How I got here

Being from the West coast, I practically felt like a fish out of water when I moved to the  East coast. Born and raised in San Francisco, I come from a semi-traditional Chinese family. My dad is from the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, and my mom hails from the metropolis of Hong Kong. I’m the oldest of four making me the first to go to college. My dad was only able to receive a middle school education and my mom achieved an Associate’s degree so they always encouraged me and my siblings to pursue higher education.

Living in San Francisco is like living in a bubble and going to the high school I attended was equivalent to being in a bubble within a bubble. Most Asians in California stay in California, but I wanted a change of scenery and wanted to experience life outside of a bubble. When I was accepted to my dream school, UBC in Vancouver, I was overjoyed but they did not offer me financial aid so I tearfully declined. Fortunately, Syracuse accepted me so I decided to give it a shot because I was offered a substantial amount of financial aid and this was my chance to break out of California and leave my comfort zone. From the beginning it has been a culture shock and there have been many ups and downs. As of now I still can’t say whether I made the right choice or not by coming out here, however I am hopeful and determined to make the best out of this experience.

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