Meet: American TAs 2018

Hello! We look forward to camp and meeting all of the Taiwanese students in July.
Emily Bai

Emily Bai, TA

University of Texas at Austin ’21 | Nutrition

Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan

Hiii!  My name is Emily Bai :) Born and raised in Taichung, Taiwan, and I will become a sophomore at University in Texas at Austin this fall!  I’m currently a nutrition major (if I don’t switch anymore hehe) on a pre-med track, having a passion to do healthcare related work afterwards. I also love to make new friend, create new friendships everywhere!  I felt like God has called me back to Taiwan for this journey, which is both a extreme challenge to my faith as well as an adventure! Being medical related and outreaching while making new friends, MSCE is basically an opportunity that has the best of both worlds and I can’t wait to meet y’all!

What superpower do you want and why?  If I could have a superpower, I would want the ability to eat anything without getting fat! Even though this doesn’t sound like an actual superpower, but it’s something that I really wish I’d be able to do since I love to try a lot of different food and sweets and I’m always hungry! hehe

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did?  A hobby that I want to pick up but never did is learn how to do boxing! I wanted to learn a sport that I can practice by myself, and seeing how focused other people do boxing with the sack attracted me. Unfortunately, I only took the first “lesson” from one of my friends once and then we never continued after that.

Christy Cao, TA

University of Texas at Austin ’21 | Biology

Hometown: Houston, TX

Hi everyone! My name is Christy and I currently attend the University of Texas at Austin where I am majoring in Biology. Some of my aspirations include going to medical school, going sky diving, and providing for my family. In my free time, I love to practice calligraphy, to relax, to play with my dog, and to go hiking. God has blessed me with amazing family and friends, and I love love love spending time with them and creating new memories. I also really enjoy meeting new people and making new friends, so I am excited to get to meet everyone and to get to know you all!!

What superpower do you want and why? If I could have any superpower, it would be the power to heal. Just as God has healed all of us in our own personal ways, I would want to be able to provide any type of healing to those around me as well!

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did? I wish I could dance! I love listening to music, and wish I could move along with the music as well at times. Also, I just love seeing how talented others are when they perform those sick dance moves. I never tried learning because I am shy since I can’t dance (haha), but I definitely hope to get out of my comfort zone to learn in the future.

Justin Chan, TA

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ’20 | Biological Sciences

Hometown: Milpitas, California

Hi friends! My name is Justin, and I am a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo studying Biological Sciences.  I usually spend my free time playing basketball at the gym, testing out a new recipe in the kitchen (I love making fresh boba milk tea), or having deep conversations with friends. I love Jesus, love meeting new people, and am looking very forward to meeting you!

What superpower do you want and why? I would love to have super speed. With super speed comes three things: (1) I could be so much more productive (almost like time traveling), 2) I can move the molecules in my body so fast that people could punch right through me, and lastly (most importantly) 3) rotating my arms super duper fast would also give me an ability to fly.

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did? I would love to learn how to sing. I love singing and worshiping God and would love to actually take vocal lessons.

Ariana Gruber, TA

Biola University ’16 | Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology

Hometown: Whittier, CA

Hello! My name is Ariana! I am very excited to be returning to MSCE for the third time. I have spent the last year working as a nanny for a family of two adorable kids as well as serving as a staff member in my church’s college ministry. I oversee the Freshmen college students and I love their enthusiasm, desire to learn, and spontaneity. God has taught me so much about His love and plans for me through my job and position as college staff. I love spending time with my family at home and going out to eat with friends and church family! I will always say yes to getting boba, frozen yogurt, or really any chance to spend time with friends sharing some yummy food! I really enjoy playing board games and learning new games. I also love the outdoors and hiking, or even just napping on the grass in the sun. I love learning new things. And I love seeing others grow, learn, laugh, and enjoy life! I really look forward to returning to Taiwan this summer to make new friends, learn more about Taiwan, and share a lot of laughs and memories. Every time I go, it gets harder to leave!

