As my blog is still new and basically a baby, I thought I would write about myself! I would like for you to get to know me better and vis versa. Every time I am hurled into an event where I have to meet and introduce myself to new people, nine out of ten times I am asked to give a “fun fact” about myself. “Fun facts” do not usually lead to full-fledged conversations, but it acts as a way to remember people. For example, “Oh, you’re the girl who went to China last summer!” So here is 5 facts about me so that you have something to remember me by! Also, I would love if you could but your own fact about yourself in the comments.
1. I am a college student
First things first: I am a college student. I consistently prioritize my schoolwork and I have big career goals. In the fall, I will enter my Junior year at the University of Washington. It’s crazy to me that I am already half way through my college career and that I will soon graduate with my degree. Ever since my family moved to the United States, each one of us has gone and graduated from the University of Washington. I am grateful and proud to carry on this family legacy. This journey has not been an easy one, but I know that one day all this hard work will pay off. Go Dawgs!
2. I am a first generation Asian-American
My culture is a large part of how I identify who I am. It guides my beliefs, my ethics, and my life. I am Chinese, Cambodian, and Lao and I am proud. Many people have not heard of these South East Asian countries unless they are learning about the tragedies that surround the countries. For Cambodia: the Khmer Rouge, known better as the Cambodian Genocide. And for Laos: the bombing that occurred due to the Vietnam War. My parents lived through both of these horrific events and have made it to the States. What I have done in my life and what I continue to do is dedicated to them. They have sacrificed so much to be here and to give me and my brother a better life and I am eternally grateful. If you would like a full story on my family’s history, let me know!
3. Soju is my life
Yes, you heard that right – Soju is my life. And no, not the alcoholic Korean beverage but my adorable 11 week-old kitten. He’s growing so fast! I adopted this little guy when he was 7 weeks old as a birthday gift from my boyfriend. I have always been a big cat lady, but I swear my heart has grown three times as big since Soju has came into my life. He loves to play (he is the most energetic cat I’ve seen, I swear) but he also loves to cuddle. He’s my shadow and right hand man. There are still many things I need to learn about being a cat parents, but I am so excited to watch Soju grow. I also want to get another kitten when I graduate… hehe. Thoughts?
4. I am afraid of all things bugs, reptiles, and amphibian
I am really not into the whole bug/reptile/amphibian thing. Kudos to those that are, I commend you – but I cannot handle it. The way the look and feel just gives me the creeps! In Winter 2015 I traveled to Honduras. It wasn’t until then that I realized how much I feared lizards. On our day at Honduras, we didn’t have any excursions planned so we decided to wing it for the day. As we were walking down the street next to the ship dock, we came across a man offering a trip to a “lizard park.” Now, I didn’t know what a “lizard park” was, nor did I want to go but the rest of my family got so excited I just went with it. At the park, there were lizards everywhere. Literally everywhere. There was an opportunity to feed the lizards with giant leaves and so, as forced by my parents, I tried. Lets just say, it was the coolest yet most terrifying thing I’ve ever done.
5. If I could only eat one fruit for the rest of my life, it would be…
… a mango! Mangoes taste like pure heaven to me. Day in and day out I would eat a mango if I could. In fact, I used to freeze an entire mango, cut off the skin on one side, and eat the rest with a spoon. This was a daily habit for about six months. After that, I switched to pre-frozen and pre-cut mangoes because it was just easier to eat. And to this day, I still do it. I love mangoes – it’s my spirit fruit.
Well there you go, my five facts! Let me know if you want a part two of this blog post and don’t forget to let me know a fun fact about you!