pacific lutheran university ‘24 💛🖤 broista @starbucks ellingson rd ☕️
pacific lutheran university ‘24 💛🖤 broista @starbucks ellingson rd ☕️
An open letter to my Asian Community: Though there is much to celebrate at the moment, there is also much to reflect on as I end this 4-year chapter of my life, specifically with regards to privilege. Asian Americans do not face the systemic racism that the black community faces. I am neither white nor black, but to a certain extent I am still in a position of privilege. From a personal perspective, I don’t feel that my life has been affected by my own ethnic identity. I am grateful that I can live my life the way I want without major inhibition, financial worry or constant supervision, but I know others don’t get this same privilege. It’s true that Asian Americans face discrimination in the United States. Sometimes people make fun of our accents, or think that we are the reason that a deadly pandemic has scourged this country. But for the most part, nobody thinks “dangerous criminal” when I walk down the street. Police don’t watch me while I’m sitting in my car in the Starbucks parking lot during my break. Our black friends worry about things that I will most likely never have to worry about or encounter in my life. To this day, we as Asians continue to benefit from the model minority myth and our historic proximity to white privilege, and it goes largely unnoticed as we as an ethnic group are disregarded from the national conversation. It is incredibly easy to take a moderate position with the fatigue that we are seeing from social media, and it’s even easier to say that the black-white racial divide “doesn’t apply to me because I’m Asian” and ignore what is happening. I reflect on our current situation as a reminder that our Asian community carries the responsibility of educating both ourselves and our families on the history of our country’s struggle with racism. Racism in America is not exclusive to the black-white racial divide. Enough is enough. I support the Black Lives Movement, and part of that support means that I will use this platform in a way that will support my friends, loved ones, and neighbors to accomplish a life where all Americans can live without the fear of police violence. #blacklivesmatter
I am at a loss for words to describe just how formative these past four years have been towards my goal of becoming an educated individual in all aspects of life. The wisdom and knowledge that I have gained from my time at Auburn Riverside could not have been achievable without the encouragement of family, friends, teachers, as well as those who believed in me from a distance. Today, June 13th, 2020, marks the beginning of a future where WE decide. WE carry the power to create our own future. WE are the future. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented action, and it is our duty to uphold our commitment as future contributors of society. Whether it comes in the form of systemic reform or the global shift in everyday life, there is truly no greater force that brings us together than the constant of change. It is my hope that our graduating class can approach the future with open minds and hearts, as well as restructure the architecture of our current society in an effort to foster positive change throughout our communities and lives. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey and has supported me. WE DID IT!! 💙💙💙💙💙💙 - Joshua Miguel Sia, ARHS Class of 2020
Pictured above is a photo of me beside one of the most inspirational people in my life. Thank you, Mr. Stenson, for creating so many opportunities for me to grow as both a leader and friend and for your dedication to our choir ❤️ my final year of choir didn’t go as we had expected, but I’ll forever carry the beautiful memories of our times together. I can’t wait for graduation tomorrow!
Exactly 4 years ago was the day that I graduated from middle school in the Chicagoland Suburbs. At the time, I had no idea that I would have to relocate to the Pacific Northwest, restructure my passions, nor face the fact that my middle school graduation will be the last time to walk with my class before pursuing higher education. Though many of the hopes I had for this school year lay adrift, I am fortunate to have had so much time during the past 3 months to slow down and discover the beauty of simple communication, whether it be through a screen or face-to-face. It’s a surreal reality that we live in today, but there has never been a more important time to acknowledge, self-educate, and take action on the things in life that matter. Happy last #seniorsunday . Don’t get comfortable yet! There’s still one week left, so let’s claim our time and SOAR to the finish line. 💙
I am thrilled to announce that I will be delivering the Commencement speech for the Auburn Riverside Graduating Class of 2020! Though I lack the ability to express my gratitude and future aspirations with our graduating class live on the field, I am honored to be among the first to uphold the ceremonial traditions of the classes before us in a way that has never been done before. Big shout-out to my mini shoot crew @emmygracephotographs for these beautiful shots 😘 more to come soon. 💙💙 #seniorsunday #classof2020
Today is the anniversary of my favorite pair of @levis jeans! I’m kind of a fanatic for Levi’s, so here’s a couple of the most treasured pieces that I’ve collected. Happy 501 Day! 1. 70506 Trucker Jacket circa ~70s, name embroidered today! 2. 501 ‘93 Straight Leg, darted waistband 3. 550 Relaxed, added distressing on pockets/knee, took off arcuate stitching/label, distressed hem 4. 501 Altered Straight Leg, pinstripe and added distressed hem Also, thank you Levi’s for choosing me to win a pair of 501s! #liveinlevis
earth right now: “why aren’t you guys going out to celebrate me??” 😤🌎 thank you for bringing me to the most beautiful places in this world ❤️ happy earth day!!
SO excited to announce that I am one of five PLU applicants selected to receive the full-tuition Regents’ scholarship and will be attending Pacific Lutheran University in the fall of 2020!! Thank you to my friends, teachers, and family for supporting me throughout my high school journey, and for all the amazing memories I will carry for the rest of my life! GO LUTES!! 🖤💛🖤💛
... aaaaaand we’re back! 😍🤩 #plu invitational concert was so fun, and choir of the west sounded amazing as always : ) )
한국 너무 재밌었어 🤩🤩 thank you, Incheon, for a beautiful layover daytrip!
best first escape room ever!! fun day of exploring SM, drinking milk tea and gorging on unlimited yakiniku 😚😚
things I’m grateful for so far in 2020: family, friends, new Starbucks bars, finding a pair of vintage ‘93 Levi 501s, unexpected snow days, successful college auditions, and being halfway through senior year! #seniorsunday
#eighteen feels soooo good!! 🌟🌟 can’t wait to explore new places (without parents! ) and get caffeinated again with these beautiful people :’ )
me, pretending that my 5 AP classes aren’t slowly eating away at my sanity #seniorsunday
I’m probably the reason you’re still waiting for a fitting room 🙋🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️
It’s so crazy to think of how much we’ve achieved in the mere span of 5 weeks! I’m so fortunate for the opportunity to sing and grow with these beautiful people every morning at 7:10 ☺️ (I take full credit for our new color scheme uniform, by the way 😉 )
nobody: literally nobody: college applications: describe your entire life story in 50 characters or less 🤯😰😭
just enjoying my #hotgirlsummer 😏🔥 hbu??
shoutout to Stranger Things and California for SHAKING up my weekend! 😜😜
nothing more asian than boba and crowded night markets! 🤩 #bobachella
can I get a yee-haw? ☀️☀️