “half-butting” assignments (yes, that is what I wrote), mainly because I felt like doing the assignment would be pointless if I did not learn anything upon its completion. This is the basis of everything that I do.

(Or so I think).

When I came to UIC, I was only slightly insane; I jumped on every opportunity that came at me because I was like zero social in high school (no clubs, just sports); and man, I was on top of my game! Sophomore year…let’s just skip that. Junior year was a total rebound and I am pretty sure it was because of my awesome Taiwan trip / teaching experience. Senior year is so far so good (some same I am full blown crazy), but once I start my ER Scribe job, we’ll see. I may or may not have to cut down on some things. I hope the only thing I cut down is sleep, but if I can’t do quality work during the day, then clearly something has got to go! Or, if someone has recommendations on perfecting a sleep cycle that has quality over quantity (hours spent sleeping), please share!

Anatomy Lab

Anatomy and Physiology sure has a lot of stuff to remember. I'm not a fan of memorizing a bunch of terms, but some of them make sense so it's not too bad. I hope it gets easier but I know it won't. Oh well, no use stressing about it. I just have to stop procrastinating and study more intensively (the key to doing well in any class, but the hardest to start).

When I think about what I do on a day-to-day basis, I try to imagine myself not in my shoes. It’s a fun exercise you should all try. Basically, I pretend I’m like an ant doing all of this work and still somehow I am alive at the end of the day with everything that I wanted to accomplish on time. I still have trouble saying no to requests like volunteering and new projects, but once I open my calendar it makes it a lot easier to decline (haha, on second thought…).

Big Skies in Texas

Texas was so spacious and everything was big! Their movie theaters, parking lots, restaurants etc. were huge! And look at that sky! It's so clear! I'm so used to seeing Skyscrapers all the time at UIC. I never really notice the sky that much but wow it's so nice! (:

I’m noticing my skin is slowly developing more and more blemishes on my face in the T-zone (the annoying spots on my cheeks…stupid blackheads!). It’s most likely from my lack of sleep, stress and lack of diet. Catching up from my Texas trip was really tough and I woke up each morning at 6 a.m. and went to bed at 12-2 a.m. to get things done this past week. I hope it won’t have to be like this for the rest of the semester, but who knows. I need to train myself to work this hard since it’ll only get harder and harder!

BJs

I don't think I've ever seen a BJ's in Chicago, but they had one in Texas and my goodness it was amazing! I hope they bring a chain here in Chicago because I LOVED IT!

I hope everyone else is doing okay for their classes and other obligations. I’m stressed but it’s like a good stress/eustress. It feels good when I can control what makes me stressed out. If I was stressing out about the health of a family member or something, or perhaps being in a poor relationship, then I’d be like super down and unable to work very well (well, I’d still get things done but I wouldn’t be happy doing it!). Take mini-breaks when you can! I take mine when I walk from class to class (that’s my exercise and stress-reliever). Actually, you’ll probably see me with a turtle-shell sized backpack running across campus from place to place. I’m like a mini dart, hehe.

Pizookie

This is by far the most amazing dessert ever. It trumps any desert I can think of right now! It's called a Pizookie and it's a pizza pan with a cookie as the base and then ice cream on top. It's so genius and delicious! I wish there was a BJ's in Chicago! I am totally craving a Pizookie right now.

Happy Half-Way Through September! :D

Happy times

When family comes together, it’s like a magical happiness pill. It’s also a won’t-ever-get-any-school-work-done pill, but that’s OK. I never regret being with family, although sometimes I wish my family would tell me, “You can’t hang out with us unless you finish your schoolwork.” That would be motivating.

Grandma's 90th Birthday Cake

It was my grandma's 90th birthday and we had almost everyone from the Fang family come to celebrate it. This cake was so big and amazing! I think my grandma had a good time. She's still young in my eyes, haha!

My grandma is 90! She keeps saying she’s just 89 but she said she was 88 two years ago so….>_>

My Netbook and Hello Kitty

My family had to clean the house to be presentable to our cousins from New Jersey who stayed with us (the one who got married in Cancun!). My mom found good use for my stuffed animals. She placed them in every corner imaginable and every sofa imaginable. Fun, cute and cuddly!

I really need to get my priorities straight. Remember that blog post that I wrote only a few weeks ago about priorities? Man, where did that go? In one ear and out the other. I am disciplined in time management, but not disciplined in getting my priorities straight. There’s so much going on that my mind is exploding, haha! Take one day at a time. Do whatever task is at hand and work with your schedule (this is me trying to give myself advice, and I think it’s working).

