#4 One Month before Turnover...
What a strange feeling. I never thought time would fly by so quickly and now we're less than a month away from elections and turnover. Jenny and I's year as co-presidents were definitely not a smooth sail, and I can definitely say that we're both incredibly exhausted. But I'm excited for the month that we have left and I'm looking forward to seeing who our leaders will be for the next academic year. It makes me so proud to hear people who are thinking about running for KSA again.
In the past two weeks, I've been so touched by our KSA alumnae (anyone who was around me could testify just how touched I was). I love that alumnae are willingly reaching out to us and providing with us support in any way, shape or form. I can only hope that I can be a respectable alumna like them some day.
YAY to spring break and hopefully I can complete my KSA archive project by the end of the semester!
#3 1st Semester's Over
It's so strange that the semester is over. I feel like time just flew by this year. I'm happy that our semester ended on a great note and that we're preparing for next semester. By April, there will be a new e-board and new presidents, which is so strange to think about because it feels like only yesterday that Jenny and I were running.
I'm really proud of our e-board and how much we accomplished this past semester. We had 25 events, which is a crazy number, although it's similar to last year. I didn't realize how much that was until Jenny and I mentioned it at the Consulate General's dinner and saw everyone's reaction...
I hope we can keep this up for the next semester and I'm so happy to see that our e-board is so dedicated to KSA. At the beginning of the year, Jenny and I were a bit worried about this year and how KSA would run. But our e-board really gave us a sense of security so for that I'm really thankful.
There's only 1 week left of 2012. Let's go! : ) Happy 2013 <3
#2 Helloooo October
Well, September's been a hectic month, to say the least. I can't believe we've already blown past 5-6 ksa events and now we're entering October. Our events have been pretty successful this year with high attendances. :)
I 've always personally loved meeting new people and getting to know them and this year is no different. I've met so many new first years, who remind me so much of who I was when I was in their position, and the great impact that my unnis had on me in growing into the person I am today. At times, I still feel like a first year, yet when I look at myself, I am clearly different from the young girl who came into Wellesley three years ago.
I'm so happy that the new first years are more active and willing to participate in KSA, which has not been so much the case in the past two years (hell, I'd even say my class falls behind a bit). I'm looking forward to the rest of the semester and I hope to get to know even more people before I graduate! It's amazing how regardless of age, people can impact you and teach you a lesson in life.
October, here we come!
Welcome to the KSA Presidents' page! Not that it's anything special, but I too shall take advantage of this space to tell you a bit about myself.
1. My full name is Jenny Hong Joo Yang. You will often hear people refer to me as "ddong joo" just because it rhymes and incorporates poop.. lame I know, but it's already stuck :(
2. I was born in Busan, South Korea and lived there with my grandparents until I was six years old. I moved to NY only because my mom told me she was pregnant with my "sister" who turned out to be a devil brother. (I got one later on though so all is good!)
3. I have two younger siblings: Jin Young (16) and Min Joo (9). There's quite a bit of an age gap between me and my sister so she's basically my child.
4. Before I entered high school, I lived in Busan for a year. I experienced the school system there: the uniform, bob cut, no-individuality-allowed-whatsoever kind of lifestyle. In retrospect it was a priceless experience... key words: "in retrospect".
5. I attended a public high school in NY about twice the size of Wellesley. We had trailer classrooms to accomodate the large student population. It took me a while to get used to all the attention I got from Wellesley professors.
6. I have hermit stages throughout the year and it takes a lot of pushing from friends to get me out of this state, but I come out of my shell.. eventually.
7. I'm a year older than the normal age for the Class of 2013 but I don't think I act older.. or so people tell me HAHA
8. I am a BIG list maker. I love making lists, but also suffer the common problem with most list-lovers: I rarely get to cross things off my list -.-;;
9. I've been involved with KSA since the very beginning of my first year at Wellesley. I ran for first year rep.. and was rejected :'( If you're a first year thinking about running, do take the chance! It will help you grow whether you are elected or not :)
10. I don't think I can describe my Wellesley experience without mentioning KSA. It has allowed me to develop valuable friendships that will last past my time here at Wellesley.
Not that I want to end on a mushy note, but I really hope KSA will be a positive experience for all of you as it has been for me! If you ever want to chat, please PLEASE come over to chat :)
Why hello there, my name is Sophia Chen, one of the new KSA Presidents. I guess I'll follow what Ale and Christine did and post a Sophia 101:
1. I'm half Korean and half Chinese so if you were wondering why my last name is Chen, there you go. Yes, I can speak both, yes I eat both Chinese and Korean food. No, I don't have more loyalties towards either and no I've never had an identity crisis.
2. I'm from Great Neck, NY, only the best place possible on Earth. I do have love for Seoul and Shanghai, which is where I spent my past two summers.
3. I'm a food lover. If ever you would like to go somewhere to eat, I'll be there to go with you. I also love cooking and baking. I usually cook/bake when I'm stressed.
4. I'll cry at anything. Seriously, it's really pathetic, but I really do. Even at cartoons, like when Simba loses his dad, or when the grandpa from Up loses his wife. Sigh. So...I don't tend to watch sappy movies with other people because it's incredibly embarrassing.
5. When I came to Wellesley, I planned to join CSA, not KSA. So I never went to the general meeting. Instead I went to CSA's general meeting but felt like I really didn't belong there. But thennn I got to love KSA because of the '11 and '10 unnis who took care of me and really guided me my first two years. They really made me break down that high wall that I had for myself and they've really changed me into a warmer person than I was. So now, as an upperclass-woman, I really want to provide that same environment and friendship for our little ones.
