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Rock Falls Student of the Month, January: Steven Chen

Senior Steven Chen, 18, of Rock Falls, is Rock Falls High School’s January Student of Month. He is the son of Runzhen Yu and Weizhen Chen.

Favorite classes: Math and chemistry. I like math because it was the only class I could understand when I first came to this country, and it just seemed really simple for me. As many people might describe math as a “foreign language,” for me, math should be the greatest “language” in the world! It was not until later in high school I started favoring chemistry class as well. Just the thought of dealing with a bunch of chemicals would make me excited. Also, the chemistry class I had in Rock Falls High School was the first class that I was able to express my opinion without any fear just because the class was so relaxing.

Top teachers: Mrs. Gallentine: She could just turn the most difficult math concept into the simplest form, no harder than one plus one. Mrs. Purdy, my chemistry teacher: I could say her class is the one class that I felt most comfortable to attend. Mr. Truesdell: I like his unique way to motivate students, and he could always explain the materials in the most efficient way.

Extracurriculars: I am the treasurer of the Junior Optimist Club, Library Club, and Spanish Club; a member of the varsity Scholastic Bowl; and a member of the Speech Team. Also, I have participated in Big Northern Math Conference for 2 years and have earned several medals.

After graduation: I plan to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study chemistry.

Best friend: I moved to this country not a long time ago. Thomas Wei was the first and only friend I had at the time. He has helped me with everything, including learning English. Whenever I have problems, I know he is the one who I am going to, and he has helped me solve most of them. And when I am with him, I have no fear to show my real self, which is also why I also consider him not just a best friend but a brother.

Favorite singer: Bruno Mars, not only because he is a great singer, but also most of his songs are really meaningful.

Favorite actor: Jackie Chan.

Favorite TV show: “Friends.” I really wanted to live a life like them.

Hobbies: Playing computer games with my friends. Also, I love talking on the phone with my girlfriend at night; it makes me feel really comforted and loving.

Favorite outdoor activity: Fishing is my favorite outdoor activity that I can actually do, but I would love to go hunting if I had the ability to!

Favorite food: I would say any street food in China. They might not be healthy, but I could say they are better than the food from a five-star hotel! I also love the food that my girlfriend’s mom makes as well; it is really tasty and so different than American food.

Biggest fear: Getting things out of my control. I like to make plans, but I also hate when my plans do not go well.

Least favorite class: ESL. Although I do not have it anymore, I still do not like how frustrating it is to learn a completely different language.

What makes your blood boil? People who cannot live up to their words. I hate when people make a promise and do not keep it. If you don’t mean it, stop saying it!

What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Raps that do not make any sense and have a million cuss words.

Survival guide: Choose the right peers; they are the ones who have the most influence.

I’m in the dictionary next to: “Shy.” I am a really shy person and only talk when I feel comfortable with my surroundings.

Secret twin: One time I was invited to my girlfriend’s cousin’s birthday party, and one of the neighbors was there, too. He asked me, “Are you related to Bruce Lee? Because you really look like him.” I was laughing so hard and explained to him that I was just a random Chinese person who had nothing to do with Bruce Lee; I would love to, but I don’t …

Dream job: I would like to be a forensic detector, investigating crimes.

Trading spaces: I would love to travel around the world.

Shout out: Although my mom might not understand what I am writing here, I still want to say thank you to her. When she comes back from work at Asian Buffet, I am usually asleep, so we do not have much time to sit down and talk. However, I know she has given me anything she could and is just hoping my life will be better. I am really grateful to have her as my mother. Thank you very much, Mom. I love you!

Also, for my girlfriend’s mom: Gracias por las comidas y tener la más hermosa hija del mundo. Finally, to my lovely Pollo, who has brightened my life: Te amo mucho! Eternament y para siempre!

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