What superpower do you want and why? I often lose things or leave things behind, so if I could have any superpower it would be the ability to make something come to me, no matter where it is, even if I have no idea where it is. I would just need to think of it, and it would return to me! No more lost water bottles or cell phone!

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did? I used to play the piano until I got to college, so I would love to pick up that hobby again. I also always wanted to take up photography. I love the beauty that people are able to capture in photos and I think it would be really cool to do photography.

Zoe Hsiao, TA

University of California, Berkeley ’21 | Biology

 Hometown: Fremont, CA

Hi everyone! My name is Zoe Hsiao and I just finished my first year at UC Berkeley. I was born in Taiwan, moved to the United States when I was 2 years old, and have been in the Bay Area ever since. At my home church in Fremont, I played violin and sang in the choir and now I just sing at the church I go to in Berkeley. Aside from studying, I spend my time hanging out with friends, going to fellowship events, trying new foods, and recently I’ve gotten into journaling! I love the weather, food, and people of Taiwan so I am ecstatic for this opportunity to meet you all and grow together in Christ in such a beautiful place.

What superpower do you want and why? If I could have any superpower I’d want the ability to freeze time because after freshman year I’ve realized how precious time is! With extra time I could get so much done like catch up on studying (or sleep ☺).

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did? A hobby I’ve always wanted to pick up but never did is track and field. In high school, hurdling and pole vaulting seemed so cool but I never had the time to try it out unfortunately.

Christine Hsu, TA
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill ’21 | Epidemiology University of the Pacific ’15 | Pharm D

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Hi everyone! My name is Christine and I am a student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I am studying public health, and my research interests include medication usage, older adults (geriatrics), chronic diseases, and global health. My favorite things to do include spending time with friends and family, reading in a coffeeshop, and admiring God’s creations in the great outdoors! After I graduate, I hope to teach in a university, because I enjoy interacting with students and answering interesting research questions.

What superpower do you want and why? If I had a superpower, I would be able to instantly know how to cook foods from different cultures. It normally takes a lot of time and practice to make a dish from a different culture taste perfect, but my superpower would allow me to cook like experienced grandmother! Many of my friends are from other countries, and they often miss the food from their home countries. It would be fun to surprise them with a meal that reminds them of home, and enjoy it together ^_^

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did? I would want to pick up the hobby of birdwatching, so I can identify more bird species and recognize their songs. I really like animals (see if you can find the animal in my picture~!), and I especially like how birds are so diverse, with all kinds of colors, shapes, and sizes!

Lily Huang

University of California, Irvine ’20 | Education

 Hometown: Union City, CA

Hello, my name is Shih Yuan Huang but everyone just calls me Lily. I was born on December 2, 1998 in Taiwan. I lived in Taiwan for six years of my life and moved to America so afterwards. I moved to Kentucky and stayed there for around six years and moved to Northern California. I finished high school in Northern California and now currently attending UCI for my education major. I have been a Christian since I was six and goes every week to Sunday meetings. I am currently looking forward to become a teacher after I finish college and getting my masters.

What superpower do you want and why? I would want the superpower to know what other people are feeling so I can make them happy if they are sad. Or I know whenever they are mad so I don’t have to ask them consistently if they are upset.

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did? I always wanted to pick up the hobby of knitting because a lot of people told me that it’s a useful skill to have if you have to be in a spot for a long time. It’s also a useful life skill when you want to make some meaningful gift for someone. But I never took the time to sit down and knit, maybe some day when I have more time on my hands.

Luke Lin, TA

University of California, San Diego ’18 | General Biology

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Hello! I’m excited to serve with all of you staff, fellow TA’s, and brothers and sisters in Christ this summer :D I’m currently a 4th year student at UCSD about to finish my bachelor’s degree in general biology. I hope is to take a gap year and begin optometry school in Fall of 2019.

What superpower do you want and why? If I could have a super power it would definitely be teleportation because gas prices are getting ridiculously high again LOL cries.

