This summer was amazing and life-changing for me. I got to intern at an immigration law firm in Los Angeles and I was also a mentor for the Ameson Education program sponsored by the Office of Undergrad Admissions. Ameson was a two-week summer host program at Berkeley for around fifty high school students from China who were paired off with eight Berkeley students, who became their mentors. I had six students in my group. We were told the students all spoke English. I was shocked when some of my students weren’t able to understand me. Eventually, I saw that they all had different levels of English fluency and we learned to compromise. They would ask me to speak slower and I would sometimes use diagrams and drawings as alternate forms of communication. We helped the students with their personal statements and they learned a little bit about the U.S. education system. The program was an amazing experience and I hope it becomes an annual endeavor.
Anyway, I’m glad to be back in Berkeley for the school year. I’m a sophomore now and this year is already going a lot better than last year. I guess I have already found my little niche. I feel a lot more comfortable with Berkeley in general and I don’t feel shy when approaching people. Also for the first time, I’m really excited about my classes. I just have a really good feeling about this semester aaaaand I love Berkeley!!! J