Please describe an experience, class or teacher on the Hill that sparked a passion or interest that continues to this day.
The Junior and Senior Research project really kicked off my interest in learning more about my culture and identity, as I was at the time trying to figure out who I was and how I fit into society as a young Asian girl living in America. From my research, I learned about the history, the portrayals and perceptions of Asian/Asian Americans in media, and about the general lack of Asian American representation. I was able to find a community where we shared the same unique experiences and discover many creators and activists who are taking part in the push for more representation. I now take pride in who I am because of this seed that was planted in me years ago!
With Veritas, the Latin word for truth, at the center of a Flintridge Sacred Heart education, what value has that brought to your life?
During my time at Flintridge Sacred Heart, we were always talking about “seeking truth in all things.” I didn’t fully understand what that meant until I began working with patients. Behind every disease and diagnosis is a unique human being with a story—essentially their truth. These truths help us to better understand why people are the way they are and allow us to see the world through a different lens. In seeking these truths, I am able to not only become a better nurse, but a better human being overall.
What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
Every spot on campus holds a special memory, but my favorite would have to be Nish’s classroom. During lunch, I would always seek refuge in his room when it was too hot, or when it was pouring rain outside. Nish always provided great company and great AC. More importantly, his room was where my beloved cross country team would hang out and raid the snack cart or where we would have our team lunches.
What is your current career?
I am currently a third-year nursing student at Loyola University Chicago. After becoming licensed as a registered nurse, I hope to specialize in pediatrics!
What's your proudest accomplishment so far?
My proudest personal accomplishment would be studying abroad in Spain. It was difficult being a full-time student while living in a foreign country all on your own and barely speaking the language, however it was such a fulfilling experience being able to fully immerse myself into another culture and learn so much about it. Traveling throughout Europe forced me to step out of my comfort zone and explore the different cultures out there. I have gotten to meet and get to know people from all parts of the world, which has enhanced my cultural awareness and sensitivity to cultural differences.
What three word describe you?
Kind, hardworking, reliable
What do you love about Flintridge Sacred Heart?
My high school experience would not have been the same without the faculty and staff. Looking back on my time at Flintridge Sacred Heart—especially now in college, I realized how lucky we were to have had such amazing teachers. Every single one of them was unique and special in their own way, but they all had one thing in common: the love for educating and inspiring the next generation of strong, intelligent women. Although at times it was a pain having to read difficult texts such as "Crime and Punishment" or any work of Shakespeare’s, I knew they only wanted the best for us. At times when we were struggling or didn’t have any faith in ourselves, they were always there to go above and beyond to help us succeed. Their faith in us made me want to work harder and do better. These amazing individuals not only helped us shape the way we think and see the world, but they have also taught us so much about life in general and what it means to be a human in this vast universe. Although our school community is fairly small, it allowed us to form these student-teacher relationships that can be cherished even beyond high school. To simply put it, they are legendary.
What advice do you have for someone applying to Flintridge Sacred Heart?
Be ready to work hard. High school isn’t meant to be easy, especially at Flintridge Sacred Heart, but in the end, all that hard work will pay off. Just know that you won’t be alone. Your fellow Tologs and teachers will be right there with you, so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help! Take the opportunity to also try new things! You might discover a new passion or interest or yours, and possibly make a new friend.
What do you do for fun?
Before COVID-19, I loved dancing in the studio, going out to get boba with friends, visiting art museums and exploring the different parts of Chicago. Now, I take my dance classes virtually, occasionally embroider, and have taken an interest in film photography.
Anything else you want to share about yourself?
I joined the cross country team freshman year on a whim, thinking that I would quit after summer practices, but somehow, I got suckered into running all four years. Joining this team was the best decision I have ever made, and definitely the highlight of my high school experience. Running was difficult, but I had the best teammates and coaches to get me through it. Don’t be afraid to try new things because you never know what you’re capable of until you try!