10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went To College

1) Find the Balance
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Your first year of college is similar to a trip to the buffet. You’re excited, you’re hungry, and you want to eat as much as you possibly can. The more experienced buffet-goers laugh at your rookie mistake as they take just enough food to feel satisfied. You on the other hand? You’ll try to pack towers on that plate of yours.
When entering a new chapter of your life, it’s understandable that you’re trying to do it all. You want to do amazing in your classes, join as many clubs as possible, make life-long friends (or at least enough friends to avoid eating meals alone in the dining hall), and have an entertaining social life. The excitement will take you far, but you are warned- keep this up and you’re on the path to burn out. There’s no point in overwhelming your schedule if you sacrifice your grades, your health, and even your relationships. With the adrenaline of entering college, its easy to think we can handle it all, but you’re only human. Make sure you understand your limits and manage your time wisely.

2) Go to Class
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Having the choice to attend or skip class is quite the change from highschool. Inevitably, the option is taken advantage of …a lot. I will admit that I had my share of mornings where I just didn’t feel like getting out of bed- so I didn’t. This is a trap. Don’t fall into the trap. Trust me when I say that life will be much easier for you if you’re not scrambling to catch up with lectures or irritating others by asking for their notes. While you may find a way to pass the class regardless of attending, years later you’ll regret this. Look at it this way- calculate all the money you would waste by not attending a single class. Yeah, not worth it.

3) Explore
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One of my most favorite parts of college is the chance to really look into yourself and explore. A lot of people view college as a final time to do what you want to do and be what you want to be before stepping into the infamous “adulthood” stage. It’s a chance to test your limits and discover what you’re really capable of. So step out of your comfort zone- take that yoga class you’ve been dying to do. Talk to that cute person you normally would just admire from afar. Explore your limits and be fearless. Why not?

4) Take care of your health
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It’s easy to put health in the backseat with so much going on. Sleepless nights to cram for a test, unhealthy “apartment” food (ie. a diet that consists primarily of ramen noodles, frozen pizza, and mac & cheese), and having so much to do that visits to the gym happen about as often as journeys to Mordor. These are only a few of the many ways that your health can take a big hit if you don’t take care of it. A lot will be going on, but you owe it to yourself to make sure your health is a priority. Go the extra mile to do this. Let your roommates help keep you accountable to a strict bedtime (yeah, turns out we need this reinforced even more as we get older). Buy on-the-go breakfast food so you don’t rush to class on an empty stomach. Walk the long way to class. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but repetition of these little things will go a long way.

5) Its okay to be confused
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A lot of people I know ended up changing their major during college and that’s okay. A lot of people decided on an entirely new profession and that’s okay. A lot of people left college without knowing where exactly they were headed and while that’s scary- that’s okay. This was a lesson that I very stubbornly had to learn as well. We’re all accustomed to knowing the next step. We’re comfortable because we’ve been guided up until this point. Middle school led to highschool and a set highschool schedule led to college . But here, the babying stops. You have to make the difficult decisions and choose your path on your own. Its important to take a deep breath and not be too hard on yourself. It’s okay to need some time to figure it out.

6) Relationships are hard work
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When I entered college, I happened to find a group of friends who, like me, were in long and serious relationships. By the end of the year, almost all of us were single. By no means am I saying that relationships in college are impossible. I am also not advising that you break up with your significant other just because you two will go to separate schools. I’m simply pointing out that relationships in college are hard. With a significant other potentially being far away, schedules packed with new adventures, and “temptations” everywhere you turn, you two will have to test your trust of one another. Effort is key and with so many distractions around, it’s easy to forget that a relationship is also a responsibility. I am a firm believer that relationships in college can actually be some of the best ones, but it will only prevail if you are willing to put in the work.


7) Go to office hours
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A lot of students tend to avoid office hours and fail to see the point of it. Trust me, you’ll want to take advantage of this- its never a bad thing to make a good impression on your professor. You’ll be surprised at how much information they’ll divulge about the midterm/final and its the ideal way to get a letter of recommendation. Unless you have an absolute jerk of a professor, they tend to be happy that you just took the time to see them.

