Reflections on the past year

I haven’t made a post yet about my reflections on freshmen year – this is mostly out of laziness and trying to think as little as possible. Also, the fact that I have to cover the entire year in ONE blog post. Anyway, here is my attempt, more than a full month after school has been let out, to make some sort of coherent statement about how I felt, how I changed, blah blah blah ha ha ha

Freshmen year was really cool in the sense that I got to experience and participate in things that I had never done before *cue random list below*

  • reading through all of Jane Austen’s works
    • for your information, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion are my favorite (in that order 😉
  • Learning how to use Indesign and Illustrator
  • Binding my first book in a bookbinding workshop
  • Learning how to weld metal
  • Get set up at a dance for the first time
  • Volunteer at my first Hackathon
  • Study in amazing places

Aside from the cool experiences, I got to meet and become friends with so many incredible people at Yale – really awe-inspiring, crazy talented people. I made quite a few friends, but in this front, I am still dissatisfied. I feel that there are so many people that I have not yet meet and also a lot of people that I want to know better. I expected to be able to find that one person that I would hang out with the most , that would become my closest friend in college, but I have been unsuccessful in this front. Many of the friends that I have become friends with often have friends that they are closer to and it means lots of third-wheeling. I’ve been trying to improve myself and place myself into situations where I can really get to know more people … anyways, I am very excited for next year.


This excitement carries over for my extracurriculars! I’m happy with the extracurriculars that I did this year, although for most of it, I spent it thinking that I didn’t do enough. My suite mates and other friends were typically involved in extremely time-consuming activities – sports, dance, improv, etc. but I had a bunch of small things. AIESEC, consulting, VITA. Looking back, I think I actually did do quite a lot and am happy with the friendships that I have made through it. I’m hoping next year that I can dive more deeply into these activities and also get into research, more volunteering, and maybe another job or something.

In terms of my spiritual life, I also struggled. The fellowships at Yale are small and not super strong. I also got somewhat caught between two fellowships, YFA and YSC, and making the change from one to another proved to be harder than I thought as I grew attached to the people that I met. Hopefully, I have made the right decision, but being able to have people like Julie and Hong to keep me accountable through weekly dinners is still very nice. I have been making attempts to learn more and understand more of Christianity and while intimidating and at times unsuccessful, I am continuing this process over the summer.


Some lessons that I have learned and some things I would like to improve on

  1. Be independent, know what you want and don’t be afraid to say no or yes to things – don’t fall to peer pressure!
  2. try out more things, say yes to hanging out with people
  3. create events yourself
  4. always think of others, small gestures of kindness are so important
  5. stick to a routine – exercise regularly – read Bible regularly – eat regularly
  6. love more than you hate
  7. work as hard as possible and look for opportunities
  8. don’t forget to call mother 🙂 and drink lots of water!
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Heh these are just a couple of things that have been floating through my mind lately in the last month or so as I reflect. It’s not all encompassing and definitely doesn’t capture the amazingness of Yale, but I think it does capture most of the thoughts that I have had and the major points, lowered expectations but high hopes! I am looking quite forward to all the exciting things that will happen in the years to come and will try my best to make it the best years of my life 🙂 I will probably update this and add to it if anything else comes up in my mind, but for those of you that read this far… thanks so much for making it all the way haha ❤



Yale Architecture


– Sterling Memorial Library 2nd floor – one of the first places that I explored at Yale, Sterling has so many strange and unique places to visit even simply just its dimly lit hallways in perfect synchrony


– Yale Forestry School – I went to visit this place just recently because I heard it was lovely … and yes, it is incredibly beautiful! And everything was so filled with light and wood, it just fit the exact presence of a forestry school.


– Battell Chapel – This is obviously not the best picture of Battell Chapel, but I thought it was interesting that the icy branches seemed to fit the patterns of the spires on the top of the building. I often take this one for granted as I live right next to it.


– Tunnel underneath Hillhouse Ave –  I also recently discovered this one when my TA led me to her office from one building to this one, traveling under a total of THREE buildings. I love the creepy industrial secretive feel of this tunnel and also how beneficial it will be the next time it rains 🙂 


– Alley on Church St – Someone pointed this out to me at the very beginning of this year. It’s really crazy how if you didn’t stop to really take a look, you would probably miss it. Still unsure who did it or whether it was the work of some really amazing street graffiti artist that all three of these buildings decided to keep 

Snapshots from Yale: Sleeping Giant

Over October break, my suitemates and I decided to go to Sleeping Giant national park, which is a park right next to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. We rode the bus there for $1.25 for 40 minutes with backpacks full of stolen dining hall food. The height of fall, a most surreal experience.

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in love with the forested trees


ponds and prettiness

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a mountain


at the top

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beautiful trees


more friends

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more mountains

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even more friends

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Snapshots from Yale (III)

Excited things that happened!

