An Update on My Life

Here I am lying in my own bed in my own house on a block that overlooks downtown San Diego thinking about how God has blessed me with so many amazing materials, friends, family, and opportunity. It’s definitely crazy to think that I have my own house now that I share with 5 other guys and a car to take me around. I finally feel like an adult and I love it. I feel free because of the responsibilities I have. I love that I get to balance my education, work, and social life. I love that I’m so involved in campus and I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to make sure that these four qualities are balanced. I love the fact I sleep about 7 hours per night because I prioritize my work early on that I get that amount of sleep.  I lead a homeless ministry that takes a group of volunteers to downtown San Diego and make friends with our homeless neighbors. I’ve also taken upon the extra responsibility this semester to help one of my friends with his ministry. His ministry is visiting medically-fragile children at the Rady’s Children Hospital.

I’ve also found a job I absolutely love. I do AV (Audio/Video) stuff and IT work at my school. I get paid to go to events that I work AV at and I find it rewarding helping people doing IT work at school. I get to meet new people whenever they walk in and meet new people at events.

As you are aware, I’ve taken a hiatus from this blog the past four months and have come back to create more content. There’s something about being back in my parent’s house that makes me an absolute slop and refuse to work. A quick summary on my summer of 2017 is that I traveled around California on the weekends, worked with my church, bowled and ate out at trendy food places a lot.

As for what I’m planning on this new season, it’s going to be a lot of balancing and juggling between school, work, and friends. I want to learn more piano this year and to learn more about mixing and mastering music. The first song I taught myself was “City of Stars” from La La Land. I also want to remain physically active so I’ve picked up basketball and tried working on my handles.

I’m pretty excited for this season because of everything that’s been happening to me. This is where I am now and I hope you’ll continue to follow me on my journey through life.

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First Beat on Soundcloud

Here’s a beat I made after months of tampering with my Ableton software. I made this beat similar to an EDM/pop beat because one of my friends wanted to learn how to create one. I’d figure because I was unfamiliar with producing music, that by teaching myself this style, it would help me become familiar with my workstation. Hope you enjoy listening!

First Week Finished

Today marks the end of my first week of university back in America. This week left me utterly exhausted. Fortunately, two of my morning classes got canceled and I got the chance to sleep in. That rest was necessary. I have class from 8 – 2:30 with some breaks in between. Some of the classes that I’m taking this year include philosophy, optimal health, and some communication courses. I’ve only met with my philosophy professor once this week even though we have Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes. The class seems interesting because when we first started, he posed the question of how do we know whether something is a dream or reality. That was a tough topic to deal with and he said he’d continue it later. Optimal health seems pretty cool because it’s a nutrition and a fitness class. My professor wants us to have a fitness log and exercise a total of 2 hours per week. I consider myself a pretty fit person because I try to run about 20-40 minutes three to four times a week and avoid junk food. My management communication professor might take a medical leave in the semester because she’s pregnant.

Student life here has been interesting. It definitely is a good feeling to see old friends and hear them yell “YOU’RE BACK!?!?!” It’s also weird because I’m also rebuilding relationships with some friends. And then I have the chance to become friends with people that I’ve only seen around campus last year. The hall I live on is kinda cool. There are times where it smells like weed and the other guys act loud and rambunctious, but there are times where everything is quiet and the guys want to just chill. I’m not around my main dorm too often because I’d rather spend time on the main campus interacting with old friends and meeting new people. Tonight, I plan on webcamming with some friends from London.

In terms of recording music, I finally got my midi keyboard synced to my laptop. There are times where it doesn’t want to cooperate though. I learned how to make trap beats and planning to have some recorded this coming weekend. For my coding skills, I found a cool website called Freecodecamp that breaks down Javascript projects. I’m pretty excited to invest my time on this. We also have a 3 day weekend because of MLK so I’m going to use that time to work hard on school so I can work on music and coding.

What to Expect from this Blog in the Future

With the beginning of the new year comes with the beginning of new resolutions. I don’t have resolutions in mind but rather I have goals that I want to accomplish for my next semester. Some of which include: working on this blog, working on computer science side projects, recording music, and balancing school work. It’s going to be tough. But it’s something I want to work on in order to be successful. I am planning to document my adventures working on computer science projects here. I switched my career path to the side of technology because I wanted to contribute to the growth of technology. I know almost nothing the topic of computer science. My current level of computer science includes basic syntax of popular languages such as Python, C++, Java, Javascript, HTML, and CSS. I have almost no application experience in programming. My friends and I back home wanted to work on building a chatbot for Discord, but we don’t have time to meet up and discuss. The topic was interesting to me because I wanted to experience in machine learning. My next option was to find a Computer Science club on campus. I’ve talked to my close friends that are Computer Science majors and there doesn’t appear to be one on campus. Instead, I’m going to be setting out on my own personal projects. I’ll get these projects double checked by my friends of course, but it’s going to be a long and arduous journey to learn this. Nothing is set in stone yet, The first project that I plan to work on is going to be focused on Javascript and its frameworks.

I’m also going to document my adventures of recording music here. My friends and I want to record a hip hop album soon and release it for the summer of 2017. We don’t have too much experience in producing and writing, but here’s where we’ll start. My journey starts with getting familiar with Ableton’s layout, understanding how to mix and master music, and learning how my midi keyboard works. I have a lot of work to do this semester, but I hope you’ll follow me with my journey to success.