- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2017
- Hometown: Houston, TX
- School Year: Junior
- Major: Economics, Plan II
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a third year studying Economics and Plan II. My mind is always buzzing with thoughts and constructing plans for my next adventure. I try to focus on what makes me happy: music, comedy, and family and friends. My variety of interests could probably be represented by the variety of NPR podcast shows (Planet Money is a personal favorite). One day I might envision myself a policymaker and the next day I see myself becoming a poet.
"I take my work seriously, but I don't take myself seriously" is a favorite saying of mine. I believe in giving my best to everything I do. But I think it's important to laugh at myself in the spirit of knowing I can constantly improve.
Why I Ride
My grandfather started a family in a small town in northern China. Education was the last thing on people's minds. Getting a job, having enough to eat was important. But still he told my mom that if she wanted to take charge of her own life, she had to take charge of her education. That's how my mom went from a tiny town where few people even had a high school education, to graduating with two masters degrees in the United States.
Despite being a non-smoker, my grandfather was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in early 2000. Getting your health checked in China, isn't the easiest of tasks. He passed in 2002.
I ride for my grandfather, 老爷. He's the reason I'm blessed with so many opportunities to make my life how I want it to be.
I ride for hope of a cure, so no one has to experience pre-mature loss. I ride for knowledge, so cancer research can spread across the US and the world. I ride for charity, because cancer sucks and no should have to fight it alone.