Freshman year advice

Kelly Yang is a sassy, strong, and straightforward girl from Taiwan. She has an enthusiastic and outgoing personality, and she is persuasive, self-confident and an effective communicator. She completed her bachelor degrees with double major in public relations and corporate communication at University of Central Missouri. She is now studying for MFA degree in advertising at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
“Believe dreams come true, because they do,” Kelly believes. Therefore, Kelly is, and will always use her passions to love what she is doing with her life.

I have been in the United States for about 8 years, and honestly I think I have grown up way beyond what my family and I could have expected, I have learned more things than just the knowledge from school and textbooks.

A lot of people have asked me: Why did I choose to study in Missouri?

Most international students like to go to bigger cities, but I chose Missouri because it was not only a cheaper living setting, but also a place I had to ALWAYS speak English. I still remember the very first semester, my English wasn’t as fluent, so I was really nervous about going to classes, but really excited in the same time. As soon as the professor finished the attendance sheet, I knew I was the only Asian in the class. The professor told students to divided by groups for projects, no one wanted to be in the same group with me. But I’m a fighter, so I didn’t care much, and I told the professor that I would be in my own team. I put in triple efforts on the project because I didn’t want anyone to look down on me, and guess what, I proved to myself and surprised the whole class by succeeding.

However, my college life wasn’t just for study, I partied like a rock star. I didn’t like to hangout with the people who speak the same language, because then my English would never improve. I like to hangout with people from different countries and have a lot of experiences with people from different cultures. I party hard, I travel around, and I hangout a lot with my friends. I have my crazy freshman year just like other students, I went to parties where everyone was Americans, and I was the only Asian but I still had fun.

I was really energized to attend a lot of different activities in college. I become an international ambassador in the international center to help other students. It was a fun experience and I helped the Taiwanese and Chinese organizations in Kansas City in launching more awareness for University of Central Missouri. Besides, I was in the PRSSA program in the communication department, and helped PRSSA fundraising at football concession. Also, I took an opportunity to go to Washington D.C. for my internship as a Deputy Assistant PR Director, and helped to promote and enhance the visibility of Formosan Association for Public Affairs.

Now, I’m in San Francisco, the most varied and multicultural city with completely different experiences. In my opinion, study is not the most important thing when you are studying aboard, to feel the cultures, to travel, to experience the different things around you are the reasons that will help you grow.

“Believe dreams come true, because they do,” I believe. Sounds a little cheesy, I know, but as long as you have faith in yourself, you will know what and how to make the best of anything. Therefore, I am, and will always use my passions to love what I’m doing with my life.

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