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Faye Lee

Faye Lee

Faye Lee is a sophomore from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is majoring in Political Science and International Studies. Faye is involved in Gospel Choir for almost a year now and is also on the road to become a big sister in Beta Theta Omega, a women leadership group on campus that emphasizes the development of leadership qualities in women through social work and get-togethers. She loves the remote location of Luther and "dabbing" while working in the Caf salad line.

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The girls from IS230 (Introduction to International Studies)!

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Final Days of a Sophomore

I can't believe sophomore year has already come to an end. The final week before school ends is especially hectic. Read about my last days at Luther and how much of a roller coaster ride it has been for me!

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Our poster for this year! #wakandaforever

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BTQ Annual Talent Show 2018

Every year, Beta Theta Omega, a women's leadership organization will hold an annual talent show as their main fundraising event. Read about the efforts we have been putting in for this talent show for a few months. 

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One of our desserts -- tiramisu cake made by Warsan for one of the evenings we had guests over.

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A Humble Spring Break

This year, I decided to spend spring break on campus. This down time was very much needed, although the days are going by faster than expected. Read about my humble spring break experience this semester. 

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Casually hanging out at Hanging Rock point

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Not Camper Material

Last weekend, my friends and decided to go camping (against my will, but I was peer pressured). The place we went to was called Little Paint campground, which was a 45-minute drive from Luther. Here's a post about how camping brings out the worst in me. 

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Hope Over Hate

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Hope Over Hate

Last week, Luther organized a distinguised lecture series called "Hope Over Hate", where speakers Matthew Boger and Daryl Davis gave lectures on their journeys as minorities in the United States and how their unlikely friendships with their oppressors led to unlikely change.

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The first picture of my best friends and I for the spring semester. We're determined to make the best of this semester.

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New Semester, New Me

Although it hasn't been a month, this semester has been life-changing so far. Last fall, I was determined that the spring semester would be a brand new start for me to get things straight. I've been trying a new lifesyle, and although it may be one that many are familiar with, the changes it has brought to my experience here at Luther is one I'd embrace fully. 

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My favorite ornaments, the wool angels!

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Still Thankful For Not Having Turkey

For many, Thanksgiving is about going back to their homes and spend this meaningful celebration with their loved ones. I've actually only got to know about Thanksgiving last year when I first celebrated it. For me, my Thanksgivings have always been about meeting new people (families, to be more specific) that I eventually grow to love, so it is special in that sense for me.

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Throwback to when I was all sweaty after giving my first tour on campus.

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Four Jobs?!

Yes, I am working four jobs on campus and it is not impossible nor it is a burden. In fact, having a variety of jobs gives me the chance to learn more about people and develop the skills I will need for the future. 

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This is a picture of my current roommates and I enjoying life after freshman year during a year-end barbecue party in May 2017.

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A Change of Heart and Majors

I was an English major and classics minor when I first entered college. I was so certain that these were going to be the major and minor that I would declare, but things went down a different road and here's what happened. 

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I wasn't prepared but hey, at least I got a picture with the Washington Monument!

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A Weekend In Washington D.C.

Last weekend, I had to privilege to take a weekend off in Washington D.C.! My scholarships program celebrated the 500th Reformation and I was invited to celebrate the meaningful event with them.

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Welcoming both new and old students of Luther at the Diversity Center Welcome Dinner

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Celebrating Diversity with the Diversity Center

The Diversity Center in Luther College is a place for everyone. Many times we tend to think that it is only a place for international students, but it is more than that. You can find many organizations under the Diversity Center such as Pride, Interfaith etc. Most importantly, the Diversity Center at Luther College organizes events that serve as platforms for students of Luther to learn more about other students' background and identity as well as opportunities to connect through the events. 

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Representing BTQ for Homecoming Parade!

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BTQ lovin'

 I decided to branch out a little more for my sophomore year by getting more involved in extra co-curricular activities. So, a few months ago I joined Beta Theta Omega, a women leadership empowering organization on campus. My journey to becoming a big sister has been so much fun.

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One of our many nap dates on our favorite futon.

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The Suite Life of Three Sophomores

In freshman year, my roommates and I applied for a triple room but ended up getting a suite! Living in a suite with two other friends is a different experience, one which has brought me a lot of joy this year. The best part of it is living with your friends whom you know you're going to have the best times with. Read about how it's like to live in a suite and more than one roommate.