8) Be brave- Make friends in class
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Congratulations to those of you who have a super-human immune system, but if you’re like the rest of us, sickness is inevitable. The thing I’ve learned is you ought to make at least one friend in class who can save you from the dilemma of missing notes from an important lecture. Keep in mind that this is still a friendship and friends shouldn’t take advantage of each other. Don’t be that person that obviously missed class all week because of partying and expects “friends” to take notes for them. Keep your favors to a minimum to maintain that relationship.

9) Drop the drama
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One of the beautiful things about graduating from highschool is that you’re allowed to drop all the mess that accompanied it. Drama, sticky situations, exes, you name it! While they may not be out of your life completely, you can look at college as a place to start over. A lot of things that stressed you out in highschool will no longer matter and ideally, college is suppose to be a place where people around you are much more mature. And if they’re not? Then you can let go of them. The pressure of getting along with everyone in highschool has been depleted so go ahead and drop any unnecessary drama. You’ll be surprised at how much better life can get.

10) Take it Slow
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Whether you’re in college for two years or five years, college finds a way to feel like you’re rushing through time. One minute you’re a freshman looking over a map to make sure you don’t get lost, the next minute you’re in your cap and gown taking graduation pictures. Many people have said that college can be some of the best years of your life. Needless to say, I suggest soaking it all in and taking it slow. If these really are the best years of your life, make sure they count.

Goriki Ayame Recieves the “E-Line Beautiful Award”

Didn’t know an “E-Line Beautiful Award” existed? Neither did we. Apparently this award has existed in Japan since 1990. Chosen by the Japan Association of Adult Orthodontics, this award is for whomever has the most beautiful facial profile due to the perfect alignment of the teeth.  The facial structure and shape is judged from bridge of one’s nose to their chin. This award has been given to other celebrities such as various celebrities such as Yonekura Ryoko (2002), Ueto Aya (2004), Yuka (2007), and Takei Emi (2012).

This year, actress and singer Goriki Ayame was given the E-Line Beautiful Award and she attended the ceremony  with a smile very fitting for her award. She expressed, “I cut my hair for a drama role (around 3 years ago), which was the first time I ever got myself a short hairdo. I was very scared prior to the change, but now I’m glad I’ve done it. Since then, people have been telling me that I have a beautiful profile. It gave me a lot of self-confidence.”

Looking to have a profile as beautiful as Goriki Ayame? Delighting all the dentists, the actress revealed that her secret is to brush her teeth after every meal.

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Audrey’s Artist to Watch | Ryan Wang, 5-year-old Piano Prodigy

At the age of five, most of us were learning how to properly write out the alphabet, play duck-duck-goose,  and strategically avoid getting cooties. Ryan Wang on the other hand? This five-year-old piano prodigy was spending his days getting ready for his performance in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.

At the age of three, Wang’s parents noticed Ryan’s affinity and natural ability with the keyboard. Without missing a beat, the two decided to send him to piano lessons. While many people would assume that three is far too young an age to adequately master an instrument, Ryan’s talent proved everyone wrong. After a mere year and half of lessons, a prodigy was created. Of course, Carnegie Hall was not the only one to notice this amazing 5-year-old. Ellen Degeneres asked him to come onto the Ellen Show and dazzle her viewers. Clearly, Ryan didn’t disappoint:

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Even more recently, CBC Music Studio invited Ryan to perform in front of his biggest fan, Dorothy. The 101-year-old family friend was touched to discover that Ryan would be performing just for her. Not only does Wang prove to be mature in his musical abilities, he showed quite a bit of emotional maturity. Understanding how important this performance was to Dorothy, Ryan was moved to tears (and brought us all to tears while he was at it):

Easily becoming a prodigy favorite, Ryan Wang is scheduled to tour Italy and China this summer. Be sure to keep an eye out for this amazingly talented young man.

