Graduating…

Tried on my cap, gown, and sash for the first time. It felt so unreal. Am I really graduating? I am so excited and proud. I never thought I’d be here.

Okay let’s finish this 5 page essay for Phil 28 and be done with Spring Quarter 2013.

Provost Honors!!! Come on, so close!!!!!

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Goodbye to an important time of my life.

G-mail kept bugging out, wouldn’t let me attach all the necessary files. Probably would’ve been too large to send in one go as well. Here is the full e-mail!

Hello,

Normally people send their last day e-mails before their last day, oh well.

First, I want to say thank you to every single person that I have interacted with during my time at ACMS. I started out a little under a year and half ago and I can confidently say that without the time I have spent at ACMS, I would not be the person who I am today and for that I am forever grateful. There are so many intangible things, aspects of knowledge, great conversations, sharing of ideas, that I have acquired from being around every single one of you. They are probably innumerable. Without wanting to sound too dramatic, I just want to say that ACMS changed a lot in my life for the better.

Now for the interesting part.

Please remember me as the guy who took the longest phone call (1 hour 45 minutes). Do let me know if anyone beats my record. Or you can remember as the guy who had no training and winged it from the beginning. If I can do it, you can do it. Or just that guy who thoroughly enjoyed making random conversation with you when he came into contact with you and just wanted to put a smile on your face every single time it happened. 🙂

(I hope this e-mail does that to at least a few of you)

And here’s what I’ll remember about each and every one of you:
(In no particular order whatsoever)

Betsy: Thank you for paying me. And remembering my name 🙂

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Jeff Henry: Hello Director. I just want to thank you for always spending the time to ask how I was doing and saying hello after we spoke at that potluck earlier this year. Thank you for showing me that those who are at the top of the chain have the heart and patience to take time to give advice to those aspiring to be where others such as yourself are in their fields.

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Chuck: You are hands down, the best manager that I have ever encountered. They say that there are bosses and there are leaders. You are truly a leader to me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn and grow at ACMS, as well as writing a recommendation letter for me in my time of need.

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Scott Wu: My old boss! I can definitely say that you had a great impact on me. You were a great leader during my time at ACMS and I definitely learned a thing or two from you on how to ask people questions without offending them. Also, best of luck with your dream house. I won’t be able to buy a house for a long, long time with the path I’m taking, but I’m pretty sure if I need any help with interior design I’ll look at your flickr 🙂 Also, for food. Since you cook 6 days a week, I’m pretty sure I could learn a thing or to. Hope the new job at Webroot is treating you well.

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Jake: By far the nicest biker looking badass guy I’ve ever met. I’ve only met one though. It’s always nice sharing random things that go on in each of our lives. You have some crazy cool hobbies man. Your family is lucky to have a guy like you.

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Huo: Why are you still sending me e-mails? Leave me alone. But no, wait before you go. Thanks for sharing the story of your past and undergraduate with me. I remember walking with you to Hi Thai and we just randomly got on that subject. It gave me hope in some sense, I’ll be honest my early undergrad years weren’t exactly stellar academic wise. You are truly missed Huo, I think about you every week. Well I have to, because I have to do my timesheets. But I guess I’ll stop thinking about you now, since I won’t be getting timesheet e-mails. Goodbye. But in all seriousness, thanks for providing the knowledge that you have, I hope that everything is getting better by the day.

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Sally/Maryam: Both of you have been so helpful in my time at ACMS. I always felt like a bother jabbering you guys but you always made it a point to walk all the way to the Front Desk and provide the help that anyone needed. Thank you for always helping me when I needed it.

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The Big Don: “Why are you so scary-looking” – Sammi… lol I thought this as well when i first got here. You’re what 240? 6’ 2”? Giant. I don’t feel that way anymore though. I don’t know what to say apart from thank you for helping me when I needed help. Thanks especially for giving advice about becoming an autopsy technician as well as other aspects including the military. I took your advice to heart, I don’t want to be numb, looking at dead bodies for a living probably wouldn’t suit me.
Funny thing is, out of all the Don’s I’ll meet for the rest of my life, you’ll still be “Big D” to me. Pretty cool that we got be in a scene together in a video, wish I could see the finished product.

This is probably your face as you read this:

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btw, I’m keeping your duct tape forever.