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did? A hobby I would’ve liked to pick up would definitely be piano. I actually played piano for a few months when I was a kid but I didn’t have the patience or the passion for music at the time. I do play the violin currently but piano would be much easier to apply for example in worship team.

Naomi Michiko, TA

National University of Singapore ’19 | Life Sciences with Specialization in Biomedical Science

Hometown: Singapore

Hey there! I am Naomi, and I will soon begin on my final year at the National University of Singapore (NUS) this fall! God has shown me His ways by giving me the opportunity to go on exchange at Boston College (BC) this past Spring, and subsequently opening up doors for me to strengthen my relationship with Him through an MSCE publicity email. [Not for a MSCE publicity email being sent into my BC inbox, I would never have found out about MSCE!] I will be embarking on a final year project in the field of neuroscience, and if God-willing, I aspire to be a neuroscientist! Currently, I am part of the NUS Kendo Club, and I enjoy travelling with my family and catching up with my friends during the holidays. I also take favor in strolls around scenic places as they have the ability to relieve my stress. I look forward to meeting all of you and forging new friendships! ☺

What superpower do you want and why? I would love to acquire the superpower of teleportation so I can save time (more time to sleep) and money on transportation (and spend them on food! ☺)

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did? I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano but I never had the chance to as my parents thought I was spending too much money on ballet and fencing. When I was younger, I remember labeling the keys on my keyboard with alphabets and numbers as I had the urge to compose songs but I have zero knowledge of musical notes. It has been my dream to play Jay Chou’s pieces!

Alex Myau, TA

Biola University ’20 | Nursing

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Hi everyone! My name is Alex and I’m currently a student at Biola University studying nursing. I hope one day to serve in the medical field somewhere because I really enjoy serving others and taking care of them. My parents are OG Taiwanese from Taipei and Kaohsiung so I’ve always been a big fan of Taiwanese culture. If you like food and boba then we should get along just fine☺. I can usually be found on either end of the active spectrum as I like being outside and playing sports but at the same time I like to also just lie in bed and sleep. Excited to be serving this year with you all!

What superpower do you want and why? If I could have any superpower, I would have the ability to create temporary clones (Shadow clone jutsu anyone?) but retain the same conscience in each body so that I can do a large amount of tasks at once while retaining any learning experience each clone does.

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did? I’ve always wanted to learn how to break dance but never found the proper body coordination to really pick it up when I was young.

Shannon Tseng, TA

University of California, Los Angeles ’21 | Biology

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Hi everyone! My name is Shannon, and I’m currently studying biology at UCLA. I grew up in a Taiwanese American family in the Bay Area and attended Home of Christ 3. I’m currently pursuing a career in the fields of medicine and public health. My prayer is that God would use me for His glory in whatever way He wills. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, eating good food, and hanging out with my family and friends.

What superpower do you want and why? If I were to have one superpower, it would be the ability to instantly find lost things. I tend to misplace my belongings, so having this superpower would save me a lot of time. Also, it would mean that I’d have the ability to find God’s lost sheep! But of course, He’s the only one with the ability to grant them salvation.

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did? I really wanted to learn the guitar, but I never did because it was too large and a bit pricey. Instead, I found a compromise by learning the ukulele.

Brandon Ung, TA

Biola University ’19 | Commercial Music

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Hello, Brandon here! This is my second year going to MSCE. Last year was filled with so many great memories and I’m so excited to be back! I just finished my first transfer year at Biola University down in Southern California.  I’m studying music in the Commercial Music B.A. program there and am possibly looking to study music therapy afterwards.  I actually first learned about music therapy after researching it specifically for my MSCE presentation last year. There are so many great artists out there, but recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Oscar Peterson, Clean Bandit, Us The Duo and Lawrence. Music is such a wonderful gift that God has given us! I can’t wait to meet y’all and make new friends!

What superpower do you want and why?   If I could have any super power, it would be the ability to create transportation portals to anywhere.  That way I could travel anywhere to go visit people and also if I sold anything online, I could send it immediately to the other person who would be very surprised but happy to have received what they ordered so quickly.

