I Open at the Close: End of the Week Inspiring Quotes VIII


The secret is that I am actually not in the states anymore… As promised, this wandering girl has gone on many an adventure and is currently finishing up a week of service slash international healthcare in the Dominican Republic. More on that later when I can transfer some pictures and share my story from Dejabon to Santo Domingo.

But for now… For now let´s reflect a bit on travel and why you know you kind of need it in your life.

Travel in undergrad, study abroad or save money and travel after you graduate… Travel as a young twenty something, travel as an adult, travel in a caravan of old farts if you want, or travel with kids … just get out there!

After all, as JRR Tolkien once said: Not all those who wander are lost :3

NOTE: These quotes are NOT Hogwarts House themed, but may they inspire you anyway!


  1. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”–– St. Augustine
  2. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” –– Mark Twain
  3. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” –– Henry Miller
  4. “Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.” –– Anthony Bourdain
  5. “Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”–– Ryu Murakami
  6. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.”––Moorish proverb
  7. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” ––Cesare Pavese
  8. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” ––DH Lawrence
  9. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” ––Robert Frost
  10. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” ––Maya Angelou

And just because I love, love, love this quote by Mark Twain here he is one more time

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ––Mark Twain


Culturally Conflicted Teenager

Those Who Wander Lost is a blog-site dedicated to the Class of 2013 but with enough room for guest contributors to share their pearls of wisdom, advice, rants, worries, and stories about college life and beyond. Posted here with permission by the author, the lovely Anne — one of my high-school cohorts, a major part of my barkada, and definitely a wordsmith in her own right. She’s also a pretty boss photographer, if you’d like to check out some of her work, including her 365/Day photo project! (Mahal kita kiddo) 


I’m reading a speech by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt persuading the American audience that the U.S. should annex the Philippines and he states:

“The highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.”

Throughout the speech, he essentially points out that Filipinos are incapable of forming their own government because they live a life of “ignoble ease” as opposed to the American lifestyle, the “right lifestyle” is to live a “strenuous life,” where there are greater moral prizes. There was, of course, the 1898 Treaty of Paris and the United States’ overwhelming desire to rise in military power to compete against Great Britain, France and Spain; therefore, by annexing the Philippines they can exploit its resources as well as China’s.

Back to topic. As I was reading this, I asked myself, “Is the Filipino Ideal to choose the path that leads to an easier peace?” I don’t think it is. I don’t think it is a principle for any culture. Otherwise, it would derail one’s morality, but so many people are surrounded by the idea of, “Success which comes…to…easy peace.”
I’m Filipino American and I began my college career as a Nursing student. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. A plethora of Filipino and Filipino American students are taking the “path of ignoble ease.” However, there is nothing ignoble in this choice. When you’re from a community oriented society, you have to live up to the strong instilled principles of one’s duty to family and I can’t help shake how pervasive the principle is.

It is true that there is a shortage of nurses in the United States and because of this, the nursing field is in high demand. I didn’t need to worry about the finding a job after college as much as others. If the starting salary of a new nurse is approx. $20/hr then I could have paid off student debt in about seven years. Despite how enticing it is to know that I can be free from the pain of running around the job market, I feel like I didn’t have the freedom to experience the pain.

Simply put, the reason why I took up Nursing is because of family. My immediate family is closely tied to my extended family in the Philippines and it is my duty as the privileged born American (because there is the idea that every American is rich) to give back to the mother country.  Plus, having visited the Philippines several times doesn’t make the decision to say, “No,” any easier. Overtime, I found the term “family” to be a paradoxical. For any of you who haven’t watched spoken work artist, Sarah Kay, perform “B,” a line that struck me was:
“When you step out of a phone booth and try to fly and the very people you want to save are the people who are standing on your cape.”

I want to fly so I can understand the world by myself and eventually self-actualize myself, but I feel like family tries to hide the pain from me. In a community oriented mindset, you help your family/ community and it fulfills yourself. I guess for me, this is where I have internal conflicts because I always want to better myself by pulling off a Thoreau and runaway to Walden Pond.

