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Screw Up

Posted in Awards, Extracurriculars, Field Trips, Out of Town, School with tags , on March 20, 2010 by Jeremy


[I’m pretty sure I forgot my camera cord at the hotel for the FBLA trip, so here I am with millions of pictures stuck in my camera.  I don’t know how and when I’ll ever get to upload them.]

The second day of the FBLA State Leadership Conference.  The big thing today was the Awards Ceremony, where we would obviously find out if we won the competitions or not.

I was really excited for everyone.  Like really.  When students from my school were called out loud because they were finalists, I started jumping up and down my seat.  One team got third place, and one got second place.  It felt like I won when their names were called.

The announcement of the finalists for my event was last, and after all the excitement that I felt and the anticipation, I was met with much disappointment when I won fourth place for Word Processing II, a fairly easy event.

Some people tried to console me by saying, “Fourth in the state!  That’s still really good.”  But I looked back at how well I did last year and saw myself from that angle.  “I’m screwing up,” I told myself.

Tell ‘Em, Qui-Qui

Posted in Extracurriculars, Field Trips, Friends, Out of Town, School with tags , on March 12, 2010 by Jeremy


Last year, before my FBLA trip to California, I told myself that, before I left home for this nice vacation, I had to leave on a good note, i.e. all the issues that may have been bothering me had to be somewhat resolved and all my friends were in good terms with me.

Some people might see a vacation as an escape, but personally, I’d never feel pleased or satisfied if I knew all aspects of my life weren’t as perfect as they should be.   These unresolved issues would most probably bother me during the vacation, and it would just ruin my mood.

Besides, we should all know that, as much fun as we have during vacations, they all end.  And, eventually, you’re going to have to return to reality, and who wants to return to a real world that’s filled with problems? I wanted to be excited during the flight home.

Fortunately, last year, I was able to pull it off.  Before I left, I was able to leave on a pleasant note.  I came home, bummed to have left California but still glad to be home back to my friends.

Today, a few students from FBLA went to Edison, NJ with me for the State Leadership Conference.  We’re staying here overnight, so we’re coming home tomorrow afternoon.  Because of this, I’m considering it a mini-vacation.  Two days off school.  Four-day weekend.  It’s perfect.

Unlike my vacation in California, I left my house this morning with a mind boggled by an unresolved issue, an issue that arose just last night.  Well, it’s not like my life was even close to perfect before this began to concern me, but this was just as unpleasant as the others.

Anxiety plagued my mind for the first half of the trip.  I couldn’t get enthusiastic because I was letting things bother me.  Then, I just decided to let myself have fun.  I tried to detach myself from the real world with the hopes of enjoying my “vacation.”

And it worked.  Soon, I felt much more relieved about everything and focused more on what’s going on now than what’s going to happen later.  And I think that when it comes to vacations, it’s fine to be like that.  Who cares about the future?  Think about now!

I think I’m going to be trying that approach more often now when it comes to vacations.

Wait, What?

Posted in Extracurriculars, Field Trips, Out of Town, School, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , on February 22, 2010 by Jeremy


It was a club meeting.  All the members gathered around the advisers and the officers, awaiting for news of upcoming events.

“For our field trip, we’re going to visit the food bank and offer our time for the betterment of our community!” one of the advisers said.

“Food bank?  What the heck are we going to do?  Mouth-feed some hobo?” a member snarked.

“You’re so offensive.  That would be like a soup kitchen.  I think a food bank gathers and organizes food contributions and then distributes them to soup kitchens, who can then use these donations to feed the hungry, which don’t necessarily have to be hobos,” one of the girls replied matter-of-factly.

“So what do we do?”

“Well, since it’s a food bank, we’re probably going to be handling food.  Probably not cooked though.  Another club who went here a while back said that they handled raw pasta and put them into bags or something.”

“That sounds mildly exciting.”


“Welcome to the F–.  Wait.  I thought you said you had 17 people in your club,” the female director said to our advisers after witnessing the four present members of our club.

“Well, some of them backed out last minute,” an adviser replied.

“Hm.  You’re a small group,” she concluded, leading us to the back of the lobby, through the door, into a warehouse.  A few doors down, and we turned, finding ourselves in a room, completely devoid of food.

“Here we are,” the director said.  “You’re going to be handling the mail.  We have newsletters that need to be sent out, and we need you to open them up, insert these envelopes, and finally seal the edges with two of these stickers.”

With that, the group of six from the Belleville chapter of FBLA was left to handle tons of paper in a food bank.

A Gracious Scholastic Exchange

Posted in Extracurriculars, Family, Field Trips, Friends, Out of Town, School with tags , , , , on February 22, 2010 by Jeremy


I always like visiting other schools and comparing them with my own school.  I would usually find myself thinking or uttering, “Oh!  We don’t have this in my school!” or “Wow! This is awesome!”

