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I think that the laws and the similar pay are actually both results of a different underlying culture and attitude towards equality and socialism, rather than being directly correlated to each other. Because I believe that Nordic countries also have attitudes that public education should actually be free, and that unions should indeed exist, and that health care should be for everyone, &etc.
Of course I don't know THAT much about Nordic countries, but that would be my best guess from the extent of my knowledge.
I know this was awhile ago, but you're welcome. =)
Aw, that is just so sweet. You have no idea how much it lifts my spirits to hear that people actually read my blog and care. I'll definitely be cheering up with the magic of time. Thanks. =)
All I can say is--the importance of chosen family.
And thank you to the Filipino community at Berkeley for introducing to me how loving and caring siblings can and should be. My friends showed me for the first time in my life what it is for an older sibling to really care for a younger sibling.
I'm sorry it took me so long to answer, I forgot I even had this thing! I hope I'm not too late to give you some tips.
It was REALLY difficult for me to choose what to major in. I came in as a pre-med MCB (Molecular and Cell Biology) major, and then the next semester I changed it to English, and then the next I changed to Music, and then the next Southeast Asian Studies, and by the time I was a junior I had FINALLY solidified myself as a double in Theater and Southeast Asian Studies.
The only way I was able to narrow all these different interests down was by taking classes in all the departments and realizing such and such wasn't for me. I know other people had the opposite problem I had though, which was that I was interested in TOO MANY things... other people could barely even find ONE subject they cared enough about to major in.
I met with so many major and career counselors, I came out to so many department and student organizations, I spent a long time exploring, but I don't regret it at all. It means I have a lot more to talk about at parties!
I agree that finding two things to major in is smart, if you can fit it in your schedule and if you're passionate enough about it. If you think about it, it's like a "two for one" deal. You're paying the same, might as well get two specialties while you're at it, right? Especially for me, I didn't think that "just" a Southeast Asian Studies major would explain enough about my hobbies and passions and career, so adding the "Theater" bit was really helpful in showing two different facets of me, especially to potential employers. It was also great just feeling involved in two departments.
I hope this helped at least a little! What majors are you considering?
haha, I live in Buena Park kinda near Knotts Berry Farm. Thanks for the offer, it's funny because I've lived here all my life, but a lot of my elementary/jr high/high school friends have moved elsewhere!
Man, sorry this took so long to answer... I completely forgot about my formspring for awhile. I love answering this question! I could ramble on for hours about what I love about Alan...
hm. I fear this will not be as articulate as I would like it to be, but then again, love is not always articulate, right?
Okay, here we go. In no particular order...
1. He's cute. =)
2. He's hard-working.
3. He's passionate. About a lot of things, but mostly about public transportation. I love people who are passionate about something because they have this energy coursing through them, this need to accomplish something. Especially as a passionate person myself, I appreciate this.
4. He has ambition and direction. This is probably the biggest thing that attracts me. For a long time I did not have either and was very unfocused, but now that I am, I really appreciate these qualities in others. I want a guy who can take care of himself and doesn't need me to do it for him. I want a guy who knows where he's going and what he's doing and how he's going to get there. I want a household with TWO breadwinners in it, two high powered, high level whatever-we-are.
5. He's intelligent and knowledgable. Yes, these are two different things. He's intelligent in that he catches onto things quickly and absorbs information. But he's knowledgable in the way that he knows so much about the world. Maybe it's from hours spent on Wikipedia or watching YouTube, but he knows even more than I do much of the time. I learn from him, he learns from me. It's reciprocal.
6. He knows geography and has a sense of direction like no other. The guy studies maps, for heaven sakes!
Man, Alan, if you're reading this, I bet your ego is growing 5 times larger. Haha. You should stop... NOW. Then again, there isn't anything on here that I haven't told you before. =)
7. He cares about the homeland and staying connected through language, current events, food, and knowing our history. This is something that is very important to me--I'm even majoring in Philippine history and culture (well, Southeast Asian Studies, but for all intents and purposes, you know what I mean.)