Daren: You really are my role model. I hope you know that. We’re like the same height, same build. Not that has anything to do with what I just said, but I thought it was relevant. anyway
Your website is great! I hope to be able to build something for myself, I won’t copy yours exactly, but don’t be surprised if it looks like yours haha. Thank you for all the mentoring and advice you have shared with me. You have given me so much knowledge about being an adult, making decisions, getting fitted for a suit, photography, bees, our random conversations about youtube surgery videos including the removal of eyes and cutting off of scalps to surgically repair a crushed eye from a winch, how to find out if people did something wrong, research help, tips on the future, saving money, running marathons, food, traveling. There is a lot more, but I don’t want this turn into a book.

You were about my age in this picture (based on Facebook upload date).

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I hope to be as successful as you when I reach the equivalent of your time Dr. Eiri. Gonna miss you when you leave for Texas for like 91249 years. Talk to you soon master of the bees.

Alvin: Thanks for helping us film the video for ACMS! Always good to see someone on a Friday late after doing a presentation.

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Nick: So you’re the ResNet Coordinator? It must be the beard. I’ll never be able to grow a beard like you. I’m really jealous to be quite honest. Imagine how bad ass I’d look with a beard. Beast it in everything you code man. And don’t crash your bike. Hope you get your GoPro camera angle right the next time you go to Chuckwalla.

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Steven: That stare you give me makes me feel so uncomfortable. But I have gotten used to it. Or maybe we are just more comfortable with each other….Followed with that evil laugh you have. And then you point at something usually. Okay off topic, you my friend are an extremely intelligent person. I wish I had 1/10th of the knowledge that you have with regards to programming, databases, and the like. When you showed me the drug database which you had compiled I was really impressed and jealous. Maybe someday I will be able to do the same.

Thanks for helping me from before day 1. I sucked at the humbler, I know I did. But hey, maybe without you I wouldn’t have gotten hired. Things would be pretty different right now.

But yeah man, keep smiling. I know that growing up you had those dudes that gave you trouble and you want to share some cookies with them if you see them, but hey, don’t give them the cookies. Just let them live without the sweet cookies. Not to put you on blast or anything, but I’m sorry for what you had to go through when you were young, I know what it’s like to an extent since I was in a similar situation. It doesn’t get easier, we keep going, but keep smiling that full warm true smile; my man the worlds got plenty of love for you, I know I do.

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Jon: Mr. Miller, you are one of the most friendly, polite persons that I have met here at ACMS. I can always count on you to say hello, hows your day, hows classes. I hope that life treats you the kindest it can, because of all the people I know, I’m sure that you and those you love definitely deserve it.

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Denise: HOW DO YOU HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY ALL THE TIME!!!! I always have wondered what you were like when you were my age. Probably a lot more energetic than I am. Thanks for always helping me with any Ops issues I had. I always felt welcome whenever I stepped into your office. 🙂

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Erik: Mr. Cassani, I just want to say hello. You and I have never gotten past that, maybe apart from weather. But man, those hellos are consistent. No awkward eye contact then looking down, just a solid hello. Respect, sir. Thank you again for bringing sprinkles cupcakes for all of us.

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Khouv: I miss you man. You left for your business in LA, and I hope that is going well. (It is from what I hear! two websites up and products shipping like clockwork) I’ll probably never forget our first interaction. I was sitting at phones and was checking my phone. You were next to me and you were like, “You know you’re not supposed to have phones out on shift right?”. In my head I was like, “k *donkey*hole”, but in reality I just nodded my head. Following that interaction, I learned that you were just a complete douche. Wait no, that’s not right lol jk. You actually took a lot of time to teach me a lot of basics and always answered my questions in the most helpful and succinct manner. I miss that, as well as the talks and information you shared about economic growth and making money. I would have never known anything about using equity to purchase property without interacting with you. You the man Khouv.

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Jason: You sir, were my true big. Thanks for watching out for me during my time at ACMS. I know you’re doing great at Nokia now. Making indestructible blocks of Nokia-grade protection devices. Keep running man, marathons to save lives… a true hero to many. It was an honor to be a model for your project in photography. Even though that class was utter trash, the bonding time that came with that project was more than worth it. I’ll most likely run into you soon!
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Christine: You have always been extremely kind and helpful to me. I still don’t ‘know why you don’t like speaking Arabic. You probably sound super exotic and seductive with Arabic. But then again, there’s a lot of lougie-like sounds. I take that back, maybe that is why. I always remember you smiling, laughing. You have an extremely positive energetic aura that permeates to everything around you, it’s infectious. And I know you’ll bring that with you everywhere you go for the rest of your life.

