Humble

Letting my accomplishments talk for themselves remains the best way to showcase them to friends, coworkers, and strangers. I've learned not to boast about my origami, painting, or writing skills; rather, I let my folded paper models, 32' x 32' canvases, and essays speak on my behalf.

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Dependable

Friends come to me for advice about essays, website design, and relationships. At VandyHacks, Music City Code, and Nodevember, I take pride in what I do: placing catering food orders for over 450+ attendees, organizing sponsorship fund acquisitions for over $10k, and acting as a liason between the tech organization and Vanderbilt University.

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Patient

Some things in life are worth waiting for. When Citrix took a month to send me news about my interview results, I contemplated sending an email to request an update. However, I remember an ancient Chinese parable that you once told me about a farmer and his horse who ran away and came back with another horse. Like the farmer, I chose to be neutral about my reaction to the situation; perhaps, good news was just on the horizon.

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Kind

The circle of karma is unavoidable. As Jesus himself said in Matthew 7:12, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Professor McCabe had been so generous with my participation in the VUSE Summer Research Program; I decided to thank her with a nice surprise: an upgrade to her 2012 lab website with a new responsive, interactive modern 2017 design.

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Adaptable

I work to change what I can in the right order: myself, my peers, and then my environment. I can't be in charge of the current U.S. economy, the electoral college in the 2017 election, or the summer-internship hiring process. However, I can work on polishing my computer-science online portfolio, my VandyHacks involvement position, and, most importantly, my physique.

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Hopeful

Rainy days happen, so the best we can do is carry a bright yellow umbrella and a big smile. Like the Bank of America financial analyst said, I have Dad's big goofy smile and Mom's wrinkling, twinkling eyes. In turbulent times such as uncompiling, broken code that I've been spending hours fussing over, I still try my best to carry around a wide smile. Because, regardless of how desperate the situation appears, the stormy clouds always clear up and the bright yellow sun always comes out to play.

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Why do I love being home for winter break?

Because of the F✱✱✱ word !!

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Food

After studying dozens of book chapters and debugging thousands of code lines, dumplings are always a plus when coming home. Everyone loves some dough stuffed with pork, vegetables, and onions.

Family

Though every kind has their little arguments, in-person family remains much better than low-quality, pixelated family over WeChat. Also, hugs are awesome and always welcome.

Fun

With so much studying and club activities at Vanderbilt, not much time remains for competing in ping-pong, playing cards, or folding origami decorations. At home, these extracurriculars abound.