Day 6: 7.8.18 Worship, Acupuncture, and Baisha beach.

Sunday, the Lord’s day and the second to last day of camp! I think everyone was feeling pretty tired at this point in the week so it was a real blessing to have a somewhat lighter Sunday schedule. In the morning we had our Sunday service in the gym which included more worship through music as well as the message delivered by Prof. Margaret who inventively compared the super hero narrative to the Gospel narrative. What similarities does Jesus share with popular icons such as Captain America, Spiderman, and Black Panther? What ways is Jesus different from said heroes?

After the Sunday service, we all quickly headed back to the International Conference Hall for an introduction and sampling of Chinese Medicine, specifically acupuncture! The prospect of piercing one’s self with needles can sound pretty frightening, but thankfully the needles used for acupuncture are pretty thin so you don’t end up feeling too much at all. There were three acupuncture points that we tried: in the hand between the thumb and the index finger, in the forearm near where the forearm meets the tricep, and in the leg just a bit above the ankle. Most of the acupuncture was self-administered. Many said that they mostly just felt a bit numb, but Justin, one half of the team 2 TAs, started to feel dizzy with a kind of loud ringing in the ears. Thankfully the professionals knew what to do to fix things. Moral of the story: please be careful before you go poking yourself.

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Another highlight of Sunday was our mini day-trip to Baisha Bay. It was a scorcher that day so everyone was happy to fight the heat by cooling down in Taiwan’s waters. There’s something that’s just so fun about wading in water with a large group of friends! We also had one of those giant inflatable unicorn raft things which everyone took turns riding the waves on. But probably my favorite thing was when the sophomores individually ambushed freshmen/TAs and group hoisted them into the water. The only thing that we probably should’ve done though was to make a PSA beforehand about taking your glasses off before going into the water or at least to be extra careful to keep your glasses on. We had like 7-8 eyepiece casualties I think. Thankfully a few of them were actually found and fished out, but the rest I guess will just have to be content to contribute to the fulfillment of Revelation 15:2’s glassy sea!

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Lastly, we ended our day with movie night. Our feature film was Inception (2010). It’s basically about a team of special agents who travel into the sub-consciousness of a rising businessman with the mission of planting an idea/motivation into his mind. It’s a very action-packed adventure with a lot of clever twists and turns, but I think by the end of it everyone was pretty tired out from all the events of the day.

Overall, Sunday, the Lord’s day, at MSCE was filled with so many blessings from God, the great Creator of all good things, superheroes, acupuncture, and Baisha Bay included!

–contributed by Brandon Ung,  2017-18 MSCE TA

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Day 4: 7.6.18

Hello all!!

Welcome to day 4 of MSCE! Thank you for coming along with us on our journey so far. It’s crazy how time flies when you’re learning and having so much fun! MSCE started off Friday morning asking, “Who is Jesus Christ?” in Bible Study led by our very own Taiwanese prince, Luke. By reading Ephesians 2:4-7, we were reminded of how God sent down His only Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross to save us. We started off our day with excitement as we discussed the love of Christ and of our salvation through faith in Him.

After Bible Study, we had breakfast while listening to touching testimonies of God’s evident grace from Shannon, Joyce, and Brandon. Everyone was truly moved at God’s provision and healing through each TA’s life as some of us were able to relate personally to the TA’s struggles. We are very thankful for the strength given to us by God to be able to be vulnerable in front of others to share about His goodness. May we continue to recognize how He works differently in each of our own lives!

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TA Joyce sharing her testimony of God’s love in her life

Afterwards, we headed over to go listen to presentations from Barb about Women in Medicine, from Emily, Lily, and Naomi about legalization of Marijuana, and from Christy and Luke about Guns in the US. With time left over, each team was given time to talk about the controversial topics of legalization of Marijuana and gun violence/control in the US. It was great practicing English with the students and listening to different opinions!

