Our Stories: Kevin, Scholar (2020)

Kevin was born in Rockville and then sent to his father’s province in China to learn the language and culture. He moved back before starting kindergarten and says that he has often felt “stuck” between cultures, not fully in touch with his Chinese roots but also missing many of the experiences common to young people in this country because as a child he worked every day in his parents’ convenience store. Kevin maintained exceptional grades and participated in a diversity of activities in high school, including orchestra, scouting, theater, and the varsity swim team, where he was a co-captain. He plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.