December Wrap Up 2017

Semiformal: Music was pretty lame, but the new location was so nice. It was fancy and had AC. I hope they dim the lights a little bit though.

Arrow Secret Santa: so so cute. Hayley was my secret santa and got me makeup bags to organize all of the makeup I bought from cyber Monday.

Climbing Secret Santa: I got a candle. It was pretty lack luster, but also from a first year. I gave mine a bomb black diamond carabiner and chalk.

Psych Hesi: I got a 1127 and qualified as a part of the 97th percentile of the national nursing test for Psych. I was shook.

Winter BreakKBBQ w/HOUSE, Rachel Siroo, Vertical Rock W/Tori, Sportrock w/Rosa, UVA vs. UVA basketball game with Unni, Working in Cville, KCPC and feeling proud to be Korean, Longchamp/perfume/Clarisonic and bro

 

 

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Winter Break 2017-2018

This is my last official winter break. That’s a crazy thing to think about. I went back home a week earlier than most of my peers because I only had one final and it was a take home. I wanted to be home a little longer before I came back to Charlottesville to work for a week and then go back home for Christmas. Being home was really nice. It was possibly the best week I’ve ever been back home from college.

It made me really reflect and be thankful for the things I have. Both of my parents are still relatively healthy. My mom makes home-cooked meals for dinner every night. We can all sit down to eat together. I can afford to buy my mom new pants for Christmas. I have access to a car. And God has truly transformed my relationship with my mom.

We have gotten so much closer and I feel like I can stand firm in my faith and respond with sufficient answers when we talk now. When we went shopping the topic of getting a job after graduation came up again and I had to explain that that wasn’t what I was going to do. I was going to go abroad for a year to serve, work with the local people, and share the hope that I have. We have had this conversation multiple times before, but this one felt different. I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and soberness about it. I’ll admit I even felt the very real reality of fear and sadness over what it would mean to take this step of faith. It would mean putting my mom in a position of constant worry over my well being. It would mean being away from the family God has grown my heart for. It would mean being comfortable being uncomfortable.

That being said, He is worth it.

We left the conversation at that and I thank God for giving me the opportunity again to share my faith and His faithfulness in my life with my mom. I want her to experience the same hope I have.

KBBQ, Siroo, and Jireh with The Arrow

Over break, my house in Charlottesville met in NOVA and went to a bunch of popular Korean places in Centreville. We went to an all you can eat KBBQ place called Iron Age and ate SOOO much food. Holy smokes it was so good. We also went to Siroo for dessert and ate chocolate and berry bingsoo. YUM. And if that wasn’t enough we finished off at Jireh where we topped off with some tea and ginger ale after eating to the fullest. I love my house. Our entire outing lasted 6 hours and if I’m honest; it could’ve gone for longer. I wasn’t expecting to love my house as much as I do because my house last year was also so good, but they have been such a blessing.

Side note: they make me proud to be Korean and I think that’s been a lesson God’s been teaching me lately. A lesson I was not expecting to be taught. I grew up in a white dominated neighborhood, so I’ve never had an abundance of Korean friends. It has always been in the back of my mind. My house has 5/6 Koreans though (lol Katie) and it’s been so cool to hear things in Korean culture that they are excited about and to learn from them.

Visiting KCPC

In the same vein of embracing my ethnicity, I went to one of my housemate’s home church (KCPC) which is a Korean dominated church. Since I came to Christ in college, I have been in search of a local church to go to in NOVA. I had never been to a Korean church, so I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. The pastor shared about having difficulty expressing his love for his wife verbally but showing it through acts of service such as cleaning up the house and fixing things while she was away. This led to how God can show us his love not just through miraculous encounters, but through the day-to-day activities. His omnipresence and sovereignty reigns beyond understanding. Therefore, there is no good day or bad day with God because He uses it all. The personal anecdote really took me back and touched a part of me that hadn’t been tapped into. I also saw an old Arrow house member who moved up to NOVA for her job as a NICU nurse and got to catch up with her. It was such a pleasant surprise. I had no idea she had gotten plugged in there. I will visit again soon.

Rock climbing with Rosa

I got to catch up with a dear friend over rock climbing and it was just so life giving. She shared what it had been like to move to NOVA and get settled into a church community as well as her new job. It sobered me up to the reality of what it would look like if I came back to NOVA after my year and what it would look like if I left the comfort of my hometown.

Going back and forth to CVILLE for work AND UNC BASKETBALL GAME

Extra cash flow and breaking up the break with visits to Charlottesville were key to not going completely stir crazy in my hometown. I also got to go to the UNC vs. UVA basketball game with my sister for her Christmas present. We won. Go hoos. We ate bodos and went to Ivy Provisions afterwards. It was great.

Moe’s BBQ, White Spot, Milli Coffee Roasters, Egg Nog Milkshake at Cookout, Riverside Lunch

There are some amazing food places in Charlottesville and I want to experience as much of it as possible in my last year here!

