International student shares culture, goals

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Holly Yau came to the Unites States to further her education. According to the BYU-Idaho International Services statistical report, 3 percent of BYU-I’s 756 international students are from Hong Kong. HOLLY YAU | Courtesy Photo
Holly Yau came to the Unites States to further her education. According to the BYU-Idaho International Services statistical report, 3 percent of BYU-I’s 756 international students are from Hong Kong. HOLLY YAU | Courtesy Photo

Holly Yau is one of 23 BYU-Idaho students from Hong Kong, according to BYU-I International Services.

Yau, a senior studying communication, was born on March 14, 1989 in Hong Kong, where she lived until she was 16.

She said she moved to the United States from Hong Kong to pursue her higher education and that she eventually followed the prompting to attend BYU-I.

Yau said living and going to school in America is different from what she is used to.

She said that since Hong Kong was once ruled by the British, schools there are intense and there are several tutor sessions and activities after school.

She said that there were numerous school rules and she had to wear school uniforms.

Yau said that Hong Kong is like a miniature New York — always busy, and restaurants stay open 24/7.

According to CIA World Factbook, Hong Kong is six times the size of Washington, D.C.

Yau said that it is more expensive in America and that people are nicer in Rexburg.

Before attending BYU-I, Yau first attended BYU-Hawaii and then went on a mission. She said that she loved going to BYU-Hawaii.

While attending BYU-Hawaii, Yau got her mission call to the Hawaii Honolulu mission.

Yau said her mission was difficult because she saw family, friends, classmates and professors everywhere she went, but that it was also the best experience of her life.

“I learned how to be patient with the Lord through many lessons on my mission,” Yau said. “I have patience with people, but not with the Lord. He knows that is my weakness, and he put trials in my mission so that I could learn.”

Yau said that she met her fiance while at the Missionary Training Center. She said that after he got home from his mission, they were able to reconnect because he lives in Pocatello.

Yau said that after her mission, she felt prompted to come to BYU-I.

This is her third semester here at BYU-Idaho, and she said she is taking 18 credits.

Yau said she hopes her emphasis in public relations will help her become a successful event planner, and later be able to work as a stay-at-home         mom.

“BYU-Hawaii put a purpose and idea of whom my Heavenly Father wants me to be, but BYU-I helps me to achieve that and put my ideas into action,” Yau said. “The diverse culture [on campus] taught me how to accept others and see others as a child of God.”

Yau said that she wants to become who Heavenly Father wants her to be while she is at BYU-I.

“I can honestly say BYU-Hawaii changed my life,” Yau said. “But BYU-I refined my life.”

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