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Scuba diving in a coral castle!

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Summer Wrap-up

It feels great to be back in sunny ol’ Decorah. It has been about three months since my last blog, it really has been a while. Here’s my first article for the year -- how my summer was like back at home. Not only did I get to enjoy myself -- but I also got to see Malaysia through a different lens.

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Bonfire love, bonfire life.

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A Night Away From Ylvi

I’ve been trying to go outdoors as much as possible these past few days since the weather is getting so much warmer here! This post is about another outdoor activity I was able to do during my last few weekends at Luther. I didn’t know there’s so much one can explore within Decorah and its nature. Check out what my first camping experience was like here in Decorah.

 

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Filling out our preferred suite in Miller!

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Level Up (Housing) Part 2

The school year is almost coming to an end! It’s that time of the year where students begin scouting for potential roommates and housing preferences. At this time, most first-years are very eager to live in a better dorm for the upcoming school year. Read about the excitement of a first-year student going through a college room draw for the first time.

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My First Birthday Abroad

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My First Birthday Abroad

Can you imagine spending your birthday on the other side of the world when you’ve always been celebrating it with your friends and family back at home? It was hard to imagine that I could actually revive the same birthday celebrations I was used to back at home here at Luther. Read about my very first birthday spent with a family I’ve found far away from home.

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Paddling my way away from the river bank. Still waters do run deep.

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Braving the Currents

I'm still sticking to my recreational weekends for the month! I'm going outside a lot and getting more in touch with the beautiful nature of Decorah that I've never before been able to fully appreciate before this. Yesterday, the most exciting recreational activity I did was kayaking with my friends for the first time (and probably the last). It was an exciting new experience filled with surprises both good and bad.

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Teams attacking each other with buckets of water!

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Battleship in the Pool!

Recreational Services at Luther has recently been organizing really exciting activities. Instead of taking a hike up to Dunnings Springs or biking off-campus, there are plenty of other fun activities which you may not find anywhere else! Check out the first activity I joined.

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The Culture Show evening. Malaysians from the West Coast and East Coast!

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A Week at Wartburg

As far as previous breaks go, I've never really gotten a chance to spend it outside of Luther. My breaks usually consisted of working, cooking with my friends, and meeting people from around Decorah. It wasn't all that bad, but I wanted to spend my spring break a little differently this time. So, I decided to pay a visit to our rival college...Wartburg.

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Winneshiek Medical Center—where I was admitted last fall. A hospital that's hospitable.

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You're Not Alone

It's never easy to get help when you need it the most, and it can be especially difficult when you're a foreign place. International students do their best in taking care of themselves and other internationals throughout their time in the U.S., but believe me, you'll be surprised at how much help you can actually receive from the Luther community to ease your four-year stay here in Decorah. You'll be amazed at how much you're taken care of than you thought.

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Here's the very first poster I've designed during my time of training! It was fun going around campus hanging your art piece. P.S. I can't seem to get the words in place... my apologies for that.

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Level Up (Jobs) Part 1

It's that time of the year where students plan out their on campus study job for the upcoming school school year. Applications from all kinds of workplaces on campus have been publicizing their openings for Fall 2017, and students have been seizing all the opportunities they can. It’s a hectic time for all of us, seeing that we also have midterm exams to worry about. Read about what adulting at the end of your first-year looks like.

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The beautiful Chicago.

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A Little Piece of Home in Chicago

Since the beginning of fall semester 2016, I've never really got a chance to visit another state in the U.S. However, I was recently invited to participate in the International Women Leaders conference that was held in Chicago. Over the weekend, I got to catch up with my friends from the IWL scholarship program, which was great. There is a whole new world to what the city life in Chicago is like. Read about my first trip outside of Decorah for the year!

 

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Decorah bringing all types of people together.

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The Ethnic Arts Festival of 2017!

It’s the time of the year again—the annual Ethnic Arts Festival is back with more new cultures to share with the Luther community. It was my first time taking part in an event this big. I was really excited because I got to perform two dances and represent my country in the tabling fair!

 

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Here's a little bit of what my dorm looks like! What's not to love about thrift stores?

