Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Parkland Mural: Bringing the PLU and Parkland Community Together

I hope it's been a good week for all and that everyone has been able to enjoy the spring weather! I had the wonderful opportunity to get to help with the Parkland Mural on Saturday, April 26th. This day was dedicated to priming the wall of the Garfield Street post office, and was open to anyone who wanted to help! A group of Resident Assistants from Hong and Hinderlie Hall (two of the residence halls in PLU) participated in the priming this day, and it was really fun to see both PLU students and members of the Parkland community to come together to work on this project! For those who wanted know what the wall looks like now, here is a picture:

I'm really excited to see the final results of this mural! If you would like to be a part of this, they will be working on the rest of the mural throughout May. You can also follow the project on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Parkland-Community-Mural-Project/656404521062559 There are also more details about the project in this blog: http://parklandmural.wordpress.com

I hope everyone does well with the last month of classes, and stay healthy!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Easter and Capstone Preparations!

It's Easter break at Pacific Lutheran University, many students have gone home for the break or exploring Seattle or Portland. Many students are also still on campus and we are making the best of it together! Easter breakfasts and dinners together, even Easter egg hunts and egg painting in the dorms!

Ditte and Traeger painting eggs!
I decided to put together Easter egg painting in my dorm, Hong Hall, for everyone that is still on campus. I thought it would be a nice break from studying and also be nice to get together before things get too busy!
Easter bunny visited Hong Hall with treats!
With only a month left before the end of this semester, exams are fast approaching and people are registering for classes trying to figure out what the future will hold for them. The next few weeks will be a stressful time for many students, and it is easy to forget to take breaks and treat yourself well!

Next semester for me will include Capstone, with the objective of allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge within their major! I will be presenting my project at a seminar in winter! In the psychology department this means an experimental project if you are pursuing a Bachelor of Science and either a experimental project, literature review, research proposal or a program evaluation. You cooperate closely with your capstone professors but also consult with a professor from the department.

Starting work early for capstone is required for psychology majors, as you must have a topic, project proposal and consultant signature completed before you are even able to register for this class. I absolutely love my consultant, she has been so helpful and has endless knowledge about my topic! She has helped me narrow down my topic to make it possible to complete as well as give me resources to find good sources for my project!
Easter decorations in my Hong window!
We only have 4 weeks left of the semester, things are getting a little hectic and tensions are high. There is a lot of work that still needs to be done before we can go on break.

To all students: I wish you all the best of luck! Keep working hard! The end is near!
Happy Easter to you and yours.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Does It Matter Where You Go to College

Dear friends.

Recently, I have read an article published on Time.com, in which  Michael Bernick reminded us an important concept that is often forgotten. "It doesn't matter where you go to college," Bernick wrote.

"It just matters that you go."

Extremely true, but I found that not very many students or parents realize the logic behind this simple phrase.
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I grew up in a traditional family that parents are used to be in control of their children's future. If I had not been abroad, I would have probably ended up going to a so called well-known university after graduating from high school. It has become a trend that all the hard work Chinese high schoolers put into is for obtaining an acceptance letter to get into a prestigious school; very few of them know what they want. Thus, going to a better school would never be a bad start.

Sooner or later in your life, you will figure out what personal or social values you are identified with, what your passions are, and what impacts you'd like to leave to the people around you, to your future job, and to your community. But this will only happen in a place where you get to try different things and where you are supported to try things you have never had and still feel comfortable about it. Depending on each individual's personality, the most prestigious school isn't just for anyone.

This year's Spring Visit Day, April 12, we welcomed 4 prospective international students from China, Vietnam, Senegal, and Japan. It was a small get together, but the group was very diverse. So when we sat down on the floor and played Apples to Apples, all kinds of hilarious matches were read out loud. People laughed and seemed to have a fun time.
Photo Credit: Shunying Wang
The reason why we have this event every year is to provide an opportunity for you to visit the campus and bring up questions you may have about PLU. Most importantly, this event also allows you to feel the vibe of the campus and see if you can find yourself studying and living here for at least two years. But PLU has a friendly community. You won't regret it if you visit.

Photo Credit: Taylor Capellaro

And in real life, people like him act exactly like how they look on pictures.
Photo Credit: Shunying Wang

Last semester, I had the privilege to interview Mahlon Meyer, a Chinese History Professor at PLU who was a Stanford University graduate and completed his Master's degree from Harvard University. I asked him about his experience studying in those high-ranking institutions during our interview.

If he had known, he looked deeply into my eyes, he said he would have chosen a smaller institution like PLU, because schools like PLU encourages a close-knit community for students to easily get more involved.

Hope you are enjoying WA's precious sunlight and have a spectaculous week!

Love always,


Thursday, April 3, 2014

What is Spring Visit Day and Why you should join us?

Hi guys
I hope you guys are enjoying this awesome weather. Spring is finally here and PLU campus is so so so pretty. Make sure you read Madeleine's post to see some awesome photos around campus
So if you haven't heard, Spring Visit Day is coming up. It will be on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 and I think that if you live near campus, you should definitely join us.

Just so you know, this event is new to us. I still remember when I applied to PLU, there was no Spring Visit Day. I got accepted to PLU and I was so excited. Then I got accepted to the Nursing Program and boy, I could not sleep for days :)

I remember that at that time, I looked at PLU website everyday. I searched for housing information, class information, pictures on everything, and even youtube videos about PLU. I honestly was very very very excited and all I could think about was PLU because I wanted to be ready for Fall.

I wished we had this event back then.

Good news for you guys, we've been having Spring Visit Day for about 2 years now and I can promise you that you won't be disappointed.

Spring Visit Day is for International Students like you guys to visit PLU campus, hang out with current Student Leaders, and learn more about PLU. We do different things every year and this year, the theme is "Dance" so it will be awesome for sure. What we really want is for you to have the "PLU experience" to see what life at PLU is like and I am sure you will have fun.

For more information and to RSVP, make sure you visit our website here:

Hope to see you guys here soon :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Break

Spring is just around the corner! Many flowers have started to bloom and everything is starting to look a little more cheerful because the sun is out. Many PLU students had different plans for the week. While many students who live around PLU went home, others stayed on-campus or went on trips with friends.
For my second Spring Break at PLU, I spent some time with my friend who lives in a city North of Seattle for a fews days to relax, came back to the Tacoma area to spend time with another friend, and went to Portland for the last weekend!
Overall, Spring Break was a great time to relax and start the last half of the semester with a fresh start! I'm really enjoying the sunshine in Tacoma right now, and I'm hoping to end the last half of the semester well.