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Hwee Juin Lee

Undergraduate Major in French

Four years ago, if anyone had told me that I would be graduating from Stanford with a double major in Biomechanical Engineering and French, I would have laughed and dismissed that prophecy, replying that engineering was for the machine-loving geeks and French for the poets, neither of which I would ever be able to identify with. Fast-forward four years, a Fall quarter in Paris, a summer in Hokkaido, numerous mechanical engineering projects involving the construction of heatsinks, the building of ping-pong-ball-throwing- and-catching-cardboard machines and the design of medical devices, and here I am, doing what I never expected to do.

This change in mindset towards my double major exemplifies one of the most important lessons that I have learned at Stanford. No, it’s not that omelettes at Wilbur brunch are the best, or when to say what at Coupa to get free drinks (although these are indeed important!). Neither is it how to simulate blood circulation in Matlab, nor how to analyze the psychological descriptions in La Princesse de Clèves. It’s the fact that there is immense value in pushing boundaries, in exploring all possibilities, and that I would never know if some- thing is right for me unless I actually try.

I would like to thank all my teachers and friends who have never failed to inspire me throughout my Stanford career. In particular, I would especially like to thank Professor Marc Levenston from the BME department, Professor Cecile Alduy and Yann Robert from the French Department for all their help and effort during my four years in Stanford. Most importantly, I wish to express my utmost gratitude to my parents for their unconditional love and support, without which none of this would have ever been possible.

Although I might still not go so far as to call myself a machine-loving “techie” or a poetry-loving “fuzzy” (#Stanford- Speak), I would definitely admit that the past four years have developed both the technical and literary sides of me that will undoubtedly support me throughout the rest of my life.