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Irene Liao
Genetics and Plant Biology major
Samantha Bell
Microbial Biology major
Jena Riggert
Forestry and Natural Resources major
Dale Dualan
Conservation Resource Studies major
Stephen Kwan
Molecular Environmental Biology major
Kay Jiaqi Yang
Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics major
Tiet Nguyen
Microbial Biology major
Selina Chou
Nutritional Science - Dietetics major
Jenn Jehnsen
Environmental Sciences major
Wendy Chen
Environmental Sciences major
Jessica LeBeau
Environmental Sciences major

March 11, 2007


Hey guys! So this is a fun topic to write about. My favorite movie would have to be the one I saw yesterday, 300. It is an action-packed flick about courage, honor, and loyalty with stunning graphics and a bit of history as well. Although I am easily satisfied with movies, moments from this movie really touch me and without putting up any spoilers, I highly recommend that you go see it. I went to the Metreon in hopes of seeing it a la imax, but unfortunately, tickets were sold out by the time I arrived...I recommend you make reservations early!

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March 10, 2007

Who I admire

Both parents have been excellent mentors in my life. My mom- a sacrificial, selfless mother who continually puts her children first. My dad- a level headed, logical and encouraging father. Among four kids, it would seem difficult to divide time and attention to myself and to my three brothers. However, they have treated me and my siblings as individuals, without comparing each person against one another. They have successfully managed to nurture each one of us; encouraging our strengths and helping us improve upon our weaknesses. To me, they are the examples of what parents ought to be- loving and committed to their children and to one another.

March 9, 2007

My Grandma is my Mentor

In my life I have had many mentors from all different backgrounds and experiences. While my academic mentors have been very helpful, I feel that my most important is my grandma. Even though she has not had a "formal education" she has taught me much about life and how to be a good person.

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March 5, 2007

Some Very Influential People in my Life

There is not one specific person that has most influenced me, but instead I have been influenced by a few different people’s qualities that each may possess. All these people have been the people have most influenced me both as a child and now as a young adult. My parents have influenced me the most, while there are others who have also put a great impact on my life. Similar to most people, my parents have influenced me greatly. Both my mom and dad have taught me to always be myself, and have taught me to speak my mind. They also taught me that it is important to do your best, and only compare yourself to you, not anyone else. Even though this advice may be difficult at Berkeley because of the constantly curved classes where you are forced to compare yourself to others, it is still important to compare yourself to you because overall, everyone is different.

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March 4, 2007

Some Amazing People

It’s hard to not talk about your parents when discussing role models. Parents can’t help but be huge influences on their children’s lives, and without a doubt, my parents shaped the person I am today. Among many things, I admire my mom for fighting for teacher’s rights all of her life. It is from her that I learned how much better life can be when you are passionate about your work. My mom is a very kind and thoughtful person to others, and everyday I find myself trying to live up to this example. Also, I will always treasure my mom introducing me to all the varieties of food I enjoy today, and for teaching me to love travel and adventure.

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March 3, 2007

Influences in My Life

As with many people, my parents are my biggest role models. They have taught me many essential skills in life, how to appreciate life, and how to set my priorities.

My mom is just so great. She is always there for me, listening to my problems, caring for me when I am sick. She just does everything for my sister and I. From her, I have learned how to be a good listener, to work hard, and to be optimistic.

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March 1, 2007

I wanna be like.... when I grow up!!

There are several people in my life who have influenced me to become the person I am today. Of course my family is a great part of my life who have motivated me to stay focused on my goals and have been so supportive in everything I do. But there is one person that I can always count on and has always been there to support me.

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My Role Model

So I lived with two busy doctors. Mom and Dad. Rehabilitation medicine and Internal pulmonary medicine.
Unlike other kids at school, I never see my parents at home after school since my parents worked from seven in the morning to six in the afternoon. Growing up, I was always the first person to be home, the kid who hung out with friends until sunset, and the babysitter who took care of my little brother. Although my parents could not be with me most of the time throughout my childhood, both of them are my role models. Their actions and behaviors lead me to every person I am today. Their passion and dedication in medicine also influenced my pursuit in medicine.
I admire my mom especially. She gave me a comparison of having a full-time working mother and a full-time mother. Six years ago when my mom was at the peak of her career, she gave up her job as a physician, her position as the head of nursing home, her chances of becoming a MD/PhD and came to America with my brother and me. Mom decided that she should spend more time with us to pass our critical years in education. In the US, she was the one who helped me with learning English, the one who tutored me math, biology, chemistry, and physics, the one who took care of me when I was sick, the one who listened through all my complaints, the one who shared all my joy, the one who always encourages me when I am frustrated, the one who I rely on, and the one who I talk to when I need advises. Even in college, I talk to her everyday on the phone. Because of her, my dad’s dream of having us educated in America came true. She sacrificed her working years for my education in the U.S. During these six years, she also went to community college and took classes when my brother and I are in school. She learned painting and drawing, which she never had time to experience in Taiwan. On weekends, she participates in community services and goes to community dance classes. She also developed a new interest in gardening. Her spirits and time management skills showed me the concept of lifelong learning and lifelong enjoying.
Very soon she will be going back to Taiwan to be a physician again. After June this year I will be with my brother alone in America. However, I believe that I have become stronger and more independent in these years living with my mother. She showed me how to be a good wife, a good physician, a good mother, a good student, and a good mentor. She’s my ultimate role model!!