Barb’s informative talk: history of women in medicine
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Learning about the health effects of marijuana usage
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Christy and Luke’s presentation on guns in the US

Following lunch and free time, we got to have some time to make even more memories with our awesome teams. We headed to Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology in Ba-li and checked out the culture of the Taiwanese indigenous people. We got to see wax figures of the indigenous people, the tools they used to hunt and cook, and the geography of their environment.  It was sure a good time having the opportunity to learn more about the culture of Taiwan alongside our team members.

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Group photo outside the museum:  Look at how cute we are!

For our last activity of the day, we went to the Shilin Night Market to enjoy the various foods and small shops. Each team separated ways to enjoy the delicious foods and to shop around on their own. Some notable foods that were tried were foods such as stinky tofu, Taiwanese fried chicken, snake soup, oyster omelet, authentic bubble tea, mango shaved ice, etc,… it was a feast! It was such a memorable time being able to go around and spend time with our teams (shout out to Team Wei!!!). The TAs really felt so loved as the MSCE students led the TAs around to try some of their favorite foods and waited as the TAs looked around the night market stores with curiosity. MSCE students have such caring hearts, and we are so thankful for their hospitality! You guys are so loved!!

This day was filled with adventurous memories with our teams, and we are all so excited to continue the week to learn and laugh more. Praise God for this opportunity to be able to experience such a joy with the MSCE students!

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Annual group photo

–contributed by Christy Cao,  2018 MSCE TA

Day 3: 7.5.18

Hello everyone!

Our Thursday morning began with Bible Study on Ephesians 2:1-3 led by Christine. The topic was “Who are we?” following Wednesday’s discussion on “Who is God?”. This discussion proved to be a bit discouraging as we were focusing in on our sins and separation from God. But this only made the coming good news so much sweeter!

Next we had breakfast together while listening to three amazing testimonies of God’s goodness from Alex, Zoe, and Kevin. Thank you for sharing with us! Many of the students expressed that Morning Manna (testimony sharing) is their favorite part of the camp. They really valued the openness and honesty of each of the TAs. It was our joy to share our lives with them while pointing solely to Christ as our Savior and source of life, joy, peace, etc. All glory be to HIM!

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Alex sharing his Morning Manna

Our morning continued in the conference room where we gathered for language activities organized by Joyce, Zoe, and Naomi. These ranged from learning about idioms through puzzles and visual word puns to re-enacting a movie scene with new dialogue. Many of the students are drawn to MSCE partially for the opportunity to practice their English. So these activities were a really fun way for them to strengthen that skill and be engaged.

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Joyce, Zoe, and Naomi leading the Language Activities
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Team ‘Four’ever Fish

Next, the Taiwanese students from NDMC (National Defense Medical Center) presented on Chinese Medicine & Women’s Health, Chef Andre Chiang (Taiwanese chef in France), and Heat Stroke including a demonstration on how to properly carry an unconscious patient if there is no stretcher available (the “fireman’s carry”). Throughout the day several students practiced carrying each other.

We had some time for lunch and free time before jumping back into learning and engaging in the Taiwanese students’ workshops where we rotated through short presentations and activities including topics such as Travel (Self-guided tour), Harry Potter, Rap of China and Taiwanese Pop, Isolating Effects of Social Media, How Songs Help the World in Hard Times, Local Sceneries of Sanzhi, some logic/thinking games, and Youth Suicide. These short presentations were very powerful. Some covered difficult and heavy topics that gave our teams opportunities to have honest, deeper conversations with one another. Other topics were lighter and allowed us to share about similar interests such as Harry Potter and travel! The workshops were some of my personal favorite times for the discussions they encouraged.

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Kerwin’s presentation on “Song Helps the World”

Our last activity before dinner involved more language practice led by Shannon and Lily. We played a game called Fish Bowl which is essentially mixing games like Taboo (or Catch Phrase) and Charades. Everyone loved this game and the teams were able to bond even more while laughing together and sharing new inside jokes.