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For the Hardcore Sushi Fanatics: Sushi Donuts

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If there was a list of the most adorable food from around the world, then we all know what must be on it- sushi donuts. I know the name may catch you off guard. In fact the idea of raw fish on that particular pastry doesn’t actually sound too appealing at all. Luckily, this dessert is not a literal combination of a donut and a sushi. The dessert simply looks like a piece of sushi, but it is a full-bred donut.

The Japanese Donut Franchise, Mister Donut, are the masterminds behind this creation. It has become a recent sensation on social media sites ever since a Japanese Twitter user posted a picture from his visit to Thailand.

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With the Sushi Donut making a splash in the social media scene, just about everyone wants to try one of Mister Donut’s SushiDo Delights. Unfortunately, this particular sushi donut is only available in Thailand for now. Check out the video below. Trust us, if you don’t want to try a sushi donut by now, this should do the trick:

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Audrey’s Adorable Video of The Day : Disney Dudez

What do you do when your girlfriend breaks your heart apart and calls it quits? Make a boy-band, obviously!  American Idol’s Todrick Hall joins forces with the young boyband IM5 to show how Disney Prince’s sing their hearts out.

Cole, Dalton, Dana, Gabe, and Will make up the fresh-faced boyband called IM5. Sure to win the hearts of young teenage girls all around is Will. Born in Los Angeles, this Asian-American can act, play the piano, play the guitar, and obviously sing. To learn more about him and the other IM5 boys, check out their official website.

Don’t forget to check out Disney Dudez music video below:

Vietnam Talks Marriage Equality

Over the years, Vietnam has gained a rather poor track record when it comes to human rights issues. USA Today notes, “Vietnamese bloggers, folk singers and journalists are behind bars for deeds and words that in many countries are considered birthright freedoms.” Conditions didn’t appear to be getting any better. In fact, within the first few months of 2013, more Vietnamese citizens were convicted in political trials than all of last year.

Because of their history with human rights issues, we were all pleasantly surprised to discover that Vietnam could be the first Asian country with marriage equality. In what feels like a complete turn-around, Vietnam’s National Assembly has agreed to begin debate on legalizing same-sex marriage. The LGBT movement in Vietnam truly took on its voice within the college campuses. Within recent years, a number of student organizations fought to endorse marriage equality.

While we do not know the final verdict of this debate, we can all agree that this is most certainly a large step for Vietnam and quite the progressive step for the Asian community as a whole.

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Ask Audrey Staff | What’s In Our Bag? (Summer Edition)

Its time to pull out the sundresses and shorts- summer has arrived! Here at Audrey, we’ve noticed that the products we use during the summertime are very specific. Maybe its the sun or maybe its the mood we’re in during the summertime. Whatever the reason may be, we all have our essential summer items and we’re here to share them with you! Read more to see what’s in our bag this summer!

 

 

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“I love using Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. It’s true to its name, it has great staying power, which is essential for someone like me with oily skin. Plus, the applicator is easy to use!”


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“Its easy to forget that the sun can also be harmful for my eyes and not just my skin. This is where sunglasses come in! Ray-Bans are basically  the little black dresses of the sunglasses world. Keep this is your bag in case you have unexpected summer adventures and need a pair to match most of your summer looks.”

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“For summer, I lay off on the makeup and load up on sunscreen. I generally just use a BB Cream with SPF (I currently have DHC’s BB Cream in my current rotation). This particular one blends really nicely – feels so weightless and provides great coverage. ”

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“For an extra glow/shimmer, I finish off with MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightescapade - it feels very luxurious”

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer.Since it’s hot and you don’t want to have sweaty make-up/ foundation on, you just use concealer. I LOVE THIS CONCEALER! There are different shades to match your skin tone. This helps just cover blemishes and it doesn’t feel heavy.”

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“I enjoy using Kiehl’s Lip Balm! It works well and smells good. There are different flavors. I’m currently using the coconut one.”

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“I’ve been wearing the Victoria Secret Fantasies collection for as long as I can remember. While I usually opt for warmer scents like vanilla, the new Beach Dreams Collection is perfect for the summertime.”

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“Since the sun is out more often in summer (and I sit right where we get a direct amount of sunlight from the ceiling), I like wearing quirky baseball caps to shield my face at the office. Like this one.”

