March 31st, 2017 by Caryn Pasking

“I went to schools in different school clusters. So from elementary to middle school, I lost a lot of friends because we all went to different middle schools. From middle school to high school, I once again started out not really knowing anyone. However, it hit harder because I lost my lolo that year. I remember how he would always accompany me and my brother at amusement parks.

My favorite moment in high school, though, was performing a solo for one of the school’s biggest shows, Rock & Roll Revival. Technically, it only happened because the original girl got sick but it was still an amazing experience. It was also a great feeling to hear that an old couple sitting behind my parents in the audience said that I sounded like the original recording because I then knew that I had done my job.”

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March 3rd, 2017 by Caryn Pasking

“Appearance-wise, I don’t think I’ve changed much since my freshman year, but I’ve definitely grown mentally. High school was a lot more laid-back, but in college you have to really work for it. In the future though, I hope to be in the working field, not as just a job but also as a hobby. Family though? We’ll see when we get there!”

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February 10th, 2017 by Caryn Pasking

“When I was in high school, my brother was diagnosed with autism. I wanted to be that big brother but it was hard realizing you may not be able to do some of those things big brothers do. I was also a very angry person in high school – I would go from 0 to 100 at the smallest things. Having my brother really taught me to be more empathetic and patient. I didn’t like losing my temper at him and yelling at him. He’s a smart kid, he just has a hard time communicating.”


“I started thinking more about my identity in middle school. Growing up, it felt like if you weren’t fully Asian, you weren’t Asian at all. I was embarrassed to try Filipino things because I wasn’t sure if I was ‘worthy’ or if I could do it correctly. Later, my best friend from high school helped me embrace the fact that I am both Filipino and white and that I can still do Filipino things because it is still part of me. I learned that even if you’re half, you’re still whole.”

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