6. I'm a pretty talkative person once you get to know me, although many people tell me I'm hard to approach at first...sigh. But I love conversing with people and I'm always excited to get to know new people so just come up to me and we can chat!
7. Let me keep this short. I deadly loyal to my friends, so if you ever do anything to them, just steer clear of me at all times. Seriously.
8. I'm pretty OCD when it comes to cleanliness so when you come to my room, please be neat... lol that said, my room is always open for everyone! Come visit me if you want to talk, or eat, or...eat....or...eat and talk...
9. I'm a night owl. My bed time over the summer has been 5am (in fact, it's currently 4:30am). I know, it's kind of excessive, but what can I say? It's so extreme that I never experienced jet lag when I went to Asia. And then I got used to the time there and came back to NY and experienced no jet lag.
10. Let's see...10 should be something epic... Oh, if there was one talent that I would ask for, I would LOVE to be able to sing. Oh, and I wish I was 3-4 inches taller. Sigh. I guess that was more sad than epic. -_-
Anyway, I hope that gives you some idea of who I am (please don't judge some of them lol) and we can get to know each other even better throughout this year! My FINAL YEAR AT WELLESLEY :)
#2. Post-Running Girl Thoughts
I can't believe Running Girl is over!!
Seriously, plans for this scavenger hunt started from LAST spring, and it's crazy that it's already two weeks after our first successful Boston-based scavenger hunt has taken place.
The morning started off as hectic as could be-- one of my best friends from high school (emz) was visiting, and I was in Boston trying to make the Running Girl signs (for the volunteers), prepare the supplies, and make sure that people back at Wellesley had everything (transportation) all under control, all the while trying to show my friend around Boston. Thankfully, Ms. Im (hehe) and Christine was there to help me juggle everything, and I got all of the things we'd need for the scavenger hunt DONE before it started (phew!).
We all met at the Best Buy next to the Hynes MBTA stop, where we gave them the list of challenges (~18 in total), explained the general rules, and also duck-taped their names on their backs. <Hehe, with bright yellow and silver duct-tape..> We asked people from Tufts (two adorable first years) and our eboard to help out with some of the "challenges" that were listed in the scavenger hunt, such as stand in front of Teavana (in the Pru) and make people play telephone charades, or say a ridiculous tongue twister to the server at Berryline. Some challenges (in my non-biased, honest opinion) were products of genius, oh ho ho~
Then at 5:30, we all scrambled to get to Buk-Kyung II (our dinner reservation), and after a satisfying meal of jjajangmyun and other deliciousness, we ended the day with some bubble tea at PC Cafe.
To summarize our day, everyone that I've talked to seemed to have HAD MAD FUN. :) Even the volunteers enjoyed being part of our scavenger hunt~ The pictures that we saw were fabulous, and we'll hopefully get more pictures to post on our website!
All in all, I would do it again, definitely. I think the hardest part about organizing Running Girl was that we had never done this before, so we had to plan out every detail and come up with ideas from scratch. There were also a little bit of uncertainity about how everything was going to come together- who we'd have as our volunteers, what supplies we needed, where to have it take place... No matter how much we wanted to get everything solidified before Running Girl, there was still massive scrambling that morning, trying to get everything done. But, after the night was over, I was happy (also, dead tired) and full (of great memories, laughter, and yummy food).
Thanks to everyone who helped out or participated. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. :)
#1. Yo, I'm Ale!
My first post... should probably follow Christine's form. Here goes!
#3. Spring semester, here we come!
It's unbelievable how fast last semester went, and it was only after I compiled a complete list of all the activities KSA was up to last semester (excluding all e-board meetings, BKLA meetings, and PAC/MPC meetings though) that I realized
A) How lucky I am to be working with such a driven, capable group of women, and
B) KSA may actually deserve the reputation it has for being 'a little too intense' because wow, we throttled through fall semester!
Anyway, I'm very excited for my last semester at Wellesley! Not only do I think we have a lot of great events planned that will really forward our organization's mission and purpose, but now that our Co-Culture Chair, Susan Park, is back from studying abroad, it's also a pleasure to have our full e-board engaged and excited for one of our biggest, if not biggest annual event: Culture Show. I love how the Culture Show (and after-party) brings everyone together: members, non-members, hidden K-pop lovers, faculty and students, the Boston KSA community, the local Wellesley community, and our KAMP kids and their families.
It's sad to think that in just a few months, KSA will hold its elections and Ale and I will have to pass on the torch. But until then, there's definitely a lot of work to be done. I'm learning so much about how to work with different people, be communicative and timely, keep an open mind, and listen. And as time wears on, I keep wondering what the KSA community and executive board community and culture is like at other schools. If I had to describe KSA's executive board in three words, I would describe us as comfortable, professional, and capable. If I had to describe KSA as a whole in three phrases, I would say that we're crazy for Korean food, knowledgeable of Korean dramas and pop culture, and too busy. (Well, "too busy" applies to the general Wellesley vibe too, I must admit.) ^^ I wonder what other KSA presidents would say to describe their organization?
Today was the first day of a jam-packed semester, and I'm hopeful that it will be very instructive and rewarding for not just me but for everyone else in e-board and in KSA as well. Spring semester, here we come!
#2. Things I didn't expect but now have realized... (in rainbow font, woot)
#1. Hi, I'm Christine! (CL)
Welcome to KSA's website! Since this is the first post, I guess I'll write a little bit about myself so you know more about me :) in quick and easy bullet form, yippee!
Thank you for reading!