Sick hair, never got to see it in person though. Dig it.

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SEAN JONES: DO YOU KNOW WHY I AM WRITING IN ALL CAPS? I THINK YOU KNOW SIR. It is because I now write much more neatly. Thank you. I never knew why you were so respectful and kind to me from the start, but i want to say thank you. You made me feel comfortable and welcome every time I had to ask for help. I knew I could count on you. Your way of speaking and handling people is extremely professional and I hope to reach your level. Good luck with IT and all the work related that you dabble with. I know with your work ethic, you will go far.

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Let’s switch places. Give me your white coat. Terrific, continue with your day.

David: THE 2nd BIG D. Why are you so smart doe? Like srs. Nanoengineering and you make it look like lower division music classes. No hate to the music majors. I’m glad you shared the stories you did about your dad and leadership and the random conversations we had here and there. If you ever figure out a way to mass produce gold so that you don’t have just vials of urine in your backpack, please e-mail me. Your generosity will be much appreciated.

Why do you have to such a square, no facebook and all. You a square.
Square.

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Kevin: You and your sd charger hat. I could spot you like 200 feet away. Keep up with school, engineering is hard. Unless you’re like 2nd Big D. He’s a square though. Don’t be a square. You’re not a square actually. You’re going to make the future of Resnet brighter. Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.

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Scott S: Hey Scott, I think this is you, not sure, please confirm. But no, every time I see you with hair about the length of what is shown I be like, IT TIS A GREEK GOD IN OUR PRESENCE. Weird? yes. Truth? yes. Thanks for taking the time to teach me about databases. I’m pretty sure they’ll be important in the future and I was happy that you were willing to sit down and show me your project.

Another square. Get with the progam. The facebook program.

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Sammi PharmD: My mom used to talk about how some students were like ducks. They looked calm, relaxed, and docile from what you could see, but they were furiously paddling where you couldn’t see. You, are a duck. I’ve never even see you study. Albeit the fact that I don’t see you apart from work, but even so, congratulations on getting into UCSD Skaggs!!!!! You’re going to make a great drug overlord. I don’t need to tell you to work hard or try your best or anything because I already know you are and will!

You always ask the silliest things though.
“I’m so hungry that I can swallow a hippo!”, “You just put your cup in there and then it goes crazy and then you have a milkshake.” “I think I deserve more grade for this”, ”I sometimes get lost on campus.. It’s because of all the trees!”, ”wait, we are on the west coast right?”, ”Did you get new hair?!”, ”Does Adobe not let you print?”, ”Wait, is it blue screening?”, ”that’s a really strong vibration”, ”Does anyone know what a magic jet is?”, ”Wait I forgot what they’re called… Europe? Oh, Egyptian!! Whatever, they both start with the same letter.”, “OMG, what’s Alan’s name?” 

Keep it real Ms. Tam PharmD. You will be looking at books like this for the next few years. (minus the make up, unless you study with fake eyelashes, who knows)

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Josh: We haven’t spent that much time together but I can say that you have sick hair. I wish my hair flowed like that. It just sticks up like a porcupine, goes emo, or looks like a bowl cut. Also, keep up with the workouts, I don’t know what happened but keep at it man. Or at least, play tennis which is your sport. Stay chill, keep the flow in the hair, and finish school strong.

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Ben Renfrew: My compadre. I wish I had seen you more this quarter, I think I saw you once. Our schedules never matched up. Regardless, it’s been a pleasure working with you. We both have taken some pretty long calls and learned a ton. Wow that sounds generic. let me see. Oh i know, how you get your girlfriend to bring you drinks and food so consistently is beyond me. You sir have some magic beneath those sleeves. I’ll always remember you as the camo wearing military looking guy. Btw, let your girlfriend dress you. Not saying you don’t have $wag, but that white and grey sweater fits you well.

Since when are you a surfer bro? Got sum essplainin to do. Until I see you, take it easy brotha.

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Dr. Tran: Hola como estas. You are going to be a doctor soon. I know this, because I know. I liked working with you at Front Desk. Then i didn’t work the morning shifts anymore and I didn’t talk to you for a long time. You always get the best surveys. You work like crazy, i don’t know how you keep up with everything. But that is why you will be a great doctor. Keep it up Tina, I know that whatever you do, you’re going to beat everyone else at it, including time of project completion. I feel that this picture is most representative of you. SHOUTOUT TO MAH BOY B.P.

