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December 2018

Greetings and happy new year!

 

A week from now, I will be boarding a plane to study abroad. The flight and housing will be covered and I will be held responsible for some of my meals. I am extremely ecstatic and so blessed to have been given this opportunity. We will be studying religion, specifically Buddhism, Christianity, and Animism. My religion isn’t something that I’ve explored much because I feel like it’s was partly due to the fact that there’s a language barrier between my parents and I, and since language plays a crucial role in maintaining a culture it’s been difficult to understand the significance of Animism and its role in my life. However I am beyond excited to continue my journey of explore my religious identity.

I recently started a new job at ACR Homes where I am currently working with disabled adults. The training for this job was extremely overwhelming, for good reason, but I was so glad once it was over, because I was truly excited to work with my residents. My experience has been great so far and has definitely changed the way I view folks with disabilities.

As of now, I am packing for my trip to Laos and already mentally preparing myself for this upcoming Spring semester. I have been thinking a lot about goals that I want to achieve/improve on and one of them is to become more present in everything I do. During finals week, I was babysitting my younger brother and all I could think about was what the outcome of my test was going to be and I didn’t even take it yet. I studied last minute and resulted in me panicking and already worrying about how I was going to do on my exam. That thought somehow led me to think that had I really took the time to study weeks before I wouldn’t had been stressing about what the outcome of my exam was because I would have been more confident in my exam performance and in addition paid more attention to my younger brother in the moment. I guess we live in a culture where we like to be constantly busy that we don’t really pay attention to the little things, and that’s one of my goals for 2019 is to be present in everything I do.

 

Thanks for reading! Until next time.

 

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November 2018

Hey everyone,

November’s been a month. I finished training for my job which I will be soon registering as an internship, I’ve gained a new pair of lens from my courses, and finally I think I know what I want to do after college.

I recently applied to ACR Homes, where I will be working with people with disabilities and providing them with medical assistance and behavior support. The training for this job was so intense and overwhelming, that at one point, I lost motivation to to complete it. However, when I reached the halfway point of finishing my training, I was allowed to go to the house to sort of get an orientation of the house. After visiting the house, I was beyond excited to start working. I couldn’t wait. Once I met the residents I would be working with and got an idea of how the routine works at the house I told myself that it was pretty manageable. Anyways, I finished my training and started my first day on Thanksgiving which went pretty slow, but I think that was a good start to kind of ease my way into the job.

Right now, I am taking Introduction to Nonprofit Management, Sociology of Gender, and Lifespan Development and I love all of them. I love Lifespan Development because it is so applicable in my life and I love making the connections I learn in class to my own life. The Sociology of Gender course I’m taking, I’ve learned so much about sex and gender and how both are interconnected and everything along that spectrum. Introduction to Non-profit, has been an eye opener, in terms of all the non-profits that surround us everyday and their impact on our communities. My professor brings in speakers from Non-profit to explain about the work they do and it’s always so inspirational. All in all, my courses has just been great!

Lastly, I’ve been frequently asked about my plans after college, and honestly I don’t know how to answer them. Public Health is so broad and encompasses so many things which makes it so difficult to narrow down to exactly what I want to do. Being a daughter of Immigrant and refugees and being an older sibling to five younger siblings, I know that I want to work with the immigrant and refugee community in addition with youth. However, aside from that, I’ve been looking into Peace Corps and the work that they do and I think my Plan A after college is to hopefully join their team.

But that’s pretty much it for my updates this month.

Until next time.
PaDee Vue

October 2018

Greetings everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well, & for students, I hope you aced your midterms! There are so many things going on this month. First off, midterms. At the beginning of the year, I dropped a couple of students organizations I was on board with, so I could invest more time into my academics, & I am glad to say that it is paying off. Despite me holding three jobs, not having a student organization to run takes off a lot of pressure. I already see such a difference in my academics, and for once, I can’t wait to see my midterm grades! In addition to midterms, advising week is also happening this week. I can’t wrap my head around how fast my college years has flown by. It feels as though just yesterday I was a first year trying to find my way around campus.

