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By Jessica Weber | Photos by Stan Lim
What an honor
Park has received scholarships each of her three years at UCR, maintaining a 3.75 GPA while double majoring, working full-time, and supporting her family financially. A first-generation college student, Park received the Freshman Scholarship through the UCR Alumni Association, followed by the Brithinee Scholarship her second year, and the Sher-Right Scholarship this year. Park was also awarded an S.L. Gimbel Foundation Scholarship Fund award last year, which she learned of through her participation in the University Honors program. “It was my first time applying for it, and they really helped a lot; they were very generous,” she said.
Rhythm and meter
Park has loved writing poetry since first exploring the genre in her eighth-grade honors English class. “It became a good outlet for me to express my emotions, talk about my feelings, so I started doing it on my own,” she said. In high school, she attended Fresno State University’s annual Young Writers’ Conference three times, and had four poems published in the conference’s journal Spectrum. She received the Henry Madden Library Award in 2016 and the Fresno Writers Award in 2017. “It was pretty cool,” she said of the honors. “It was the first time I ever made any money off my work.”