By the end of my sophomore year, I dropped out of Nursing and switched to Public Health. It wasn’t easy and the process to switch heavily involved calming down my parents, informing them of my plans, crying at myself thinking if I’m switching because I really want to or because I didn’t want to be another Filipino stereotype. Switching was the first time I truly felt autonomous and saw myself as my own person, but when I look at my parents and, even worse, look at those aunts and uncles who ask “What’s your major?” and they reply an underwhelming, “Oh,” after I say “Public Health,” I wish I stayed on the “path of ease.” I’m not taking this non-prestigious major because I’m unaware of my roots. I’m never going to forget my roots.

Despite the judging glances, I’m willing to struggle through this. If my family is truly my family, they’ll help me out through this and I’ll continue to work hard so I can help them out. It might be this childish mindset thinking that I can do this and struggle through this, but I know I’m mature enough as well to handle it.

— A. S.

(Admin note: Girl, I know the feeling. Pre-med was never for me, but it was what my parents wanted so badly until I had to tell them: Hey guys, it’s okay, I got this. You do what you need to do — go ahead and fly, your parents will be proud.)

Internship/Volunteer Opportunity: OneReasonRecordings lookin’ for Graphic Designers, PR, and Campus Reps!

Hey guys the Wandering Girl here with an exciting volunteer/internship/just-a-really-cool-thing-to-do opportunity for all you creative types who want to promote charitable causes! Now a (long) while back we debated the use of an unpaid or a paid internship, but here’s the thing: If it’s an opportunity that speaks to you, even if it’s unpaid, I say go for it, and pour your heart and soul and do something that matters — to you!

And from the looks of it, working with OneReasonRecordings is definitely worth it, especially if you’re looking to make a difference and want to do so in a creative venue. Anyway now that I got that ramble out of the way (And I do this because the unpaid-paid thing is still a major debate, don’t want to step on toes here) — on to the actual details of this opportunity to join in!


OneReasonRecordings brings together music and service to realize our vision of a better world. We empower independent artists by using their music to mobilize listeners all across the world to take action in support of organizations fighting for social justice, enriching the lives of everyone involved. We are committed to making a real, sustainable impact on communities in need and harnessing the passion of talented artists to change the world, one song at a time.

 People can enjoy music from all over the world regardless of origin or language. Music has an amazing ability to emotional, mentally and physically change people. So what would happen if you were literally able to change the world with music? What would happen if artists from around the world sent in tracks of their original music to build albums that would support charities around the world?

This is what we set out to do. OneReasonRecordings is a non-profit organization that raises funds for social justice issues around the world through music.

You can read more about their mission here!

Join Our Team

The OneReasonRecordings team is a group of individuals that just want to make a difference. Because we are a small group taking on a big job, we could always use some extra help.  Here we will list any position openings that we have because we could always use an extra hand or two – or three for that matter.

Please keep in mind that we are not able to offer financial compensation at this time and our entire staff is made up of volunteers. However, we guarantee that you will gain plenty of experience and have a hand in changing the world through music.

100% of all proceeds go to running OneReasonRecordings and meeting our yearly campaign goal. If you have a special skill that we’re looking for and feel called to help us, please consider joining our team!

Please send all completed applications to onereasonrecordings@gmail.com

Currently looking for Graphic Design and Public Relations staff as well as interested high school and college students to act as Campus Representatives

For more information on the application process please visit their website here for all their info!

Now, while I am an NYU alum I only just heard about this organization this morning — but I am confident enough to say that this does look like a very exciting opportunity for all you creatives out there =) So if anything give them a shot and, if this is something you’d love to devote your time to, I say go for it! 

And again here’s all the info you’ll need here.

Everything you probably never needed to know about Study Abroad

Those Who Wander Lost is a blog-site dedicated to the Class of 2013 but with enough room for guest contributors to share their pearls of wisdom, advice, rants, worries, and stories about college life and beyond. Posted here with permission by the author, the every lovely Jay — who is a marvelous writer and wordsmith and has a lot of perspective on study abroad ;U I personally think this will be an enlightening post for many of my readers who happen to be from the US on how folks across the pond feel about us (Hahaha look at that bad pun) 

Smile: You're studying abroad =) Here's what you need to know

Smile: You’re studying abroad =) Here’s what you need to know

Study abroad is a really big step; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The idea of going to another country, away from friends and family, was frankly terrifying to me, to such an extent that I kinda chickened out and convinced my friend to do it with me. And we only went from one English speaking country to another: going to a country where you’ll be studying in the native language has its own set of issues and difficulties you’ll need to keep in mind. If you’re a naturally courageous person who loves exploring, then you’re likely to step off the plane full of excitement about the country and the institution you’ve chosen, and you’ll be raring to go. People like this should definitely go for study abroad.

