It was 2016 when I first learn about the impending California earthquake. I’m eating in the University of Waterloo’s Bombshelter Pub, and the light is fading outside as I read The Really Big One by Kathryn Schulz in the New Yorker. It’s an award-winning piece about the earthquakes resulting from the North American tectonic plate … Continue reading the next big one
I was really fortunate to have been given the opportunity to write something for the UWaterloo English blog as Valedictorian, so I did! Thanks especially to Dr. Jennifer Harris for the support. We are so thrilled to congratulate Amy Zhou, UWaterloo English and Economics, who has been named valedictorian and will be speaking at convocation … Continue reading “The Act of Making It”
I've always valued "Knowing thyself" but my parents haven't.
We suffered a uncomfortably hot and sweaty high-speed train security check in Beijing to arrive in Jinan, Shandong (where my Dad and his family is from) a few days ago. Jinan is a city known for its many natural springs, and I could feel the humidity instantly as my Dad, my Uncle (the younger brother … Continue reading Being leftover.
I flew out of Ottawa on the morning of the 28th but I'd been feeling an uncomfortable something-something at the back of my throat in the few days prior. On the uncomfortable 13-hour flight, I attributed hoped that the heaviness in my sinuses was just changes in the air pressure (I'm not a scientist-- sue me). But … Continue reading In sickness.
I like to visualize transition cards in the movie of my life. At this one, the end of my undergraduate degree, I imagine a snapshot of a heavy, dark, misty day on campus (somewhere like that small wooded area between Modern Languages facing the Arts Quad), ground dark with spring rain, with the word SPRING in … Continue reading Hungry for Summer
In the first few years of #bellletstalk, I scoffed at it. How commercialized, I sneered, How campy and dreadful. It was baffling for me that anyone would want to talk about the things that they were going through, and even more that anyone else would actually want to listen. I didn't know how to vocalize any of the … Continue reading When talking is the last thing you want to do.