Volunteering at Houston Methodist Hospital

In middle school, I decided to complete my Girl Scout Silver Award by making hats and booties for the newborns at Houston Methodist Hospital. It was absolutely amazing. My project advisor helped me come up with the patterns, and I taught classmates at my school how to crochet them. In the end, over 200 hats and booties were made, and it gave me the best feeling in the whole wide world. I understood how much this meant to the hospital and all the new parents, especially when the baby was too small to fit the normal size ones at the stores. However, it’s even more significant when that newborn doesn’t make it, as these crocheted items show how much we care for them and their loss.

Ever since I finished my Silver Award, I wanted to continue my services at the hospital. I continued to deliver hats and booties whenever I had the time to make them during the school year and summer, but I wanted to do more. Fortunately, this year, I was old enough to apply for the Houston Methodist Hospital’s Junior Volunteer program.

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Taking Summer College Courses as a High Schooler

This summer, I took my first community college course! At first, I didn’t think I would have the time to do this along with all my other summer activities and it seemed kind of intimidating, but I’m extremely thankful that I did. I will be reflecting my experience on it, giving some advice on taking community college courses during the summer, and explaining why it’s so beneficial (especially while still in high school).

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Past, Present, and Future of Spacesuits

Image result for universeThe universe is a beautiful thing. Each day is another opportunity for cosmic expansion, the twinkling of stars, and incredible physics phenomena. Yet all enthusiasm is extinguished when you unexpectedly get tossed out of the airlock into the vacuum of space–without a space suit. A sudden lethal place the universe becomes.

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History of Hong Kong and its Endless Discrimination

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One day, I was talking to a friend of mine that I had met at HOBY who used to live in Hong Kong. She was recounting unbelievable stories that I, as an American, have never experienced. My friend told me how Mandarin was her first language. However, in schooling, English was more favored, so overtime, she lost her Mandarin. Then, she told me that one time, she was in a store and picked up a toy to play with. The shopkeeper told her that she couldn’t touch it and took it away. When my friend suddenly asked her mom why she couldn’t play with the toy in English, the shopkeeper said, “Oh! You speak English?” and immediately gave her the toy back.

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Science Pun Episode #2: Neurons

Hello and welcome science nerds, technophiles, and everyone else to Science Pun Episode #2! If you would like to see my previous episode about Electromagnetic Radiation, click here. Today, we will be talking about neurons! Yes, I know. They’re so cool, right? Check out the pun that we will be uncovering below:

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If you don’t understand it yet, don’t worry. All in due time will everything be revealed.

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2017 HOBY Leadership Seminar Reflections

The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is a nonprofit organization founded by Hugh O’Brian, inspiring youth leaders to continue leadership and innovation. HOBY has a multitude of amazing annual programs geared towards serving local and international students that are selected by their schools to participate.

This year, I became a HOBY Ambassador along with one other student to represent my high school! I submitted an essay to my counselor explaining who I was, why I wanted to be in the program, and what I would gain from it.

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Oceans’ Mysteries and the Importance of a Microorganism at the Bottom of the Food Web

I’ve seen bodies of water since I was a child, going to beaches and visiting Canada’s national parks full of beautiful lakes. The oceans that surround our planet are captivating because they’re almost like a living being, pumping life throughout its depths. Yet oceans are mysterious in that they hold a plethora of secrets just waiting to be discovered. I’ll be building on my last post about EM radiation and its spectrum which can be found here.

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