All Blog Posts Tagged 'mentor' (17)


So I am graduating in about a week. It's amazing and scary at the same time but it is happening and I wanted to celebrate by cooking up something good to eat. Now, I am a meat eater so I need meat in my meal to make it delicious. So, I opened my freezer and to my dismay, I could only find a frozen piece of unmarked, icy meat waayyyy at the back: Mystery Meat.

Well, I was pretty sure it was not beef and kinda sure it was not fish, which left chicken or pork. I thawed it, sniffed at it,…


Added by Kai Fujioka on June 7, 2012 at 3:00pm — 14 Comments

A New Friend

Very recently I brought a new puppy into my life. This puppy is the most adorable creature I have ever seen and from the moment I saw him I knew he would make my life much more interesting.

Now, I know having a pet is a big responsibility but this guy literally takes up ALL of my time regardless of whether it is free time or not! I didnt realize for instance that he would have the same amount of energy as the Energizer Bunny. He will stay up till 2 in the morning and wake up in as little… Continue

Added by Kai Fujioka on May 24, 2012 at 12:48pm — 9 Comments

Technology on my mind

Hey guys I just wanted to post about a question that has been on my mind lately..

-what is the role of technology in the classroom?-

This is an issue that is more and more relevant as many new computers and other electronics find their way into our daily lives. Personally I always have a problem with the way computers are used in today's classes as they usually serve either as some sort of free-time activity where students learn nothing, or as an interface for another… Continue

Added by Kai Fujioka on May 20, 2012 at 1:47am — 1 Comment

True teachers


We have all have had them and we think we know the good from the bad. We have been inspired by them and fallen asleep in their classes.

But what should teachers really be doing during that short time that they are with us? Is it really just making sure we know our times tables and can write in complete sentences?

I believe teachers have one of the toughest jobs in this country. I'm not putting other jobs or occupations down-I'm just saying that many teachers don't get… Continue

Added by Kai Fujioka on April 24, 2012 at 12:54pm — 2 Comments

What is college really about?

So, you are two-thirds of the way through school, whether you are in high school, college, or even middle school. First of all a congratulations is in order for making it this far! Every year you complete is cause for celebration in my book. 

Now- I know every student (and every parent) is concerned about GRADES. Yes, it's true. But I believe as a guy who has gone through most of it, that grades are not the only thing that you should be gaining from all these years you give to the school… Continue

Added by Kai Fujioka on April 3, 2012 at 1:24pm — 4 Comments

Confidence is Key

A few months ago I was tutoring a group of high school students in Math and English. I helped one girl learn how to do math with fractions. At first she told me she hates math, that it's too hard, and that she can’t do it. We went up to the board and I helped her solve the problem by explaining it a couple of different ways. When she solved it correctly, I said to her, “You just told me that you can’t do…


Added by Yusuf Alam on March 18, 2012 at 8:28pm — 2 Comments

Dealing with Family Pressure

Pressure from your family can be tough to handle, because they are the people who love you and care for you the most. Naturally, you would want to make them proud of you, and not disappoint them. However, sometimes what your family wants isn’t always the best advice for you.


When family members tell you to go to Harvard and become a lawyer,…


Added by Yusuf Alam on January 31, 2012 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Greek life

Many students enter college with the prospects of becoming a part of the campus Greek life.  We hear about it all the time in movies, TV shows, commercials, etc. about the many fun and integrating experiences that a sorority or a fraternity can offer. These groups are said to create close bonds, friendships, and networking opportunities that enrich the college experience. When you enter a typical college campus, you will see many Greek banners, stands, or posters adorning the walls which…


Added by Thompson Ly on January 8, 2012 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Time Management Tips


               As you get older, you will have more responsibilities and more work to do, but unfortunately I don't think anyone will find a way to give you more time. That means that you'll have to get good at managing the time that you have. A couple of things that work well for me are: creating a routine and sticking to a schedule.

  A routine and a schedule are two different…


Added by Yusuf Alam on November 10, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

It's not just grades that matter?!

Universities aren't just look for an amazing GPA when they're looking at your application. Now you're probably thinking, I spend all my time studying to get great grades and now I have to do more?! I'm sure you've all heard that extracurricular activities are important for university admission. Admissions officers want to see that you are a well-rounded student, that you are capable of doing more than just school work. So then the question becomes, what kinds of stuff am I supposed to be…


Added by Pardis Khosravi on June 7, 2011 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Finals stressing you out?

It's finals season for some people and getting real close to finals season for others! I go to UC Berkeley and we're on a semester system (instead of quarters) so it is finals week this week. I just took one final, two more left! 


Everyone knows finals can be really stressful. Having to remember an entire course worth of material for each class, plus every exam is in the same week!? Sounds impossible right? But we've all done it and we know we can get through it. Doesn't make…


Added by Pardis Khosravi on May 9, 2011 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Choosing classes

Choosing classes in college can be both exciting and daunting. Especially if you go to a large university, the seemingly endless amount of course offerings can make it difficult to figure out what to take and what to major in.


I encourage you to read through the course catalog for your school and see what departments and classes are offered, even if you know what you want to major in. Especially in your first couple years, it can be fun to take classes that aren't related to…


Added by Pardis Khosravi on April 4, 2011 at 1:58pm — No Comments

How to study in college

One of the hardest parts of the transition from high school to college is the difference in how classes are structured. In high school, every class gives you homework that are usually assignments to turn in. It helps hold you accountable for keeping up with class and the reading. In college, professors don't do that- they assign reading and expect you to keep up with the material. There will be no assignments to turn in for most classes. Your grade is determined by exams (midterms and the…


Added by Pardis Khosravi on March 7, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

City of San Jose Youth Commission and how they helped me get to college

As I'm sure most of you have heard, extracurricular activities are extremely important when applying to college. It shows that you have interests and passions outside of schoolwork and that you are a well-rounded individual. But sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what you want to be involved in. If you are interested in helping out your community in a variety of ways or getting an inside look at how in local government works, I strongly recommend you look into joining your city's…


Added by Pardis Khosravi on January 31, 2011 at 3:06pm — 5 Comments

Winter break!

One of the best things about college, depending on where you go, is that winter break is longer than it was in high school. In high school two weeks just seems way too short right? Before you know it, Christmas is over and so is New Year's and suddenly you're faced with the prospect of school starting again. If you go to a college that's on semesters (not quarters) usually you'll have a whole month off for winter break.…


Added by Pardis Khosravi on January 7, 2011 at 9:15am — No Comments

Graduate school?

As I've mentioned before, I am currently in my 3rd year of college. While it feels like yesterday that I was first moving to Berkeley and starting my first year of college, it is now time for me to start thinking about what I want to do after I graduate. I think that is the biggest challenge…

Added by Pardis Khosravi on December 6, 2010 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Stress Management

Hi guys, I'm back! As I mentioned in my introductory blog post, I am currently in my third year in college. Recently I've been thinking about all the different lessons I've learned since coming to Cal. I think during my second year here, the most important lesson I learned is stress…

Added by Pardis Khosravi on November 8, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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