10 Tips to Help You Succeed in College



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1. Read the syllabus to ensure the class is right for you.

2. Mark important dates on your calendar such as mid-term and final exam dates

3. Use a 24-hour planner to schedule time to read, outline, and write down questions for each chapter before each class. Ask your professor those questions during class.

4. Talk to your professors during their office hours frequently. Once they have gotten to know you, it is much easier to ask for a letter of recommendation.

5. Before each class, review the chapter outlines. During class, take good notes and ask questions. After class, review notes and do the homework.

6. Meet with your advisors two weeks in advance when you have to pick classes for next semester.

7. Take core classes first during your freshmen and sophomore year.

8. Volunteer, work, or intern for organizations which relate to your major.

9. On the first day of class, meet your classmates and exchange contact information.

10. Study and review your notes every day to make studying easier during mid terms week and finals week.

How to Prepare for a New Semester



1. Get a planner/calendar

Writing down all your tasks can not only help you organize, but also make you feel super accomplished when you cross them off!

2. Don’t procrastinate

Procrastinating can make you feel stressed out especially when you have a lot of projects and homework assignments to complete. Try your best to stay on top of your game by studying 2-3 days ahead or completing assignments before they’re due.

3. Try to avoid junk food

Junk food can make you feel lethargic, and grumpy. Instead you can try eating berries, or nuts to cure that sweet tooth, or crunch craving. Berries give you a boast of antioxidants which helps you repair and prevent stress. Nuts can also give you a quick dose of energy!

4. Do something you enjoy

It’s not always about schoolwork; if you’re ever feeling too stressed you can always take a break! Try doing activities that you enjoy.

5. Join a sports team, club or program outside of school

A new semester can be a new start! Joining a sports team, club or program can give you more experience and help build up your resume. You can also meet tons of new and interesting people!

Have you ever thought about Misrepresent(Asian)?

Community Service Learning Project is organized by the Teen Resource Center at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.
CSLP is a six month (March through August) internship program for youth between the ages of 15 to 19. The program aims to provide youth an opportunity to improve their life skills (public speaking, stress/time management, negotiation/communication skills) through service learning projects. The 2014 interns worked at CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, APEX for Youth, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, and the Museum of Chinese in American (MOCA). Recruitment for the next cycle of CSLP will begin in December 2014. Please contact Vicki Wong at viwong@cbwchc.org for more information.

On August 1, 2014, the eight interns in the Community Service Learning Program hosted a showcase for the Chinatown community on the topic of Misrepresent(Asian). For all of you who couldn’t make it– Elizabeth here has graciously agreed to share her experience  with you!

TRC: Tell me about your final project– what was the goal? Why this topic?

Elizabeth: We chose to address the misrepresentation of Asian Americans in U.S. media and the effect that this misrepresentation has on the self-esteem and mental health of Asian American teenagers.  The goals of our project were to address the minor and stereotypical roles that Asian American actors are confined to playing; the differences between how these actors look on screen and how typical Asian Americans on the streets look; and to remind everyone that they are beautiful, even though they may or may not look or act like what they see on the screen.


TRC: Why roses? How did you come up with this icebreaker?

Elizabeth: I hand-made roses (and attached compliments to them) for all of the guests! For our icebreaker activity, we asked each person to find someone to give their rose-compliment to. We think compliments are nice to hear, even from a stranger (as long as it is not creepy), and the different color stems told people which group they were in.


TRC: You made a video too right? So ambitious! What was it like? What does the video cover?

Elizabeth: We take you behind the scenes on what it means to be a CSLP intern and everything that had to be done to make the final event possible.  We take you with us on the streets as we interview Asian American teenagers about what it means to be a minority group often misrepresented in the media. There are also a few humorous moments that truly reflected the hilarity that eventually ensued after sticking eight, often sleep-deprived and naturally silly high schoolers together in a room.  But the general thread throughout the video is the seriousness of this issue that is too often unaddressed in our society today.  