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Finally, dinner and lastly DANCING! Dancing night is where we accept the fact that we will all be sweaty and will probably embarrass ourselves, and it’s a blast. A few of the Taiwanese students taught us all a couple of dances that I could not get correct for the life of me, but it was so much fun to try and to switch around partners and learn together. After, the TAs had an opportunity to teach some line dances! Everyone caught on really well! We finished the night with some freestyle dancing and snacks. It felt great to get in some exercise after a full day of sitting and learning. This day brought all of the teams closer and we created many special memories. We’re looking forward to what the rest of the week holds!

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Taiwanese Student-led dance
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TA-led line dancing!

–contributed by Ariana Gruber,  2016-18 MSCE TA

Day 7: 7.9.18 Final Day of MSCE Camp :(

Hi everyone!

It’s the last official day of camp and many of us are excited that we can rest well tonight and sad as it’s the last day to interact with students in person. Despite what we’re feeling, we’re just thankful for the ways God has provided for us on this trip and how he has opened many doors for us to interact with the students.

The day started off with our last bible study of the week. We were very encouraged when we saw many faces of students willing to wake up early to study Gods word. Praise God for his work in these students! Afterwards, we quickly transitioned into our Morning Manna session where we heard the testimonies of Christy, Justin, and Emily. Each one of their stories displayed a different way in which God transformed their lives and it was amazing to see God’s love and power displayed as each of these individuals chose to abide in Him.

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Christy’s Testimony!
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Emily’s Testimony!
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Justin’s Testimony!

With little time to rest, we all went straight into TA presentations. We started off with a presentation about “College Life” by Zoe, Shannon, and Kevin. They did a quick comparison of the colleges in the US and even touched on unique features US colleges have to offer such as Greek life. Following this presentation was another one by Joyce and Christine on “Public Health”. These 2 TAs introduced the pressing health concerns after the students have guessed each one. Finally at the end, the students were divided into 3 separate talks depending on what they were studying. These talks were on Pre-Med, Nursing, and Speech Language Pathology/ Audiology with a emphasis on Music Therapy.

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College Life by Shannon, Zoe, and Kevin
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Pre-Med by Shannon and Joyce
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Nursing by Alex
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Speech/Audiology by Brandon and Ariana

For lunch we had our standard bento lunch filled with delicious Taiwanese food along with a fried chicken drumstick. After polishing off the bento with our EFRU (Environmentally Friendly Reusable Utensils), we went to the gym to play board games. Each team was given some Mackay dollars use to “gamble” with in these games. It was a competition between teams to see who could earn the most from these games. While the title of this activity was “board games” it was mostly card games ranging from “Big 2” to “Texas Hold’em Poker” and “UNO”. There was even a station where people could perform a choreography to a KPOP dance in order to win more Mackay dollars (all you had to do was participate!). The winning team of this activity received a big bag of yummy Taiwanese snacks.

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Board games
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Dancing for some Mackay dollas

After cooling down a little with the board games, it was time to shift gears into high intensity mode as we jumped straight into sports time. Both the Taiwanese students and the American TAs created games for everyone to play. The Taiwanese students made a game where 2 teams would send 1 person at a time to race towards each other through a series of exercises and upon meeting each other in the same spot, the 2 would Rock Paper Scissors (RoShamBo/ Jiandao Shitou Bu) and the winner would proceed on while the losing team sends out another member. This process was repeated many times over until we all quickly realized that no one was scoring any points so the rules were changed to having people just do all the exercises to the end to earn points. The second game that the Taiwanese TAs had us play was dodgeball. This form of dodgeball was like the standard American version except with more variation to it. For example when people were tagged out, they go to the other side surrounding the opposing team and they can receive the ball and throw it. It was a great adaption to the traditional dodgeball that Americans play. Next it was the American TAs games.  Alex and Luke came up with Capture the Flag and Blob Tag. During Capture the Flag, the American TA boys used their athleticism and knowledge of the game to quickly maneuver their respective team to victory countless time (echem Brandon and Justin COUGH). Blob tag AKA link tag and various other names really had everyone running around as they tried to avoid being “eaten” by the taggers.

