The College Conundrum

co-nun-drum  noun

1. a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun
2. a: a question or problem having only a conjectural answer
     b: an intricate and difficult problem
     I recently read an article on Wall Street Journal, entitled To (All) The Colleges That Rejected Me. Basically, she’s complaining about the fact that while colleges want you to be “yourself”, you actually have to have so and so accomplishment with this type of internship while being this ethnicity. Her article has garnered a lot of responses. As a High School Ambassador for Her Campus, my attention was brought to an article written by the HC Editorial Team. The gist of this article is that while Weiss did bring up a few good points, the majority of her article was unfair. In their opinion, Weiss should’ve taken initiative and developed passions, instead of sitting back and blaming her parents for it. Although, they bring up the interesting fact that her GPA is 4.5 with an SAT of 2120. With those types of scores, Weiss has hardly nothing to complain about. It is clear that she has the brain power, but what isn’t is her motivation behind her work.
     In my opinion, Weiss definitely has the right to complain (now, whether doing so on WSJ was the correct way is up in the air), but in the end, she can’t claim her rejections were due to her parents and colleges. It’s the easy way out. Blame someone else and leave yourself blameless. Colleges, I’d like to think, love drive – seeing a student go out of their way to fulfill their passion. The funny thing about college is you can’t depend on your stellar scores and legacy or whatnot to get you in. It’s a lot more than that.
     It’s about your ability to be yourself.
     Let me explain. Obviously, at this point, you can’t become Native American overnight. You can’t suddenly develop a passion to volunteer with about three months before college applications (well, you can, but it’ll look suspicious). What you can do is take interest in what you like to do. Do you enjoy swimming? Try out for the swim team. Do club swimming. Look into volunteering at the swim center. That’s just one example of all the possibilities.
     Face it, college admissions suck. There’s no tried and true method. It’s all up in the air, and sometimes, it feels as though it’s down to luck. We can’t mold ourselves to be the perfect student because there is no perfect student. All you can do is try your best at what you do because your happiness is what matters. Stats matter, of course they do, but you can only go so far with them. You can do as much SAT boot camp, or as many practice tests as you want, but at some point you’ll have to accept enough is enough.
     I know this has gone on a bit of a tangent, but I really just wanted to encourage you all who still have time to enjoy and work hard. College admissions is definitely unfair, but complaining that it’s all due to your parents or colleges or whatever excuse you can come up with isn’t going to help. What is going to help is being real with yourself.
My two cents,
shivaaani (:

“Hit the Lights”

Our 2013 Winter Formal entitled “Hit the Lights” was yesterday. I can’t say I was incredibly happy or surprised with the results, mostly because last year’s formal was similar. Our school’s dances are never that great. Still, I had fun with my good friends. So, without further ado, here was my night:


Last year, I got ready with my friends, who helped me with everything. I wasn’t incredibly happy with the results. This year, I decided on going with a different group, who didn’t really care about getting ready together, so we all just got ready separately. I should’ve washed my hair the day before, but being the lazy person I am, I did not. So, I washed my hair that morning and blow-dryed the crap out of it, combing it. It was actually really straight, but I really wanted an up-do.


So, I was browsing on Pinterest when I came across this updo hairstyle. Granted, it is for a wedding, but I didn’t mind.


“Vintage Faux Bob”

I never do this type of hairstyle, so I figured there was no harm in trying something new.  I found one flaw though – I can’t really do hair all that well. My mom couldn’t really do it either, so she called this girl that usually helps. Her name’s Myra and she’s really good with hair/makeup/etc type things. She’s actually modeled a couple of times, and been on TV, so she’s learned to do that sort of thing.

While it didn’t come out exactly the way I pictured it would, I was satisfied. What she did was that she divided my hair into two sections – top & bottom section. With the bottom section, she created a sock bun (with a sock! first timer :D) towards the bottom left of my head. She curled the hair in the top section. Taking some of that hair, she braided it and pinned it around my bun. The remaining hair just stayed on the side of my face. I know that sounds super confusing, but I don’t have a clear picture of it, unfortunately. I’ll edit this if my friends upload better pictures with my hair kind of visible.


So, for makeup, my mom claims that I always do too much. All I knew was that since I had red heels with my dress, I would do red lips. Anyways, let me just go through the process.

