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.
Ever since it was announced that KevJumba and Papa Jumba were going to be contestants on The Amazing Race, his YouTube hiatus was all worth it. As you know Kevin Wu is a 3rd year here at UC Davis majoring in Communications (though I heard he’s taking some time off) and I had to tune in to support a fellow Aggie. I just finished watching last night’s season premiere through CBS.com (the life of a college student = online streaming). Not much of #TeamJumba was shown through their journey from Boston to Stonehenge.
But the spotlight was on for the boat balance challenge.
It was really nice having The Buzz start at an earlier time this year. Having it on the quad felt like it was a mini Picnic Day! Since I got out of class at 5 I hung around while everyone was setting up. The plus side to being there half an hour earlier meant no lines for booths that were ready – free hot dogs, nachos with deliciously melted cheese, brownies, cookies, and drinks galore. Starbucks and Papa Murphy’s handed out samples. Various organizations were armed with swag: Campus Rec with bags, Tandem Properties with Sprinkles cupcakes. For entertainment there were poker tables, inflatable games and live performances including The Cataracs! Even though long lines can form, the down time is great for catching up with friends you haven’t seen for a while and making new ones.
Free Cinnabread mmm
Glass blowing demo for the Craft Center There were also spinning, pottery demos + a place to mold your own clay! I use to volunteer at the Craft Center freshman year and it totally rocks.
My favorite part besides the free food was of course the photo booth. Roomie love!
What was your favorite part of The Buzz? Win any raffle prizes? Post your photos on their FB page.
EC teamed up with gofobo to give out 700 passes for the screening. All I had to do was send an email that was provided in the FB event and in return receive a RSVP code to print my own pass. Every time there is a free screening they make sure to overbook to ensure a full house so only the first 300 people are able to watch.
This time EC was much more organized than last May when I watched Easy A and handed out numbers smartly written on the back of their flyer for the Best Coast concert at the end of Oct- way more efficient than constantly counting heads & it deterred line cutters.
Line starting around the corner
Me & Priya
The movie was entertaining but I wouldn’t go out and drop $9 to see it in theaters. I would have rather watched a documentary on the rise of Facebook rather than a glamorized fictional depiction laced with drugs and lace undergarments. The filmmakers portray Mark Zuckerberg’s motives as selfish when in reality the real MZ is constantly thinking of ways to use the power of FB for the social good. Since it is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires whose main source of information was the company’s co-founder Eduardo Severin – the audience is most inclined to sympathize with his character in the movie as the victim in the lawsuit battle. I’m interested in reading The Facebook Effect for the other side of the story.
With the start of the new school year, I felt it would be appropriate for us to reacquaint since I’ve never officially introduced myself.
Like many of my peers Davis was not my first choice school. It was a UC, respectable, and just far enough away from home to feel independent. Honestly, I almost did not want to go to Davis simply because my older sister went here. I just had to be different. But also like many of my peers – I fell in love with Davis. Head. Over. Heels.
After a roller coaster freshman year (more on that later), I went back home for a few years at community college but always knowing I would return. During my time at home, my friend Jessica Kim started to blog for MIT Undergraduate Admissions. At first I read just to keep updated with her life across the country – just another one of her blogs. I attribute my closest friendships to blogging – Xanga during high school and LiveJournal at the beginning of college. As I continued reading, I was not only fascinated by all her stories but became enamored by the campus.
Fast forward to about this time last year, The New York Times wrote an article about Jess and other student bloggers on how writing about their college experience is a great way for prospective students to learn about the school. Now I cannot count how many times people have said “boring cow town” when I tell them I go to Davis. I felt it was my duty to defend Davis and educate the public by showcasing all the things I love about this community. And so I started pitching the idea of a student blog around and found a home with Student Affairs.
My hope is that I can be an invaluable resource with advice for everything from the best places to get your textbooks to good eats off campus. I want to be an inspiration for taking advantage of all UC Davis has to offer. I write for everyone – prospective students to get a glimpse of student life, for current students to learn more about their campus and for alumni to reflect on their time here. As this blog grows I envision adding guest bloggers and full time regulars to demonstrate the diversity of paths to take while at UC Davis.
One of the coolest things about attending a research university is participating in studies yourself. I’ve done my fair share of psychology research both as a research assistant and participant but this time around I got to utilize my taste buds for the Food Science & Technology Department.
It was my first time at the new Robert Mondavi Institute. The study was in the sensory building over by the water tower.
I was quite excited about this study because I loved the acai gelato I had at Icekrimsi next to Varsity Theater and the acai Jamba I had during their $1 promotion. Plus, instead of being compensated with experimetrix units I would receive a $10 gift card!