Hi everyone! Lots of new things are happening in my life that I want to share with you guys.

First off- my six week public speaking class is FINALLY OVER! Public speaking is, as you guys may or may not know, my greatest fear. Actually, now I can proudly say that public speaking WAS my greatest fear– past tense. By challenging myself to fight my fear head on, I realized that public speaking is not really that scary after all. Of course, I only came to this realization by continually forcing myself to stand up in front of the class. Scary as it was in the beginning, it got easier the more I did it. Two days ago I gave my final persuasive speech, and it went great! The takeaway: push yourself outside your comfort zone and do things that daunt you. The amount of personal growth you attain by challenging yourself is tremendous. While it will be scary in the beginning, I guarantee you it will get easier.

The second major thing happening right now in the life of Belicia Tang is BALLROOM DANCE. I am back after reinjury! About two weeks ago, my sports medicine doctor cleared me to dance again, but take it slow and watch my knees. So now I have been back in dance for a week. I’m training for my first competition, Embassy Ball, which is happening in a month and a half. OMG. The only issue with the competition is the insane amount of money my parents have to pay for it. I am competing in the Pro-Am division, which means I compete with my teacher as my partner. Pro-Am is notorious for being ridiculously expensive. My teacher charges a flat fee of $2,000, just for him to dance with me. Then there’s the entree fee, $300. Not to mention the cost of a dress, which can get into the thousands; professional hair and makeup; travel expenses; private lessons in preparation for the competition. Frankly, I don’t know if spending that much money on a single competition is worth it. Competing is definitely a valuable experience, as it gives you experience, motivation, and in being placed in the public eye, increases my chances of finding a partner. The flip side, of course, is the money. With that much money I could have like 20 private lessons! At this stage in my ballroom journey, I think nailing the technique is most important. But honestly, we will see. If I am definitely ready for the competition in a few weeks, then I will strongly consider going. As for right now, just PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. Today I was at the dance studio from 4:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Of course, I wasn’t dancing the entire time. I talked to a lot of nice people in between practice. As you can see, though, I’m not totally sticking to the doc’s advice of easing into dance. Bad Belicia! But being the intense person I am, I find that I lack the self control to restrain myself from going full out in the things I enjoy doing. Tomorrow I will be at the studio again most of the afternoon, which I’m totally excited about!

Thirdly- the dreaded college application. UC essays, Common App essays, plus supplementary essays. SO MUCH ESSAY WRITING! Thankfully, though, I find writing to be a cathartic process, so the college app process is a little less painful for me than for those who hate writing (i.e. my brother Austin). My advice, along with that of many others: DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Don’t start your essays in mid-August when school starts. Try to get most of it done in the summer, while you have time on your hands. Time is money. Spend it wisely. 

Okay, it’s 11:45 p.m. right now, I’m gonna go to bed.

Good night, my lovely readers!



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