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Lens Check #1: AP Exams, Diverse Emojis, Algorithmic Style + More!

The end of the school year (and high school, for me!) is near, and, although I’ve still got a couple upcoming exams, I’m taking full advantage of the wealth of time now at my dispense! I’ve been intentionally consuming a lot more media lately (books, articles, music, film, etc.), and I was inspired to start this hopefully ongoing series, Lens Check, to share media that not only evoke curiosity, introspection, and external examination, but also push you to check your own culture lens and the factors by which the lens is shaped. Quite simply, these pieces made me think, and I hope they’ll give you some food for thought as well… Read More Lens Check #1: AP Exams, Diverse Emojis, Algorithmic Style + More!

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23,000 Miles and 10 Cities in 3 Months

It’s been over four months since I last posted here, and it has been a wild ride. I chose balance as my theme word for 2018, but the struggle to both attain and maintain balance in the past few months has been admittedly very difficult. From January through the first half of April, I flew over 23,000 miles, traveled to 10 different cities, and missed 17 days of school. So, what exactly have I been doing for the past few months? And how have I kept up with my 2018 goals?… Read More 23,000 Miles and 10 Cities in 3 Months

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2018: The Year of Balance

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

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NSLI-Y 201: Application Advice

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


The First Meeting // NSLI-Y Seoul PDO Day 1

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

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One Girl, Four Languages, Infinite Pathways

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


Me & My Dad: Model Minority Poster Children?

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?