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(Jose J. Martinez, Quyen-Vi Nguyen, Chun Tat Chan)

 

What are some of your hobbies and things that you’re passionate about?

Jose J. Martinez:  

 I am passionate about about two things: education and dyslexia. Education and dyslexia are very valuable to me. I have dyslexia and it was difficult for me in school. It s very difficult for me read because it takes me a bit longer. Now, that I am going to college I will be able to learn more about the topics that I like. Dyslexia is something that I continue to learn more about as I read more. I am also passionate about video game because I really enjoy playing video games.

Quyen-Vi Nguyen:

I tend to sign myself up for a lot of things which doesn’t allow much free time but I do enjoy drawing and reading. I’m not quite sure what I’m truly passionate about.

Chun Tat Chan:

I enjoy playing sports. Over the course of high school, I was the team captain of the varsity volleyball team and a participant of the acrobatics, wrestling and badminton team. I also do parkour every so often. I am really passionate about studying computer science and love playing video games.

Are you afraid of the Freshman 15 myth?

Jose J. Martinez:  

I have heard of the Freshman 15 myth but I am not afraid of it. When I go to UC Merced in August, I will hit the gym and be active.

Quyen-Vi Nguyen:

I haven’t really thought of it. I only vaguely know of it so I’m not particularly scared.

Chun Tat Chan:

Not really. I am blessed with really high metabolism and I work out and play sports fairly often so I’m not that afraid. It would be terrifying if I just suddenly changed though.

Name one thing that you couldn’t do in high school but you will do in college and vice versa.

Jose J. Martinez:  

For me there were a lot of things that I could not do in high school. I went to a small high school in Oakland, so there was not very much to do. One thing that I could not do was control  what I was learning. I was limited on what I was able to do. Now that I am going to college, I will have control in what I can do.

Quyen-Vi Nguyen:

One thing I’m excited about is that fact that my university is so close to the beach. I hope I’ll be able to enjoy more time in the water through either surfing or scuba diving. I would like to find more opportunities to go outside since I stay indoors a lot. Sadly, I do not think I will participate in sports as often. I am more of an intermediate player, so it’ll be less likely for me to join competitive sports. I’m a little grateful about not being as focused on sports since it’ll help my transition into college as I shift my focus onto academia. I’ll also have a little bit of regret because it’s more likely I’ll be out of shape.

Chun Tat Chan:

Pursue my goal of studying computer science. In high school, the computer science course that was provided was unproductive and unorganized, so I attempted to make the most of my time by learning on my own. In college, I hope that it will help me reach my goal.

What do you think will change now that you are considered an “adult”?

Jose J. Martinez:  

I will say that I have more time to work on myself. I’m just happy to have more control.

Quyen-Vi Nguyen:

I’m pretty sure I’ll still be me. Unfortunately, I will have to deal with money management and more responsibility. If anything I’ll just be an amplified version of my already-nervous-and anxious self.

Chun Tat Chan:

I think people’s expectation of me to be more mature and independent. People can’t simply snap their fingers and change into a different person. It’s a process. I just hope that process goes rather quickly, so I can be able to be self-reliant.

Are you ready to be living on your own?

Jose J. Martinez:  

No, I still need a lot of time. I am still use to living with other family members.

Quyen-Vi Nguyen:

No. My mom literally does everything for me. No, I’m not ready.

Chun Tat Chan:

Not at all. I am incredibly reliant on my parents. My mother takes care of all my preparation for school, even wakes me up so I can be on time. My father helps keep the family afloat and provides me the resources for me to focus on my education. But the only way for me to be ready to live on my own is to go out on a limb and try it myself.