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Jump Emily Jump! Sports time Taiwanese game #1
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Ariana taunting people in Capture the Flag :C

After wrapping up sports time, we all went back to quickly shower off our sweat and attend our final meal at camp. The kitchen staff had prepared a feast for us.  Several tables were linked together and contained many delicious Taiwanese foods. I think that several of the TAs gained a few pounds that meal. The last event which was the farewell party happened right after the dinner. For this event Justin and Naomi slaved night after night making sure that everything was going to be perfect for our last formal event together. Beforehand, each team was assigned to create a 5 min performance to perform at the farewell party, which could’ve been anything like lip-syncing or dancing. Everyone was also given slips of paper to write thank you and encouragement notes to their teammates. We started off our farewell party with performances from team 1 (Bruno Mars cover and Taiwanese song about friends), 2 (KPOP dancing), and 3 (Parody of memorable MSCE moments). At that halfway point, we viewed a video that Justin and Naomi prepared that recapped the camp as a whole with each of the major events. After that, the president of Mackay Medical College came up to saw a few words and gave some gifts to the Taiwanese MSCE helpers (Tim, Alice, Joy, and Judy), the MSCE Faculty, and the American TAs (WE GOT SOME NAICE TOWELS!!!!). Finally the last 3 teams went up and did their performances; team 4 (Memories of MSCE), team 5 (Memories of MSCE), and team 6 (Parody of Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen). Now that the performances were all over, it was time for everyone to exchange the notes that they have been writing during the past few days and to take pictures with each other. It was truly a touching time of joy and smiles all around as people said their goodbyes and made sure to take a picture for the memories. It was truly a joy and blessing to see how strong of a bond each of the campers have made with each other over the past week. Some students have actually come up to some of the TAs and mentioned that they were interested in learning more about Christianity and who Jesus was. Praise God for the softening of their hearts and their willingness to have a open ear to the gospel. As we head to our hard beds with no proper pillows one last time, we are just all so thankful for being granted the opportunity to share our lives with the Taiwanese students and just bonding with them in numerous ways over the past week. We will continue to keep in touch with those we have bonded with and pray that the seeds planted here will flourish and bear much good fruit in the years to come! THANK YOU ALL WE LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! Stay tuned for week 2 Taitung (see Stories, 2018)

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Farewell party final group pic
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The whole crew wearing matching shirts :)
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Fish Faced TAs loves our Taiwanese students~

Oh yeah and as if Naomi’s birthday wasn’t enough we also had another birthday celebration for Alex on the last day of camp.

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Happy birthday Alex!

–contributed by Alex Myau, MSCE 2018 TA

Day 2: 7.4.18 First Full Day

Hello friends!

Thank you so much for your patience. This week has been a blur of exciting games, deep conversation, and late nights in prayer. It’s been difficult finding time to keep up with the blog, but more updates from the other TA’s are on the way!

With such a quite night in Taipei, It’s hard to believe that people are setting off fireworks across the world. Last fourth of July, I remember comforting my dog in a pillow fort six thousand miles east of here. Today I’m at Mackay Medical College chasing students with green plastic taped to their backs.

We started the morning with MSCE 2018’s first Bible study asking the question, “What does the Bible say about God?” We were both astonished and encouraged by the number of students that decided to come. Praying that attendance stays high throughout the camp!

After Bible Study we rushed off to a classroom for breakfast (choice of burgers, scallion pancakes, or crust less sandwiches) and were blessed by Luke, Christine, and Naomi’s testimonies. Despite bleary eyes around the room (we don’t have mattresses or pillows and the beds are super hard!), our first Morning Manna* felt extremely special. There was a mixed atmosphere of comfort, vulnerability, and prayerfulness that I’m so glad we got to start our first full day of MSCE with.

