I had one of the craziest weeks of my life last week!
Between hosting in-studio segments, conducting red carpet interviews, attending fashion shows, and working on a top secret project (more on that later), I managed to squeezed time from my insane schedule to support an organization I’m extremely passionate about – Get Schooled.
Get Schooled is a national non-profit organization formed by Viacom and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to motivate and inspire students to graduate. Considering that I’m 100% Chinese and both of my parents are educators, education is basically in my blood! While I may have complained and whined about all the SAT prep classes my parents forced me to take back in high school (sorry, mom), as I got older, I realized that majority of the population wasn’t so lucky. Now, I practically pounce on any opportunity to spread knowledge and empower the millennials.
On Thursday, May 28th, I emceed the #Graduate4Mas event at Compton High School with pop star Becky G! Compton High students won a nation wide contest by increasing their attendance rate by 4% and the four-year college acceptance by 47%! The event was sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation and Get Schooled, and we had the best time ever! We’re talking marching bands, drill teams, dance battles, and so much more.
Perhaps the sweetest part of all was I sat down with Becky G in front of 2000+ kids and got extremely candid about her journey to success! Cover Girl’s youngest ambassador? She’s got it. Breadwinner of the family? Probably. A neat freak? Absolutely. But beyond that, this 18-year-old singer/songwriter/rapper holds a wealth of knowledge and profound life advice! Through chatting with Beck – yes, we’re basically BFFs now – I’ve come to realize that we actually had a lot in common. We’re both minority women… both bilingual… we came from immigrant families and vowed to chase the American dream. #TheStruggleIsReal
Watch my fun, behind the scenes moments below! Please check out GetSchooled.com for more information!
I’d like to thank Naomi Jefferson and Marie Groark from Get Schooled , Amy Kavanagh and Lee from the Taco Bell Foundation, Todd Krim and Kali O’Campo from The Krim Group for making this happen! Love you all and your big heart.