If you’re more like me, and love the idea but being 3000 miles away from your usual support systems scares you, I’d honestly still recommend going. It might be worth looking into support systems on campus before you get there- your mental health should always be an important consideration while studying- but don’t let fear keep you from what could be an amazing experience.

As far as support systems go abroad, the college that I attended had decent healthcare which included mental health and access to counsellors. The nurses were occasionally a little too quick to offer meds for things- Vicodin for wisdom teeth issues made spring break very interesting- but on the whole they did very well. You should look into this at your own institution and take advantage of it if and when you need to, as well as looking into the support available for the more academic side of things.

Building up your own support systems is also a good idea while you’re there, and will make the experience more fun. Try joining a sports club, or societies that focus on things you’re interested in. It’s way easier to make friends this way. Also, keep in mind that there are probably plenty of other study abroad students on campus. You’d be surprised how well homesickness and just being the foreign kid can function as common interests when you need someone to talk to.

No educational system is alike when it comes to study abroad, so keep in mind that even if you’re studying a subject like Literature (like me) where it’s seems like it’s all really books and essays on books and how hard can that be really, there will be changes to the system from marking down to essay structure that you’ll have to get used to. Trying to work out how GPA corresponded to degree classification took me a while, because when you get to university level in Britain you don’t get letter grades on essays anymore.

I was also thoroughly stumped by the fact that you had to come up with your own essay titles for your modules, where at home we received a list of essay questions in the run up to deadlines and we just had to pick one. Unfortunately, once you get used to the freedom of picking your own essay topics, it’s just as hard to revert back to the old system.

Anyway, that’s the fiddly side of the education element. What you really want to focus on is the fact that studying abroad can open up a whole area of study that you didn’t have as much access to at home, even if it’s just that the institution offers a different range of modules from your home university or college. Even something like studying American Lit while actually in the US made a huge amount of difference for me (though studying British Lit as the only Brit in the class was a little bizarre).

It’s also worth keeping in mind that if you study abroad as an extra year added onto your degree- in Britain, a degree is 3 years, but can go to 4 for study abroad- the modules you study while you’re there don’t all have to correspond to your degree. Essentially, you can take the opportunity to study whatever the hell you want while you’re there. Personally, I took Russian, which was seriously difficult but a lot of fun, as well as a few creative writing classes.

An obvious point now, but one that I feel I should point out: when studying abroad, people will likely feel it necessary to comment on your accent. It probably didn’t help that I studied in Massachusetts just in time for Sherlock as a fandom phenomenon to really kick in. I was stopped in lunch queues by girls who told me they loved my accent because they loved Sherlock. I had people listening in on conversations with my friend because of our accents. One of the chefs in the canteen made me repeat my order several times because he couldn’t get over my pronunciation of “tomato”.

I heard several variations on the theme of “I have a friend in London, maybe you know him”. You are also pretty much guaranteed to hear all the jokes people can recall about your home country, from the legitimately funny to the downright racist, as well as all the daft questions under the sun:

“Is it true you all have to drink tea by law?”

“Why do you still have a queen? Do you know the queen?”

“Why does everyone have such bad teeth?”

You get the idea. Now this might be more of a Brit going to the US thing, but it’s still worth keeping in mind. 80% of the time people are trying to be genuinely friendly and just going about it in a strange, slightly condescending manner, and it’s worth giving these people the benefit of the doubt, at least the first time. For the other 20%, and the people who don’t stop trying to imitate you after you’ve asked them to 3 times, I find a sharp thwap upside the head with a dinner menu works wonders.

