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What is Product Association @ UCI?

As UCI students, we noticed the lack of a product community for undergraduates on campus. With product management becoming an increasingly popular career path, we want to enable students from any and all backgrounds to learn about the field.

More than a specific major or set of experiences, it’s the process of solving users’ problems and building great experiences that make the most talented product professionals. That is what we hope to bring to UCI.

With that, we are proud to announce UCI’s first ever undergraduate product club, Product Association @ UCI! 🎉

Whether you’re an aspiring product manager or a curious student interested in the world of product, we are here to support you on your journey in product management. Our mission is to foster a community of students interested in product management, product marketing, and product design while enabling them with resources for early-career readiness. …


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I recently finished up my 3rd year of college, and all I can say is, what an interesting year this has been (and it’s still going!).

As a student, you learn a lot of things at school, but in my opinion, the most valuable lessons you learn are the ones about life. This year in particular taught me a lot about myself, people, and our collective society. To sum it up, here are the 3 lessons I learned in these past 3 quarters (we go by quarter system and I hate it).

1. Setting (Mental) Boundaries

🍁 In my fall quarter, I moved into a new apartment with new friends. Two of my roommates I did not know well, so I made every effort I could to become their friend. All my life, I’ve always wanted people to like me, even if that meant bending over backwards for them, morphing my personality, or finding any little thing we might be able to bond over. I was always consumed with pleasing people and earning their affinity, at the cost of my time, energy, and mental health. …


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In my sophomore year, I interned at a startup called Shoelace Wireless that develops cooperative networking technologies that enable a mobile user to aggregate all wireless networks available to a single mobile device and/or on multiple nearby devices. This is the project that I worked on for my internship.

Problem

Mobile data usage transparency lacks actionable insights on how to optimize your data plan based on your daily, weekly, and monthly usage habits.

Example: John Doe

John is a college student who is always on his phone, whether it’s watching Youtube videos during lunch, scrolling through Reddit during class, or listening to music on his daily commute. John has a limited data plan, but has no idea how much data he uses, and how he uses it. Is he going over his data limit? Could he be watching more Youtube videos during class? …


I’ve updated my Notion templates since the publication of this article. I am planning to publish a How I Use Notion Pt. 2 blog post and Youtube video tutorial soon. Stay tuned!

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Images courtesy of Notion.

I recently discovered an AMAZING productivity app called Notion. I had been on the hunt for the perfect app, downloading and deleting new apps every few weeks…until I stumbled upon Notion. After scraping through iPhone notes, Google Docs, and various to-do apps, I successfully migrated my entire life onto Notion.

In this post, I’ll show you how I personally use Notion to organize different aspects of my life: school, projects, goals, job applications, finances, books I’m reading, and journaling. I made templates for all of my pages so that you can easily duplicate into your Notion. Also, if you are a student, you can use Notion for free by entering your student email here. …


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Recently, I’ve taken a step back to analyze how much plastic I use in a day. I noticed that there were a lot of things that I use one time and throw away: coffee pods, face pads, q-tips, to-go containers, etc. I was disturbed by how much plastic I wasted in a day, and even worse, how normalized it is in our culture. Practically everything is covered in plastic in stores, and then that plastic is immediately thrown out once the product is unwrapped. What is the point of that?

In an attempt to change my habits, here are some things I’ve done to reduce my plastic waste, and products I’ve discovered that are environmentally friendly (and…


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Yesterday my boyfriend showed me a Ted Talk about applying the concept of marginal improvements to fulfill your most ambitious goals. The speaker was a C student in college, with no discipline or motivation to get his work done. He decided to change his habits so that they would work in his favor, rather than against them. His goal was to get better grades. …


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I’m taking a French history/culture class this quarter. One of our assigned readings is “A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway. I had read this book in high school, but it was for fun. I honestly did not remember anything about this book, except the details about Hemingway’s idyllic life in Paris. But that was what made the book so special. It wasn’t about anything in particular, but it was good writing.

This quarter, I’ve been loaded with classes and homework. I’ve barely had any time to do anything except go to class, study, and finish my homework. Hell, that’s how it’s been since I’ve started college. When I was in high school, life moved slow. I often spent my time lounging at home, going to to the beach, sitting in coffee shops, and recording little moments in my life that I turn into short films for my Youtube channel. While I was alone for the most part, I learned to enjoy it by appreciating the little things. The way the sun shined through the leaves of the tree in front of my window. The soft French music that played in the background of the cafe I would study at. The smell of salt and sunscreen when I would nap on the beach. …


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Hello world! This is my first post on Medium. I thought it would be fitting to publish my first post entering a new year. Before I begin pouring out my thoughts on this platform, allow me to introduce myself.

A brief profile

My name is Emily Vu, and I am a 19 year old female Asian-American. I am currently a second year physics major, with interests in entrepreneurship, data science, and art.

A bit of a backstory

I grew up in a small town. I was homeschooled in high school. Throughout those four years, I felt a void in not having a normal high school experience. To fill this void, I turned towards creative expression. I became obsessed with photography, and spent most of my free time photographing my friends and editing photos. I eventually transitioned into filmmaking, where I would spend even more hours filming, editing, and uploading films onto Youtube. My life in high school revolved around these two things. I didn’t know what I wanted to do in college or in life, but I knew it had to be something that involved creativity or innovation. …

About

Emily Vu

computational physics student. entrepreneurial enthusiast. occasional doodler.

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