First, I used MAC Prep + Prime which is basically a base for your makeup. It’s nice to put underneath makeup so that your skin doesn’t look super dry and it helps even out your makeup. I just used my fingers because I’m not the biggest fashion guru out there, and I don’t have brushes designed to put on primer (do they even have those? probably). Second, I used my liquid foundation MAC Studio Fix Liquid in NC44. I lost my new foundation, which made sure my skin didn’t breakout and was very light, so I had to use this. It’s not bad – it actually matches my skin well. The only thing is, it’s a bit heavy so I tend to start breaking out after a while. I set the look with Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder in Golden Suntan. To be honest, once I put it on, my skin looked a bit darker, but the shininess from the foundation was gone.

For my eyes, I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Then, I used this charcoal grey color from my Victoria Secret eye shadow set. It comes out pretty light on skin, and you really have to put quite a bit on to see some color. Towards the edge, I put MAC eyeshadow (Print Satin) and dragged that into the crease. I blended it a bit, and it didn’t look too bad. After that, I lined my eyes with my gel eyeliner from Rimmel London. I really like gel eyeliner, because it gives you a lot more control then liquid or pencil eyeliner do. For my waterline, however, I used a pencil eyeliner.

For my lips, I put some rose salve on before I put M.A.C Red (by MAC, A99). I put about two-three application, making sure to blot in between each time. Overall, I thought the lips popped nicely against the black and silver dress and matched with my nails/heels.

I put on some blush aaaaaand that was that.


The dress was my mom’s from about two years ago, so needless to say, no one had it. It was a bit loose, but I think it looks fine. Pictures soon!

Photo Booth pictures!

Photo Booth pictures!



So, all in all, it was pretty boring. We went to souplantation, which was pretty good. The food was cheap (one of my friends even found a coupon). I had salad, biscuits, foccacia bread, baked potato, apple cobbler with ice cream, blueberry muffin with ice cream, and a soda (even though I was supposed to go water #rebel). It was really good. Needless to say, we were stuffed which was good considering that there was nothing at the actual event.

After that, parents picked us up and we went to the actual venue. It was about 30-45 minutes, give or take, so not bad all in all. We were early, so we had to wait in the cold. Slowly, people started to show up (like freshman in limos – yeah, I know). Soon enough, we were in line to get through security. Yeah, that’s how cool we are. For the past few years, they’ve had security to make sure we don’t sneak in booze or anything like that. The guys get patted down while the girls’ purses/jackets get searched. When it was my turn, I got stopped and they let the guys’ dates in. The guys’ line is always shorter, so I suppose they wanted to go in with their dates but still. We had been waiting for a good 5-10 minutes, and they were just going to waltz right past us? No way. I made sure that the girls who passed us knew my opinion loud and clear. Jeez, just because my group went stag doesn’t mean that they can just make us wait. On top of that, they made me put an eye drop in (I brought drops which help when my contacts irritate my eye), just to make sure it wasn’t something else. Really… This isn’t airport security, people.

Finally, we were all in. So, the place would’ve been really pretty had we been able to see it. Since it was so dark, we couldn’t really appreciate it fully. Let’s just say it was really cold. Now, I won’t bore you with the morbid details. Basically, they only served cookies and brownies (the shock & horror), but the drinks were good (they serves shirley temples!). My friend wanted to get a caricature done, so we waited in line for about 2 hours (I know), and by the time we were done, there was only half an hour left of the dance. We danced a bit, but the DJ sucked, so we went to the Photo Booth. We got picked up. The End!

I mean, sure, there were a few laughs here and there, but for the most part, it was just an average formal – not too boring, not too exciting.

I might post some pictures later.

Until later,

shivaaani (:

A long time ago in a GALAXY far, far away…

There was a girl who discovered she had a passion for painting nails. That’s me, in case you didn’t realize. Today, I didn’t really do much until I figured I wanted to paint my nails. I don’t really like doing the same thing over again, so I end up searching for a while on nails to do. After surfing pinterest (awesome website), I found a tutorial for, you guessed it, GALAXY NAILS []!

Anyways, I tried this one before, but it ended up looking dumb and I got frustrated so I scrapped the idea. However, I decided to give it another shot. Lo and behold.

galaxy nails – final product!

Anyways, I guess I’ll give a little tutorial/tips as to how to do this nail, based on what I found while following the other tutorial. (:


Many colors! I used –

Zoya Vivi, Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine Nail Color in 60 Spark, L’OREAL Nail Color in 105 Club Prive, L’OREAL Nail Color in 540 Jet Set to Paris, Kiss Nail Art Paint in White, Revlon Nail Enamel in 901 Fuchsia Fever, Wet n Wild Rock Solid Nail Lacquer in 33229 Golden Topaz, CG Boundless Color Nail Polish in 555 Luxe Lilac, CG Boundless Color Nail Polish in 603 Bronze Beauty, and CG Boundless Color Nail Sparkle Topcoat in 415 Gold Rush. Whew. Basically, blues/pinks/purples/white & SPARKLES!

