So I have been contemplating whether or not I want to take a foreign language for my junior and senior year. Somehow during my junior high and high school years I got by without taking one, and here at UIC I just took Chinese 104 to get my language requirement done. Everyone that I know of has either taken Spanish or French in high school, so they are fine with taking it in college. As for me, I don’t know if those languages will satisfy my thirst for discovering a new culture. As I looked through the languages that UIC offers, I think I want to take Polish.
Why Polish? I agree it is quite random, especially since I am Asian and no one would ever think someone like me could have interest in it. But alas, the more I think about it I have every reason to challenge myself and learn a very widely spoken language in the Chicagoland area! I never noticed it before but Chicago has a huge Polish population and most of them prefer to speak in Polish than English. Anyway, I have been looking up basic Polish phrases and cartoons to help me prepare for the future when I actually take the course. I remember going to the UIC Bookstore and peeking into the Polish 101 book and there is absolutely NO English whatsoever. Even my Chinese 104 book had some English to explain grammar or something. I imagine if I do take it, it will be crazy hard as a non-native!
Anyway, nothing too exciting going on with me. There’s only four more weeks of school left before winter break, and I am doing my best to hang in there and get good grades! I had a nutrition exam Wednesday that was all right, although I probably should have studied a little bit harder. Organic chemistry is the same, not so great. I have to start writing a paper for my Asian studies class and I don’t have a clue how to start! Besides that, fiction and biology are all right. I have to write a short paper as a biology quiz grade, and fiction is about the same although the class has been a bit unorganized lately. It just seems like people stopped caring or forgot about their responsibilities as a student to be prepared, and it’s a little disheartening as a peer but I don’t think I have much voice since I’m the youngest in almost all my classes.
I started volunteering at Rush Medical Center in the Geriatric unit on Mondays from 1:15pm-2:00pm. I play the piano and violin for the seniors who are normally unresponsive but when I went last week, they were very active! My music therapy teacher (Honors 201 Seminar) was there to help me get adjusted and we played some old tunes that would be familiar to the seniors. It’s too bad UIC doesn’t have a music therapy program because I would totally want to be a part of it! =) I’m hoping to continue this type of volunteering next semester and junior and senior year because I think it’s much more meaningful than the general volunteering of most hospitals. I have yet to do any general volunteering but the more I talk to people about it, the more I don’t want to do it. I don’t think it would be a wise use of my time to be a receptionist or push wheelchairs around, but playing music for the patients really brings their mood up and makes me happy too! This opportunity has given me great motivation to practice the violin and piano, and possibly the erhu–although I’m not sure how the seniors would like that sound.
To end, please check out the new t-shirt designs for iiClothing! My brother is currently at FACT (Filipino Americans Coming Together) at Urbana-Champaign as a speaker for fundraising, and he is also getting the word out about the clothing company. The hoodies look really nice and I can’t wait to get one next week! I designed new stickers to be passed out which you can see on the main website.
Speaking of which, I added images to the UIC Campus Housing website recently because I don’t think maybe people read the announcements in the front (no one likes looking at a bunch of text, so sorry if my previous blog posts have been boring and filled with nothing but words!). I also redesigned the RHA website (Residence Hall Association) and the committee really likes it! Right now I am actually trying to design a logo for my past WISE mentor’s husband’s business website. I am pretty excited and hope I can get something to him soon!