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Brian Eccliesiatesdfsserjlkasjdkfl Park: Grampa style swag wasn’t quite in the picture until you came along. We are like two peas in a pod. I’m sure we’re going to see each other within the next week or something. As we say, “u da man”. You rock the wispy beard. ALL hail the #1 troll. ALL hail the 200+ wpm typist. And the best for last, this man’s voice. The voice of an angel. Thanks for sharing your techniques in improving your voice. I’ll probably never be on your level, but when I’m by myself now I do record a few verses here and there with my phone. You are the man. When you debut, I’ll be sure to promote your album. You gonna make it big. See for yourself: https://soundcloud.com/brianecclpark

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Quyen: I’ve never met anyone with this name before. It is quite unique. But it will be Dr. Tran who checks peoples eyes. Can I get a consultation from you some day, especially if you do research into Glaucoma. My dad has it, and I might have it someday. That would suck. Keep waking up early, keep working out, keep working toward your goal! It might take a little longer, but hey nothing in this life worth doing is easy. 🙂

“Time to cut into your eyes bro”

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Anna: My neighbor that I never knew. It was pretty cool to randomly figure out that hey we’re neighbors! But then never do anything about it lol. I ‘m never home really though. Thanks for helping me out earlier with sending the resume out and helping me make the decision to apply to be a Lead. You are a lead in my eyes. You are always smiling. Keep it that way! Good luck!

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Purva: Every time I run into someone who majors in Math I always tell myself how good my life is. Studying abstract concepts with the alphabet and some numbers sounds worse than anything I can imagine; except reading papers about the role of Jus ad Bellum, the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing, the DDE, MEC, and the rest of this philosophy bull**** that i am reading or was reading. Regardless, keep studying those letters and numbers. I don’t really know how you do it. I got a 1 on the AP Calc. Like a Bo$$.

Math Bo$$

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Jo Oh: The man of 12 instruments. That is amazing. I wish i could watch you just lay 12 instruments out and just listen to you play each one by one. Probably wouldn’t happen, but man you’d make so many human beings with two X chromosomes undergarments suffer from the consequences of gravity as well as the physiological effects of certain oxytocin release. That’s work appropriate. Yes it is. It’s biology and physics appropriate. and chemistry. Because you’d have chemistry with them. See what I did there? No? Go do 50 pushups. Anyways, you are going to make a lot of money from your start up. Don’t forget to give me $100 because I asked nicely. So give me my money. Peace and love my music playing Buddah of serenity.

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Alan: Man I miss working with you. Always down to eat, chill, talk, about anything. Definitely one of the most open-minded down to earth people I have met. Thanks for always bringing food for people, offering your apple charger, and listening to all my questions. I hope your job is going well, I haven’t spoken to you in a while, hope this finds you well.

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Carl: Starcraft Grandmaster? Need anything more be said? Thanks for always helping me with inhouse. But really, starcraft grandmaster? You bought to move to Korea? Because you’re a grandmaster.

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Stephen: Love is the first thing that I think of when i think of you. The size of your heart is probably comparable to the size of your legs. I know that you will have enough love and more for everyone on this planet and other planets. You’re always giggling/chuckling/guffawing and smiling whoever you’re talking to except for that one guy that I won’t mention because he is kind of relevant to this e-mail…. lol Anyway, pursue your music career with everything you have man, I don’t know what it takes to make it big in Korea, but I know that you’ll always be big in my eyes. Literally. Like you’re huge. Biggest asian dude I’ve ever met. Only got love and good hopes for you. Keep close. I’ve got your back. (As much as i can cover)
Cheesin till the end of time, going to miss this smile :’-)

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Taka: ”Work goes by faster when you’re here”. I hope you know that I meant that from the bottom of my heart. My bro from the beginning of ACMS, not to sound corny or anything. We didn’t get to work together much toward the end of my  time here, but i do know that we had some chill times. In the first quarter, I remember always walking in and touching everyone to say hello but I’d always save the true bro handshake for you, because you were special. Whether you pursue your career in film, get married to the girl that we talked about and argued about for so long, or become a master restaurant owner and make $$$ I support you with everything you do. Cuz I trust. Trust. breh. Okay, take it easy man, see you when I see you.

