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Take a picture/video every day of summer

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1 second a day video

To tackle this challenge, I started the 1 second a day challenge after looking at some really cool videos online of a man who recorded 1 second of every day of his life.

This is a great way to document the most special moments of every day and also to be able to look back and pinpoint what you have done each day.

This app allows me to appreciate every moment of every day because even the most ordinary things become seemingly beautiful when stitched together to show a timeline of my growth, and I truly have grown through this app. I have been able to find joy and happiness in the smallest moments and when I look back to all my moments that I have collected (not just all of summer, but over many many years), I am so happy that I’ve gone through the effort of collecting these moments.

Disclosure: I have not been paid or compensated in any way for promoting this app. I just think it is fantastic and everyone should get it.

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Long Night of Arts and Innovation

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College Life: A brief period of time in which a young adult can discover his or herself by keeping an open mind to try new things and take advantage of the opportunities presented.

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Thursday night, my first opportunity to explore new ideas came knocking… no, literally…. My R.A. was all over the hall knocking on doors to gather kids to go to the Long Night of Arts and Innovation Exhibit. I happened to walk in on him asking kids to come along, and since I had finished all my work and nothing much else to do, I went along with five other kids from our hall and seven kids from the F1 hall. The night started with us going on a trolley (which is awesome because I hardly see those around in LA) to downtown riverside to see the Long Night of Arts and Innovation Exhibition and though we had quite an adventure throughout the night, it was definitely worth going, and I don’t regret it for a second.

In the beginning I found out there was a stamp booklet we could fill out, so I was going crazy in trying to collect all the stamps… until I realized all the stamps are all the same, just in different colors…  so then I tried labeling the different demonstrations. I got a stamp from the art museum about the different diversity in mom&pop companies and poverty,etc. and then I got a stamp from the Entomology table. They had a walking stick from Australia on display for kids to feel and hold. Holding the walking stick made me feel as though I was back in third grade for show & tell, and it was a pleasant memory to be able to do this again in college a decade later.m1

Some other demonstrations we  saw included Vocademy, in which I got to finally see a real 3D printer! I have always wanted to see how that works and it was truly so fascinating to see these things that I had only read articles about on yahoo pages actually materialize in front of me at this exhibition. The volunteers explained how the movable parts printed layers of plastic to essentially created a flat 2-dimensional object into a 3-dimensional object. We also saw a demonstration that allows people to photograph the act of a punch in slow motion, and one of my hall mates got second place! He beat my R.A. by 1 frame.. It was pretty intense, and super cool to see! And then, there was this train that a person can control with their hand through the electric signals that the brain sends out. And it worked! Every time a person flicks their wrist upward as if starting the engine of a motorcycle, the train starts moving! It was incredible!

There were some really cool demonstrations and experiments being conducted, and I was so glad that I could witness these amazing inventions instead of staying back in the dorms and watching something on netflix (…actually that would have been pretty awesome too). We got really hungry at one point, and we stopped at a pizza shop. I didn’t have any cash on me, and I didn’t have any dinner either, but these two extremely awesome and very sweet girls gave me some of their pizza. And my hall mate, Tre, surprised me with a warm cookie!!! (I seriously love her!) I was so grateful, and I really had just the most amazing time talking to my hall mates, R.A., and the demonstration volunteers (from the clubs).

Sleepover at the San Diego Zoo

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Camping out in a zoo in a different setting after hours seemed interesting enough that when my dad asked if I wanted to go on a father-daughter trip with a bunch of other men in his YPO group, I jumped at the chance! We packed two sleeping bags and all our clothes for the night and next day morning and we were out.

Upon arriving at 4 pm, we got lost. It’s really not that hard. We missed most of the informational meeting with the staff, and when we walked in (as silently as possible) everyone turned around and clapped.  And I hated being the center of attention in large crowds. Embarrased, we quickly sat down. Also one thing my dad did not mention was that most of the his friends in this group had kids far younger than me. They averaged between the ages of 4 to 12. Only a few kids were around my age, and two already had the advantage of knowing one another. The introduction ended with the staff bringing out snakes and other cool animals to let the younger kids pet. Dad took a bunch of photos of me with the animals. Cute, I know.

An hour later, I was acquainted with everyone: kids, toddlers, and adults all the same.

We first took a small tour of the parts we were to visit. And, I first hit it off with Kara and Kyle at the Elephant Odyssey exhibit. I don’t remember the details, but I must have done something crazy like ride a sweet elephant named Tembo (just for a second or two) and manage to fall off. I don’t blame the elephant, but it hadn’t even been more than an hour, and I had managed to get embarrassed twice! And this time, it was caught on camera. The only thing to do at the Panda Canyon was to stare at the adorable pandas and take pictures. Dad got a really good shot of the panda (of course, I send a copy to myself! ).

We took a break from visiting more animals to get unpacked and set up our tents and such. I finished quite  early. Believe me, I was extremely excited since this was my first real sleepover… any where. Kara’s tent was much bigger to accommodate all the people ( her parents and two younger sisters who are beyond adorable.. they remind me of the girls from “Despicable Me”… maybe, except they’re white.)

It was about 7 pm now, so we were all ready for dinner and then the s’mores and campfire songs! It all happened all too fast, but it was by far one of the best nights of my life. There was laughing, lots of it. And bonding too, lots of it. 

The s’mores were amazing. I ate so much, and honestly, I didn’t stop eating until they ran out of the Hershey’s chocolate bars. And even then, I helped myself to the extra marshmallows the younger kids roasted for me in the campfire.

I stayed with Heather and Daisy for the 15 minute tour before we headed back to the tents. We took turns going to the restrooms and brushing and getting ready for sleep. While there though, we made up a brilliant plan to hide in the park. We thought it was the best plan ever. Honestly, it was just us running away on stealth mode and hiding out of our camp grounds. It didn’t work out so smoothly. Within two minutes, we ran into one of the workers, and then ran away before he could say a word. It was just the thrill of being out so late that made everything exciting. That was enough to get a little adrenaline kicking through us and keep us from sleeping for another hour.

We had to wake up early the next morning at 6:30am for our breakfast and last exhibit, so when the adult told us to sleep, we welcomed the suggestion. I had a wonderful night sleeping in the tents on my sleeping bag. My dad and many other men, however,  complained of a terrible experience in the tents. I not-so discretely laughed at them while I enjoyed a yummy breakfast. It was getting around time to say our goodbyes. We could choose to attend the last exhibit or just leave.

Most stayed, and although dad was seriously not in the mood to stay any longer, I convinced him. And, I don’t really regret it. He still does, but whatever. We got to see the giraffes up close! The trip turned out a million times better than I had ever expected when we had first arrived. We hugged and kissed and parted sorrowfully, but we got contact details with promises of staying in touch. It was a great experience… also crazy. And, I got a super cute purple t-shirt with koalas at the end!

Check out all the other items on my ultra packed bucket list for more crazy adventures!