Hello World!

Photo Credit: Project WILD UCLA

Hi everyone, I’m Cheechee, the newest contributor to the UCLA Life Blog! I am thrilled to be writing for you all and I really hope that my posts will help shed some light on the day-to-day life at UCLA. Coming here was honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I am incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that this institution has bestowed upon me.

A little bit about me: I’m a first year hoping to study Communication Studies with a specialization in Computing! I truly feel that human interaction is a wondrous thing and I value the power of being able to communicate well with others. I am particularly interested in the Internet and its impact on society as well as education, and my vision is to someday bring technology to all parts of the world. In my spare time, I sing in Awechords A Cappella as well as the University Chorale and volunteer with UCLA Unicamp and Project WILD (a volunteer project that tutors kids from immigrant families). I also serve as the marketing director for World In-Sight, a mini world exposition devoted to showcasing all the diverse cultures of the student body here at UCLA (more posts to come on this soon!). Career wise, I work as the research assistant for the Center for the Digital Future, which is currently focusing on a study researching the effects of the Internet, and the UCLA English Department, where I am assisting a professor in his study on Anthony Hecht. I love music and kids, and I am thrilled that UCLA has so many student organizations that align with my interests.

I was born in San Jose, CA and moved to Taipei, Taiwan when I was ten, attending local schools there. This unique life experience has blessed me with a strong proficiency in Mandarin, and though overcoming the language barrier was initially challenging, it was also life changing and gave me a much deeper understanding of my heritage. This identity has also proven to be confusing at times, as I never have the answer to “Where are you from?” or “Are you international?”. Yet I wouldn’t give up my background for the world! I am forever grateful to the unforeseen circumstances in my life that allowed me to be acquainted with my culture!

UCLA truly has been an amazing experience so far. Though I’m super involved and busy all the time, I still find the time to balance between my various extracurriculars, schoolwork, and friends. The quarter system does move at a super fast pace, but I’ve discovered that it’s helped me become more efficient at various tasks. I can’t wait to see what the next three years will bring me, and I am so excited to share with you all the stories of my journey through college and beyond.

Well that’s about it for now 🙂 and I really look forward to writing for you all! Comment below, I love getting messages 😀


  1. Gloria Sheu says:

    Hi Cheechee (absolutely loving your name!),
    I’m Gloria, an incoming freshman!
    台灣很awesome huh? 🙂 I was ALSO born in San Jose, Cali, and ALSO moved to Taiwan before the age of 10! i have been living here for 12 years already 🙂 Boba milk tea isn’t that amazing when you see it on every single block haha. I’m excited but also really nervous about going back to a familiar yet foreign place i once called ‘home’. How did you adapt? Did you apply to UCLA as an international student? 🙂
    anyways, we have so much in common!
    Funny thing is that when people ask me “where are you from?” I sometimes find myself wondering whether i should say Taiwanese or American. It’s a cultural dilemma.
    But overall, I’m proud to say that I am going to be a TAIWANESE BRUIN. 🙂

    1. cheecheelin says:

      Hi Gloria! Wow it’s amazing how similar our backgrounds are.
      Boba here is really big. All my friends are simply obsessed with it. Although there aren’t that many different flavors of boba here, it’s still good and it reminds me of home!
      I adapted alright I think. The different pace of life and learning style took some getting used to again, but time helped smooth things over! 😀
      🙂 I’m glad that you’re excited to be a BRUIN! Best of luck on your future endeavors!

  2. cheecheelin says:

    Reblogged this on cheechee and commented:
    I think I never got a chance to formally introduce myself, so here goes! 😀

  3. Tiffany Lim says:

    so proud of you 🙂

    1. cheecheelin says:

      😀 awww thanks!

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