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did?   I’ve always thought that woodworking/woodcarving would be a nice hobby to take up. I’ve never gotten around to doing it, but it’s so cool to see some of the things that people can make out of what once used to be part of a tree. Also, fresh wood smells really nice =)

Joyce En-Hua Wang, TA

Duke University ’19 | Neuroscience

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Hello! My name is En-Hua Wang but feel free to call me Joyce! I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and am a junior at Duke University. During my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, music, hanging out, and food (I miss the delicacies from Taiwan especially). I study neuroscience and minor in global health and computational biology while being on the pre-medicine track. I wish to pursue a future career at the intersection of medicine, public health, and faith, just as it is written in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Last year, I heard about MSCE from my high school friend who is currently a third-year medical student at Mackay Medical College, and now I am really excited to serve as a TA this year! Looking forward to a week of fellowship, bonding, and fun with you all!

What superpower do you want and why?   The power to heal, which will probably come in handy when I become a physician.

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did?   I have always wanted to learn photography, but for someone who only knows how to draw stick figures, I don’t really have the aesthetic/artistic talent unfortunately.

Kevin Zhou, TA

Williams College ’20 | Chemistry and Biology

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Hello!  I’m Kevin and I’m a second-year student at Williams College.  In my spare time at Williams I sing in an acapella group, work in a biochem lab, tutor at a prison, and help with worship teams on campus and the local church. I’m extremely spontaneous and often go on crazy adventures with friends and strangers. I love writing letters, woodworking, playing music with friends, and pressing leaves. I’m obsessed with animals and spend a lot of time observing the unusually large squirrels on campus. Although I have a passion for medicine and research, my childhood dream was to drive a garbage truck and backpack across south America. I’m excited to get to know the students at MSCE and share how God has moved in my life these past few years.

What superpower do you want and why?  Teleportation would be incredible. I miss a lot of my friends at home and being able to physically be there for them at a moment’s notice would be such a blessing. The food scene in Williamstown is also pretty disappointing, so it would be nice to be able to teleport somewhere else for meals.

What hobby have you always wanted to pick up but never did?   I’ve always wanted to get serious about cooking.

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MSCE 2016 Day 8

MSCE 2016 Day 8

The last day of camp was packed! Can’t believe it flew by so quickly – from window shopping at the night market to acting out skits, it’s been a huge blur of fun and friendship.

We began our last day with a talk by Dr. Margaret Chen on the book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. This book actively discusses the challenges that face female leaders in higher-level executive positions, and provides tips for up-and-rising ambitious young women to navigate gender dynamics in the workforce. At a high level, the talk challenged us to examine what is truly important to us, and how we are to achieve those goals. There were three primary takeaways from Dr. Chen’s talk. First, sit at the table; control your body language and internal attitude in order to both appear and become more confident. Second, realize that people may not like you even if you’re trying to do the right thing; you can’t please everyone. Third, make your life partner (spouse) a real partner – out of the Fortune 500, almost all of the women CEOs (26-28) are married.

(M.C.) Following Dr. Chen’s presentation, Eric Chen and I gave a presentation on American-celebrated holidays. There were two parts to the presentation; one was on strictly American holidays, which included Groundhog Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the other was on holidays that were shared by both Taiwan and America. Many of the shared holidays were religious holidays, such as Easter and Christmas. My personal favorite holiday to talk about was April Fools’ Day. We had slides of newspaper headline pranks that just cracked me up as I read them!

Next, we broke up for individual TA-led sessions on nursing, speech & language pathology, and medicine. (E. C.) I attended the talk on speech & language pathology, a field concerned with communication and swallowing disorders such as stuttering and dysphagia. I’ll share one point I found particularly interesting. When someone suffers from a stutter, other people will often finish saying words and sentences for them (presumably to speed along conversation). Yet that’s not helpful for the stutterer, and in many cases will discourage them from pursuing recovery. (M.C.) I attended the same talk, because I wanted to learn more about what this field entails. Ariana Gruber, the TA leading this session, challenged us to line ourselves up by age, without speaking. Through this fun activity, I glimpsed at the struggles and frustrations that must face those with language and speech disorders. I also grew to more fully appreciate the intricacies of language, and how it involves a shared understanding and contextual basis.