Anyways, I recently joined the Honors program here at Hamline. So how the Honors program here at Hamline works is, you have to fulfill a certain amount of points for each pillar, which we have four of: Lifelong Learner, Academic Excellence, Research, & Contributions to Community. I initially joined this Honors program to challenge myself, particularly in the Academic Excellence one. I wanted to make it a goal of mine, to improve my GPA each semester and to get on the dean list at least once which I think, both, are realistic. In terms of the other pillars, I think that just by default I might finish them earlier. For example, research, I am working on a research project with a Sociology professor and a friend of mine. We are working on the Model Minority Myth and its impact on women. It’s just beginning, but I am so excited to see where this takes us. For the Contributions to Community, since coming to Hamline, I’ve been pretty involved with student organizations and just volunteering around the Hamline community, so because this pillar, is pretty much something I love to do, I feel I can finish this one early. Lastly, the Lifelong Learner pillar, is pretty much attending lectures and other events that can potentially expand your learning so you’re constantly learning outside of a classroom setting. Again, this one is something that I may finish by default, because I learn learning, I just don’t enjoy doing the work, so I am always attending retreats, discussion circles, and other learning event opportunities.

So yeah, that’s what I’ve been up to lately! The honors program & midterms. Also, I think last time I mentioned going to a Laos Study Abroad J-term. Unfortunately, due to the low sign-ups our Global Engagement Center came to a decision of canceling the trip. However, because I went last Spring break with a mentor to establish the course, I really wanted to see this trip happen for folks to gain a new perspective and see how rich of a culture there is in Laos. So, I decided to contact the President of Hamline, President Miller, to see if there is anything that we can do to make this trip happen.

That’s pretty much it for now. I will keep you all updated on where everything takes me.

 

Until next time,
PaDee Vue

 

September 2018

Hello everyone,

Today is already the end of the second week of fall semester 2018! I can’t believe how quick the summer went and how in a blink of an eye it’s already my Junior year at Hamline University. Anyways, I would like to dedicate this blog post to the incoming first years and provide some things that I believe would be beneficial to your undergraduate career.

  1. Go into college with an open mind.

– There will times where you will be in uncomfortable spaces. Challenge yourself to learn something new and ask questions. Don’t let your assumptions drive your knowledge.

  1. It’s okay to fail

– My first year of college, I was a complete mess. I took on a student organization board position, I participated in a pageant competition, and I took on a math and science course to fulfill my current major at the time. I had poor time management skills and eventually everything impacted me negatively; my mental health and my grades. When I received my end of the fall semester grades I was devastated and for a moment doubted my ability to finish school. However, after doing some reflecting I took my failure and learned from it. It was kind of a trial and error thing. I took my mistakes and ingrained them in my head as a reminder of what not to do. I was still not doing my best the following spring semester, but I improved and that’s what matter.

  1. Make the most out of your college experience

– Last but not least, have fun! It’s college, all the first years are probably feeling the same as you right now, nervous. Make some friends or participate in a student organization that you wouldn’t normally participate in. College is limitless. Regardless of whether you’re attending a community, public, or private university there is always something to do and participate in. Remind yourself that you are paying for tuition, so make the best out it and utilize all the resources on campus!

Of course this is not an exhaustive list, so if you ever need anyone to listen or talk to, or you need someone to revise your paper. Reach out to me! I am not an expert by any means, however Concord is such a great community, so feel free to use me as a resource.


Thanks for reading,

PaDee Vue

 

May 2018

Hello all,

I’m halfway done with my undergraduate career! Two years have gone by so quick. It seems like everything has gone by in a blink of an eye. With all the student organizations I’ve been apart of to everyone that I’ve encountered, I can truly say I am not the same person that first entered Hamline. Self-growth, to me, is the most rewarding thing I can personally give to myself and the ability to acquire knowledge and look at the world through a different lens is amazing. I’ve learned so much not only about the world, but myself. I owe it all to my family for being patient with me, friends for guiding me, and others for giving me a chance. Believing in someone is truly a gift that enables an individual to achieve things beyond what they may think they are capable of. With that being said, I’m so grateful towards everyone that has ever believed in me and has allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone.

It sounds as if I’ve already graduated, however I still have a lot of growing to do. Next semester I’ve set a goal for myself to achieve all A’s because I recently been accepted into the Hamline Honors program. I know that being apart of the honors program comes discipline, so I’ve created a realistic schedule to really time manage everything this upcoming fall semester. I will definitely keep you all updated on everything as a way to hold myself accountable.

Until next time,

Padee Vue