Given what I’ve said so far, complaining as I have been (something Brits are also very good at apparently), I’ve probably given you the impression that I didn’t like studying abroad. The thing is, for all the silly questions and the different education systems and the overwhelming realisation that hits you every so often that you’re thousands of miles away from home, studying abroad is still an amazing experience.

Meeting new people, going somewhere you’ve never been before, and possibly learning a bit more independence than you might have at home, that’s really indispensable. Make the absolute most of it that you can, and if you get the chance, always take the opportunity to travel. It does sound that old shtick that the university gives when they’re trying to convince people to study abroad, but it really is true.

P.S. Keep your travel documents somewhere safe and do not forget them. Customs is not your friend.

The Quintessential Study-Abroad Post

Those Who Wander Lost is a blog-site dedicated to the Class of 2013 but with enough room for guest contributors to share their pearls of wisdom, advice, rants, worries, and stories about college life and beyond. Posted here with permission by the author, the ever lovely mythology expert, Sam, who spent an amazing year abroad in Dublin.  (I’m really jealous. And I love this kid a lot so you should all listen up!) 

A typical study-abroad group-picture -- I personally thought my time abroad was well worth it, but I'm sure Sam has more info!

A typical study-abroad group-picture — I personally thought my time abroad was well worth it, but I’m sure Sam has more info!

Hey all! Guest blogger Sam here! While Angeli catches some rays, waves, and maybe a surfing cutie (or five), I’d like to discuss the impact of travel upon your undergraduate career. YES–this is the quintessential study abroad blog post! Do or don’t? Europe, Asia, Africa, or elsewhere? Semester or year? More after the cut!

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5 Ways to Make the Most out of College

Those Who Wander Lost is a blog-site dedicated to the Class of 2013 but with enough room for guest contributors to share their pearls of wisdom, advice, rants, worries, and stories about college life and beyond. Posted here with permission by the author, a very close friend of mine and fellow kendoka, the talented  Silverwolf of MoarPowah.com–where he gabs about all things comic-related. He’s the sites very own “Clark Kent” so to speak, also — GO WOLF PACK

Yep had to choose a tournament picture -- because kendo club was a base for many other shenanigans and memories

Yep had to choose a tournament picture — because kendo club was a base for many other shenanigans and memories

Hello everyone! For those that don’t know, I’m a close friend of Angeli, the awesome owner of this totally cool blog. Anyway, I graduated from college a little over a year ago and, during the intervening time, realized that I made a lot of good choices during my undergraduate years. I’ve listed below some things that I think everyone should do to make the most of his or her college experience. Note that they’re in no particular order of rank or importance. Here we go!

  1. Join Clubs

While an undergraduate, one of the keystones of my experience were the clubs I joined. Angeli has already made mention of the Kendo Club in a few of her previous posts, an organization which I participated in as well during my four years at college. The club not only allowed me to stay in shape, but also allowed me to meet lots of great people who eventually became the cornerstone of my friend group.

Ultimately, clubs are a great way to meet new people. When working, learning, and hanging out with fellow students (and sometimes even faculty), you’re bound to make friends, while picking up some new talents along the way. Even if you are a newcomer to a club, there’s no reason to fear: most clubs are welcoming. Whether its sports, arts, games, or anything else you can think of, there is guaranteed to be at least one club that you’ll enjoy if you give it a chance.

  1. Make Use of Office Hours

I was a Math Major, and boy were those classes tough. I spent many late nights studying material I barely understood, hoping to eke out enough success on an exam thanks to the curve in order to pass each class. By my Junior year, I realized that going to Office Hours helped way more than I expected. Not only did professors and TAs offer to answer questions and help with homework, but also they suggested study methods and, often unwittingly, offered hints about what to focus on for upcoming exams.

It may seem pointless or you may feel intimidated, but Office Hours exist so that professors can help their students. Investing just one hour per week seeing your professor is often an invaluable experience and, furthermore, allows you to connect with the professor further. You may even form a deeper bond, paving the way for future networking and letters of recommendation.

  1. Attend University Events

Every week, colleges hold dozens of events for students, sometimes even hundreds at bigger universities. Like with club activities, there is enough variety that there is something for everyone. Want to watch a new film for free? Interested in hearing professionals discuss their research? Intrigued by foreign cuisine? Attending events can connect you with these things and, once again, are a great way to meet people and make friends. Inviting friends along is also great, since you can all share in the experience.