 TRC: This was the first activity I did, the Selfie Revolution! wall. It was really fun giving people I kind of knew and complete strangers affirmations and compliments. What did you want people to get out of this activity?

Elizabeth: THE SELFIE REVOLUTION!!! This was the activity that Emily, Umma, and I ran. 

As the guests walked in, we handed them a ticket to get their polaroid taken, as they held a sign that said #misrepresentasian.  Each guest was asked to write a self-declared flaw on the back of their picture.  We then posted their pictures on the wall and asked other guests to write compliments on post-its and paste it under their pictures. 

The goal of this activity was to show guests that even though they might believe that a flaw of theirs is obvious to other people, the opposite is true.  Often what the person in the picture was self-conscious about was what they received the most compliments about!  We also wanted to show everyone that even though they might not look like the images presented in the media, they are beautiful regardless.


TRC: And this one?

Elizabeth: This is the almighty Asian Americans in Media Stereotype Wall.  Although it could have been better named, this activity is incredibly important to our event because it addressed a few stereotypes that Asian Americans are usually type-casted into.  We asked guests to write in the Y/N column on whether these stereotypes applied to them, with a red post-it saying “no” and a yellow post-it saying “yes.”  We then asked them to write a short story about their experience and post it on the wall. 

We found that the vast majority of those present agreed that these stereotypes did not apply to them and the stories usually showed the negative impacts that these stereotypes had on their lives.  For example, one read that he felt ashamed for not being good at math like he was “supposed” to be and felt embarrassed to ask a teacher for help, which made his grades suffer. We hope that by addressing these stereotypes at the final event, more people feel comfortable falling outside of the stereotypes and aren’t afraid to be themselves.  We also want other people to realize that these stereotypes are not always true for us.


TRC: This one was really hard. I really had to try and pretend that I was a movie director in a talent search and picked actors that I thought would be easier to “sell.” I had to make choices based on really superficial characteristics. Did you see any trends in who the participants chose to cast?

Elizabeth: We found that most people chose the person with more Westernized features. It made us question how much people internalize standards of beauty presented to us in the media everywhere we look.  Because there is such an under-representation of Asian Americans and other minority groups in the media, the typically Western features that most Caucasians possess have become what is beautiful in our eyes.  If you look in the media, Asian Americans who are successful, such as Lucy Liu, typically possesses more Westernized features.

Additionally, in the picture on the right, Nina Davuluri, who was crowned Miss America 2014, was compared to another beautiful woman, but this other woman was white. Ms. Davaluri is clearly beautiful, as her title would suggest, but she is also South Asian, which our participants decided proved to be a disadvantage for her in the film industry. 

Minorities are often misrepresented and under-represented, and our team would like to promote the practice of casting actors without a preference for certain groups of people or aesthetics, which would benefit all.  We want to be inclusive of other minorities as well, not just Asian Americans.


TRC: That’s enlightening! And you got so much from doing just one small activity. How was the event as a whole? Were you all scared to stand up in front of such a large crowd and share all the amazing work you had done?

Elizabeth: Before this night, we went through pretty intensive public speaking trainings and many, many rehearsals.  We couldn’t help but feel incredibly nervous as many of us were afraid of public speaking.  However, keeping in mind what Liz Young had taught us about nervous energy being mistaken for excitement, we were able to remember our lines and deliver them with certainty and conviction.  Everything from the video to the slideshow, activities, and Q&A went really well, and we would like to thank everyone who attended and everyone who couldn’t but kept us in their thoughts!


TRC: You did a wonderful job! Truly truly wonderful! And I’m glad you also seemed to have fun during the whole process and then put so much energy into this great event. Any reflections about your experience with the event, the project, or the CSLP 2014 team?

Elizabeth: Working with this team for the past six months has left an unforgettable mark on me, and I’m sure that it has left a mark on the others as well.  Over the past six months, the other interns have become like my brothers and sisters, and Kevin and Emily, our lovely supervisors on the right of this picture have become like our older, guiding siblings as well.  We work so well as a team, and we know how to step back and let others take over when they are more knowledgeable about something, and to come closer and work together when we are struggling.  We have all committed a lot of hours to this project, but we could not be more proud of how it turned out. 