In the afternoon, we had some free time, then played English language games! Our first game was a blend of “Telephone” and “Charades.” First, each team made a line, then each person in the line turned around to face the back wall. The person at the front of the line received a phrase (e.g. “raining cats and dogs”), then would act it out silently for the next person in line. This continued down the line until finally, each person at the end said what they thought the phrase originally was, and the team with the most accurate answer won. “Jay Chou goes to the gym,” for instance, became “I like to sing and work out” – this one was especially hard to communicate correctly because the teams had to find a signature move for Jay Chou! The second game we did was a vocabulary game. Each team sent up 1-2 players, and a category would be assigned (e.g. countries). The players would take turns naming examples from that category (Sweden, China, etc.), but the catch was that you couldn’t say anything previously named – otherwise you’d be out. It got progressively harder as time went on and people started running out of things to say!

After these short language activities, we went to the beach!!! God had blessed us with a perfect day – it wasn’t too hot! In fact, it was lightly drizzling by the time we arrived at the beach – Bai Sha Wan. However, the rain quickly stopped, and the day was overcast, perfect weather for running along the Day8 blog-1shore and playing with the water without worrying about sunburns! Everyone split off into clumps and headed off into the deeper waters. After a while, I joined a larger group, and we began to play large group games. My two favorite games were “Honey, will you marry me?” and “Pterodactyl”. In the first, the person who was “it” had to stand in the middle of a large circle formed by the rest of the players, and go around repeating “honey, will you marry me” to chosen players to make them laugh. In response, chosen players had to reply with “honey, I cannot smile, but I will marry you”, without smiling. I started laughing when I was asked the question, and so I became the new “it”. In order to get my chosen person to laugh, I stood very very close to her, until our noses were almost touching, and then said “Honey –“ before she burst out in laughter. The second game was also a game where the objective was not to laugh. However, this goal was disguised by the rule that you were not to show your teeth, which added to the difficulty of not laughing, as everyone was standing with their lips wrapped over their teeth, flapping their arms and shrieking to imitate pterodactyls.

Finally, after we’d gotten back and had time to freshen up and wash the sand off our feet, it was time for the closing banquet and ceremony! We ate tons of delicious food, ranging from noodles to fried meat to vegetables. (E. C.) Below Day8 blog-2is a picture of my plate – I was incredibly full afterwards. My favorite was the Taiwanese garlic bread (on top) – it’s kind of pesto-flavored, and I’m a sucker for garlic bread. It’s sad to say goodbyes, but that was far from our minds as we talked, laughed, and ate delicious food together on this last evening. (M.C.) During this meal, I thought back to the very first meal we had together, at the opening banquet. The quality of the food was just as good, but the atmosphere had changed. That first day, everyone was trying to get to know each other, through pieced-together English and Mandarin. People were shy and reserved. At the closing banquet, we’d all grown so comfortable with each other, and the sense of camaraderie in the room was much stronger than it had been before. It was much louder during that last banquet!

The closing ceremony was brief and sweet. The MSCE staff, TAs, and students Day8 blog-3made speeches and shared their favorite memories from camp, and we watched a video put together by J. T. to showcase highlights from the week. The staff put so much work into making this camp possible, and I’m so grateful for all their sacrifices and hard effort. It’s certainly no small feat to organize food, lodgings, and activities for 90+ people, including many from overseas, and many from multiple colleges in Taiwan. After the closing ceremony, we had more free time, and it was wonderful to have a little more time to chat and hang out with the Taiwanese students. (E. C.) It was a short week, but I really felt we built strong bonds with the Taiwanese students, because we enjoyed and went through so many different activities, trips, games, sports, and workshops together. I really enjoyed getting to know the Taiwanese students – they’re all very smart, interesting, and funny! It was one of the biggest highlights of my summer, and I personally felt like I learned a lot through this camp. It was awesome to see how God worked and provided for us over the week. The camp was intense and so memorable, and really is a week I’ll never forget. (M.C.) This camp was truly a memorable experience. I remember coming into the camp nervous but excited for what God had in store for me. The people I met and memories I made at this camp will stay with me forever – people and memories from this beautiful island of Formosa Taiwan.

