UNI Life

Unlike my other classmates, I didn’t jump into college right after high school. At my international school back in Singapore, it was unusual not to attend college after completing your senior year. I am sure my classmates looked at me weird for making that decision. But I didn’t really care. I decided to give modeling a try and travel the world. I knew college would always be there, but these experiences wouldn’t.

Two years after high school, I finally applied for a University in NYC. That Fall, I was attending LIM College. The university was a school specifically for those who wanted to learn about the business of fashion. I chose their marketing major. During my first two years of University, I was living in NYC! It was always a dream to live there.

The first time I visited New York, I was 14 years old. I thought living here would be amazing, the city that never sleeps and always on the go. But when living there, I didn’t love it as much as I imagined. Which really bummed me out. Don’t get me wrong, I would definitely live there again, but not long term.

After my second year of university, I decided to check out LA and model there for the summer. I loved LA, more than I thought I would. I fell so much in love that I signed up for all my university classes online. This way, I could still be a full-time student and remain in the city I loved. I have now completed a year online and almost another semester. Since my school doesn’t have the marketing major all online, it has been a bit tricky. Making sure I’m taking the credits I need to graduate. Before this semester started, I called the head of my school and my academic advisor many MANY times to help me find classes I needed that were available. It took ALL summer to find some that were open. It wasn’t until the last day of registration that I was all set. It was a massive pain in the ass…

People say taking all their classes online would be difficult because they would need to be in class to ask the teachers questions and learn the information. I used to agree with that, I never thought I’d be able to complete my courses online. But I actually prefer it so much more, I can do everything on my own time. While trying to achieve my other tasks in life. If I can’t figure something out, I either google it or ask a friend/family member. It’s definitely hard balancing out everything, and sometimes I get so frustrated with school. Just because I want to be using my energy on other matters that are important to me in life. But what can you do, I basically just have to manage my time and bring my computer everywhere. So anytime I am free during the day I can go to a café and work.

All and all being a student is time-consuming and challenging. Especially when you’re following your dreams, traveling, and working as a model. If anyone is thinking about doing the same thing, I recommend it. But just as long as you can work hard and stay on top of everything.

LONG DISTANCE.. FRIENDS

I must say living and growing up in Singapore (SG) was fantastic. But when it came to friends, it’s quite interesting. A lot of students living in SG were always moving around. A large number of people either lived there since they were children or only lived there for a few years, if not less. Having new people come in and out of high school was typical. It would suck for those you grew close to all of a sudden transfer to a different location the next year. Once I moved out of Texas at 15, I never had the same group of friends. I actually don’t really have any friends in Houston that I grew up with anymore. Most of the friends I have back home are family. My little sister and my 3 older guy cousins who are basically like my older brothers (which can get frustrating at times as you can imagine). They would invite me to all their weekend activities since I was 18. Because of that, I’ve always been surrounded by people who were 8+ years older than me.

All my friends that I grew up with, in Singapore, live in many different places around the world. Since everyone always moved, it helped me appreciate the friendships I created while I was in high school. I am friends with basically everyone and try to keep in touch with them on a regular. THANK GOODNESS FOR FACETIME, IMESSAGE and for those who dont have Iphone.. omg. WHATSAPP. Having long-distance friends helps you learn how to stay in touch with everyone and make it easier to meet more people. While traveling, I will most likely have a friend or an acquaintance wherever I’m going (which is quite lovely). A couple of my close friends that I grew up with live in NYC, LA, London, Australia, and Bosten. So when I moved to New York and LA, it made it so much easier for me to make new friends and adapt. Since I’ve always kept in touch with my friends no matter where I am in the world, we will forever remain friends.

All my friends that I grew up with, in Singapore, live in many different places around the world. Since everyone always moved, it helped me appreciate the friendships I created while I was in high school. I am friends with basically everyone and try to keep in touch with them on a regular. THANK GOODNESS FOR FACETIME, IMESSAGE and for those who dont have Iphone.. omg. WHATSAPP. Having long-distance friends helps you learn how to stay in touch with everyone and make it easier to meet more people. While traveling, I will most likely have a friend or an acquaintance wherever I’m going (which is quite lovely). A couple of my close friends that I grew up with live in NYC, LA, London, Australia, and Bosten. So when I moved to New York and LA, it made it so much easier for me to make new friends and adapt. Since I’ve always kept in touch with my friends no matter where I am in the world, we will forever remain friends.

I keep relationships and people in my life that I love and care for. Although it is fun to have friends spread out all over the world, it is hard when I return to Houston. Since I left in high school, I was unable to create a close bond with those who lived here their whole lives. They continued to develop friendships with those in their high school as I did in mine. Therefore when I return, I don’t have a “high school gang” as many people here do. I have my family and the people I meet through them. It does suck because I am unable to have friends that I continually grow with and can return to in one place. But I will say it has made me cherish the ones I do love and any other new amazing souls I meet.

As much as I moved around, it has also taught me to communicate in order to keep in touch, and honestly appreciate the people I encounter. Even though I don’t see them all the time I know anytime we are together, it will be like nothing ever changed.