Hsuan-Hsin (Abraham) Lin
Does your name have a special meaning? Hsuan-Hsin means “Share the Faith.”
Hometown/Country: Taitung City/Taiwan
Class Year: Sophomore
Tell us about yourself: I was born in Taiwan and am proud to be a Taiwanese for its food, history, and nature. I am a Baptist Christian. My parents were missionaries when I was a kid, so I was lucky to live in different countries and learn to adapt diverse cultures around the world. My favorite color is green. Whenever I’m free, I watch movies. I’m hoping to become an ENT and serve in the missions for God.
Why did you choose to come to CBU? God led my family to Memphis. Some friends said that CBU is a good school, so I decided to visit it. I soon realized that CBU is a nice town with friendly people, and I like it! The environment is safe and clean, thanks to the police/guards and the janitors. The faculty, subject centers, peer tutors, and peer mentors are all willing to help improve my academics and college life. The student organizations are diverse and interesting. All these facts have convinced me to become a part of CBU.
Are you a member of any student clubs/academic organizations? I am an active member of Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society and the American Chemical Society. I also join First Love Fellowship and Truth, Love, Community (TLC) regularly.
What advice do you have for new international students to help them adjust to life in the U.S.? The language wasn’t my friend until I finally realized it is the key to survival. English may be a struggle for some of you in the beginning, but once you decide to embrace it, English will become one of your best friends in the U.S. How did I embrace English? I began with studying basic conversational vocabulary and tried to apply it in daily dialogue. It is normal to be thinking a sentence in your home language first and then translate it into English in your mind. The more you practice English, the less you need to translate your sentences. Gradually, you will be thinking in English. I have lived in the U.S. for almost six years, and I am still learning to cope with the language. Do NOT be afraid of speaking in English! Do NOT care what other people think of your accent! Eventually, English will become your best friend.
Speaking of best friends, having a friendship is important too. There are many nice people out there (at least at CBU), so do NOT be afraid of making friends! Friends are a great support for you while living in and learning a different culture.
One of the main differences in cultures is food. My parents were missionaries, so we moved to several countries when I was little. Food is no worry to me. A Chinese idiom says, “入境隨俗 (When in Rome, do as the Romans do).” Food may be a big issue for some of you, but hey, you are in a new culture, you gotta take this chance and try something new! This will be an unforgettable experience for you.
Speak English, make friends, and try new food. Trust me; these will help.
What do you enjoy most about being an international student at CBU? In the U.S., the laws don’t allow international students to work and vote. At CBU, however, you can work and vote! At CBU, we all have equal rights. We may look different and live differently, but at CBU, we are one. As an international student, I am glad to share my culture with others. It’s an honor to be a citizen of CBU.
If CBU students visited your country, where should they go and why? Taiwan is a small, yet beautiful and friendly country with delicious food. In night markets, you can have a taste of various kinds of snacks and meals such as stinky tofu, oyster vermicelli, pig’s feet, braised dishes (tofu, kelp, chicken’s claw, egg, etc.), and Taiwanese sausage. If you have a chance to visit Taiwan and you like food, the night market is a must for you.
What is your go-to meal in your country? There are too many foods to choose. If I have to pick one, I'll say stinky tofu. It's famous for its stinky smell, but it tastes awesome! Stinky tofu in Asia is like cheese in Europe and America. Some Asians don't like cheese because of its smell, but I love both stinky tofu and cheese! My parents are great cooks in my eyes. I don't like to prefer one dish over another because they are all so tasty! One of my favorite dishes is congee not only because it’s tasty, but it’s also because you could swallow them without a bite, and it saves time!
What is the name of your favorite restaurant in Memphis? And why? I don't visit restaurants very often. I prefer buffets because they are usually cost-effective, and Pacific Fusion is the largest buffet I've ever seen! There are so many choices of food; you can eat as much as you want until your stomach tells you, "no more!" I like this feeling of satisfaction.
Do you have a hangout spot on campus? I recently discovered a room next to the elevator on the second floor of Cooper-Wilson. It’s a chemistry research room, but all students are welcome to study there. It’s a quiet place to study because not many people know they can enter this room. I don't have a fixed study place. If group study counts as a hangout, then I'll say this research room is my hangout spot on-campus. Am I a nerd? Hopefully not.
What is your favorite class and why? All labs are my favorite classes, because they are practical. The students can work together and find out things that are new to them every time. I take photos to record some happy moments in labs. Labs are fun.
How do you balance your academics and involvement in clubs so well? Do you have a routine in place to help you manage your time? To be honest, I’m still trying to improve my time management. I make study plans and try to follow them. Clubs are fun; academics are important. If I can balance the forces of clubs and academics, I guess I am ready to be a Jedi.
Is there anything else you think the CBU Community needs to know? I am thinking so hard right now, but I can only think of one thing (besides finals): this week is the SGA Senate election, and I AM RUNNING FOR SGA SENATOR! I AM HERE TO LISTEN! I AM HERE TO SPEAK FOR YOU! PLEASE ALLOW ME TO SERVE YOU AND VOTE FOR Hsuan-Hsin (Abraham) Lin! THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!