Written by Megan Cheng and Evan Chow

MSCE 2016 Day 6

Day 6 was a fun-filled day of cooking and dancing, but also was a very emotional day that would transform the atmosphere of the camp. As with every other day, we started off with Morning Manna. Today, we had the opportunity to hear testimonies from Vincent, Maggie, and Julianna. It was very encouraging to see God’s way of working in each one of their lives. Just like us, the MSCE students felt very touched to hear how the TAs were able to overcome their obstacles by simply seeking and trusting in Him, even when the results are not always as we initially expect them to be. As the TAs shared their testimonies, we all ate a delicious Taiwanese-style breakfast.

The next part of the day marked one of the most highly-anticipated (or feared) event of the camp–cooking! Each team was given a random recipe to cook and an allowance of 1,000 Taiwanese dollars. The recipes ranged from traditional soup to a gourmet hand-rolled pumpkin gnocchi (Shout out to Team 6: Watermelons!).  After Sanzhi market, we headed back to Mackay to learn Salsa dancing from Ashley, Angela, and Vincent. Even Day6 blog-1though many were initially shy to show off their awesome dance moves, the students and even the faculty slowly got into the groove of the music. This activity helped everyone’s stomach make space for the food from the cooking contest. In the afternoon, it was time to get cookin’! All the students were busy handling a variety of tasks, ranging from cleaning the cabbage to rolling dough. While most students claimed that they could not cook, we think this event brought out the inner cook in them. After three intense hours of cutting, stir-frying, and perhaps some Jenga on the side, the table was laid out with a series of delicious dishes. Little did we know that we had not only future medical professionals but also chefs.

Post-dinner, we all headed to the auditorium for praise night. We had worship lead by both the Taiwanese students and the American TAs. It was a very touching experience being able to worship alongside the students and the fellow TAs both in Chinese and English. In the middle, we also had a treat from James, Margaret, Paul and Timothy. They sang a beautiful hymn together and were an amazing quartet! At first, we were a little bit nervous since this was many Taiwanese students’ first “Christian” event they attended, Day6 blog-2but many of them appeared very open and receptive to the event. Looking back, it almost seems that this event marked a turning point in the camp. This event, and the ones that would follow, opened up many doors toward talking with the students about Jesus and who He is, and what He means to us. A lot of the conversations turned toward more heart-related topics, and from them, we could see the curiosity and seeking hearts of many of the students.

Overall, it has been amazing seeing God work throughout the day–both during the fun times, and the time of worship together.

“I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”           John 17:26

Signing off,
Merry & Eugene
(Team 6 Watermelons)

MSCE 2016 Day 5

Jennifer:

Today, my heart felt soft. (As soft as the 豆花 we had the night before.)

Who knew that after only 4 days, we would become so close?

The mushiness started with Morning Manna, when Evan, Aileen, and Angela shared about their struggles in college academics, high school society, and medical school admissions, respectively. Word really cannot describe the courage, generosity, and humility they embodied in their testimonies.

Dramas:

Runway show

Mimed battle over a magical green onion

Many cross-gender romances

Lots of laughter

Outing

Great weather for Yangming shan

Cow patties and cicadas, plains and sky

Shilin night market

Shaved ice, san jian bao

TA meeting: praying for the tragedy in Nice, and giving thanks for a wonderful day.

Seems like I’m not the only one feeling my heart being softened

 

Vincent:

Today was another fun-filled day with a lot of our off-campus adventures. In the morning, we rehearsed for our skits and then performed them for all of the other groups. Our own drama included a “Peter Pan” character, an actual batch of “green onion”, and an underlying “mime” theme where we could not talk during the play. We also had a very entertaining and comedic 維大力commercial.