Although our final event has passed, it doesn’t mean that we are done with our project.  We now extend the baton to you! Have you ever noticed the misrepresentation of Asians and other minorities in the media? We urge you to reflect on these experiences, and tell all your friends and family about this issue.  People don’t talk about the misrepresentation of Asian Americans or other minorities in the media often.  Typically, these stereotypes are turned into jokes or sources of amusement.  However, the message that we want to leave you with is to remember that not everyone fits under these limited stereotypes. 

We may each identify as Asian American, but we are all different people.  We want the media to open up the roles that Asian Americans are usually confined to playing on screen.  Make sure that you know, and let others know, that even though you may not possess Westernized features or look like what you see on screen, you are still beautiful in your own way, and you don’t need the media to confirm that!  

TRC: Any other ways you’d recommend people get involved?

Elizabeth: Like and join our Facebook Page! It’s called “misrepresentasian.”




Feel bored? Find something to do!

Image by Vicki Wong

When I go to school every day, the most common phrases are “I’m so tired!”, “Don’t wanna go to school…”, “I feel bored….”. Now it’s summer time and sometimes I’m also bored at home.

Here are some tips to help you if you feel bored:

1. Find out your interests!
During my spare time, I like to play piano and relax myself! Don’t get too busy with school work. It will make you become more stressed! Try to do something that you would like to do such as playing basketball, swimming, or playing chess. Just a reminder, nothing in the world is good for you if you over do it!

2. Spend more time with your family.
Watching TV or having a meal with your families can improve the relationship between your family and you! And you will realize that family is the people who give you the most support. Therefore, treasure the time with your family.

3. Participate in extracurricular activities!
Joining extracurricular activities are always good for you because you can meet new friends, gain more experiences, or the experience might relate to your future career! For me, I really like airplanes. So I joined a group which was organized by United States Air Force to learn flying. Extracurricular activities can be very useful for you!

4. Be a volunteer!
Helping others is always good for every one! When we have spare time, why don’t we do some meaningful things to help others rather spending time on games, internet or sleeping?

5. Participate in TRC Programs and events!
Since TRC offers programs and activities, you can look over the TRC website for upcoming events and activities. TRC Productions, Language Buddy Program, Cultural Exchange Group and Open Mic are waiting for you! So, please sign up if you are interested. At the same time, you can earn community service hours.

Check back mid-August to sign up for our new programs!!

Refreshing, Tasty, and Healthy Drinks to Quench Your Thirst

Why drink soda when you can be drinking these?

1) Juice and Seltzer: Add some of your favorite juice to seltzer for a tastier and healthier drink.


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2) Ginger and Honey Iced Tea: Instead of plain unsweetened iced tea you can try it with ginger and honey. It gets better, ginger helps with the absorption of nutrients and honey provides nutrients like iron, and calcium.


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3) Veggie Juice: I know what you’re thinking… vegetables turned into juice? Awesome!


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4) Aloe Drinks: This heavenly drink can be found at Whole Foods or Asian supermarkets. It boosts omega -3s, -6s, -7s, and -9s; together they can help maintain healthy skin and muscle.



5) Blend your own Greek yogurt smoothie! Mix some of your favorite fruits, add some milk and Greek yogurt, and voila! Great for your taste buds.



Say goodbye to pimples!


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I was motivated to publish this post because I had some hilarious experiences during my Graduation photo shoot today. During the photo shoot, I saw some of my friends try their best to make the acne “disappear”…using their hair to cover it, using make-up tools, and applying the acne medications just to name a few. Do these methods really work?

