The Year of 2009 – This year was filled with all “Firsts”
January – I fly down to San Diego early and spend New Years at my friends house with my girlfriend and friends. I take my first classes as a Computer Science major as well as academic probation. I visit Indianapolis and see snow, more like ice. There I meet the rest of my fraternity brothers from all around the United States. I become a man and use a shovel to dig three driveways for low income families without houses. I go to a highlighter party. I apply to return as an Orientation Leader. We bake and decorate cookies. Fall in love with Phoenix Wright and the Ace Attorney games again. I go clubbing in San Diego. Korean Starcraft Fantasy League.
February – I make chocolate roses and make a Valentines skit and video. Go to Mission Beach and taste Hodad’s. Cooked dinner and watched basketball with the girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. Plan the video for the APSA Talent Show. I kidnap a friend. Perform the Single Ladies dance at Denny’s. Engineers Week with the fraternity brothers. Engineer’s Ball with girlfriend and brothers. Drink with my Orientation Leader. I join Digg. I break my laptop and join the Mac side.
March – I meet Circle K’ers from all over SoCal. I go to the Eclipse dance. I fail two finals. International Secret Agents – San Fran. I turn 20 years old. Circle K District Convention. Clubbing again with break dancing. Street Fighter 4 as Vega.
April -Disneyland trip with girlfriend. Cheesecake Factory, I hate cheesecake though. Meet one of my mentors – Leo. Recruit and pledge into the fraternity. Fired from job as Orientation Leader due to low grades. Breakdown and cry. Academic Probation again. Lose my voice. TMTV Telethon. Learn what film studies really is.
May – Didn’t win the award at the Rezzies. Dress up for a costume party. Circle K Banquet. Power Rangers RPM. My professor says my paper is one of the best one he’s ever read, film studies is great. Sun God Festival with my old roommate I haven’t seen since freshman year. I get in a fight with officers and almost leave a club.
June – Throw a friend in the pool. TMTV banquet, and new crew of TMTV is made. So goodbye to a friend going to Hawaii. Everyman. Finish New Member Education and watch our first brother graduate and become an alumni. Going dumb on campus. Figure out my graduate plan. Move off campus. Summer school starts. My childhood hero Michael Jackson dies. My PC is fixed.
July – 4th of July BBQ with friends. Get my first camera ever, Canon T1i. Triangle National Convention. The Interest Group becomes a Colony. Online summer school starts. I breakdown in front of a friend.
August – Failed first driving test. Downtown dinner for friend’s birthday. Girlfriend’s birthday party. Wicked. Learn how to play Mahjong. Failed second driving test. Transfer Orientation training and Orientation. Flip Cup.
September – Make history as Thurgood Marshall College wins the Golden Shoe in the UnOlympics in the first time in 31 years. I meet my new mentor Ryan. Break up with the girlfriend.
October - Get back with the girlfriend. Got a job. Someone is murdered in my building. Attempted suicide. I get Swine Flu. Diagnosed with clinical depression, get treated. Break up with the girlfriend again. New pledge class is formed. Halloween party at Irvine.
November – The DYNASTY is formed. Fall Training Conference. Masquerade Ball. Learned how to budget and monitor credit score. Captured Premiere. APSA High School Conference and DYNASTY reunion dinner. Masquerade After Party. Thanksgiving with family in SD. Initiated into the fraternity. Asked to leave the mall while performing and capturing my art final project. I am now a Visual Arts student.
December – Christmas Potluck. Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Passed drivers license test. White Elephant with the family and stepfamily. Get lost in San Fran. Join Photo Club. Vu’s Holiday Party Traditions. Decide to apply to study abroad in Korea. Start dating again. Take part in the ritual. Party and knockout at friends place. Hangover on New Years.
Happy New Years Everyone! Let’s make this a great year!