Hi! My name is Melody Lai.
I was born and raised here in the 808. I am the oldest of three kids. My first language is Vietnamese, but I can also understand Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean, as well as English (of course).
I graduated from McKinley High School in 2011. I am of senior class standing, majoring in Psychology with a Business Administration minor. I currently work on campus at the Manoa Career Center in the QLC. But I used to work in retail at Macy’s and Ann Taylor. Aside from my busy work and school life, I am a free lance model.
Outside of school, I am very involved in the Chinese community. I am currently a member of the Tsung Tsin Association and the Honolulu Chinese Jaycees. In the Tsung Tsin Association, I am able to learn about my Hakka Chinese ancestry.
The Honolulu Chinese Jaycees just completed a clean up Chinatown community service, which I took a part of. I am also a member of the Miss Chinatown Organization and will be competing in the pageant in September.
Last year, I studied abroad in Korea at Soonchunhyang University. While in Korea, I took taekwondo and was accepted into the University Choir. I sang many songs in various languages; I was even fortunate enough to receive a solo. I made tons of new friends and learned so much Korean. I am hoping to go back some time in the near future.
I am currently working on a psychology internship and helping out with studies in the Psychology department. My goal for this semester is to study really hard for the GRE, so hopefully I will do really well next Spring and get into my dream graduate school, so I can receive my PsyD degree and then get into an MBA program shortly afterwards. I aspire to become a part time Clinical Psychologist while working full time for a company.
I aspire to become a psychologist because I wish to share my experience and use my knowledge in psychology to help others. I am truly inspired by people who are so empowering, encouraging, and self-less.
I admire Oprah, Helen Keller, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
These are some of my favorite quotes:
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ~Oprah Winfrey
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
I love to read and write, dance and sing, cook and eat (but I seriously hate cleaning), travel the world and learn new languages, go shopping, and start on nifty diy projects (like crocheting, candle making, and soap making). I love to eat my Momma’s pho, sushi, poke bowls, pasta, ice cream, dim sum (especially egg tarts) and just about 10 million other things. But if I could spend the rest of my life eating just one food, it would probably be acai bowls!
My favorite ice cream flavors are cookie dough, anything fruity, green tea, birthday cake, cheese cake, spumoni, or anything with chocolate candy in it. I typically love romance comedies or action movies with cars. I love to watch Korean dramas, Taiwanese dramas, Chinese dramas, Japanese dramas. I also love TV shows like Sherlock Holmes, Big Bang Theory, Sex in the City, Food Network and I absolutely love anything on the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. I also love watching YouTube stars and random videos on YouTube. I love dogs; I especially love YouTube videos of dogs. I also have a small obsession with the color pink, just because it’s my favorite color. That is basically my entire life story!
Why did I join ACE and became a mentor? I was in an ACE cluster my freshman year and my mentor inspired me to re-join ACE as a mentor. Back in high school, I was an Ignition mentor and I enjoyed building that relationship with my mentees. Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer and I am looking forward to meeting all of you!