Hello everyone, this is Lulu!

A little about me: I was originally born in China and adopted into a Minnesotan family. I grew up knowing I wanted to become a doctor and went to Iowa State University and majored in Nutritional Science Pre-Med. Initially going into college and throughout most of college, I thought I would go directly into medical school after graduating, however, I decided to take a detour on my pursuit of medicine by taking a break from academics. During my year off, I decided to apply for Fulbright because I didn't feel ready for medical school and wanted to try something completely different and outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to experience and travel to other countries before medical school and thought Fulbright could broaden my knowledge of other cultures/societies while also providing skill sets I could use during my medical career.

What makes me qualified to teach English to South Korean students? Having been adopted at the age of six with no previous English language knowledge, I had to learn English and attended first grade within eight months of coming into the United States. I took English Second Language (ESL) classes all throughout elementary school but was able to move up to the advanced English classes later in my junior/high school years. During college, I studied abroad in Spain with no previous Spanish knowledge (I took French in high school). I lived in a Spanish homestay where my host family did not speak English and I did not speak Spanish. At first it was hard to communicate with my host family but over time, I learned some Spanish and was able to get by. I feel these experiences have provided me knowledge in which I can help other students trying to learn a new language.

Fun facts about me: I had never been outside of the United States prior to studying abroad in college (besides being adopted) but now I have been to four of the seven continents and travelled to over 20 countries. This is when I developed a love for traveling and partially why I feel comfortable enough to move abroad for an entire year. I find experiencing new cultures and societies fascinating and this has led me to want to work for a humanitarian organization once I become a physician. My favorite hobby besides traveling is boxing. I got into boxing during college and have kept up with it and I'm even a member of a boxing gym. Boxing is a great stress reliever, but I also think it's incredibly fun and keeps me in shape.

 

Down below are some pictures of what I believe represent me!

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