We Did It!

Me and my papa at commencement! Graduating from MIT was bittersweet. To be honest, I was kind of expecting myself to cry. I cried like a baby during my high school graduation, so why would graduating from MIT be any different? I guess the difference was that I wasn’t totally mentally ready to leave high school when I left –

On Drawing and Mental Health

I have been a painter and an artist my entire life. Okay, maybe when I was like four, I couldn’t really call myself an artist, although my mom is very adamant that my drawing level was much higher than an average four year old. Something about being able to draw more than just stick figures and smiley faces on butterflies

On Reading

One of the saddest things about college is that you stop reading. At least, I did. I used to be a voracious reader. I was the kid that had a flashlight hidden under her pillow and piles of books hidden under her bed, until one day she upgraded to a bed that had a hidden compartment in the headboard (I

Grandpa Lu

My grandfather passed away this morning. It’s Monday, February 22, 2016. I don’t even know how old he was. Grandpa Lu was probably the most quintessentially stereotypical little old Chinese man. He was tiny and skinny, walked really slowly, slightly hunched over, was surprisingly soft-spoken considering how loud everyone else in the family is although when he raised his voice

On Reflection

Every January of a new year, I like to reflect on the past year. Especially now that I’m going into my last semester at MIT – yes guys, I’m graduating in June and I am all sorts of excited! – it seems like a very appropriate time to be reflecting on not just the last year but also my time

On Homesickness

I moved away from home – at the time, that was China – to go to boarding school in Connecticut when I was 13. I have lived away from home for the bulk of every year ever since. I am very familiar with being homesick, and you’d think that having lived away from home for 7 years and running now

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

For those of you who have no idea: I’m Canadian, and my Thanksgiving was yesterday. While I have many issues with the historical implications of Thanksgiving especially since this year, it coincided with the US’s Columbus Day (*cough*genocide*cough*), I do think it is a good habit to take time and be thankful of what we have, especially since as a


Since the last time I blogged, a lot of things have happened. I went home for spring break and cuddled my baby sister. I finally sucked up my pride and went to MIT Mental Health. I stopped eating for a while and survived pretty much solely on nutrition drinks and occasionally mac and cheese from a box. I gained back