So, what brought me to the school presented above?  FBLA.  I had to complete a task for the State competitions, and it involved computers, so all the competitors had to convene in one school.  Piscataway graciously offered its school to be the testing site, so that town we went!

I went with Michael and my sister Jamie, who also had to complete something for a different competition.  They felt confident about their performance, and I’m really excited for them.

I, on the other hand, might have messed up a bit with mine.  No need to get detailed with my predicament.  The point is I was unfamiliar with what I had to do.  Again.  Either way, despite the errors, I still feel a bit of confidence.  I’m just hoping for the best

Representation Fail

Posted in Extracurriculars, Field Trips, Friends, Out of Town, School with tags , , on January 6, 2010 by Jeremy


FBLA is back in session!  The Regional Competitions for my region were held today.  Nothing too interesting happened really.  Here I am, hoping once again to make it to Nationals this year!

There’s Always Next Year

Posted in Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by Jeremy


The whole trip to Anaheim was all due to my participation in a competition in FBLA, so wouldn’t it be unfair to not show a photograph focusing on FBLA?

Unfortunately, we were given literally the worst seats in the whole convention center where the awards ceremony was held.  As you can see, all the representatives from New Jersey were placed in seats right behind the stage, relying on a screen to see what’s going on.  Fortunately, I defied my tendencies by arriving extra early, and I was able to secure a seat that was tolerable.

Anyway, the screen sufficed.  When the announcement of winners in the competitions started, my heart started to race.  Well, it had been racing way before that.  The same conversation from Friday continued in my head as I prepared myself for disappointment.  It was quite a torture, since the awards given had to follow the competitions in alphabetical order, meaning the winners of Computer Applications, in which I competed, would be announced after all the categories starting with A, B, and some of C were done.

I discovered a few months ago, or probably longer, that I yawn when I’m nervous.  I yawn a lot.  Therefore, I yawned a lot.  Finally, when the names of the top ten of Computer Applications were randomly announced, I was ecstatic when my name was called.  The only suspense left was my placement, but there was a twist!  There were money prizes, in addition to the cool-looking trophy that was awarded for each of the top ten.  $100 to third place, $200 to second, and $750 to first.  Seven hundred fifty freaking dollars.

Cutting all the suspense, I got third place.  My first reaction was, “Sweet!  I got a money prize!”  Later on, I realized that I probably could’ve done better.  Had I given more value to the competition, I would’ve put much more effort into it.  I think that’s what happened.  I had potential, but I did not use it.


Of course, I can’t conclude this blog without summarizing the FBLA National Leadership Conference experience. Even if the previous post was very negative, I believe that the entire experience was very worthwhile.  I did make some cool friends from the far corners of America, and, considering that I’m not planning to be a businessman, I thought the entire conference was amazing.  Some of the workshops were interesting, and the awards ceremony, although long, was exciting.  Lastly.  Anaheim. ’nuff said.

Philosophy Change?

Posted in Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , on July 2, 2009 by Jeremy


I generally appreciate the time I have to myself.  I often tell people to try and not let solitude get to them by looking for ways to amuse themselves when they find themselves in a situation like that.  “You don’t always need company for entertainment.”

Well, I don’t know anymore.  Although I met a number of people from other states during the FBLA conferences, I was still alone.  Acquaintances are definitely different from friends.  Just because I was able to shake their hands, get their names, and had a laugh or two with them didn’t mean that they would save me from a dinner with myself.  It felt pretty miserable, and I had never yearned for company so much before.

We Owe Her Punches

Posted in Family, Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2009 by Jeremy


It was a very busy day.  After I attended a few workshops, I went to my competition area to take the test.   More than half of the questions were about networking, instead of “computer applications,” which involve Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The following roughly summarizes the conversations I had with myself for the subsequent hours and days:

“Ah, do I have a chance?”

“Yea, you have to!  You got first place in regionals and second place in states!”

“But that was local.  This is Nationals!”

“The topics covered were pretty similar.  You definitely have a chance!”

“I don’t know… I guessed on most of them.”

“I’m sure you made smart guesses.”


“Well, there you go.”

“Still, I’m going against kids who might have excelled in their states.”

“And, so did you.”

“Did I?”

“Dude, you did!”

“Ah, fine.  I need to stop worrying.  What happens happens.”

Well, like I said.  Roughly.

Afterwards, I rushed to a restaurant a few blocks away from the hotel to celebrate my sister Jamie’s birthday.  It was her 16th birthday, and we couldn’t have a party because I had to go to Anaheim.  I don’t know about her, but that’s a pretty nice “gift.”  She looked pretty content, in my opinion.