Back from a LONG hiatus

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Hi y’all! (Do I still have any followers or have they given up on me?) So a lot of things have happened since I was last here…

First of all, I graduated from college at got my Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering. It was definitely very interesting and I have a couple of stories from just going through that program at uni. When people ask, I just say, “I’ve seen the depths of hell and survived.” Because it was HARD. Not only was I juggling research and classwork/homework/exams but also mentoring and applying for funding and going to present at conferences on top of my own personal life. The biggest lesson I learned was that nothing can bring me down. Especially since a lot of things happened in my personal life that I struggled to successfully compartmentalize. But I may expand upon that in another post…

Second of all, one of my papers was submitted for publication!! It’s after nearly 3 years of research and organization and planning! Feels real good hehe. I’m working on a different project now – peptide aggregation simulations instead of nanoparticles. I’m hoping that this will be done before the fall, but it doesn’t look like it would. Hopefully my gut instinct is wrong on this.

Third, I’m pursuing a Master’s in Chemical Engineering! It’s part of a 5 year, accelerated master’s program at my uni. So this means that the 5th year is the year when an individual is a master’s student and will get that degree a year after they got their bachelor’s. It’ll good for me, ’cause it’s cheaper than a typical master’s degree and I have the flexibility of either working or going to graduate school afterwards. Still not sure which I want haha…

Fourth, I GOT TO SEE PRESIDENT OBAMA AT MY COMMENCEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was AMAZING. I was in the third row, ’cause my friends and I got to the stadium as soon as the gates opened at 8 am. So I slept over at a friend’s place and woke up at 5 am to get all ready. The four of us were the first engineering students on the field LOL. One of our ChemE professors was also the Engineering marshal, so he was really surprised we were there that early. But then we had to wait for 4 hours on the field with little food and water and on a cold and windy day. *shivers* It was horrible. But then seeing President Obama standing literally 20-30 feet away from you, that made it all so worth it. Lol I ate maybe a total of 300 calories and had to endure the engineering convocation immediately afterwards. Oh man. That day was crazy.

But now, I’m back and I plan on updating at least once a week!

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The Feminist Version of History

The Feminist Version of History

Because men — and particularly white men – have dominated history and history classes for far too long. It’s time everyone starts to learn about the multiple sides of the same story. Everyone has different interpretations and everyone will leave certain details out to make themselves look better/smarter/stronger/etc. 

Besides, why do you think people say “behind a good man is a great woman”? Women have always made the world a better place, although we never get the damn credit for it. (Men can be so rude sometimes.) 

Anyway, go read this article. It’s really worth it. And hopefully you’ll try to find multiple sides to the same story, one story at a time. That really does open up your mind for the better. 

Stress, stress, and how I wish I had a boyfriend to cuddle with now.

Stress. That’s all that I’m feeling at this moment. Engineering isn’t easy, and I know that, but does it have to be this hard? I have 2 exams this week, 2 on Monday, and a case competition to worry about. Oh and I can’t forget the fact that I have a open house committee whose responsibilities were more than I bargained for. 

Brain = dead.

At times like this, I wish I had a boyfriend to cuddle with. Someone who would listen to my rants without a peep or making suggestions, so I can vent out all of my feels. (Oops, I’ve been on Tumblr for too long…) Someone who will just let me cuddle until I feel a little bit better and more in control of my emotions. Someone who will tell me that everything will turn out just fine in the end. 

The problem with liking someone is that you’re easily envious of couples who have the relationship you wish you had. The fact that I share the same major as him doesn’t really help either. The prospect of having the same classes next semester is just so bloody wonderful. 

Life is so strange. Perhaps, a miracle will happen? 

“Silenced”

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/07/113_114513.html 

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/07/113_114557.html

These two articles are a result of the movie “Silenced” (aka “The Crucible”), which I talked about in my previous post. I’m am so proud to say that those monsters are in prison for 12 years and are forced to wear an electronic anklet (I believe it’s for released pedophiles?) for 10 after being released from prison. 

Although it isn’t exactly what I want, I suppose as long as they are labeled as pedophiles and are tortured that way, I’m happy. And it’s nice to know that South Korea’s judicial system has given proper sentences to these monsters. 

These sorts of people are not people. They are monsters. 

That’s why they should not be treated as human, or at least that’s what I believe. To stoop this low? That’s no longer human, and I have will wholeheartedly disagree with whomever says otherwise. For I am a sibling of a special needs brother. And by whatever deity is out there, I will personally torture the person with my bare hands if they dare to violate and abuse my sweet younger brother. Then I will be able to live in prison in peace

Something a little different.

Even though I consider myself a feminist, I also consider myself a human rights activist. And that includes disabled rights, human rights, civil rights, gay rights, women’s rights, etc. Therefore, today’s post will focus on disabled rights. 

About a year and a half ago, there was a rather controversial movie that was released in South Korea that I really wanted to see. It was called “Silenced” (or “The Crucible”). It centered around an ongoing legal case of incidents of rape and sexual abuse of hearing impaired children by their teachers/headmaster/other school officials. The first legal case ended with only 6 months in prison and 1 year of probation for both defendants. The children are still undergoing psychological treatment for the trauma they experienced. Needless to say, the defendants were rich and powerful. 

I just finished watching the movie with subtitles (the link is at the end of the post). And instead of crying as I did when I first saw the trailer, I am infuriated. Granted, it’s controlled anger because I’m currently typing this post from my dorm room; and even if I throw a tantrum, it wouldn’t change reality for these children and the possible hundreds of thousands of children that are also sexual abused by powerful people. It doesn’t matter if the children are African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic, gay, lesbian, transgender, transsexual, queer, hearing impaired, epileptic, autistic, speaking impaired, etc. We cannot simply let this continue.  

Perhaps it would be helpful to give a quick summary of the movie. Here is one on IMDb: “Gang In-ho, who is working to earn money for his daughter’s surgery, is appointed to a school for hearing-impaired children in Gwangju. But what he discovers there is an ugly truth: the children are being physically and sexually abused by their teachers. When he decides to fight for the children’s rights and expose the crimes being committed at the school, In-ho teams up with human rights activist Seo Yu-jin. But he and Yu-jin soon realize the school’s principal and teachers, and even the police, prosecutors and churches in the community are actually trying to cover up the truth.” 

I’m glad to say that because of this movie, South Korea has started a new investigation into this case. Let’s just hope that these monsters get sent to prison for life. Because monsters like them shouldn’t roam the streets as free as everyone else. And they definitely shouldn’t be given the death sentence. They need to experience pure hell on earth in order to repent. Even though I am not a proponent of violence, I still believe in the classic “eye for an eye” saying. If these monsters beat up children, raped them, harassed them, tortured them in ways only shown in old-fashioned spy movies, they should go through everything that they did. Every damn little thing. But I doubt that they will fully understand the consequences of their actions. 

Anyway, I will let this movie do it’s job. Please prepare a box of tissues and pillow to punch. I had neither and I fully regret putting on makeup and making my bed this morning. 

 

The link for the first part: http://itvmovie.eu/movie/view/2941/1/2/The-Crucible—.html (The rest of the parts are below the video.