Moe’s BBQ: I went here with one of the girls in my core group and we split a pork platter with mashed potatoes, pickled slaw, corn bread, and banana bread pudding. The cook gave us the last serving of mash potatoes for free, so that was super exciting. It had a rustic wooden lodge kind of feel inside with a bunch of TVs surrounding the tables so you could watch the latest hockey game. The food was super good, but a little salty for my taste. I don’t really add salt into my food though, so it’ll probably be fine for normal people. The banana bread pudding was for sure my favorite.

White Spot: I last minute went to the nursing date function at Boylen and it was surprisingly a lot of fun. I got to dance with my fellow fourth years and since nursing is almost all girls it just felt like a girls night out. We went to White Spot afterwards and I got a Gus burger because that’s one of the 118 things to do before I graduate. It was pretty tasty, but it was also kinda late at night so take that into consideration.

Milli Coffee: This is probably my favorite coffee shop so far in Charlottesville. It has a great atmosphere and they always draw a cute little figure into my lattes. I’ve dried their latte, hot chocolate and drip coffee. I would recommend the first two over their drip coffee.

Cookout: I FINALLY got my hands on the specialty item that is only sold in December… Cookout’s egg nog milkshake. One of my housemates kindly got it for me when I was finishing up my 8 page paper on Sufism. That was quite the night. I must’ve slept in everyone else’s bed except my own. It tasted good, but I was underwhelmed by the subtle eggnog taste. If you’re a fan of cookout though you have to get it along with their summer watermelon flavor!

Riverside Lunch: This place is truly a hidden treasure. It has your classic diner food and the vibe to match it. Not a lot of college students know about it, so it is a legit townie place to go. They even had carrot cake! I went with my core group family before semiformal and it was a hit.

November 2017 Wrap Up

 

November was an emotional month for me. At the beginning and middle, it was filled with a lot of highs and celebrations but towards the end I was met with challenges and things I hadn’t addressed in a long time or even at all.

Kellie and Doug’s Wedding: It was beautiful and I wrote an entire separate blog post on it.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony: My last pinning ceremony was on the same day as Kellie’s wedding, so I drove down to cville with my parents went to the ceremony and drove straight back to the wedding. It was wild, but God came in clutch with limited traffic.

Spring Break Trip Sign Ups: Every year my fellowship has sign ups for spring break trips. They are early in the morning, people wait in line for two hours beforehand, and it gets a little crazy. I had only been in this line my first year since someone stood in line for me my second year and I went to Cinncinati to visit my sister my third year. And since my first year, it has gotten even more intense. A lot of people wanted to go international this year and with limited spots tension was at an all time high. No one knows where the line is going to start beforehand so we were all waiting anxiously. I prayed God would give me peace over whatever outcome going into it though and by God’s grace I somehow ended up at the front of the line for international trips. I didn’t have to push anyone or fight my way to the front I was just in the right place at the right time… and I am excited to say I will be going to North Africa for Spring break.

Ichthus Friendsgiving/UDC show: Fourth years had a potluck friendsgiving and it was nice to be able to share a meal with my class. I also got to see one of my best friends dance on stage for the first time. She killed it.

Dive Deep: One of my best friends and fellow core group member my first year got baptized!! It was such a joyous occasion.

Nugs and Kpop: My little sister in the fellowship had her 21st birthday and it was nugget themed. 10/10 would recommend. We also became co-managers of a kpop group as well and took a picture of a lot of the Koreans in the fellowship. I had never felt more proud of being Korean in my life. It was so surreal to see how diverse the fellowship had become since coming in my first year.

Hayley’s Birthday: My best friend turned 22! And we celebrated with banana bread, red wine, flowers, posters, and getting rid of all of the Christmas decorations in the house because she doesn’t like having stuff up before thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving: My whole immediate family came together and as usual my brother made most of the food. I talked about giving-a-year and they were surprisingly receptive to it. My brother even said the place I was leaning towards in the middle easy might be safer than where I am going for spring break which is where my sister preferred me to go. I guess I will find out soon enough though.

Balayage: I got my hair dyed for the first time over thanksgiving break and it turned out amazing! I am so happy with the way it looks and am so glad I just went for it. It’s just hair, and now I can wear black clothes.

Talking about race: Race came up a lot in my conversations this past month and I’ve started to piece together how it affects the way I interact with people as well as how I perceive romantic relationships. Spoiler: It impacts it negatively.

LOTL: I went to my last LOTL with my core group family and it was as magical as it was every year. The music wasn’t the best, but the light show was for sure the most intricate of them all. I am glad I got to see it in person one last time.

Kellie and Doug’s Wedding

November 4th, 2017

My love for Kellie (and Doug) started with a movement. #Everyoneknowkellie2k15. I lived with Kellie my second year in a house where I knew virtually no one. How did I end up there? I wanted to live in Christian housing and her house was indeed a Christian house. She was a fourth year at the time and welcomed me in with open arms, but not literally because she’s doesn’t like physical touch. She intentionally got to know me, hung out with me, and just did life with me. Now being a fourth year I realize how valuable that truly was. She already had friends, a boyfriend, and a crazy impressive academic background. In her last year, she invested in me though and I could not be more grateful for her friendship. And to this day, we still have monthly phone calls and I am encouraged by how she has planted herself in a new city with a growing church community.

