January 2011 Blog Posts (377)

Breaking the Rules

I do what I because I am me, Kelley McCarroll-Gilbert.  I consider my actions to be the best possible decisions depending on the situation.  At the end of the day when I think about my activities, I want to feel better about myself knowing that I have made a difference.  I want to help make someone else’s day better and reached out to someone who was having a rough day.  I do what I do because of who I am.   I do what I would want someone else to do for me.

I do what I do because I do…


Added by Kelley McCarroll-Gilbert on January 31, 2011 at 11:02am — No Comments

I do what I believe

Why do you do what you do? How many people in this world would have thought about this question or had answers for it? Why do you eat only three times a day, sleep lately and wake up lately, watch Japanese TV shows, have thousands of facebook friends, buy smart phones and tablet PCs, listens to the hip hop, study at Powell, hate math, gossip with friends at Starbucks for hours, use Mac PC, or drink alcohol? Will we be able to have just one simple answer that can explain all of these specific…


Added by Sanghyun Cho on January 31, 2011 at 10:56am — No Comments

My parents finally moved to a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles when they first arrived from the Philippines. On March 15, 1988, Kevin Earl Briones was born. That same day, he had also passed away…

My parents finally moved to a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles when they first arrived from the Philippines. On March 15, 1988, Kevin Earl Briones was born. That same day, he had also passed away. Kevin is my older brother or as we say in Tagalog, kuya. It was that event that allowed my family to move to a town about 40 minutes away called Norwalk.

On May 14, 1991, Tatiana Marie Briones was born, the second child to Renato and Evelyn Briones. Kuya Kevin's death was at the…


Added by Tatiana Briones on January 31, 2011 at 10:47am — No Comments

What Makes Me Different From the Next Person

People have their interests. People have different perspectives. People respond differently when placed in certain situations. But how does one judge whether something is right or just? Or how does one judge whether something is moral? Virtually, no one can tell me what to do. Though the government legally can lean your actions to what is best towards society, but does that mean I am being truly autonomous? So, why do we do what we do?

People question themselves from time to time if… Continue

Added by Jason Sarmiento on January 31, 2011 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

Because if i wait to long no one will show up

I fear living a life in solitude. I would do anything to prevent loosing a friend even if it means masking my emotions or putting others before myself. Until I can satisfy their needs, then will I be happy with myself. I do what I do so I wont have to sit alone waiting for someone.  Pleasing others and knowing that I have not yet disappointed them is what I do. The last thing I want is for my friends to loose faith in me, unable to find me reliable or hold a promise. Everyone wants to…


Added by Joshua Macadangdang on January 31, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

Because Two is Better Than One

People have always automatically faulted me for being an only child. Whether they vocalized it or not, I could tell in their eyes that they were already forming opinions about me. Sure, being an only child has its perks but most of the time I find myself wishing that I had a younger brother or sister.


Car rides were especially lonely as a kid, not having anyone to pick a fight with or to swap stories with. I yearned for even the simplest of things. As I got older, I found it…


Added by Stephanie Tran on January 31, 2011 at 9:11am — 1 Comment

For the thrill of the chase                   Why do you do what you do?         Although there are some things in life that I might never be able to obtain and some dreams that wont ever come true i…

For the thrill of the chase










Why do you do what you do?


      Although there are some things in life that I might never be able to obtain and some dreams that wont ever come true it is the pursuit of these things that keeps me…


Added by Matt Hanley on January 31, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

I need to know everything before I can do anything

It was the last year of my high school. I still had no idea what I want to study in college. At that time, I was not even sure if I want to go to the college. I wanted to be a writer. I had full of ideas in my head. I just wanted to start my career as a writer rather than spending time studying something else. Of course, none of my family besides my grandfather agreed with it. I fought with my parents to the point we stopped talking for a month. During that time, my grandfather told me “If…


Added by Kai Shu on January 31, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Finding Balance

This time last year I could have answered this question without giving it a moment’s thought. I did what I did simply to get into college. I worked tirelessly to get good grades, I volunteered too many days of the week, and I was a member of more clubs than I could count; all in hopes of getting into the best college possible. Well, here I am in college and find myself unable to answer this question so quickly. Now I have to look at the bigger picture to fully understand why I do what I do.…


Added by Jordan Fuller on January 31, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments


At first, this question "why do you do what you do?" really bothered me because there was no way I could find just one simple answer as to why I do the things that I do. Because the question was so broad, it seemed almost trivial. How do we define our actions through a single motive? I do what I do because I'm tired of waiting for things to change, because I want to be loved, because I need to be heard, because it makes me happy, because I needed something to feel, because one day I beileve I… Continue