After the drama, we had lunch and then went to 陽明山 Yangming Mountain to take a hike. God blessed us with extremely great weather, with no rain and even plentiful breezes with a good amount of shade to keep us cool throughout the entire hike.

From there, we went to Shilin Night market and had a lot of delicious food and great time exploring a night market that many locals do not go to.  Many of the prices were pretty high, but I actually go to try many things that I haven’t tried before.

Despite the shortened interactions with the NDMC students, I feel that we bonded very very quickly and God worked through us to minister and exemplify Christians well.

MSCE 2016 Day 3

After meeting our Taiwanese teammates at the opening ceremony and welcome party yesterday, all of us were looking forward to starting the first full day of the MSCE summer program. We started off our morning with Morning Manna where we heard Ashley, Joseph, and Deborah share their testimony during breakfast. I was deeply touched by their stories which reaffirmed not only how God gives us hope and comfort during our hardships, but also how He grows us in both spirit and faith. After our morning manna, we were ready for a day packed with engaging lectures and fun teambuilding.
For our first lecture, Dr. Ko gave an informative presentation on the relationships between health providers and insurance, as well as advances in healthcare than could make healthcare more affordable and efficient, such as remote patient monitoring. Next, we listened to Deborah give a presentation on early American culture and history as it relates to Christianity, which was refreshing because I have not learned American history in many years. We then listened to Jennifer present on aging and her initiatives in bringing music and company to the elderly, which resonated with many of us who are hoping to take care of loved ones as they grow older.

IMG_0377Our break was followed by a lecture and demonstration by a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Liu. Vincent bravely volunteered to be Dr. Liu’s “guinea pig.” The students, captivated by the demonstration, crowded around the stage as Dr. Liu performed meticulous bloodletting and acupuncture to treat Vincent’s torn ACL injury. I was particularly interested in his success in applying traditional Chinese medicine to common medical conditions in his clinic, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

We had a lot to reflect upon as we headed to lunchtime.

We ate together with our team’s Taiwanese students for only the second time – this was a great opportunity to converse with them and learn more about each other, as well as enjoy the unique Taiwanese food that was generously provided for us. The meal was served in cutely designed colorful boxes, garnished with fried chicken and grass jelly, was a dream come true for a student used to eating cheese pizza from Seven-Eleven in the United States.
In the afternoon, we watched the Taiwanese students give entertaining presentations on traditions in Taiwan, such as Chinese New year’s, Lantern Festival, Hungry Ghost festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Dragon Boat festival. The presentations were very engaging; Angela, my TA partner, particularly liked the Hungry Ghost festival. The presenters did an amazing job with animations and colorful designs, and I heard fascinating stories behind each of these traditions.
We then split into our teams to answer discussion questions from the morning presentations. The Taiwanese students brought deep meaning into the conversation, discussing whether primary care physicians should be gatekeepers or current issues in the press like the death penalty and beef imports from the United States.
After our thoughtful discussions, Joseph gave a fun presentation on sports played in the United States, and Merry shared her unique experience growing up near the Mexican border. The copious photos of appetizing Mexican food (e.g. enchiladas, tacos) made us hungry for dinner.
Once a scrumptious meal was in our stomachs, we headed to the gym to engage in activities organized by the Taiwanese students. We did not know what to expect. As we went to our assigned stations, we realized that we’d be facing team 4 for our first game. Day 3 game in gymThis game involved a person from each team taking turns to blow a ping pong ball out of the same bucket of water, and the team that blew the most balls out would win. The game was harder than I expected, and I ended up being more successful at blowing water out of the bucket than the balls! Most of us ended up soaking wet.
We played four more creative games that were loads of fun, such as doing math with sticky notes that we scavenged and tagging each other with badminton shuttles while blindfolded. After we finished playing games, we were all exhausted. This concluded a long, jam-packed day of fun and learning.