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Jackie: When i saw your name on the new hire list I thought you were a girl. Then I saw you, and I knew you were a boy. Wow, that was literally my first thought. Second thought: you’re a great soldier. I don’t think many people could wake up at 4 AM and go through PT week after week after week after week. Not to mention, go to school, get a job, and do it all. I have a lot of respect for you. I hope that your endeavors in the military lead you to a cushy GI bill check or something I don’t know anything about that apart from military = benefits supposedly. Do what you do man, and do it well; just like you are already.

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Irene: I was always scared of running for positions in things like school orgs, A.S., high school stuff. I wish I had your courage. It’s getting better, but I’m sure that spending time around you made me realize that it was possible. Thank you for what you have done as a representative of the student body. I like your smile. It makes everyone else including me, smile. The language you speak to your mom is quite confusing though. It doesn’t sound like any asian language. I think it’s Shanghainese but I could be wrong. I can see you as a candidate for some political party someday.

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Rogers: You have a special place in my heart. Yes homo. Everything that I have shared with you I mean to the very essence of my being. I swear to it. I’m really curious where you’re going to be in five years. I know that it’s going to be somewhere or something inspiring. When you start your company, I hope that you remember me and let me know that it’s happening. With a great idea, and if I had any spare cash, I’d be a seed investor for you. I’m going to see you again because we’ll lift again together. You’ll be there when I hit 225, just like you said. Till then, keep it up with the diet, keep working those legs. And most importantly, keep trying to find what you want no matter what it takes. It’s never easy, but I know that once you find it, you’re going to be unstoppable.

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Melissa: Why are you next to me. Oh yeah, because you’re studying. I can’t write yours. It just wouldn’t make any sense. “Thanks for sitting next to me.” Actually I take it back. Thanks for being my phone interviewer and being my big for like one day. Yeah, I was tossed around like that. Thanks. Just kidding, I mean if it were that bad why would we be studying right now. I hope your GRE goes well and that get into your Masters Program! Get more sleep if you can, don’t pass away too early now.

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Brendan HaRhhhh vaaaahhhhhHHHHDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD – I don’t think anyone will understand our relationship. It is the most unique thing I can think of apart from how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop. Please don’t release the warehouses. Please don’t share what has happened. It is to remain secret till the end of time and the cycles that follow time. Keep looking at those riddles doe. Makes you smart. Pretty good one you did with the coin flipping. I felt like such a dummy after you explained it. Thanks for driving me home that night after we got food and stayed up doing essays together. And remember the promise I made you? I’m going to make it happen. We’re going up to bat and you’re going to keep swinging man. Keep swinging, gotta start somewhere. I will provide a T-stand as well as the diamonds. I’ll be contacting you.
Let me know if you get into Hahvard. And please use the correct phonetics when pronouncing our word. 10 years from now, I expect our greeting to be the same. “GOOD SIR WHERE DO YOU HAIL FROM? _________DDDdhuuudhhhhhhdhdhdhdhddd”. Just a reminder.

I’m so putting you on blast, and I don’t even care. I even made it the biggest picture in this e-mail.

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Zachary Wade: I just ran into you actually. What up big W. Deadliftin 500 lbs like it nobody’s business. You’ve had a full time job, wish I would have talked to you more about it. I probably will if I run into you again. Thanks for always sharing coffee/pizza/cookies with me. Even though you don’t like moochers. Good luck in business brother, may the fair trade winds carry you to your destination.

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Michael: I have bequeathed my CPlot Project to you. I hope that you will do a better job than I have. (Sorry Darren, sorry Maryam) but yeah, keep working hard man! Definitely can tell the difference from when you first started working here. I’ve never seen you play basketball, but I’d bet that you’d school everyone in the office pretty hard.

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Tony: My fellow alpha. We are together in the post-ACMS crew now. Zyzz would be proud of us. U mirin? Im mirin u, ya sick *female reproductive organ*. I have to be semi-work appropriate. Anyway, I know for a fact that you’re going to be one of the sickest RAs there are. I miss your impressions of people on the phone. I’m still jelly of all the languages that you can speak. Good luck on your way to becoming the sickest of all the *female reproductive organ.” I would photoshop your face onto the god body of Zyzz, but alas I must return to the tortue that is philosophy essay. I used paint instead. How’d I do?
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In closing, I’m lucky to have worked here at ACMS with all of you. I hope that the majority of everyone that I have been in contact with is included in this e-mail/post.

Not sure what else to say, have to finish this essay though…

Good luck with the rest of finals for those of you that have them!

Respectfully,

Anthony C.

P.S. I enjoyed every single hour that I spent doing this. I hope that you will enjoy it too 🙂