  1. Organize Your Own Events

This one builds off my previous example, but organizing your own events is a way to have lots of fun with your close friends. During my undergraduate career I organized (or helped organize) a few potlucks, movie outings, and parties. It was surprisingly easy, but the results were great as there’s nothing better than sharing a fun night with your comrades.

(AN: My own two cents, it actually helps a lot when you organize things ahead of time, while spontaneous moments of rolling around the city were fun, I think we reached out to a lot more people who wouldn’t have thought to hang out together without an organized meetup time and theme) 

  1. Be Flexible and Open to New Things

My mother beat the following mantra into my head for years: “be flexible.” While it grated on my nerves during my formative years, she’s absolutely right. When entering a new space, it’s a bad idea to keep your ideas completely rigid. Maybe you never had an interest in professional sports during High School, but if a couple of floormates are watching a hockey game, it’s a good idea to sit with them during the game. You may learn to love the new thing, and you may not, but making the effort is never a bad thing. If you don’t take risks, you can’t find rewards!

Anyway, that’s the end of my ramblings for the day! I hope they can potentially be useful to you all!

Guest Writers Wanted for June 22-July 6th!

Yes this is a reused picture think of it as INSPIRATION

Yes this is a reused picture think of it as INSPIRATION

O w O;; Hey guys here’s an important announcement from the Wandering Girl…

Here’s the long and the short of it:

So I’m leaving for a family reunion in Hawaii and I would really, really love and appreciate an army of guest bloggers for the next two weeks.

While I hope to blog and especially post photographs and ramblings about “The Asian American experience” during my trip, I daresay that distractions and general OhmyGodI’minHawaii feels will cut into legitimate blogging time.

So I would like to use the next two weeks to feature as many guest bloggers as possible.

There are no length limits or restrictions, these posts can be happy, sad, ranty, whatever– but I do ask that you talk about either life as an undergraduate or even experiences/tips/advice about job-hunting and interning.

Another great topic I wouldn’t mind receiving submissions for: the merits/disadvantages of studying abroad and if it was beneficial (or not) for your undergraduate career.

The only other thing you need for your entry is a picture, but if you can’t provide one, that’s okay, I’ll draw one for you. =)

I know I’m asking rather late in the game for articles but well, well…

Sometimes pressure helps!

I also love linking back so think of this as an opportunity to get your name out there! On more blogs, that are followed by my friends and family and some lovely people on the Internet as well! Hahaha

So again here’s what you need to submit a guest post:

  • A post that talks about undergrad or post grad life in some capacity; I will also accept poems *HinthintEfren*
  • A picture
  • A way to link back to your personal blog/website/portfolio/or email

QwQ;; Okay so, that’s that — please send submissions either via Facebook or via my email at: alr398@nyu.edu

Thank you, and I hope to receive your submissions and post them on site! <3

— Much love,

The Wandering Girl

Bitrebel’s Things You Need to Know Before Your Next Job Interview

Bitrebel’s Things You Need to Know Before Your Next Job Interview

how to ace the interview

Hey guys, it’s been super busy this week with my internship in full swing (More on that later) — but here’s a nifty little guide for acing the job interview! I can’t tell you how much a lot of this may seem like the little things, but it’s actually true.

If there is one thing that I must stress, from my own experience, you must know something about the company/business/museum/etc. that you are trying to apply for–coming prepared with a bit of research done will save you when they ask “So why do you want this position?” And make sure you can articulate why you want it, as well as how you would benefit the company at large. And–another added bonus of being prepared–you’ll be able to relax a bit if you have some notion of what you want to say, so you can let that good humor and personality shine through =)

I hope to have a more in-depth guide for acing interviews in the near future, but for now, good luck, and don’t sweat it too much!

Fighting Spirits (2012)

Hey guys! This student thesis film by Gene Kim has been floating around as of late and I just had to share; after all, he hails from my dear alma mater, NYU!

This film cleverly pokes at the spirit of competition that plagues all artists that have to audition for a part.