It's really all a blur
It’s really all a blur! Freshman to Junior year.
Today I was instated as a citizen of the United States of America. I’m proud to be a U.S. citizen. The court proceedings were very serious and the judge’s speech made me a bit emotional. The judge said, “Never be ashamed of where you are from…The strongest steel is made of many different metals.” Steel was a metaphor for America as a country. It was a beautiful. I think the irony of it all is that I never appreciated my background from China as much as I did today. I appreciate the unique perspective I have because I am Chinese more than ever.
Alongside me, I had two of my best friends at Vanderbilt: Annalise Miyashiro and Marlowe Brant. They came to support me during this very big moment in my life. Afterwards, we went to a sushi buffet.
Today, I also took a moment to think about how the years went by – how best friends came and went, and who is standing by me today. I thought about all the times I should have been the bigger person but I wasn’t or all the times that I was the bigger person and how it all worked out. It’s all a blur. It’s incredible how three out of the four most amazing years of my college life is almost over. I have three more days of classes left. 3 final papers and 2 final exams. 1 BIG LSAT to go in June!
It’s one of those moments where I am just so thankful for all of the wonderful friends I have in my life. I am also thankful for the not-so-great situations in my past, which has greatly contributed to the person I am today. Although it is true that we, as humans, tend to make some of the same mistakes over and over again, I find that remembering, contemplating, and soberly judging ourselves help us to not have to relearn those lessons.
Me and Annalise! When I first met her freshman year! :-)
Me and Marlowe when I first got to know her sophomore year! :-)