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Yingyan (Shelly) Yao

Yingyan (Shelly) Yao

8/20/12

Shanghai, China
Potentially Psychology or Management

"I was born and raised in a huge city, Shanghai, China," says Shelly. "Being anxious and nervous, I flew across the Pacific Ocean and arrived at Luther--it turned out to be the best decision in my life! Although I am an international student and far away from my parents, I receive lots of care and help from this big Norse family. My local host family invited my over couple times for dinner and they even helped me with moving out of my residence hall. My friend from Luther invited me to her house and we spent a wonderful Easter together."

She continues, "Although I just arrived at Luther in January, I have had some great experiences on and off the Luther campus. This summer, I stayed on the Luther campus for a month," she says. "During the stay I worked for the custodial, cafeteria and admissions. This experience let me encounter so many different events and I had a great time. Also, I spent a lot of time with my local host family this summer. One of my Luther friends also provided me with a chance to teach a girl Chinese. Later, I flew to California and had an amazing internship for an ESL camp. What a great Luther experience!"

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