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I’m trying to make the most out of my remaining time as an undergrad student here at SC’. While I am emphasizing my school work and striving to get enough sleep, I’m also seeking to actively cherish and nurture the relationships I have had the privilege of forming and maintaining over my four years here. I’ve been attempting to put aside some time every week to do something fun with my friends – whether it be going out to grab a bite, hanging out, or exercising! I especially enjoy going to the on-campus pool for about an hour, maybe once or twice a week.

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Seeing as how I’ll most likely be working in a city other than LA as part of the full-time rotational program I’ve committed to with GE Healthcare, I’ve been making an effort to savor and revisit some of my favorite places to go in the city. However, I’ve also had the chance to enjoy some of the places I haven’t had the opportunity to explore in the past. One of the places I discovered recently is a ramen place called “Shin-Sen-Gumi”, which is located in Little Tokyo. This was actually the first time I had ever visited this particular ramen spot and I have to say that it’s definitely worth checking out. Their ramen is absolutely delicious and the venue has a very intimate, yet authentic Japanese feel that adds to the experience.

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Studying and being productive can also be creatively mixed with spending time with friends. Late night snacks are a great way to bond when you have a long night of studying ahead of you. Spark SC recently admitted our new class of members, which we call “Sparklets.” As a veteran, I want to pass down the knowledge and experiences I’ve accumulated within Spark for the last few years as an active member. I’ve found that the best way to make meaningful interactions with the younger, incoming generations is to chat and mingle in a casual setting.

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I’ve also been trying to be proactive in going to the gym. Every endeavor in the past has been successful… in the beginning at least. Once midterms kick in, it gets tough to stay consistent. However, this time around, I have some help. My friends Rachit and Will are my accountability partners for the semester. Our routine is to go to the gym together at least three times a week and swim twice a week. So far, we’ve been successful in motivating one another to make progress. Once again, mixing what’s good for you along with what is fun is a great way to knock out two essential components of life at the same time. I believe that this rule of thumb is especially important during a phase of life where effective time management can go a long way to making your days productive and efficient.

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Daniel is studying Biomedical Engineering. Click the image above to find out more about him!

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