Milie and Nai Nai

After dropping off my cousins at the airport, my dad took my grandma and me to eat in Chinatown. She hasn't been there in awhile so we went to Minghin Cuisine and ordered a bunch of dishes. She's so funny.

I hope she lives past 100! She deserves it. I hope she can pass her genes onto me, but we’ll see. Sometimes these kinds of things skip generations!

At O'Hare Airport

I was waiting for my flight to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. I received a Scribe job at Rush University Medical Center and I am so excited to work in a medical/clinical environment! I had to miss three classes (don't worry, I let the professors know ahead of time), but it'll be worth it. Texas is pretty nice so far. It has a lot of sky whereas Chicago has a lot of skyscrapers, lol! (:

I can’t write too much today because I’m in Texas trying to study for my Scribe exams (and I still have to study for my other classes…). I hope everyone got a lot of information about joining organizations at the East Side Involvement Fair! I’m excited to meet the new inductees for my own pre-medical organization! (:

Why the first week of school gets me going

I’ve been living on campus the past summer in the same room for the Spring 2013 semester and I will still be here in the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 semesters! It’s awesome seeing all the new faces on campus. You know I’ll be hounding them at the UIC Involvement Fair to join my pre-medical organization when I’m on east side and to join UIC Green Labs Committee when I’m on west side! I feel unprepared for school, but at the same time I am totally ready to do my best at everything that I’ve got going this year.

Comp Camp

I attended the First Year Writing Program's (FYWP) "Comp Camp" and it was so awesome! As a Writing Center tutor, I was invited to attend along with other tutors. In an effort to meet the Undergraduate Success Program goals, it is important to recognize that the retention rate from first year to second year is very low among students. I'm not sure why exactly, but it's important that the FYWP does its best to get those numbers up through quality teaching and awareness. I got to meet a ton of awesome English graduate students (I even saw my ENGL 161 teacher from freshman year!). I got to hear Professor Jessica Williams presentation on "Stuff FYWP Instructors Should Know about Language." It made me realize the incredible difficulty that English Language Learners face when confronted with dense text/essays, etc. It was great to hear what the other instructors had to say about their methods of teaching. I listened to Jon Mann's lecture on how he teaches ASP 090: Critical Thinking and it made me want to sign up for one of his classes, haha! For the second breakout session, I chose to go to the Formulating ENGL 161 Research Questions workshop and heard one of the instructors share an experimental method of teaching ENGL 161 in the 4 week summer session this past summer; it was almost mind-blowing at what he said and how it worked so well. Did I mention the awesome free food and free books/resources? The English department rocks at UIC!

I added the New Student Days events for freshmen and new transfer students to the Housing calendar I made last month. I still have to add things for September, so feel free to suggest anything UIC students should check out!

Festa Italiana

I took a picture of the entrance of Festa Italiana next to Papa Johns at Racine and Taylor. It looked like it had some cute rides and a bunch of entertainment and food, but some of the stuff kind of repeated itself so it wasn't too interesting in my opinion. I think I might have gone on a bad day, so if you differ in opinion feel free to share what you did at Festa Italiana!

When my roommate moved in, I figured it’d be better if I didn’t return until after she got acquainted and completely got her stuff in our space, so I decided to go to the city with my friend Alaina (she works at the Graphics Department with me at Campus Housing) because she wanted to purchase some hair spray bottles at Sally Beauty. We got off on the Red Line at Monroe and saw a fancy Target!

Target in Downtown Chicago

Does this remind anyone of UIC Target Night? Free stuff FTW!

We got to Sally Beauty and purchased the spray bottles and then came out to walk towards Millennium Park. I saw a stand for Divvy bikes and was reminded that we wanted to go and ride them before school started! We weren’t sure how it worked so we first walked past it and went to listen to some jazz being played at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. We decided to go search for another Divvy bike rack and after a lot of frustration and then finally figuring out how it worked, we went on our adventurous bike ride!

Alaina and Me

I asked a Millennium Park worker take my picture with Alaina. It was a beautiful day after the rain settled!

We went everywhere! From Millennium Park all the way to Roosevelt Road and back to MRH where I got to shower and see my roommate. My legs were so sore the next day and I slept in for an hour or two before going to research to do qPCR.

Chicago - Divvy Station Spot

We got to a Divvy Station to exchange our bikes and I had Alaina take a photo!

Milie and Divvy Bikes

Alaina took a photo of me posing in front of a Divvy bike, hehe. I know I don't have too many photos of me on my blog (mainly because my eczema loves to be in the spotlight of the photo), but I'm going to try to implement more!

