Does everything I do have to have some sort of academic purpose just because I’m a student?
That question is something that has entered my mind thrice now; first was on Friday (Chinese New Year holiday when we went to Carcar to pick up our shoe orders), second was yesterday (Saturday; had a makeup class), and third was today (Sunday; read a book, wrote a little, went to church, went home, worked out, then read/wrote).
On each occasion, I was involved with something I was just doing as a past-time. Hobby, if you will. There really was no relation between what I was doing with academics. I just felt like working on those hobbies at those times.
I know it seems odd that I enjoy some of the things I do on my own time without anything grade-related motivating me to do it, but it’s true. I just feel like working on my in-progress-hard-af-to-focus-on manuscript, taking random photos with my DSLR, reading a book that’s not part of a class’s must-read list, blogging about nothing, and working out whenever I want, wherever I like.
I guess what I’m trying to get at is that what I do at times has nothing to do with my academic career and this sort of thing should be more of a norm (maybe it’s just here) that people let people be for what they want to do without unnecessary commentary and/or questions.
Closing message: Your life now (as a college student) should be more than just your academic struggles. Sure, it can get tough at times, but don’t get so hung up on it that it becomes an obsession/only thing on your mind. Put in some of the things you enjoy doing into your life as well and come out of college having not only good/semi-okay grades, but actual hobby-like-things you can continue past college.
Also, grades aren’t everything.
I find noise intolerable most of the time, if not all the time. And when people raise their voices, I just find it such a pain. Background noise is fine, but when many people compete to be heard, it’s just too much for me to handle.
Competing to be heard isn’t going to lead to a nice environment. It will just create a place of noise with very little respect for others who are also speaking.
A pet peeve right here, senseless noise is.
I got my first voiceover gig this Thursday, the 15th of February 2018, for a Chinese New Year event at Waterfront. And it was shockingly fun.
I had initially wanted to refuse the job because I didn’t have any confidence in my Mandarin abilities anymore since I haven’t used it in the past 3 years. But Arnel (Marketing head of Waterfront) convinced me and I finally accepted. And amazingly enough, I will get paid for it, the first time I’m getting paid for it.
The place was full of people when the event started at 6:00 PM. I met the guy doing the English voiceover at around 5:15 PM (Laurence, radio DJ for Magic FM). He’s pretty dang cool too.
Anyhow, I don’t have any photos from the event because my Nexus 5X is dead and I have yet to replace it. But I’ve got my memories, so it’s all good.
I suppose I have to review my Mandarin now. Oh! As well as my Cantonese.
On my second day of internship, I was sent to a Thai food event at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Food again. And this time, I was surrounded by bloggers. Or rather, the table I was at was where bloggers sat, while traditional media sat at the other long table nearby. And the event was one heck of a foodie paradise.
Which leads me to my question that I asked myself constantly today, while sitting with these people, eating Thai food and listening to their conversations (as they were all friends with one another, talking of inside jokes and things I had no idea about; i.e. travelling in and around Southeast Asia and the world).
Is this the life of a blogger in Cebu? Or any other media/press personnel? All the time? Is it? Events and free food and gift bags? Because, yes, I got another gift bag today, and this time, it was from Marco Polo.
Anyhow, as events go, I rather enjoyed myself, looking forward to the food being served, while also being absolutely nervous and anxious about the whole thing, having this sense of being out of place and not belonging. Because truth be told, I was doubting my capabilities, feeling like a completely huge liar and a poser.
But really, the food was amazing and absolutely fresh. Quality ingredients were definitely used to make the dishes and the flavours were all a great blend, perfectly balancing things out. Definitely great Thai food offered.
Anyhow, next week will bring a whole new level of challenges. Let’s see how it goes then.