self & world discoveries at 20 years of age with 20 weeks of college left.
How To Write A Follow-Up Email That Will Land You The Job


You had coffee with someone from a company you’d love to work for. So how do you snag the gig? Make your messages as easy to take in as possible and have surprising amounts of helpfulness. i.e. shorter words, as well as minimum transaction cost and maximized utility for the reader.

A bit more advice here

Graduated just over a week ago. Once again, I have been blessed with the second opportunity to interview with my dream company - this time on-site!

It has been a relatively quick turn-around, and every new day has been quite the surprise. 

But uncertainty breeds spontaneity and adaptability, and I’m just taking on each new obstacle, one market-sizing question at a time.


" Insecurity tends to breed artificiality; confidence breeds sincerity and honesty."

A great article by Fast Company for those who are on the job search or thinking about switching jobs —

Don’t let yourself feel like you are trapped at your job - it will only bring and slow you down. So start designing a career path that revolves around your core life-values now

Tagged with: #career  #wisdom  #fast company  #life  #happiness  #job  #graduation  

What a beautiful day at Balboa Park :)

Took Senior Portraits with my friends, Joshua and Kelly yesterday - here are a few of them from one of the cameras!

It was strange being on the other side of the camera, for once, but I definitely had a delightful time! The greatest challenge was smiling naturally, but most of these shots captured here were candids while mid-laughing and exuding pure happiness from spending the day with these two :)

Still can’t believe three years of college is finally coming to an end — countdown of just 2 weeks. 


Warm and fuzzies when you get a shot at two phone interviews at your dream company. 

A small feat, I know. There are still many steps ahead before I can even declare this a success. But every little move goes a long way. 

I’ve talked about timing before. 


And now?

It’s time to make things happen.

Tagged with: #persistence  #determination  #timing  #life  #career  #motivation  


It’s everything.

And this has been one of the greatest lessons learned as of recently — perhaps in a more difficult way than necessary.

Throughout this final quarter of my college career, I have spent every waking moment — aside from my six classes, Business Council, DSP and my internship — searching for a full-time job in order to secure a stable career opportunity lined up for me by the time I don my graduation gown on June 16. 

In terms of success, I have had a few nibbles and even a couple of bites, which led me to (nearly) secure a job offer. On a Wednesday morning, I had a one round Skype interview with the company. In between my classes, I received an email from the HR Representative, and by the evening, I had an unofficial offer extended to me.

I took a few days to think about it, talked to my parents and mentors, and by the following Monday morning at 7AM, I let them know that I would formally accept the offer. Within just 3 hours, I received multiple emails from several separate sources to get the paper-work started. Everything happened so quickly. I barely had time to fully understand or follow what was going on, especially in the midst of 2 midterms, my last event for Business Council, and other commitments. Still, I did everything I could in that short amount of time to get things together.

But then a few other time-sensitive items came about unexpectedly, and ultimately, the opportunity fell through. Just like that. 

I’ll admit, I was really disappointed at first. I felt terrible — like a big failure. I felt that if only I had more time, none of this would have happened. I could have secured a job opportunity, and would know roughly where I would be headed after college. 

But through this experience, I have learned that things will often turn out unexpectedly. Things will change — sometimes for the better, other times for the worse.  Because life is so unpredictable, the only thing that you have that is still in your control is how you deal with these stressful times and proceed forward. And for the first time, I am facing a deep uncertainty in my life. For the first time, I don’t know where I will be. I don’t know what I will be doing. And I have no idea whether or not I should be scared or excited or something else.

I found this little piece of advice on a LinkedIn Influencer post recently, and I believe it articulates quite clearly how I feel and what I believe in : 

"…Life is about constant change and hope… Yes, change and hope. Sometimes change comes as a result of our own choice. Sometimes, in fact more often, it is thrust upon us…Don’t be afraid to try. Look for your passion, find it, follow it, pursue it with vigor. There’s nothing more satisfying than finding and living your dream."

You see, the past 20 years of my life have essentially been set-up for me. Yes, throughout life, I have faced a number of different circumstances in which I had to make a choice — despite uncertainties. But this has been one of the biggest changes yet, and I am slowly beginning to understand how to bounce back and move forward.

All it takes is some time.


"You cant stop wishing

If you don’t let go

But things that you find

And you lose, and you know

You keep on rolling

Put the moment on hold

The frames too bright

So put the blinds down low”

Sometimes the cliches really do hit home —
"It’s not the end of the world."
"When one door closes, another one opens."
"Everything will work out in the end."
"Things happen for a reason."

As much as I don’t want to admit, I really do hope these tidbits will keep me motivated during these tough and unpredictable times.