I hope I can make time to go on another Divvy bike ride before the frosty winter weather comes our way. I probably can’t, but hey who knows!

View of Chicago from Shedd Aquarium 1

HELLOOOO CHICAGOOOOO!

View of Chicago from Shedd Aquarium 2

Why, hello there to you too! (:

Anyway, a brief To-Do/Event list for me in case you were wondering what’s going on:

  1. Scribe University: September 5 – 9. I got a job offer to be a Scribe at Rush University Medical Center and I am totally excited to do my training soon! I have to miss class (I have only missed like one class at UIC) to be at the training that will be conducted in Fort Worth, Texas. I emailed all of my professors to let them know and see if I can make up what I miss. I hate missing class, but this kind of opportunity doesn’t come all that often!
  2. Spark in the Park: September 5. I have to miss Kendrick Lamar since I’ll be in Texas, but hopefully someone else can tell me how the concert was!!!
  3. Writing Center Opens: September 6. Make some appointments soon before they’re all filled! We help you with ANYTHING!
  4. SFP Induction: September 9. I get to meet all of the new SFP members and share with them what is ahead in their pre-medical careers.
  5. Fulbright Deadline: September 13. I need to get my finalized drafts and all that jazz in soon! >__<

On top of those most pressing things, I have my usual research stuff and classes/studying to do. I haven’t made my MCAT restudying schedule yet, but for now I’m waiting for my Berkeley Review books to arrive at my home in the suburbs (I should have just sent it to MRH, but oh well).

Thank you so much to all of my readers! I am excited for my last year at UIC (unless I get into UIC’s medical school, then maybe they’ll let me keep blogging, hehe). I don’t get notifications when people comment on my blog, so I’ll be going through all of my posts to respond to people sometime soon…(classwork and other obligations tend to pile up like crazy though). It’s so great to be back at school, UIC!

Back to school

I have made sure that I remind the kids I nanny every day that they go back to school VERY soon,  just to let them see my happiness like my parents did to me when I was young.

Except for the fact that I start school on the exact same day and this semester is going to be a difficult one. One reason being that I have practicum. Which means, I have 100 hours to complete in a classroom and it will interfere with my work schedule. It just came to my attention that since I will be working less, I will certainly be making less. Every time I start feeling a little more financially stable, something comes up that takes that feeling away. And another reason this semester is going to be a challenge is not only do I have 100 practicum hours to complete, I still have field work to do for my other class and none of those hours include homework :(.  (Cue the blogs about being stressed out!).

Anyway, on to more positive things. This summer was a pretty good one. I traveled to Starved Rock and Lake Geneva. Went to Naperville Rib Fest to see Slash. Went to Country Thunder and Lollapalooza. Ran a race. Passed my TAP 400 test (FINALLY). Built a garden. Celebrated my team winning the Stanley Cup on my birthday. Lost some weight (Yipee!). Went to Six Flags Great America. Got a great tan. Went to the zoo a few times. Read a couple books and saw a bunch of movies.

I really tried to make the best of this summer because next summer I will be working non-stop in preparation for student teaching next fall (which is pretty much a full-time job, unpaid for three months).

I already have tickets to one of the Blackhawks preseason games.  BEYOND excited.  Good luck to everyone this semester.  Hope it’s a good one!!

What are your priorities?

I’m not sure how many people ask themselves what their priorities are on a day-to-day basis, but I know in my case that I have trouble balancing my priorities and all those other things I want to try and squeeze into my life (side projects, part-time jobs, volunteering, etc.). It can be frustrating, but when it gets stressful and I feel a lot of weight put on top of my shoulders, I know I need to rethink where my time goes.

Advocate Children's Hospital at Union Station

I saw this adorable advertisement at Union Station for Advocate Children's Hospital. It makes me want to go back to all of my graphic design jobs, lol! I love it.

So, for my purposes, I’m going to list out my priority list. Why they are important should be obvious (I think). It’d be smart for you to do the same if you are having trouble picking out what extra-curriculars to take on or whatever obligations you have!

