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Cristy Hui

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I am a dreamer. Have been since I was a little girl growing up in China. My family moved to the United States when I was a teenager.
Shy and speaking embarrassingly poor English, I felt so out of place. Not just a foreigner or an alien, more like a “foreign alien.” I befriended burritos and blew up like a balloon. Seriously, my size doubled in 3 months. My self-confidence was shattered. My dreams were on life support. It was not pretty.
A combination of realizations catapulted me out of my collapse; I couldn’t squeeze into my jeans, didn’t understand what the other schoolkids said, and my young spirit was getting loud, “Christy, wake up! This is not who you are!”
So I sought a way out and discovered a new friend – not wrapped in a tortilla. The Tube! Television became my tutor. Watching TV was homework. For kids reading this today, TV is for after homework.
Climbing out of my fat-rut, adapting to a new culture, and learning a language during my teenage years taught me a valuable life lesson: 
If life hands you lemons, make a lemonade empire!This principle guides my life – a journey of constant change and personal/professional growth. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.