Why hello there! I'm Rachel. Welcome to my own little corner of the interwebs where I chronicle my daily adventures. My blog began under the name explorology as a study in exploring my career interests and the city around me at my alma mater UC Davis. Still embodying that same Spirit of Adventure - I am now exploring where I was born and raised - the San Francisco Bay Area. Expect all things food, film and fun sprinkled with bits of travel, artwork and post-grad life advice.
After a successful day of shopping the 4th of July weekend sales up and down State St. (bought my first fedora at Urban AND my first designer purchase – flats from Betsey!!), my parents and I decided to fuel up at Brophy Bros located right on the Santa Barbara harbor.
Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, you could say we are sort of seafood snobs. We were quite dissapointed that they had run out of oysters. Like really? The ceviche was OK – the fish was not chunky and its greyish hue was a little off putting.
I will say that the rest of the dishes were excellent. Super creamy clam chowdah. Plump shrimp with hearty portions.
I tend to only eat half my meal when I go out (I love me some leftovers!) but unfortunately our hotel room did not have a mini fridge. I hate wasting food. I did bring it to go but seafood, especially shrimp spoils fast. If you’re in town I’d definitely recommend coming here to dine by the sea. See Brophy Bros on Yelp.
Everyone by now is a week into Fall Quarter, adjusting from summer break, and getting into the groove. Likewise, I am more settled living at home, working my first post-grad job (!!!) and back into blogging.
So, what have I been up to since I last posted…
Well, I graduated! After I picked up my cap and gown, my friend Todd and I did a photo shoot around campus to commemorate the occasion. Here’s a select few:
Graduation day itself was pretty amazing. My friends and I scored front row seats! It was funny because the back row had filled up for the middle column and we were very hesitant on what to do and the ushers kept motioning us forward until we were like,”Ohhh!”
Melanie, Me & Jessie (Thanks Martin Wong for the photo!)
How my cap was decoratedTo infinity & beyond!
Graduation was just how I expected it to be – unmemorable speeches, a long long list of names and yet one of the happiest surreal moments of my life. I contemplated recording myself receiving my “diploma” but I am glad I decided to just live it with my fullest attention. I swear, I think I walked ahead before my name was even announced because of the adreneline running through me. It was almost an out of body experience with slow motion smiles and nodding, looking to the crowd, and BAM – over in an instant!
Here’s a little video from the day:
I am grateful to have experienced the whole thing with my lovely roomie Melanie & to have had quite a few friends in my half of the L&S commencement ceremony – more people to cheer for. Also, loved that my family had a great view of us from right behind the stage and lots of friends came to greet me afterwards with flowers and hugs. When all the photo taking was done, my family and I headed over to Fenton’s in Vacaville to celebrate with their biggest sundae – The Banana Special.
That’s it folks! My summer was spent enjoying my last days in Davis, moving my stuff back home, venturing off to New York for three weeks, working in Detroit for AAJA Voices on scholarship with a wonderful bunch of people, then flying back home on a Sunday mid-August only to land a job the Friday afterwards.
I feel pretty lucky to have found a job that I love right out of college. But I also know that I put in the work to really discover who I am and what I want out of a career and UC Davis definitely helped me do that. Interning at UComm, starting this blog, joining AggieTV, minoring in writing – all of these things helped me explore my interests and at the same time build a portfolio for a job I never knew I would want when I first started college. That’s my biggest advice – get to know yourself through trial and error. College is a buffet, try a little bit of everything and go back for the stuff your gut loved. Trust your gut instinct!(oh ho ho!)
If you ever want to talk anything UCD related, career advice, which restaurants you must try, feel free to contact me any time. I love receiving messages and love talking about Davis. Email me at rcagana @ ucdavis dot edu. Tweet me @RachelAgana. And to follow my life after college http://blog.rachelagana.com/ (It will soon be filled with my summer adventures)
As you may know I blog for MYX TV, and in a couple weekends they’re holding the first ever Kpop dance convention in the U.S. You’ll be able to learn how to move by ABDC’s Season 5 Champions Poreotics and choreographers of your fave KPOP stars like 2NE1, JYP and Taeyang.
I’m giving away TWO of the classes for Saturday June 18th
1:30pm-2:45pm | Beginner’s hip hop class with Chad Mayate of Poreotics
4:00pm-4:15pm | “Better Together” – Se7en with Mari and Keone of Movement Lifestyle
To qualify all you have to do is comment below with:
1) Name of your favorite KPOP song
2) Why you want to attend KPOP Takeover
I’ll use Random.org to select the two winners on Sunday 12PM PST and contact you to get your address to ship the tickets to you. Good luck!
Graduation is coming up but I don’t think it will hit me until the day of. Or probably not until I actually move out of Davis. Going to pick up my cap and gown yesterday made it a little more real.
II came almost 30 minutes before doors would open and to my surprise there was already a line.
Thankfully, I was able to wait in line and catch up with my friend Athena. We both met at Diablo Valley College and look at us now!
They had music playing and the line was divided as if we were about to ride an attraction at Disneyland.
Bumped into my TCS 191 buddy Jessy
I bought the Grad Pack which, in addition to the cap and gown, came with a blue stole with the a gold UCD seal, a blue and gold souvenire tassel, a fancy UCD keychain, a padded diploma cover and one year Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) membership.
You can still pick up your cap and gown:
Today, Thursday, June 2nd 9AM -4PM
Friday, June 3rd 9AM to 3PM
and during normal open hours at the bookstore
Late Rental/Pickup will begin on Saturday, June 4th at the bookstore, during normal open hours.
I have a bunch of little Toy Story alien figurines that I may glue onto my hat. How will you be decorating your cap? Please share any photos of crazy awesome graduation caps from the past