Even though we sounded a lot like rivals to each each other during class, when we arrived in Marriott Marquis in New York City, we were a big family. I was thrilled with how knowledgeable my professors and fellow classmates were in this field. We were able to travel together on flights, trains, buses as a single group. Together, we toured some of the most famous sites in the U.S. Moreover, we shared food, hotel rooms, televisions, and interests. The enthusiasm from both students and professors reminded me that I was not alone, and I could always get help and help others.
I signed up for a study abroad trip around October of 2011.
I have stated before that New York City is my dream city. I cannot tell you how much I want to visit there. This trip is not starting in the summer…or next winter break…it starts in- 2 hours! That’s right, it’s about 5 a.m. right now. You heard me right. I have been packing my stuff to get ready to take the shuttle to Charlotte Airport. As I am packing, I felt inspired to write a blog about this.
This initial rejection took a hard toll on my health. Because of the financial distress, I lost weight and sleep. Keep in mind that during my naturalization application process, I was still studying in a university, paying rent, and working part time. 2011 was the most stressful year yet. But hey you know what—I’m a tough guy. I recovered from being rejected by my peers, by a childhood crush, by boyfriends who cheated on me, by countless college admissions and job interviewers. All of those arduous experiences truly made me stronger.
A lot of people found that a bit surprising when I told them because they said I don’t really have an accent and I seem to be ‘cultured-up’ very well, but then I’d tell them, “it doesn’t matter where I was born, I am a U.S. citizen now just like any others.”
Even though that sounds like one easy sentence to say, it took me over 10 years to be in the position to say it.
Did you guys know- I was actually rejected the first time when I applied for U.S. citizenship in 2010?
I absolutely embrace the American culture and the American dream, and I can tell you that my love and admiration for the country comes a very long way.
There might have been more trips between Taiwan and America that I made. I traveled so much, and I frankly lost track, but the 4 major ones are the ones I could remember, and I’d like to share them with you. Continue reading “My Journey to the U.S.”→
*Written in 3/30/2012*This story could be a long one…..so bear with me guys. There were two parts to it. First, it all begins with Senior Project (SP). Senior year of high school, oh boy, I can tell you the story about all that. Bravely or ignorantly, I decided to work on writing a book for my SP.
SP was a lot of commitment, including writing a 10 pages research paper, creating a product, and giving a speech with slideshow presentation of my progress. The topic of SP was absolutely free of choice! Guess what I topic I picked? Continue reading “My acceptance to ASU”→
The title of this blog is from a famous hip-hop, you know what I’m talking about.
Believe it or not, Si-Long Chen was once a respectable athlete. You guys are going to think that I’m fooling you because– Didn’t I mention that I was an introverted anime nerd? Continue reading “I work out!”→
*Written on 2/29/2012
Just recently, I decided to become an art minor. This was a very big decision in my life. It took a lot of courage to make this change. Let me give you a story behind this decision.