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Lucy's Personal Story
I was born in Minnesota and lived in a mostly Chinese community before moving to New York when I was in the first grade. I spent the rest of my childhood growing up in Chappaqua: a very small town located in Westchester county. The main difference between my birth town in Minnesota and Chappaqua was the distribution of race in the community. The Asian population where I lived was only around 10% while the white population filled the other 90% and so culturally, I could not relate to many of my peers. Living in a pretty liberal area, none of my classmates were outright racist but they tended to be indifferent and ignorant (which honestly felt worse) and often would commit microaggressions targeted at my intelligence or appearance. Due to this, I largely rejected portions of my culture as a Chinese American and tried to become as "white-washed" as possible in order to fit in better with my classmates. Now that I'm older and much more appreciative of my culture, I feel as though I have missed out on many opportunities to embrace the cultural aspects of my identity. My Mandarin skills have deteriorated as well, somehow being worse now than when I was 6 years old. I feel like this is something important to mention because it's made me quite sensitive about the way I am perceived and can come across but self-love and self-confidence is something that I am really working on! Additionally, because of this regret, I now really want to take the time to appreciate both my culture and other Asian cultures that I turned a blind eye to when I was younger. One of the reasons KPL interested me so much was because it is an Asian interest sorority; I finally have a chance to be surrounded by people who can better understand my struggles, culture, and perspectives as a Chinese American. I hope to better embrace portions of my culture that were lost to me previously with the support and help of the KPL sisters!
Lucy's Hobbies, Passions & Interests
playing video games
listening to music
A few of my hobbies include reading, playing video games, and listening to music. One of my favorite books is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and I recommend it to pretty much anyone and everyone that asks me for a book recommendation. I have trouble reading nonfiction works and tend to stick to two types of fiction novels: ones with "literary merit" and YA fantasy novels. While I enjoy the complexity and thoughtfulness of novels like No Longer Human and Crime and Punishment, I also really love reading more simple novels that make me feel like I'm watching a movie. A few of my favorite fantasy YA novels include The Cinder Chronicles and Sorcery of Thorns (which I bought in the first place because the cover was so pretty). Another one of my hobbies is playing video games, specifically League of Legends. I got into the game at the end of my freshman year of high school and mostly played with friends before falling to the ranked hole. I've devoted way too much of my time to the game and while I don't want to go cold turkey just yet, I do hope to allocate some of the time I spend playing league towards my other interests like reading and maybe picking up another hobby that's more relaxing. Lastly, I spend a lot of time listening to music, especially when I walk. I listen to a lot of k-pop and would consider myself a stan of quite a few groups! I used to just listen but now I'm much more familiar with specific groups and their members. At the moment, I'm really into Seventeen, IVE, and The Boyz but I do also enjoy a wide variety of other artists' music. My respective biases are Jeonghan, Wonyoung, and Sunwoo in those groups! I also listen to beabadoobee, Clairo, and Laufey. Everyone needs to listen to Laufey's new album right now!! It is an absolute masterpiece.
I would describe myself as someone who comes across as shy at first but warms up very quickly. I can be a bit reserved or seem unapproachable at first but once the conversation gets started and we find any sort of common ground, I end up talking very comfortably even if we've only known each other for very little time. I also think that once I warm up to someone, it is very hard for me to go back to seeing them as a stranger. Even with my high school friends, despite seeing them after a whole 6 months or more has gone by, the conversations we have feel very familiar and are never awkward despite the time separating our interactions. I would also describe myself as someone sensitive; I feel emotions very strongly for both myself and other people. I'm the kind of person that bawls her eyes out when I see a sad TikTok slideshow on my FYP. I consider this both a strength and a weakness–it makes me very empathetic and able to understand how other people feel in a variety of situations but it also means that I can sometimes overreact or see a small action as overtly negative. Thankfully, to counteract the latter part, I am someone who is more thoughtful and does not say the first thing that comes to mind. When I do feel overly negative or upset, I always take the time to disengage myself and then look at the situation again when I feel less emotional.
Lucy's Sense of Humor
I'm someone that laughs really easily and tends to find humor in most jokes, whether or not they're good. If a joke is good, I'll laugh because it's funny. If a joke is bad, I'll laugh because the idea that it was supposed to be funny is funny. I think random humor and deadpan humor are my favorite kinds but I'll also enjoy a dad joke here and there!
Lucy's Proudest Moment
My proudest moment was “gaveling” at a debate tournament. I started debating my freshman year of high school as part of a club and really enjoyed it for a multitude of reasons. As someone who loves to talk but is a bit afraid of public speaking, it was a really great way for me to do something slightly out of my comfort zone but still have fun with it. Although I was also extremely nervous before my speeches, once I got up to the stand and began talking, the six minutes flew by easily. Another reason I really enjoyed debating was because the format of my league was more team-oriented. I joined the club with two of my closest friends and throughout all four years, we stuck together as a team. To be honest, we didn’t see much success at first. Our league housed a bunch of schools that were pretty competitive and held debate programs throughout middle school while I was a full on novice. Despite this, I still had a great time at all tournaments no matter my win-loss ratio. At the end, it was always satisfying to have spent the time debating and working together on cases and speeches. My hard work in the club paid off and I received a leadership position my junior year. After that, my main purpose within the club was to teach the incoming freshmen how to debate. I always felt a bit insecure about my position: never had my team ever won a speaker award or a team award at any of the tournaments. Junior year was in the midst of Covid and all of our tournaments were online. This also meant that it was much easier for freshmen to sit in on rounds: they would simply join the breakout room and listen to all of the speeches. I felt much more pressure than before in this situation since I was meant to be a leading figure in the club as well as having the pressure of more eyes on me. Somehow, due to a mix of preparation, skill, and luck, my team ended up performing very well throughout this tourney in particular. My team placed third overall and I “gaveled”, or got the top aggregate speaker score. I think this was my proudest moment because all of my efforts finally came to fruition. Even before I scored well, I still knew that I did my best and had a good time, but this was a more tangible form of proof that everything I had worked for paid off. It was very satisfying to win with the same friends that I had begun debating with years ago and it’s a moment I still think back to once in a while now.
Lucy's Perfect Day
The perfect day starts with the perfect night before as in a good eight hour sleep in a well air-conditioned room underneath three different blankets. After naturally waking up at around 10:00 A.M. I would probably scroll on Tiktok for half an hour. Finally, I would get up and get ready for my favorite thing to do: train down to New York City with friends and shop around. After meeting up with my friends at the train station, we would spend the hour-long ride sharing music with each other until I found a song that I love and would listen on repeat for the next few weeks until I get tired of it. After we finally made it to Grand Central, we would stop by the Magnolia Bakery and get some of their banana pudding. Then we would walk a few blocks to K-Town and shop around for Korean skincare, makeup, and most importantly: albums. We would head to a nearby cafe after and open our albums up to squeal about the PCs before spending a few hours sipping boba and talking about how our lives have been. I'm a big believer in having high quality friendships: I still stay in touch with all of my highschool friends and part of a perfect day is catching up with them and talking about how our college experiences have been! At the end, we would get a nice dinner together, take pictures of the food, and then train back home on a full stomach. I love rides of all sorts and I would take the time to relax and recharge my social battery by quietly listening to music and looking out the window. Then, I would say goodbye to my friends and we would promise to hang out again soon before heading home and showing my sister a haul of the items I purchased. Finally, I would watch some Youtube in bed and relax before heading to sleep again.