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Jessica Chai

Jessica is passionate about getting involved with her community both in and out of school. She tutors ESL students at a local elementary school and also volunteers as a teaching assistant at her language school. She is devoted artist and has already hosted an individual exhibition. Jessica also enjoys running, skiing and reading. Jessica became inspired to participate in a bridge program after studying abroad for a semester in Murcia, Spain during her junior year. Her goals are to become more independent, make an impact in her local community and get over her fear of insects. Her favorite quote is, "I think there's only one kind of folks. Folks." --To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

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Being Culturally Sensitive about Cultural Insensitivity

March 26, 2015

The weekend was off to a poor start. I had spent the past few days hunkered down in bed with shooting stomach pains. I hadn’t eaten any substantial food at least as long. My host mom, increasingly worried, tried to tempt me out of my room with promises that food and exercise would cure me...

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Teaching Shenanigans

March 3, 2015

The kid with the spiked hair gave a shout as his head made a solid connection with my shoe. He proceeded to roll over and pin his pudgy adversary to the ground. A couple of girls sitting nearby watched with vague interest. A tall, insolent boy pulled a chair up to the open window and...

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Three Embellished Legends of Imbabura

December 19, 2014

Disclaimer: Stories hold to the original legend, but ample artistic license taken! 1. The avaricious due̱o oråÊThe Origin of the Lake of San Pablo The lake of San Pablo did not always exist in the land of many lakes. No, where San Pablo rests today there used to be dust that only reflected the footsteps...

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Fundraising Challenge

August 19, 2014

“Raise twenty-five hundred dollars in the span of 3 months” It sounded ludicrous, not to mention intimidating, particularly to an amateur like me. The extent of my fundraising experience extended to selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door in elementary school. The experience had been a blazing success, with a grand total of two subscriptions and one pity...

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Why a bridge?

August 7, 2014

At the age of seventeen, my standing in the world looks pretty good. I graduated from high school this past June. I began my first job. I was even on track to attend my dream school Stanford in the fall. So it begs the question: why am I taking a bridge year? It’s a good question....

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