That being said, as much as I love Kellie, I can say with full confidence that Doug is worthy of being Kellie’s husband. He is the most driven, patient, understanding, Jesus loving, and all around great human being. I am also just constantly amazed by his time management! Doug lived in the other half of our house’s duplex unit, so I got to see how Kellie and him interacted up close in their relationship. From the very beginning to seeing them get married, it’s been an honor and joy. I found healing in watching their relationship up close and came to the realization that “this is what God intended a healthy relationship to look like… and on some level I want that too.” To be partner’s in Christ and to have Him be at the center of the relationship is so cool.

Their rehearsal dinner beforehand was so good! Soup du Jour, Salad Maison, Filet Mignon, and Creme Brûlée. #Blessed. At their wedding, I got to read Romans 8:38-39 and I cried seeing Kellie walk down the aisle. She looked so beautiful and majestic and just a total WOG in her vintage beaded dress. It was a medium sized wedding and I knew a lot of the faces there, which was nice. I also got to meet her NYC friends who I had only heard about through our phone calls. I sat with my old housemates and danced the night away with them. Side note: I came to the realization that an open bar is a really good investment for a wedding or else there will be an excess of awkwardness on the dance floor. Also, peach sangria is really tasty.

On that note, cheers to Kellie and Doug Chan. I pray that the Lord would bless your marriage and continue to be at the center of your relationship.

October 2017 Wrap Up

I am so behind on these wrap ups, but that is ok!

Hound Ears: I went to my first outdoor climbing competition with the climbing team and it was AMAZING. It was in NC and super chill. The weather was perfect. There was a broad range of skill sets and SO many problems to try out (and fail). I also got free chalk and a t-shirt! Def something I will do in the future because it was just so much fun.

Chiles Pumpkin Patch: My core group went to Chile’s peach orchard and we all dressed up in flannel and took cute pictures together. It was v fall v basic, but nonetheless so much fun. We talked about scholarship, being Korea (a common theme in my conversations these days) and our time in high school.

Homecoming: WOO WOO. UVA had their last homecoming football game and surprise surprise we lost (sad). I got to grab pancakes, fruit, and apple cider donuts beforehand on the lawn though. In addition, the school of nursing hosted an even at Pav 9. I felt super fancy because there were little cakes and pastries as well as an open bar. Update: still feels weird to be able to drink alcohol. Also, I got my annual funnel cake at the football game and got to grab dinner with my co-leader, who graduated last year, Katherine and my old core group. It was so great to catch up with her and hear how she’s doing. Moving to a new state for grad school, away from all of her friends, I have much respect for this WOG.

UVA Job Recruitment: I went to my first job fair at the Omni hotel for UVA hospital and it was SUPER nice. They gave away an iPad mini, fitbit, and a bunch of gift cards  in a free raffle. The school of nursing is crazy y’all. It was a great experience though because the room was filled with familiar faces (aka my nursing class). I got to meet representatives of different units at UVA hospital and talk about the things they value on their units. It was super exciting, but my heart felt distracted because I knew this wasn’t what was in store for me next year.

Dinner with Dick Brogden: Before MNL, a group of fourth years thinking about giving-a-year in the middle east got to eat dinner with Dick Brogden, a worker in the middle east. He answered a lot of our questions and concerns as well as gave us in depth overview of what are time in each country would look like. Out of the four places. I found myself drawn to the training team with the best language center and structured program. This thought was encouraged when I found out there would also be two nurses working there in the country and serving. I will be going to North Africa over spring break though, so I am keeping my mind/heart open to whatever God has planned.

Hoedown: Got lost trying to get to the location. Safely made it to the location. Pleasantly surprised it wasn’t freezing. Surprised by so many new faces!!!

House Photoshoot: We had out house photoshoot at 7:30 AM the day after Hoedown. We were all a little shambly, but the lighting was perfect and the picture turned out SO good. Who knew this house would be such a blessing in my life?

Qasim/Sherry/Angel: Sherry and Angel are two international students in the school of nursing whom I have been praying for and just recently they both told me they were thinking about getting baptized in the spring!!! PRAISE BE TO GOD. He is so faithful. And Qasim is a friend in my Sufi Islam class who willingly met up with me to talk about his faith in Islam as well as his hometown in Pakistan. Honestly, he is just a 10/10 human being and even though I was low-key stressed about our conversation it was so informative to hear his thoughts. I pray that I would be able to meet up with him even after this semester ends.

Walk for the World: My fellowship raised over $10,000 for a couple who works in Spain.

Luke 14: 25-33

I pray that Jesus would lead specific people to read this post.

The cost of following Jesus is real and it is heavy. It’s only October and it feels like I’ve been a fourth year for much longer. The weight and authority I carry as a representative of Christ has got me feeling worn down. I struggle with being vulnerable and allowing people to know what’s going on and lately it’s been so hard to verbalize why I’ve been feeling this way. It’s as if I don’t trust even my closest friends to be able to bear my burdens because I know just how heavy it can be to bear theirs. I’ve been feeling this way for the past couple of weeks and I think today was just the breaking point. ” Continue Reading ->