Monday, October 31, 2011

Remember the times...

When we used to go trick or treating on Halloween? Now, Halloween is a time where you can either (1) go to a rave/frat party or (2) sit in the library and study, like all of the dental students.

What are fun things to do on Halloween? Scary movie marathons?

Halloween 2006: With the high school gang. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Stanford vs. USC Football Game

"Stanford has Luck. So did the Irish"

Black Swan Makeup for Halloween

My roommate so graciously allowed me to test out the Black Swan makeup on her last night. I'm getting into the Halloween spirit, though I actually have nowhere to go for Halloween. I've been trying to talk to the right people this past week and figure out what is going on this weekend. Yet I haven't found an event that I really want to go to. What can a college student do on Halloween if she doesn't want to go to a rave and is too old to party at a frat house?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Last Semester of Undergrad

I registered for undergrad classes for the last time...

Holiday Card Test Run

With the sun setting by 6:30pm each day and the weather getting noticeably chillier, fall is reigning in Southern California. My daily outfit consists of a thick jackets/coats now instead of my usual staple - light cardigans. Living in the city, I miss the colors of changing leaves overhead and the feel of crunching leaves under foot.

I don't particularly enjoy the cold weather. Though by the standards of Southern Californians, "cold weather" probably refers to "lukewarm weather" in other parts of the country. Like the northeast, for example. It's been seven years since I've visited New York City, a place which still captivates my imagination. Sometimes, I dream about what it would be like to attend dental school in the city. I pray fervently that NYU will offer me an interview soon.

The arrival of fall signals the nearing of winter and the joyous season of Christmas. To celebrate, I started making test runs of my holiday card this year. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This is Biomechanics Lab

Biomechanics lab equates to spending three hours chugging through tedious busy work only to find that your calculations are off. Our last lab on net joint forces and net joint moments was no different. After painstakingly writing out a page of calculations, I found out that I switched the positive/negative sign of a joint moment somewhere along the way. Precision and intense focus is the key to biomechanics.

I'm always amused when people outside of our department claim that kinesiology is an easy major. I'm not saying that kinesiology is comparable to biomedical engineering or theoretical mathematics, but it's not as easy as people think it is. Biomechanics is the hardest kinesiology class that I have taken thus far. The class is tantamount to applied physics in a way to deconstruct motion and movement.

This class isn't a cakewalk.

And if you don't know what kinesiology entails, please don't insult me by saying "how hard can kinesiology possibly be? Isn't it a joke major?"

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dental School Interview Invite

I can't breathe right now! I just received my first dental school interview invite from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

This is unbelievable and I am so eternally grateful!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tribute to the Beatles

I recently searched for videos of my high school on YouTube. To my surprise, I found out that my marching band directors were reusing the field show that we did as freshman in high school back in 2004. Titled "A Tribute to the Beatles", it was my favorite field show in high school for sentimental reasons. It opened with Penny Lane, slowed down the tone with the emotional Michelle, and closed with Eleanor Rigby.

This marching band at the moment is a little raw, particularly in the closing number. However, their polish in musicality on Penny Lane is quite impressive.

I wish I had a copy of our field show video back in 2004 for comparison.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Awkward Moment

There's the awkward moment of walking into the dental school admissions office, trying to talk about everything under the sun but the status of your dental school application. I try to focus on the task at hand for my pre-dental society but as I glance towards the right, I see a pile of dental school applications. On the table sits a stack of emails from applicants further hoping to impress the admissions committee by reaffirming their undying love for dentistry and their dream to become a part of the Trojan family.

I pretend not to notice the stacks of dental school applications, one of which may be mine. I pretend not to care about the list of dental school applicants they are interviewing.

As we walk out the door, the dental school admissions coordinator turns around and locks his eyes into mine. There is the period of silence when we both know that the topic of dental school applications is about to surface.

"So, have you gotten any interviews yet?" he asks, kindly.

I mull over his question. Is this a straightforward question, or does it have a deeper undertone and implication about my own dental school application?

"No interviews yet," I answer wistfully, "I'm just playing the waiting game right now. I'm still holding on to hope! Even though my GPA is slightly low, I'm hoping that my decent DAT scores can make up for it."

"Yes, you did really well on your DAT," he said, "I looked at your application and you scored absurdly high in one of the science sections."

His parting message to me - that admissions is still in the process interviewing people for dental school.

My mind has been playing games with his words all night, twisting them into different conformations like stereoisomers in organic chemistry. Does his words have a positive implication? A negative implication? Or am I supposed to take it at face value?

Maybe there is hope?

Song of the Day
Listening to the Jaqueline Du Pre radio station on Pandora

Thursday, October 13, 2011

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Dean's List - Spring2011

It has taken me five semesters but I've finally made it onto the Dean's List.

I used to take this Dean's List stuff for granted in high school. Back then, studying for a test meant cracking open the book five minutes before the exam. Back then, no matter how much I slacked, I could usually pull off a report card with six A's and one B. The Dean's List had no meaning for me because it seemed like anyone could attain a 3.5 easily. I never expected that one day, it would simply be a challenge just to get your name on the Dean's List.

To many in college, the Dean's List is still insignificant and taken for granted. But for me, this is a pretty special occasion.

Complete list of the Deans USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letter Dean's List Spring 2011.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lemon Rosemary Shortbread

Rain in Southern California is pretty damn catastrophic. Not that the rain is any more damaging or severe than rain in other parts of the nation, but because it seriously inconveniences our happy-go-lucky sunny lifestyle. Let's face the facts - it rains only a handful of times each year in Southern California. Los Angelenos are not equipped to face a torrential onslaught of pollution infested water falling from the sky.

Our streets do not have an effective drainage system and even slight rainfall causes our streets to look like a runoff of the Mississippi River. Traffic on our already congested freeways crawl to a standstill. The weather is cold, wet and miserable. The warmest clothing in my closet at the moment is a cardigan. I don't even own a pair of rainboots or an umbrella. That's how prepared we are for rain.

So I biked to class today, sans umbrella or any sort of waterproof clothing. By the time I reached the classroom some 7 minutes later, I looked as though I had just been through a cold shower with all of my clothes on. Deciding that I was NOT happy in my cold and wet condition, I opted to skip all of my classes for the afternoon and take shelter in the comfort and warmth of my apartment.

The first thing I did when I got to my apartment: turn on the oven.

It's nice to feel the warmth of the oven on a cold day and the rich smell of baked goods wafting through the apartment. These lemon rosemary shortbreads are magical. I passed a box of these treats around at the pre-dental society meeting and the box was empty in a blink of the eye.

Lemon Rosemary Shortbread

Adapted from Stephanie Meyer via Molly Herfmann of Tastebud Tart Catering
Makes 24-36 cookies

2 c. organic unsalted butter, room temp
1 c. organic cane sugar
3 1/2 c. organic all-purpose unbleached flour
zest of 2 lemon, grated
2 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary
additional flour to knead

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in flavorings. On medium-low speed, mix in flour until just incorporated.

Flour a work surface. Transfer dough—it will be very soft—to work surface and knead for about 5 minutes, adding up to 1 c. of flour to create a soft dough that stays together (Stephanie's note: I added about 1/2 cup).

Pat dough out into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Cut it into desired shapes. Space cookies at least 1 inch apart on a baking sheet.

Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden but not browned. Transfer cookies to racks to cool. Optional: Drizzle cooled cookies with melted white chocolate to finish. Store in airtight container.

Song of the Day
Sunday Morning - Maroon 5