Added by laura lucas on January 31, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Because not many will

I do what I do because not many will. It’s really difficult to point to one thing and say that’s what I do, especially in a life style where everyone is encouraged to do as many different things as possible to lead a ‘well rounded’ life. And I am no exception to that, sometimes wanting to be a follower sometimes wanting to go against the tide, but the one thing I can safely point as something I will always do is helping those in need. From Haiti to Katrina I’ve tried my best, if not to be…


Added by Adnan Khan on January 31, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Adventure Town: Poulation Nectar

Life is full of adventure.  Through the good and the bad, I have been lucky enough to have the thrill of adventure in my life.  I do what I do because each risk I take takes me on a new adventure in which I learn more about myself and the world.  One will look back on their life and remember their most exciting times, whether good or bad.    It is important to take chances when living, and regardless of whether or not you find success, one will still benefit knowing that they tried their…


Added by Connor Bannan on January 31, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

To give my best effort everyday, not sacrificing the gift.

I never really thought about why I do what I do, I guess it just never occurred to me that every action has a reason. As I thought about I realized I do what I do for a number of reasons. Growing up my dad always said to me, “ To whom much is given, much is expected.” I always try to carry that emphasis with me in whatever I do because I feel I was blessed with abilities and always try to maximize my results. I do what I do because I don’t like to get things handed to me, because the reward is… Continue

Added by Kyle Slowey on January 31, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments

Because my eye's on the championship

Since as early as I can remember I had always played team sports.  From a young age I enjoyed the combination of competition and working together with teammates.  But it wasn't until fourth grade when I found football.  This sport stood out from all the rest because of its difficulty, intensity, and most significantly because of the amount of commitment it required.  The difference was notable from the first day of practice, which was harder than even any game I had played in another sport.…


Added by Matthew Frederickson on January 31, 2011 at 8:44am — No Comments

To not have any regrets

      The wind was whipping the rain around on the frigid autumn night of November first two thousand eight. So much wind and rain in fact, streets were flooded, and sailboats could have easily replaced cars. At the time I was a high school senior, starting catcher hitting cleanup about to go to the major leagues, the valedictorian that might win a Nobel peace prize, in other words the big man on campus.  On this forever-changing night, two of my best friends, who like me, were part of the…


Added by Alan Awrabi on January 31, 2011 at 8:43am — No Comments

friend or girl friend

Shih Ting Wang 

Discussion 1A

John is my roommate when I first came to UCLA. We were both electrical engineering major and took lots of same classes. Seriously, we both think it sucks to be a engineer sometimes. Because it not that easy for us to get to social with others, especially knowing girls!  It sounds shallow, but I think knowing girls is lots of guys top priority beside homework.


There’s a girl caught John and mine attention a lot from our floor in…


Added by Shih Ting Wang on January 31, 2011 at 8:39am — No Comments

Because I have opportunities

I do what I do because of all the opportunities I have.  It’s a product of who my parents are, where I live, what time period I’m in, but mostly, my own attitude.  I take opportunities because I am so lucky that my parents do what THEY do, that I live in a culture that nurtures dreams, that I live in a time where almost anything is possible, and that I don’t take any of these things for granted.

My mom didn’t have a lot of opportunities being born and raised in Vietnam.  Her family…


Added by Sarah Kaitlyn Burtner on January 31, 2011 at 8:33am — No Comments

To Inspire Others

I’ll never forget that day. It was the summer before my senior year. On my way out of the house towards what I thought would be a memorable night, one of my closest friends, who I used to play with in an orchestra, randomly calls me, frantically trying to tell me something.  She sounded completely hysterical, yet too indiscernible for me to recognize any real words. Immediately I sensed something was wrong, and tried to calm her down. It wasn’t until ten minutes later did I realize that she…


Added by Gilbert Dang on January 31, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Sweet Taste of Success

There is nothing quite like the sweet taste of success. The feeling of triumph after winning a tournament or seeing the product of months and months of hard work is probably the greatest feeling in the world. Arguably everything someone does is in order to succeed in some aspect of life. Different people look to different things; entrepreneurs want their business to do well in the market, athletes want to win games and become the best they can be, doctors want to save lives, and rocket…


Added by Edward Lin on January 31, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

because its what has to be done

I get up everyday and go to sleep every morning in this reality we like to refer to as life.   What we like to think we live everyday as make choices that are really ours when in fact they are more the decisions that have been crafted as the right decisions or wrong ones by society.  We can choose to live by the rules or not, but result of this have different repercussions.  We would like to think that what we see everyday and do everyday is real, but it is just a fabricated reality composed of… Continue

Added by Surgeo Vargas on January 31, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

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