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College "Hacks"

Studying in a residential campus requires you to be able to manage yourself financially as much as possible. There are many resources available to help you financially manage yourself if you simply have the motivation to look hard enough. Think of all the fun, exciting vacations you could take during breaks with your saved up cash! Here are some college "hacks" you might want to consider if you're starting college anytime soon.

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Back with them

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Five W's

It's J-Break at last! J-Term was a whole new experience for me, seeing that I didn't know what to expect of this semester. I guess it's prepared us enough to not slack for the incoming spring semester. However, here are somethings I wish I knew about J-Term before it started; the five W's.

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A close-up of the outside of Prairie du Chien

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Behind The Scenes Behind Bars

The long-awaited field trip has finally took place -- I got to visit Prairie du Chien! What comes into your mind when the word “prison” comes up? I think it isn’t any different from what I imagined prior to my visit to prison. You’ll be surprised to find out what prisons hold behind those high concrete walls and razor wire fences. Also, I apologize beforehand because I’m not able to provide better pictures of the prison as we weren’t allowed to take photos.

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Mandatory picture!!!

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J(ail)-Term!

There are lots of interesting courses to venture into when it comes to J-Term, and we do not have to worry about fulfilling our desired major's requirements because we're suppose to explore. I never really knew how much of an impact out-of-class experiences can do to help us learn better -- until now. The course is exactly how it looks in the picture, believe me.

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Sadly no snowstorm

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Break At Luther

Everyone’s gone for the break. Dining places on campus are slowly closing one-by-one. Campus is slowly emptying itself. The place is getting colder. What do you do?  

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I would safely say this is my favorite season of the year!

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Winter At Luther

So not long ago, one of our security guards told me that winter has yet to begin in Decorah. I found that absolutely unbelievable because it’s already snowed in on campus. Anyway, that’s just a small part of what I’m blogging about today. The last 2 weeks of the semester went by too quickly it seems too surreal. I can’t believe that I’ve already came this far.

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Warmth

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It's Already Christmas At Luther Part 1

Christmas, everyone’s favorite time of the year. Luther is getting in the spirit of the season recently, which is especially motivating for our upcoming finals week. This Christmas is especially special for me, although it's my first Christmas away from home as it's going to be different than the Christmases I've celebrated previously. Also… the long awaited snow has finally fallen! It feels more Christmasy than ever on campus.

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Bob and Becky's mom

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Thankful For Not Having Turkey

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without its traditional dinner. However, what’s not to love when there’s good food with good company? Here’s my first humble yet hearty Thanksgiving experience in the U.S.

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Parachute

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Small Town Bound

Luther has so much more to offer its students than merely academics and music. Check out the life it brings to the campus for their students (especially those who don't own a car... like me).

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Spot cyclops.

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Cyclops Jack-O'-Lantern?

There are plenty of interesting holidays in the U.S. that you can't find people celebrating widely at home like Thanksgiving, St. Patrick's Day etc., and here's the first one I've got to experience -- Halloween.

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Powerpuff girls much? Here are the national costumes of East Timor (far left) and Somaliland (far right).

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International Fashion Show 2016

Participating in a major event can be meaningful and loads of fun (unless you're organizing, then that adds stress to the list). Check out the first one I've had the privilege to participate in for the year!

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One of our many food adventures!

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Weekends with Decorah

There's a whole world to what's happening outside of Luther. It's not as happening as places filled with city lights and skyscrapers, but it's not exactly dullsville as well. Check out what downtown Decorah can offer you throughout your stay here in the Luther community!

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It tastes better than it looks.

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National Taco Day!

Cooking is an important part of the college experience, and it's also a great way for internationals to learn what it's like to live American (although taco isn't...). Here's a not-so-secret recipe on how to enjoy a memorable Taco Tuesday night with your roommate.

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The all-time favorite Luther Bell! This was taken after the Annual Welcome Dinner hosted by the Diversity Center of Luther College. One of the many typical spots for the Luther students to pose for a picture once they get here.

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Fresh Off The Plane

College transition may be a typical phase for a lot of teenagers, and that it may not always be a big deal. However, this is the first ever time that I am studying abroad, and this isn't just a mere transition for an international student. Here's a brief article on my first month spent in Luther and how much it has changed me.

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