–Written by Angela and Eric

MSCE 2016 Day 2

On the morning of the second day, the TAs piled into a bus going to a museum commemorating Rev. George Mackay, the namesake of Mackay Medical College. We walked through Oxford College, later renamed as Aletheia University, which was the original school that was established by Reverend Mackay. There, we learned about the incredible history of a Canadian missionary who came to Taiwan, became a dentist, and integrated himself into the community that he wished to serve. The morning left us with a sense of motivation, to strive to follow in Reverend Mackay’s footsteps.

Continuing on the tour, we also visited a chapel with an impressive pipe organ that spanned the length of the stage. We also visited Mackay’s first clinic, which had been converted into a coffee and tea shop that was in the process of teaching the history of Mackay to elementary school students. The tour concluded with lunch in the city, after which we returned to the MMC campus to prepare for the rest of the week.Street corner in Tamsui, Mackay Statue

That night as the Welcome Party begun, we met our Taiwanese students for the first time. We began our team bonding over a lavish dinner, where we met the American and Taiwanese faculty responsible for organizing the MSCE program. Finally, everybody participated in a large scale Rock-Paper-Scissors battle royale aimed at getting to know each other. We met new acquaintances throughout the night and began forming new interpersonal bonds with each other. As always, the night ended in prayer as the American TAs completed their final preparations for the week’s activities.

Written by Joseph & Aileen

MSCE 2016 Day 1

Today marked the first day of MSCE 2016!  Well, technically tomorrow will be the first official day of camp, but today was the day all 17 American TAs and the 4 faculty met for the first time.  We were all from different parts of the US, so it was really great to finally put

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All Aboard!

names to faces after months of just names on emails.   Despite the serious jet-lag, it was clear Christ was already at the center of our team as we exchanged handshakes.   We couldn’t wait to see how the Lord would grow us as a team and as TAs to the Taiwanese students at Mackay Medical College (MMC) over the next week.  After a few quick hellos, we headed to MMC’s campus, located in the Sanzhi District of New Taipei, Taiwan just half an hour outside of Danshui.

Upon arrival, we were welcomed by a few of the Taiwanese Student coordinators, who helped us get settled into our dorm rooms.  After a quick lunch, we headed over to have our first official team meeting, where we introduced ourselves with our name, hometown, school, major, how we heard of MSCE, and a unique fact about ourselves.  More than half of our TAs were from California—woot woot California represent—while the rest of the TAs came from Texas, New York, Illinois, Louisiana, or New Jersey.

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Map shows which states the TAs come from

After introductions, President Wei Yao-Huei and Dr. Shen Yung-Shuen, the Dean of Student Affairs, shared a bit of the college’s history with us.  We learned that Mackay Medical College was established in 2009 to commemorate Taiwan’s first Presbyterian missionary, Dr. George Leslie Mackay.  The campus is located on a 19-hectare campus and sits on the top of a mountain surrounded by beautiful scenery—National Yang-Ming Mountain sits behind campus and the Taiwan strait is right in front!! Based on what President Wei and Dean Shen shared with us, we could really see how unique and God-glorifying this institution was for medical students in Taiwan.

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First team meeting

Shortly after the meeting, we were supposed to take a campus tour but since it had been raining all afternoon, we decided to stay inside, which was actually nice since a lot of us were pretty exhausted from traveling.  The extra time also gave us more time to prepare for the week’s camp activities.  The dancing team met to decide what dance to teach the Taiwanese students, praise team rehearsed for the praise night that would occur later in the week, and other TAs either worked on presentations or other team-bonding activities.

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Prof. Shen explains MMC  campus architecture

Post-dinner, there wasn’t much planned for the rest of the night except for our daily, end-of-the-day team prayer meeting.  A lot of us definitely struggled to stay awake, but I think ending the night in prayer—praying for each other, for the beginning of MSCE 2016, and for the relationships that will be formed over the next week—was the perfect way to end our first day as a team.

We headed to bed spiritually refreshed and excited to meet our Taiwanese students the next day.

Until next time,
Julianna and Deborah
GO Team Muumi!!