Nail Polish Remover

Base Coat (or Nail Hardener!) & Top Coat (I used Nail Hardener & OPI Top Coat)

Makeup Sponges!

STEPS – Just follow the tutorial above!

The thing I like about this nail is that you don’t have to have the exact colors. You can use whatever you have on hand, and it’ll come out pretty well. However, this nail is pretty time consuming and so if you’re looking for something that’ll be quick and easy, this is not for you! Blending is pretty important as well, because if the colors merely look pushed together, it’s not going to take the effect you’re looking for.

This does get pretty messy, so have an open workspace! And lots of nail colors. The more you have, the more interesting it will look.

Overall, I did like doing this nail, although doing the right hand was a pain (I’m right-handed). If you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands, I’d definitely go for it! (:


class of ’13!

So anyways, I decided that as soon as I got my senior registration stuff, I would make a blog dedicated to document every sophisticated, witty, intelligent, and perhaps moronic development in my life.

Today, I went to the OC fair to volunteer (but free admission + free t-shirt wasn’t too bad so yknow). First of all, since my mom complained about the early time (4 AM to be exact), she demanded that I set my alarm. My mom looooves to nag, so I figured might as well. I have a bunch of preset alarms on my phone, so I just edited the time. What I didn’t notice was the part where it said ‘weekdays’. Guess whose alarm didn’t ring? My mom came to my room luckily, wondering why I wasn’t up. I jumped out of bed (literally) and I don’t even know how I got ready so quickly. Amazing how that happens, but really I hate it because I can’t sleep because I guess I still feel the shock of being woken up so abruptly. We ended up leaving at 4:36 AM. We were supposed to leave at 4:20 AM. The call time was 5 AM. We got there at 5:21 AM.

By the way, I hate detours. The signs (at least here in SoCal) are always hidden amongst the trees, so it’s like how the heck am I supposed to see the tiny sign which is supposed to get me back on track. But I digress so…

It got colder when I went there which sucks because I hate cold weather. Bane of my existence (btw watch the dark knight rises cause it was really quite amazing). I got the free shirt, and checked in to do work at which point I realized I had gotten there before some of the other volunteers (which was weird considering they lived way closer and the whole alarm fiasco). My job ended up being giving racers their numbers & having them sign in. I don’t know what it is, but just registering all the racers in is so much fun because you get to see and meet all types of people. More often than not, they’re actually really sweet and talkative so yeah. This is the second time I’ve done registration for a race! Afterwards, we ended up cheering for the racers. It bugged me that we had to wait for every single racer but I guess I’d want that so whatever.

After other random tasks, we finally got what we were waiting for – the golden (not really) ticket. Success was ours.

*We actually got medals that they gave to the racers because there was a huge surplus so YAY.


-I can’t really say anything about the parking since my dad just dropped me off.

-It can get really expensive, so I’d try to sneak in water or something like that.

-Try to go online and check when they have deals! On two days, you can pay one fee and get unlimited rides (which would’ve been helpful today).

-Sunscreen. And comfortable shoes.

-There is lots of fried food, so if you’re trying to stay healthy, this is definitely the WRONG place to do it.

-Get there early! So much less line, and it’s a lot cooler (weather wise).

-Check out the convention, with all the different stores. Just beware that they’re mainly looking to impress the adults, so don’t expect to get anything free or any nice treatment besides a smile from the employees if you’re a teenager/child.

-Look around! Especially when you’re looking for food, because the price can range a couple of dollars for the same thing! Plus, there’s a lot of outdoor booths/stores to look at as well!

-It smells. You can’t escape it.

-You don’t have to buy 10-20 tickets. You can buy 1 ticket or 3 tickets or 7 tickets! So don’t think you need to spend a whole twenty on tickets!

-Be prepared to spend a lot of money.

-The small booths & animals were actually really interesting to look at, so it doesn’t hurt to go visit that!

-Sparkletts had free water. That’s just an example. You can find stuff like that, but you really need to just walk around the entire park and trust me, it’s huge.

Overall, I’d say it was fun but waaay too over-priced for a county fair. It has the prices of an amusement park without the cleanliness/amazing experience. It’s only good for a couple hours (unless you’re made of money). The admission isn’t too bad, so if you want to take the family out or even the boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife out, I’d say go for it (if you’re not struggling too much in the financial department that is. trust me. the food/rides will taunt you).

at the oc fair! (:

Next time, I think I’ll just stay local if I want to volunteer or even hang out at a carnival.


shivaaani (: