For the next few weeks, I’ll be reflecting on 2017: the ups, downs, lefts, rights, and off-road adventures. 2017 was by far the most dynamic year of my almost seventeen years of existence, and it was a very important year of personal growth. I accomplished many of my goals, but I also pushed the limits of my physical and mental capabilities. In light of all that I learned in 2017, my theme word for 2018 is balance.… Read More 2018: The Year of Balance
After creating a video for the #LeadwithLanguages campaign, I was also asked to do a fun interview! Check it out below for some more of my personal story and language learning tips! I encourage you to join this super important campaign as well! Learn more here… Read More #LeadwithLanguages Interview: Tips for Language Learning!
The NSLI-Y application has many components, and it can definitely be an intimidating process! Here, I break down and offer advice for each section to hopefully make the application less scary. As a two-time (and soon to be three-time!) NSLI-Y applicant, I’ve included insight into what I think helped me succeed with my second application. NSLI-Y was such an incredible experience, and I hope this post enables you to gain the opportunity to have a similarly life-changing experience… Read More NSLI-Y 201: Application Advice
On PDO day 2, we dove into a crash course on studying abroad. The schedule consisted of a variety of informational sessions, with topics including managing expectations, culture shock, and goal-setting. For future NSLI-Y students, this post might give you a basic idea of what to expect as a study abroad student… Read More Study Abroad Crash Course // NSLI-Y Seoul PDO Day 2
A representative from ACTFL contacted me a bit ago about joining their #LeadWithLanguages campaign, and I made a short video in which I talk about why learning languages is important to me–in four languages!… Read More #LeadWithLanguages Feature
For every NSLI-Yian, the two-day pre-departure orientation (PDO) marks the official start of long awaited adventures. You finally get to meet the other students with whom you’ll be studying for the next six to eight weeks! For me, PDO made everything finally feel real. I was granted the incredible opportunity to study Korean while immersed in the language and culture, and I fully intended to make the most of it. Everyday was a new adventure! Check out my first vlog… Read More The First Meeting // NSLI-Y Seoul PDO Day 1
A little over one month ago, I started a petition to protect foreign language programs in our schools in light of the Trump administration’s proposed education budget. The voice of a small city girl has now been joined by over 1000 supporters. If you haven’t already, please read, sign, and share the petition, which includes a basic overview of critical points. But why is this cause so important to me? And why should you care too? Here’s some food for thought derived from my personal language learning journey… Read More One Girl, Four Languages, Infinite Pathways
My father seems to represent the classic rags to riches story: from an impoverished immigrant to a well-respected doctor. And then there’s me and my sister, the motivated straight-A private school students with big aspirations for the future. Collectively, some might consider us to epitomize the model minority stereotype. That’s a compliment, right? Not exactly… Read More Me & My Dad: Model Minority Poster Children?
Here’s to an eventful summer of warm memories and crazy adventures… Read More South Korea Bucket List
I unabashedly bring my shrimp flavored crackers and dried seaweed to snack on at school. I sing along to K-pop songs and lend an earbud to a curious peer.
The thought of de-emphasizing my ethnicity, an essential part of my identity, had never crossed my mind–until I started delving into the college application process… Read More College Apps: To Check or Not To Check Asian