8. He's Catholic. So we can go to church together, and he strengthens my faith. No arguments about how to raise the kids. =)
9. He's adventurous. Always down for some random adventure or fun.
10. He's just as weird and quirky as me. So we can be ourselves together!
11. He's almost the exact opposite of me. In like EVERYTHING. In interests, the way that our brains work, the fact that he's an obsessive neat freak and I'm a slob, everything... and you know the saying, opposites attract.
12. Well, pretty much everything about him attracts me. Even his feet. And I hate feet! Even the fact that he's inarticulate. It's cute, and besides, if he were articulate, what would he need me for? We complete each other.
Anyway. I've probably bored you all long enough. This isn't even a comprehensive answer of everything in the world that attracts me about Alan (I know that if Alan were reading this, he'd be like, THAT'S IT?!) but I tried. Besides, if you could explain away love it wouldn't be as fun or mysterious, now would it?
Sorry it took so long to answer... I was actually trying to let it settle in my brain before I answered because all I could think about was career. I guess that says something about me, that when people say "dream" I automatically think about my career and how much I'd love to make it big in Hollywood.
Ok, Joy, let's dig a little deeper.
I guess I've always secretly wanted to learn to sing and dance. I took a few steps towards that by joining PCN Modern. =) And... I guess I've always secretly wanted my husband and me to be madly in love with each other, and for him to propose to me in a romantic fashion of epic proportions.
Something that I hide from most people though? I guess a dark dream that I have is wishing that (a particular) one of my exes would see how I'm doing now with my life and my current boyfriend (who's a LOT more handsome and successful in life than he is, thank you) and be jealous. I wish that a lot less intensely than I did, say, two years ago, but it's still there somewhere, deep down. I guess I want to show everyone from my hometown how well I'm doing... all those Sunny Hills clones (and this certain teacher) who didn't look at me as someone worthy of being popular. I'll show you! [shakes fist in general direction of the past]
Okay, that's angsty Joy coming out. Haha. Thanks for asking. =)
har har. thanks exboyfriend. you so funny.
I guess I have two pieces of advice, since I can't stick to one! =p
First, ENJOY IT. You only get one year to be a freshman, to have the whole freshman-dorms experience, so really milk it. I can say this with conviction because I didn't live my experience to the fullest. I was "the floormate who was never there," "the floormate with the boyfriend," "the floormate with a bajillion student groups." Whatever you wanna call it, but we all know that girl. And so I hardly spent any time getting to know my floor family and as a result I probably came away with only one lasting friend from my whole floor. I mean, of course I still talk to the others and we're great acquaintances, it was never anything deeper. Everyone's got great memories of just chilling in the hallway, but I don't have very many. So, live it up. =)
Second... be open to trying everything. Have a diverse schedule and try ALL the majors that you are even vaguely interested in taking up. Because I kept making the mistake of having my heart set on one major per semester. Freshman fall, it was pre med (chem 1a and math 1a), freshman spring it was english (english 45b and 45c), sophomore fall music (music 49a, 49b, 49c, 50, 60), sophomore spring southeast asian studies (SEAS 10b, SEAS 120), junior fall theater double (theater 110a, 119, 126). And even now sometimes i wish i had tried MassComm (now Media Studies) or Film Studies, but I never even gave them a shot. I should have had a more diverse class schedule! And also I should have been more honest with myself instead of trying to just make my parents happy. Then I'd be farther along the path of where I wanted to be. Maybe I would have transferred to UCLA to get internships in Hollywood, maybe this maybe that. But BE OPEN, try new things, and be honest with yourself. =)
Gosh what a long answer. But thanks for asking the question! <3
Thats a good point. That's the point that the His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass) by Philip Pullman series tries to get across... but it's tough to maintain such an optimistic view sometimes when the people that you love pass on.
I used to not be sure. I really used to doubt my faith, doubt in God and a life after death. But when two of my closest friends, Tim and Victor, passed away, I had to believe that there was something after death... otherwise, I would never see them again. And now that I think about it, I want to believe it, because when my parents pass on, if I don't believe there's something after... it means, this time that we have now is all the time that we will ever have. Which is depressing.