2016 Year in Review

It’s MAY 2017, and you know what that means? It’s been almost a year since I’ve updated my blog! I see it as both a good and bad thing, because it means I’ve been so busy (in a good way), busy (in a bad way),  exhausted, fatigued, and/or depressed to push myself to write. But now I’ll finally post this pending draft that I had planned to post sooner because people were genuinely always confused about where in the world I was for the latter half of the year.

It’s mind-blowing thinking of how much happened and changed in my 2016. Despite all the moments of unhappiness or generally negative emotions, I’m grateful to have been able to experience those feelings.

Here are my 2016 highlights:

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My Post-Grad Journey

How often have you thought to yourself: I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. 

Immediately after I graduated from UC San Diego in June 2015, that is not how I felt. I turned down UCLA and Cal to live at home and save money, only to learn that top companies I was interested in recruited at those campuses, but not UCSD.

I was able to study abroad in three cities and graduate with a double major, but my only work experiences were as a part-time admin assistant, orange chicken scooper, and popcorn popper. I never did an internship and my time abroad prevented me from being able to join the leadership teams of student orgs I was part of. I was doubtful that my study abroad programs and academic coursework were sufficient to make me a competitive candidate for my dream jobs.

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Pre-Star Wars John Boyega in Imperial Dreams

March 16, 2016

Two years ago, Imperial Dreams won the audience award for the low-budget NEXT section at Sundance Film Festival.

The film was well-received, but after John Boyega received the role of Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director Malik Vitthal and co made the strategic decision to hold off on distribution until after the star was well-known.

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The San Diego Foundation hosted an exclusive screening of the film as part of the Future40 series, followed by a talk with director Malik Vitthal.

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Aging and Old People in America

The San Diego Foundation hosted another Future40 event at UCSD: “The Future of Age-Friendly Communities: Preparing for the Elder Boom in San Diego with Ai-jen Poo.”

This talk felt unrelated to any of the issues I’ve been involved with, but I decided to go and learn about what Ai-jen calls “the Elder Boom” – the demographic shift that will occur as the baby boomers reach retirement.

First, a bit about Ai-jen Poo:

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On Male Privilege

This topic has come up in my life a few times recently, and it’s another one I feel strongly about…

Some people seem to deny that gender inequality and male privilege persist in society, while others try to counter or complain with their own perceptions of “unchecked female privilege.”

It is reminiscent of affirmative action, white privilege and reverse discrimination discussions — this backlash from the privileged claiming that there is equality and future efforts are unnecessary and/or damaging to these individuals in a historically privileged group (“it’s not like I chose to be born male/white, and–hey–my situation is different”).

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