This interview is part of our “Catching Up with Former Staff” series.
Martin Mao is a sophomore in the University of California in Irvine.
Written by JASON ALVIN WU / Published April 2, 2010
After spending time writing for Temple City Voice, Martin Mao has graduated from Temple City High School to attend the University of California in Irvine.
A sophomore, Mao is working under a computer science and engineering major and is also involved with the Open Church in Irvine.
He is also a Bible Studies leader and an on-campus witness for Christ.
Looking towards the future, Mao aspires to find a graduate school that has a field in robotics and artificial intelligence, sparing no time whatsoever for his hobbies.
When not studying, Mao finds some time to socialize, but only for the sake of group discussion academically.
His hectic schedule, which he rarely deviates from, is comprised of a standard routine of waking up for morning prayer, then school, before a part-time job in the afternoon, as well as helping with his Christian Club, Campus Crusade for Christ, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Because of this, he can only find time to study in the weekends, filling up what is usually a person’s time for rest and relaxation.
“I would probably have a less stressful life and maybe I could even get a girlfriend if it weren’t for so many church activities,” Mao said. “But I’ve made my choice.”
For an extremely busy college student, Mao knows what he is doing. He knows what to manage and what to prioritize.
“College will shape your life more than anything,” Mao said. “You will have to sacrifice, and knowing what to sacrifice makes the difference.”
As a former staff writer, Mao has learned some things about writing, especially in school as well as post-college as a career.
“It’s not just you thinking you’re good, other people have to think you are good,” Mao said. “Writers usually average C’s and end up giving up on writing. If you’re not that good at writing, try psychology or social behavior [as a career option].”
To college-bound high school students, Mao has words of warning and advice.
“College is the sandbox from which you shape all that you aspire to be, your character and life will be impacted by the college environment and actions you take.”