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
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?
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