  1. Going to my first Indian restaurant and ordering the weirdest things
  2. Visiting Haas Library for the first time
  3. The first Halloween at Yale
  4. Christmas lights in JE!
  5. AACC Christmas parties
  6. Having Christmas dinner
  7. Going to the Met Opera for Tosca
  8. A lunar eclipse
  9. A christmas secret santa exchange



Snapshots from Yale (II)



Some lovely things that happened in October/November

  1. first time longboarding on the bike lane in New Haven
  2. Thai food and birthday celebrations!
  3. printed some pictures for the first time
  4. visiting carillon bells!
  5. bookbinding for the first time
  6. going to my first Yale dance
  7. volunteering at my first Hackathon
  8. going to my first Harvard-Yale football game
  9. eating a crepe

Snapshots from Yale (I)

Just a couple of pictures from my first months at Yale! Hover over the picture for the caption. Really weird how fast the time has passed and things seem so far back in my memory, but I am still treasuring every second of this incredible experience.

Back from Hiatus? … Hopefully?

Goodness… it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted. Yikes.  BUT I’M BACK. And I’m going to try to be better. Better about keeping this blog updated and better in general regards towards the quality of this blog. I’ve actually been a little bit more active on Tumblr, so if you want to step over there to take a look at the things that I’ve been up to in great detail, go for it! In the three months that I’ve been gone though, a lot has happened! Tons and tons of stuff. Here is some of that stuff.

  1. I got into Yale! Not sure if this is already acknowledged, but YES, I am going off to college in a couple days actually. Hopefully I’ll be able to blog about things that I have learned and maybe share some insights, tips, happenings, and interests that occur. Boola boola!

    College Decision Day

    College Decision Day

  2. I went to China! And Vancouver! And Hong Kong! These will probably be in a separate post, but some snapshots from those vacations…                                                                                                                              Statues LycheeStreets Islands
  3. My mother and my neighbor started a garden! I helped! (somewhat) Anyway, we grew tons of Chinese green beans, Chinese furry melon, grape tomatoes, empty heart vegetable, ahhhhh so good. It was such a successful run. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the actual garden … accidentally deleted all those, but here is some ornamental peppers that are in someone else’s garden!                                                                  Ornamental Pepper
  4. I got an iPhone! This means 1) lots and lots of pictures for the blog and 2) an Instagram! (It means some other useful things to me, but are probably irrelevant for you.) Anyways, I have an Instagram – a preview of some things on my Insta down below – and my username is meibinios if you want to follow me! I am private, though, so I don’t think I can show it on the side of my blog or anything, because of my own security reasons.  Insta
  5. I went to Project Brother Love for the second time! Project Brother Love is a religious service organization that centers at Chinese Gospel Church in Chinatown Philly. It is focused on serving many of the nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia such as Manna and cleaning of churches to improve their outreach programs such as C4. PBL!

college visiting

A long delayed post about my college visits in the upper New England area. I visited Dartmouth, Brown, Boston University, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and MIT. Out of all of them, my favorites were Yale and Princeton. As a first semester high school senior, I have fully plunged into the hellish environment that are the college apps. I have sat for days sitting in front of my computer thinking about my failures and my life experiences, trying so hard to make it come out into an accurate and coherent portrayal of who I am… in less than 650 words. Going to these colleges gave me great excitement but contributed to a deep and healthy fear. Obviously, I am not going to get into all of these colleges – I would just be happy to get into one… but even that is a far off dream. It all has become so much more real as I visit them and imagine what four years of my life will be like and as I face and struggle with my own doubts and uncertainties about my own capabilities.

I love the clouds. When we visited Columbia!

I love the clouds. When we visited Columbia!

Princeton was breathtakingly beautiful and also hauntingly quiet as the students were not back yet.

Princeton was breathtakingly beautiful and also hauntingly quiet as the students were not back yet.

It was a rainy day... but it was still beautiful!

It was a rainy day at Yale… but it was still beautiful!

Me and my little bro at MIT, viewing these quirky buildings.

Me and my little bro at MIT, viewing these quirky buildings.

It was absolutely beautiful the day we went to Boston University. Sun, clouds, blue skies.

It was absolutely beautiful the day we went to Boston University. Sun, clouds, blue skies.

Harvard was so typically Bostonian... people milling around, cars passing by. I had the most interesting tour guide.

Harvard was so typically Bostonian… people milling around, cars passing by. I had the most interesting tour guide.

Clouds n trees

Clouds n trees

I love Panera!!! Reminds me of cute and cozy places.

I love Panera!!! Reminds me of cute and cozy places.

We stayed in Providence, Rhode Island. This is their capital building!

We stayed in Providence, Rhode Island. This is their capital building!