That previous post really did me some good. I’m feeling a lot better now, and I’m not in any rush to get my 2017 in review blog posts out, but I do have my favourite posts of 2017 scheduled for this Wednesday and my 2017 reading challenge scheduled for the following Wednesday (which still leaves the 2017 life in review and 2017 blog in review posts to write).
I can’t believe that Penn is already starting school this Wednesday! I’m missing the first 1.5 weeks of classes at Penn because I’m working in Beijing, but I’ll be back in Philly in time for the first week of classes at Bryn Mawr and Haverford (and by Bryn Mawr and Haverford, I mean Haverford because I haven’t taken classes at Bryn Mawr in years; for those of you who are new here, I’m a Bryn Mawr student majoring at Haverford). I hope that missing the first 1.5 weeks at Penn won’t be a big deal. I emailed my professors at the end of the previous semester, but they’re terrible at replying to emails. At least I have Penn friends in my classes, so I’ll be texting them for updates.
School’s out, but I just needed to mention something as I’ve been receiving grades and last comments from professors. So, for my design class at Penn, one of the things we get graded for is posting on our class blog. We’re required to post two times per week, and we get two blog grades (one for the first half of the semester and another for the second half). It wasn’t until we got our first blog grade, that we realised that posting two times per week was the minimum requirement and would only get us 90% of the grade. Luckily, I had posted more than that and got 100% of the first blog grade (the minimum requirement was 18 posts for 9 weeks, and I posted 28 times, which just happened to be the minimum needed for 100%). After our first blog grade, I got really paranoid. I kept losing track of how many times I was posting, because sometimes I would post on time and sometimes I would bulk post. Anyways, I finally got my second blog grade, which is why I’m talking about this on the blog now. The second blog grade covered 6 weeks, which meant the minimum requirement was 12 posts and the amount of posts needed for a full score was 22. It turns out that I posted 38 times LOL.
Fruit time is part of our schedule, which I think is cute and also very Asian haha. At 3:00PM, we can all look forward to fruit in the office pantry.
My coworker taught me how to use the fancy coffee machine in the office pantry, so now I can make frothy hot chocolate to my heart’s content.
One of the tasks my friends at work was in charge of was making a New Years video, featuring interns and employees. They wanted to include me in the video to add diversity to their video (me, an English speaker, amongst the majority of Chinese speakers). It was daunting because it was only my second day of work, but what the heck, I did it. They stuck my clip at the very end of the video, in which I wished everyone in the company a happy New Year and some other well wishes too.
Whilst getting lunch with my coworkers one day, I mentioned bubble tea, and apparently my coworker had been craving bubble tea ever since. SO. Later in the week, we left the office after lunch to get bubble tea. I’m turning my coworkers into bubble tea addicts hehe. Slowly I shall take over the world.
I had a meeting with my supervisor and the big boss about a project that I was working on for them. I did pretty well on the project, if I don’t say so myself, so the meeting went really smoothly, the big boss went over it very quickly, and gave me the okay. My supervisor complimented me on my work and pointed out to the big boss some decisions I made for the project that worked well. I’m grateful that she was looking out for me like that! Because when things work well, you don’t really notice it; if something jumps out, that means it’s messing with the flow and usability. So I’m glad that my supervisor was checking in with me during my project and seeing me make these decisions that allowed for such a smooth outcome.
I’m stuck at my cubicle at work, mostly because the company provides desktops for us and we’re not allowed to bring our own technology (laptops, iPads, USBs, etc.) except for our phones. So if I’m not working on my desktop at my cubicle, it means that I’m probably not working. And truth be told, after finishing that first project, I don’t have a lot of work. But I don’t want it to look like I’m just wasting my time, so I stay put at my cubicle instead of wandering around the office. But there was one afternoon I was feeling bored and weird, so a grabbed a notebook and a pen, and went over to an open lounge with window-walls to write (for myself, not for work), and it felt great.
I have a lot of downtime, especially since I finished my first project, have been making progress on my second project but it depends largely on the timeline of my supervisor and the big boss who are busy with other things, my supervisor is away for the week on a business trip, and then away the next week for vacation. So I’ve been reading the transcripts for tons of TED Talks, which you might have noticed if you follow me on Twitter. And I’m brainstorming more ways to use my time when I’m done with work (it usually only takes me a morning to finish my daily tasks, which leaves noon til 6:00PM for myself). I’m thinking that I’ll write blog posts on Word Doc (but I’ll have to wait until I get home to deal with photo stuff), plan things for the spring semester of Her Campus Bryn Mawr (which will probably entail drafting tons of articles), read ebooks on my phone, and reply to blog comments (but I’m paranoid about reading blog posts at work because of all the pictures; replying to blog comments, I can do).
My house in Beijing has an authentic tacky Christmas mug. What do I mean by authentic? I mean that my little brother has been using it every day for years and I didn’t realise until recently that it was a Christmas mug.
Speaking of mugs, my dad collects Starbucks’ Chinese zodiac mug collection, which I mention now because the mug for the year of the dog just came out, and he bought it the first day it came out. He is currently in possession of the ox through the dog, and is just waiting for the pig to come out next year to complete the collection. He missed the first year though, the rat (my year T_T), and we’re not sure if Starbucks will bring it back.
My family and I finished watching all four seasons of Nikita over the course of two weeks! I was the one who chose to watch Nikita from our streaming device at home, and I got everyone hooked. There were times when I would get tired around midnight or 1:00AM, so I would head upstairs to sleep, and then I would wake up the next day and they would tell me that they had stayed up until 4:00AM watching the show together. I would later watch the episodes I had missed and they would rewatch the episodes with me, and then we would all keep plowing through the show together.
How was your week?