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    Eight Lessons I Have Learned in College

    Walking across the stage   Nearly two months have passed since my graduation from Macalester College. I believe self-reflection is important for personal growth, so I

    Podcast alert! I’m now a podcaster!

    Hi everyone! :)  Sorry for the irregular blog update schedule; this is sort of my new normal now... Anyway, I have embarked on a new project with my good friend,

    #AsianAugust and What It Means for Representation | Asian American Identities

    Before I jump into the blog post:  For my 21st birthday this month on October 21, please consider donating to my favorite nonprofit, Reach for Excellence. I have created a

    An Academic Critique of My 11th Grade Paper | Asian American Identities

    I am back! I did not forget about this blog or my readers. In fact, this post will mark the beginning of a 3-part blog series titled Asian American Identities.

    Growing Up as An Asian American Immigrant – Q&A

    Originally published on May 15, 2018 Let's get up close and personal this week :) This is gonna be a long post, so grab something to eat and drink before

    Maturing Emotionally: I’m Crying to Heal

    Sorry for the late upload - my sleep schedule was thrown off this week after landing back in MSP at midnight on Monday! This week, I write an update on

    A Love Letter to Google Calendar

    In case you're not aware of my obsession, I'm in love with Google Calendar. So I'm going to write an ENTIRE blog post about my love. Love at first sight

    Finding Myself through Podcasts – Q&A

    The month of June is nearly over and a third of my summer break is gone already. Where has the time gone? Each summer break since leaving for college, I

    13 Hours in Manhattan

    Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to be in New York City to attend a conference for the Bonner Foundation. I, along with two other Mac students, traveled to

    5 Online Recipes that I Tried and LOVED!

    Now that it's summer, I have more free time on my hands. For me, this means that I have the time to prepare healthier meals for myself and refrain from eating

    10 Fun and Cheap Things to Do in the Twin Cities

    My mom has never properly visited Minnesota since dropping me off at college 3 years ago at Orientation. So with my mom in town for a week, I've decided to

    Exploring London – Spring Break 2018 (Part 2)

    After spending four days in Edinburgh, Jennifer and I flew together to London to explore the city for another three short days before the end of my Spring Break. Three days

    Gilman Blog #15 | 10 Things I Learned as a Gilman Scholar

    The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical

    Visiting Edinburgh – Spring Break 2018

    Adrienne and I trying to look candid while walking out of an alleyway. This post has been longgggggg overdue. Junior year of college was pretty overwhelming. Now that

    Gilman Blog #14 | Studying Abroad and Career Paths

    Heading into my semester abroad at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, I never expected it to be the cliche over-the-top, life-changing experience. As an International Studies major at Macalester, I

    Guest Post: Two Countries in Two Weeks | Winter Break 2017
    Edinburgh, UK

    Guest Post: Two Countries in Two Weeks | Winter Break 2017

    As someone who has only experienced Asian culture through Chinese takeaway and the friendships I shared with the few Filipino and Chinese friends I had…

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    Anecdotes from Korea and Hong Kong | Winter Break 2017
    Hong Kong and South Korea

    Anecdotes from Korea and Hong Kong | Winter Break 2017

    With Jennifer’s arrival in Seoul marking the beginning of Winter Break, I was excited to reunite and go on different adventures together. One thing I…

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    Guest Post: Visiting Asia for the First Time (Pre-departure)
    On the plane to Korea

    Guest Post: Visiting Asia for the First Time (Pre-departure)

    This blog post was written by Jennifer Arnold, Rachel’s close friend and sophomore year roommate. She is a Computer Science and History double major at…

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    Gilman Blog #12 | It Has Been a Fun 4 Months
    Seoul, South Korea

    Gilman Blog #12 | It Has Been a Fun 4 Months

    Although it seems like such a cliche to say, it honestly does feel like I wrote my mid-semester reflection just last week. Now, I am…

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    Gilman Blog #11 | Semester End Bucket List Follow Up

    Gilman Blog #11 | Semester End Bucket List Follow Up

    Near the beginning of my semester abroad, I made a bucket list for myself to accomplish over the 4 months that I was living in…

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    Gilman Blog #10 | A Day in the Life of an Ewha Exchange Student

    Gilman Blog #10 | A Day in the Life of an Ewha Exchange Student

    I’m sharing my daily schedule on for those curious about my student life at Ewha! For this post, I included a typical day for me…

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