February 28, 2007

Learn from Others

The people I look up to have been the people who have left a real impression on me. Sometimes these people are challenging. By their example or by what they’ve told me, I have re-examined myself, what I believe, why I believe it, and how I behave. I looked deeper into how I see the world and how I interact with others.
Not everyone is perfect. Even the people I look up to have some characteristics that are not positive. But one must look beyond these particulars to see the good in the person. If we can see the good in each person we encounter, each person should be example for us. Granted, what one finds “good” or “bad” is a judgment, and who are we to judge?

February 27, 2007

my role models

The people I look up to, without a single doubt, are my parents. My mother has always pushed me to be myself and stand up to what I believe in. She has encouraged me to speak my mind and not just sit back and stay quiet. (Maybe that’s why I’m at Cal ;oÞ ) Although small in stature she can be a force to be reckoned with. She believes that one person CAN make a difference and continually demonstrates this through her progressive community work in my hometown. She gives me courage and is always open when I need serious advice.

I also completely admire my father. Among the many life lessons he has taught me, there is one in particular that I hold close here at Cal.

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My Role Model

There are many qualities in people that I model myself after, such as strength and independence. Compassion for others, motivation, and perseverence are just a few more that I would put on the list for a well rounded individual. However, it is rare when someone truly amazing displays all of the above characteristics and more. So, I am extremely thankful to have met a few of these people in my life.
Throughout the past three years at Cal, my mother has unconditionally supported me and I have learned many important things about life from her along the way. She is a strong, confident individual who never fails to put forth her best at work and for her family. She is my confidant and a true friend whom I always feel comfortable going to when I am troubled or confused. But not only is she giving, but she also finds a way to juggle work and family. She is one of those career women who wants it all and has tried her best to achieve all her goals without neglecting her responsibilities as a mother. And I sincerely admire her for the strength and passion that she exerts in every aspect of her life.

February 26, 2007

Hmm...role models

At this stage of my college career, when I'm finally settling on a career path that I'll actually stick with, the role models that have affected me are becoming much clearer...

My parents have, without doubt, played major roles in molding my character and personal attributes. Despite how much I try to be unique and different from them, I acquired so many traits from them: my interest in the sciences supposedly "comes" from Dad, while my more linguistic side comes from Mom. Their ultra-healthy home cooked meals gave me an interest in nutrition. Regardless, they have served as points of reference for me, as "unrecognized" role models whose traits I have subconsciously internalized.

The people who have played the greatest role in developing my interest in science are Dr. Rasheed and Joel Sachs. I started at Dr. Rasheed's lab as a high school student, when I signed up for a research apprenticeship program run by USC. She was the one who personally taught me how to culture cells, actually read scientific papers, and to make connections between what I learned in class to what I did in lab. My experience at the lab affirmed my interest in research, which led me to work at the Simms lab here at Berkeley, where I work under the postdoc Joel to analyze mutualisms between plants and N-fixing bacteria. Both Joel and Dr. Rasheed have shown me just how interesting research can be, and that a student's experience in the laboratory is often dictated by the kind of people he/she works with.

There are several other key role models in my life. During sophomore year, I had an awesome GSI for an English R1B class that led me to minor in the subject. I interned with an opthalmologist who gave me an in-depth look into his work, which led to consider research in the medical field. And my high school bio teacher, who was awesome, pretty much set my mind on an undergrad major related to biology.

Perhaps I'm just really impressionable, and many people can easily influence my interests. However, I do believe that we all have numerous role models, if we only dig deeper into ourselves to find them. Let us PALS know about your role models by dropping by our office hours (yes, that was an unabashed plug).

Who I Admire Most

I have several role models, each for different aspects of my life. However, the number one role model in my life is my mom. I have learned a lot from my mom and without her in my life I would not be the person I am today. She brings out the best in me and yet never has expected anything from me. She is caring, compassionate, and giving. I know that no matter what, I can always depend on my mom when I really need her and I hope to return the favor to my loved ones. To sum it up, I look up to my mom because I learn how to be an overall good person from her.

I have a couple role models when it comes to school and my future career. I look up to two of my lecturers, Mary Mead and Katie Clark. I have gotten to know Mary over the past couple of years and have found her to be a cheerful, friendly, and kindhearted person who is always willing to lend me a hand. I also look up to her because she has a wide variety of experience in the field of dietetics. Similarly, when I think of Katie, I think of someone who has done it all. She has many life experiences to draw from and has already accomplished so much at such a young age. For example, she has her own practice a RD, something that I would like to have one day.

Lastly, my aunt has always had a huge impact on my life. She is someone who knows what she wants and is not afraid to go out and get it, no matter what it takes. She understands the importance of having a sense of humor and being able to laugh. She is continuously trying new things and growing as a person. I enjoy spending time with her because I learn a lot by having her as an example.

All of my role models contribute something different and unique to my life and I appreciate them all a great deal.