  1. Studying for Classes – I’m excited to be taking Foods, Nutrition During the Life Cycle, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and Molecular Biology! I hope to learn a lot and get all A’s to keep my GPA up. It was a smart move last semester to focus on schoolwork greater than focusing on MCAT studying.
  2. Studying for MCAT – While it is a downer that I am retaking it (way too embarrassed to apply to MD/PhD programs with what I got!), I’m excited to aim higher and analyze what it was that went wrong the first time. You always have to learn from your mistakes (and I am pretty sure I fell into my habits of making those mistakes on Test Day).
  3. Research – Because I will be a senior, I have to complete my Honors Capstone project. I am super excited to dive deep into the research literature for the projects I have been doing in the lab and presenting to as many places as possible to get experience! I hope to get in one more publication before I graduate, but we’ll see!
  4. Society of Future Physicians (SFP) – As exciting as being president is, I have a lot of work to do! The past few years have been rough for our organization, so it’s my goal to make it packed with medical events, lectures and opportunities for my members. I need to be well over a month ahead of planning and I need to make sure rooms are reserved and speakers know when and where they will be. Luckily I have a great e-board to help me out! I definitely want to be at the Health Activism Committee meetings, but this year will be different because we’re splitting it into two programs: Health Education and Social Outreach. It’ll be exciting to see how much our organization has grown! I hope to make great leaders in this club!
  5. Other clubs or part-time jobs: I want to help start the Undergraduate Research Journal with other students, but I’m not sure how big of a role I can play if I got my hands tied with SFP. I also ran for publicity officer for UIC Green Labs Committee, mainly because I wanted to be more involved with sustainability movements but at the time I did not know that I would have to retake my MCAT. I’m sure I’ll be fine, but we’ll see how things go. Darn MCAT! >:O I also want to keep working at Campus Housing because I love coding (I’m remaking a ton of pages to make them look more modern and pleasing). I really want to keep working at the Writing Center too! I already had a couple writers ask me my fall schedule for tutoring because they want to work with me again, but I’m not sure how many hours I can devote with all the other stuff that’s going on. It pains me how many hours I have to study! I wish I was like my brother — he crams all the time but he does well! I take months and months of studying to match that. Some people are just talented!
Squirrel eating leaves

My mom and I were walking around our neighborhood one weekend and saw this cute squirrel nibbling on a tree's leaves! I think it was trying to eat the tree seeds since they are like little propellers when they fall to the ground. Propellers or helicopters? One of those...

Well, knowing me, I’ll want to keep everything. However, I know ALL time should be focused on the first two on my list. The others are just things that I want to do because I like to do them (and it keeps me sane). I hope studying for the MCAT the second time around is easier. I ordered some Berkeley Review books to see if that helps. I have my Kaplan books but I read online that re-reading the same material won’t help!

Chinese Opera

My brother was invited to be an MC for a cultural event that featured a new Chinese opera class. Not many people really know about Chinese opera, and I don't even know the details! But, I know that my grandma and grandpa would almost always sing Chinese opera songs when my brother and I were growing up and only now we've started to appreciate it. I hope people enroll in the class but not many people will take the time to learn something like this! If only I had all the time in the world ...

Now that school is going to be in session, I’ll have a better, critical review of what my priorities are. Hopefully, though, all of the most pressing issues are resolved before school even starts! XD

Milie at the Chinese Opera Show

I bought this awesome, crazy dress in Taiwan last summer and I badly wanted to wear it when I got back to the US. Too bad there was no appropriate event to wear this dress! When I heard my mom talk about the Chinese Opera Show, I was looking at my wardrobe and this dress just spoke to me. I'm so happy I got to wear it! It featured this weird looking bug on the front and the whole dress is handmade. The company name is Milida (kind of like my name) and I think it's French? But the dresses are made in Taiwan. SO COOL. SO HAPPY I GOT TO WEAR IT! I need to work on my poses. My mom took this picture of me, lol. She always catches me in my awkward moments (or maybe I just have them all too often).

I hope everyone starts their semester off right! :D

School…already?

School hasn’t even started yet and I’m already feeling stressed out. Obviously, not about homework or being overwhelmed with work and projects. But life has been a bit stressful in the last month.

There is a test that most people take right out of high school. I took it 2 years ago. I passed 3 portions and I had to retake the 4th. That fourth subtest is my enemy. MATH. The questions on this test are on some things I did in high school and some things I had never seen before. The test only consisted of 35 questions. Not bad, right? Wrong. That leaves very little room for error. So, I am preparing to take the test again.  But they have changed it since I took it last. Now, it’s 50 questions, I have less time (yea, figure that one out), and it’s on a computer.  Not sure how rigorous the questions will be but there are some things that I just cannot reteach myself. I am just awful at math. I found out there is a math center at UIC that you can just walk in for tutoring help. What I didn’t know is that if school isn’t in session, they aren’t either. With the help of countless study guides, and my brother and boyfriend, I am PRAYING I pass. Because if i don’t, that means UIC will not let me pursue my program because it is a requirement through the state. And think about it … I’ll be teaching preschool or kindergarten. Why do I need to prove I can do rigorous equations with negatives and exponents EVERYWHERE that I haven’t done for 10 years? A LOT OF PRESSURE.