The rest of the day was a bit of a blur. Barbara gave a presentation on nutrition, Ariana and I talked about the diversity of food in America**, Justin shared about American food trends, and Brandon and Alex lead us through a series of workouts while exploring fitness trends in America. After a short break, the Taiwanese students presented lectures on John Leahy, the potential of artificial intelligence, and one of the students talked about her experience in a marching band.

In the afternoon, Christy and Ariana taught us how to separate plasma from blood samples using a paperfuge. Who knew 20 cents worth of paper and string could make a 125,000 rpm hand powered centrifuge!

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Later, teams competed to make the most effective paperfuge by separating a mixture of corn starch and water. I’m tempted to try this in lab with microfuge tubes.

After dinner the Taiwanese students organized FUN NIGHT where groups competed in different team games. We ended the night with a wild game where students ran around the building trying to rip colored plastic off of the backs of other players. We played the game twice and I lost miserably in both games.***

Overall, it was an incredibly satisfying day. From sharing my faith at Bible study to crawling around on all fours at fun night, this first day of MSCE has been an amazing experience. Sharing our lives with the medical school students here in Taiwan has been remarkably life-giving. I am struck by the friendliness of the students here, and their receptiveness to the gospel. Even though I’ve only known the other TA’s for two days, I know that I’ve already made lifelong friends. Extremely excited to see what the rest of the week has in store for us!


It was Naomi’s birthday today!! Faculty surprised us with a gorgeous fruit cake, so we had a little celebration back in the team room. (Top row from left to right: Joyce, Zoe, Brandon, Justin. Middle Row: Emily, Christy, Alex, Christine, Lily. Bottom Row: Shannon, Naomi, Ariana, Kevin.

*The time we call the testimonies

**Funny story — technology completely fell through on Ariana and I during our presentation. We had trouble opening our Powerpoint on Google Slides, and then the projector turned off. We ended up presenting without pictures while projector screens randomly descended and ascended behind us… James had us switch rooms after that mess.

*** The Taiwanese students made the losing teams imitate a skunk (and later a horse) as punishment.

–contributed by Kevin Zhou, 2018 MSCE TA and Blog master

Day 1: 7.3.18 Introductions

Hello friends!

Thank you so much for following us on MSCE 2018! This trip has been a huge blessing for every one of us serving both as faculty and as TA’s. As we make new friends, learn more about our cultures, and pursue the Gospel, I pray that these blog posts will allow you to catch a taste of what this years MSCE has had to offer.

With the students arriving at 4:30 pm, the MSCE faculty took the morning to teach the TA’s the history of Mackay Memorial Hospital. After meeting with the team for breakfast, we took the bus to Tansui and visited George Mackay’s home-turned-Memorial-Museum, Oxford College, and the Captain Mackay Clinic.

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As we walked through George Leslie Mackay’s home and first clinic with the MSCE team, I was astonished by the impact that a single missionary from Canada had had on so many generations of people. Somehow, a 27 year old Scottish-blooded Jesus follower had traveled across the Pacific ocean and made a home on this beautiful island on the northern border of the South China Sea. Despite disease, language barriers, prejudice, and literal thrown rocks, Mackay poured his life into the Taiwanese people. Over the remaining thirty years of his life, he extracted 21,000 rotten teeth,* married a Taiwanese woman, began a girls school, planted the roots for the enormous Mackay Memorial Hospital system, and ministered to thousands of Taiwanese people — all while rocking Leslie as his middle name. I’m hoping that we can embody that attitude of radical service and love when we meet our students!

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A few hours later we met with the students at the opening ceremony. The students seem extremely sweet, but most of them are pretty shy about using English. I’m hoping most of them will become more conversational after dinner.

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Team 3 (XLB) sharing shaved ice after dinner.
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Team 4 (Forever Fish!) sharing Vietnamese food.
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Team 6 (Wei?) at 好朋友.

Over the next few days we’ll be attending workshops, sharing testimonies, and playing games. Be sure to check in for updates!

* To put that in perspective, that would be about 656 full sets of teeth.

contributed by Kevin Zhou, 2018 MSCE TA and Blog master

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.