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师父领进门, 修行在个人

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”

CHINESE PROVERB PERTAINING TO BUDDHISM

When I was in high school, I wrote for our school’s newspaper, The Cougar Connection. A phrase I heard time and again from our teacher was, “Show not tell.” She was right. I hope this website shows you who I am. And hopefully, gives you a glimpse of who I can become.

D.O.B.

June 17, 1996

Residence
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Beijing, China
Specialties
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Writing
  • Web Design
High School

Henry J. Kaiser High School
IB Diploma, BOE Recognition Diploma
Cum Laude

Bachelor’s Degree

Willamette University
International Studies major, Chinese and Economics minor

Chinese Institution

University of Business and Economics
Advanced Colloquial Chinese

TALENT+DESIGN.

Pixel perfect, pro bono, and personal.

Achievements that tell a story.

2007
Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair Winner

Project pertaining to computer hardware won Best in Category and was selected by Hawaii AARP as one of the Best in Show.

2014
IB Diploma and BOE Recognition Diploma Recipient

Graduated from high school with the IB Diploma and Hawaii’s BOE Recognition Diploma for outstanding academic achievement.

2010, 2014
HPA High School Journalism Awards Best Editorial

Finalist in 2010 for Best Editorial regarding living with Aspergers Syndrome. Winner in 2014 for Best Editorial exploring the impact of NSA spying.

2015
Willamette University Graphic Design Work Study

Orchestrated and designed the 2015 Martin Luther King Life Interrupted Campaign. Received written commendations from the community.

2013
AFCEA Student of the Month

Recognized by Hawaii AFCEA, a network of national security professionals, for accomplishments pertaining to computer science.

2016
HSK 5

Sat for the HSK 5 exam, a Chinese language proficiency test. Expecting results from Hanban within the coming weeks.

Academics aren’t everything, except when they are.

1860

SAT

4.125

GPA (High School)

3.5

GPA (College)

5

HSK

Remarkable Stories

Why settle for just one?

  • Gallery 15

    A Brief Overview of Costa Rica

    The longest and most prolific essay I wrote for high school, coming in at a grand total of 3675 words. I wrote most of it in two days straight....

  • Finding Independence

    The story of a boy, a 1989 Diamondback Mountain Bike, and the city that should have been....

  • France

    Experiencing the modern malaise of Paris and the south of France....

  • How to Read Donald Trump

    Donald Trump is symbolic of many things in America; here are four of the big things....

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