Another thing adding some worry in my life is the health of a family member of mine. Someone who inspired me to get into acting and pursue my passion. He lives on the other side of the country and I just have this extremely helpless feeling. I have been trying to keep my composure and stay positive, but it definitely takes a toll.

Lastly, there has been some definite unneeded drama in my life. I’m 27 years old and I don’t need it. Period.

Moving on, school starts and I spent $100 on books, so far. And that is because I decided to rent my books instead of buy. It’s way less expensive. The only downside is that I can’t highlight or make notes.

I also have to find a child with a disability to observe this semester and my first family already fell through. Not a good start to a semester that didn’t even start yet.  Eeek!

So let’s say I need a big GOOD LUCK!!

Welcome back students and I wish YOU the best of luck this semester!!

Fun facts!

Have you ever been so busy that you can’t wait to have some down time? And then when you get some down time, you don’t know what to do with yourself? Well, I just surf the web.  Thanks to fanpop.com, bootstrike.com and funnyjunk.com, I learned a lot of funny random facts that definitely cured my boredom. I decided to share some of my favorites with you! Let’s see if you can bust some of these.

100% of lottery winners gain weight. I’d have no problem gaining weight if I won the lottery. Then I could just hire a personal trainer to lose it!

If you were to spell out the numbers, you’d have to get to 1,000 before you’d find the letter “A.” You definitely just tried to prove that wrong. I did, too.

Married men change their underwear twice as often as single men. Um … ew? Not sure what to think about that.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. Did I ever mention my natural hair color is like a dark copper brown?

The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910. I’m pretty sure when I was that age, I still thought boys had “cooties.”

Slugs have 4 noses. I’d hate to be a slug with allergies.

Over 1,000 birds die a year from smashing into windows. I blame Windex.

The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9,000 years old. Yuck.

The average person has 1,460 dreams a year.

In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere. 

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue is different.

The lifespan of a squirrel is about nine years.

Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.

Dolphins sleep with one eye open. I would too if I lived with sharks.

You can lose 150 calories and hour by banging your head against a wall, and probably brain cells, too.

There is a city called Rome on every continent. Now, THAT I am going to research.

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.  Now, wouldn’t that be nice?

A gozzard is someone who owns geese.

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds. Now, when I first read that, I didn’t assume that the chicken would be flying itself. All I can imagine is the cannon like Gonzo uses in the Muppets shooting chickens into the air.

The word “gullible” is not in the dictionary.

By the time you say “3,000 puppies,” 3,000 puppies are born in the U.S.

Rats cannot vomit.  Probably why rat poison works!

Your thumb is the same length of your nose.

You definitely just measured your thumb against your nose.

Ralph Lauren’s real name is Ralph Lifshitz.  Now, I know why he changed it.

The board game “Scrabble” was originally called “Criss-cross words” by inventor Alfred Butts.

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.  Woah.

Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning.  I didn’t even know ants can sleep!

Coffee is the world’s most recognizable smell.

Did you bust any? Did you already know some of these facts? Leave your fun facts in the comments!!

The Power of Consciousness

Hello UIC!

It wasn’t until recently that I started reading more about the secrets of the universe and to be more specific, the power of consciousness. I went on a spiritual retreat about a month ago in Texas, where I was in the presence of a spiritual healer from India. He explained that every thought emits a vibration and that vibration matches frequencies that attracts things to you. Additionally, the cells  in our body have their own “mind,” meaning they are self-sufficient and are capable of producing the thoughts we emit into the universe. If one is depressed, the cells feel depressed; similarly, if one is happy and in a state of bliss, the cells are in a state of bliss.

Genuinely interested in this theory, I looked it up online and found so much scientific proof that this is indeed, legitimate. I read about a scientist who studied cell culture. Whenever he put a cell in a hostile environment, the cells became adapted to the hostile environment and eventually became hostile themselves. Another thing I found out was that most of our actions are completed from the subconscious. Our mind works 93% from the subconscious and about 7% from the conscious. People rarely think about their intentions these days. Most of it is a very selfish attitude and people are unaware of their thoughts.

Deepak Chopra, a renowned author, doctor and spiritual guide, has written many books on this. One that I am currently reading is called Super Brain, which is such a great read if anyone is interested in learning more about consciousness or spirituality. I would highly recommend it.

So my challenge for everyone is to change your perception so you can change your reality. See every obstacle as an opportunity, and treat others with kindness, respect and dignity.

Hope everyone is having a fun and safe summer!

 

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