 

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“For sunscreen, I use two: for the body Aveeno’s Protect and Hydrate

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and for the face, Bona Clara’s Hello, Sunshine! Universal Fluid SPF 29. The latter is pretty awesome because its non-sticky, comes in liquid form – and you can blend it in your daily moisturizer for extra protection. My skin is pretty sensitive – and thankfully, this is a sunscreen that hasn’t given me any breakouts on the face.”

 

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Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra: Asian American Head Coach Wins Back-to-Back NBA Championships

So you believe in the stereotype that Asians don’t know a thing about sports? Clearly, you haven’t met Erik Spoelstra. In 2008, Spoelstra made history as the first Asian American head coach in the history of not only the NBA, but of the four major American sports leagues. This Filipino American coach was determined clearly determined to make an even bigger impression.   By leading his team Miami Heat to victory, Spoelstra became the first Asian American to win an NBA championship.

But of course, it doesn’t even stop there. Recently, Spoelstra gained a second NBA championship when The Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 with a final score of 95-88. Multiple championship wins is a feat that only 12 NBA coaches have been able to achieve. Spoelstra has already gained a name for himself for the consecutive victories and for successfully coaching the “Big Three” (Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh).

Although one of the  youngest coaches of the NBA, Spoelstra proves that he is a force to be reckoned with. He has been part of The Heat staff since 1995 and has shown that he has what it takes to see his team succeed.

 

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The Daily SHAG | Lee Jin Wook For Marie Claire Photoshoot

Its Friday, the weekend is just around the corner, and the sunshine today marks the first official day of summer. What could possibly make this day even better than it already is?

A SHAG. Always a SHAG.

Today’s Smoking Hot Asian Guy is none other than actor Lee Jin Wook. Known for his roles in dramas such as Alone in Love, Smile Again, and Glass Castle,  Lee Jin Wook continues to steal hearts with his most recent role as Park Sun-Woo in Nine: Nine Time Travels. What fans may not know about this heartthrob is his life before fame. Prior to acting, Lee Jin Wook was in Cheongju University pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. Brains, talent, good looks, and a good sense of style? Lee Jin Wook clearly deserves a spot on our SHAG list.

Check out Lee Jin Woo embracing his inner geek chic in this Marie Claire fashion photoshoot. Happy Friday Audrey Readers!

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Anti-Pervert Stockings: Analyzing Rape Culture

Little black dress? Check. Fake lashes and an unforgiving amount of eyeliner? Check. Heels so high that you’ll regret it in the morning. Check. Hairy-leg stockings to protect yourself from unsolicited male attention? Che– wait what?

Unfortunately, I’m not kidding. The most recent fashion creation from China are hairy-leg stockings designed to ward off men and decrease the possibility of rape. The theory behind this creation is that the male will be so disgusted with the appearance of your legs that you don’t have to worry– they wouldn’t want to have a sexual encounter with you anyway. Problem solved right?

No, absolutely not.

After showing  this image to a couple of male friends, I discovered that their reactions were all very similar– grossed out expressions followed by laughter because apparently China was correct in their theory that these actually do turn guys off. Admittedly, I was taken aback when I first saw these stockings, but for a much different reason than my  male friends. I wasn’t appalled about the idea of hair on female legs (if thats what you want, then power to you for you breaking away from social norms.) Instead, I was shocked by what this was saying about rape itself. While these stockings are trying to benefit females, does it not also simply aid in the idea that rape is dependent on how you dress and how you look? This simply supports the idea that women should not dress in what makes them feel good or feel powerful. No, apparently women need to be mindful or “they’re asking for it.” Products like this say that, for some reason, it’s our  responsibility to make sure we don’t get raped.

We live in a world of pepper sprays, constant fear while walking alone at night, and now hairy-leg stockings. We are forced to take such extreme precautions to avoid being raped, but how about we just go ahead and create a pair of stockings that sticks some decency into people to know that rape is wrong.

Let us know what you think of these anti-pervert hairy-leg stockings. Our verdict? Unless it was halloween season, we’re definitely going to avoid them.