The following are some tips for acne treatment:


- Wash your face 2-3 times a day
- Wash face with warm water and rinse it with cold water (to close pores)
- Use napkins or tissues to pat dry
- Know your skin type (dry skin, oily skin, combination skin). Below are the treatments for the following skin types:

- Dry: creams, lotions
- Combination: mild soap, cleanser
- Oily: gel, astringent pads

- Use the medications prescribed by the doctor

- Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid are the chemicals in the medications
- Benzoyl Peroxide: kills bacteria that is clogging the pore
- Salicylic Acid: helps shedding of dead skin cell and open clogged pores

- Maintain good emotion/mood

- Bad mood can cause the change of hormone level, causing more pimples to grow


- Apply too much medications on the skin

- Chemicals contained in the medications can dry out or irritate your skin

- Wash your face excessively

- Excessive washing can dry out the skin causing your body to secrete more oil

- Use towels to rub the face

- Towels might contains bacteria
- Rubbing the face can hurt your skin!

- Use your hair to cover the pimples

- The hair might have bacteria or other oily substances that will intensify the pimples!

- Eat too much animal skin and fried foods

- Animal skins and fried foods are oily!

This is a great video!

100 Days of Happiness


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Lately, I’ve started to notice this new trend on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and basically every other social media network. If you don’t already know, you basically submit a picture everyday with the hashtag 100happydays, of anything from yummy foods to a relaxing day at home. (Basically, anything that makes you happy!)

So, why is this relevant? I think that everybody should try this at least once. I recently started to take on this challenge and I realized that I’ve become more optimistic and relaxed than I normally am. When you do this you realize the little things that can make you happy and you’re in a better mood every day.

It’s so simple and it really only takes about 5 seconds a day!

Do you think that YOU can be happy for 100 days in a row? Take on the challenge now!

Thank you, mom!

I saw a video on Facebook today that talks about an interview for the “World’s Toughest Job”. And I thought it’s really touching. So I would like to share it:

Some of us might say: I don’t have money to go shopping for my mom. But you don’t have to spend money. Whenever you are free, spend some time with your mom and family. Treasure the hard work that our mothers do for us. Maybe just simply bake a cake, or maybe cook something that your mom likes. Or give a “Break Pass” to your mother! Last year, I gave a “Break pass” to my mother on her birthday by doing all the house work on a day when I didn’t have school. So my mom enjoyed shopping with her friends on that day. See? It can be really easy to make your mom happy.

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is coming! Say “I love you!” to your mom!

Ways to Stay Motivated



Everyone is bound to feel unmotivated and uninspired at one point in their life. So here are some ways to keep motivated and energetic!

1. See the big picture

Why do you have to complete the tasks that are assigned to you? Whether it’s to get good grades, getting into your dream college, or scoring that job that you’ve always wanted try to remember the reason for completing these projects. In the long run you’ll be inspired to finish the task at hand.

 2. Bring your work somewhere else

Try bringing your work to a cafe, library or maybe even the TRC! Sometimes being at home can make you feel lethargic and a cozy environment can make you feel undetermined.

3. Go outside

As the weather gets nicer go to a park or take a quick walk! Breathing in fresh air can make you feel less pressured and more ready to work.

4. Hang out with friends

Your friends can make you happier and give you inspiration. Interacting with other people helps!

5. Don’t be too hard on yourself!

If you don’t complete the goals that you set for yourself that week, don’t stress over it. Don’t dwell too much on failure; instead failure can be a motivation to keep improving yourself.

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It’s Okay Not To Know

Choosing a major


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I think it is okay to not know what you want to study or have a career in mind when you are in high school. As someone who is in their third year of college and changed their major 4 times, I learned that we need to be patient with ourselves. It takes time to find out what we are passionate about doing and what we see ourselves doing. There are instances when everyone in school seems to know what they want to do, but do not get pressured to be the same way. Everyone have different interests and strengths, and it is important that we do not stress ourselves for the sake of picking a career or what we want to major to in just to have one. Often time’s people do not even end up working in a field that they studied, but it is important to simply be an open learner. This is especially true when you are only in high school, and in terms of high school seniors it is important to choose a college that will not limit you. Everything we learn will be useful in life in some way, which is why it is important to explore and not rush ourselves. We do not need to add to the stress we already have.