Editor's Note

I remember the college application process like it was yesterday. From applying early decision in November to finishing the rest of my applications late December (like any good procrastinator, I hit the “submit” button five minutes before heading out to ring in the new year); to the breathless refreshing of my email in the school computer labs in March. I’ll never forget the disappointment of being deferred, then rejected from my first-choice college and months later, the rush of relief that came with accepting a spot at my now alma-mater, New York University.

The next four years were a whirlwind of new experiences. I figured out how to write a paper on a book I had only read half of, put eight years of French to good use in Paris and juggled a full-time course load, internship and night shifts at the school newspaper. Arguably of more importance, I learned how to handle my alcohol, write an attention-getting cover letter and that it is indeed possible to laugh until your sides hurt — and then laugh some more.

Mochi’s newest issue is a dedication to what I consider the most life-changing four years of my life (at least so far). As the last of the acceptance letters trickle in and high school seniors everywhere make the decision that will shape their futures, the best part is yet to come. In our college issue, we have the best places to study abroad in Asia, massage tips to relieve stress in your dorm room and advice on getting an internship. Mochi writers spoke out about how they defied academic stereotypes and learned what was important to them in a college relationship. We didn’t ignore the pitfalls of college, either; our health editor looked into the dangers of prescription drug abuse and how to beat the dreaded “Freshman 15.”

For those of you who haven’t started the college application process, we compiled a list of the 10 best Asian/Pacific American programs, found scholarships dedicated to Asian Americans and share tips on acing a college interview. We even have two admissions counselors to debunk the most common myths of their job.

As always, we have our entertainment and fashion features. “Glee” star Harry Shum, Jr. and “Lovely Bones” actress Nikki Soohoo were happy to speak to us about their experiences in the acting industry and our neon and romance photo shoots show off the best of spring fashion.

I hope you’ll enjoy this new issue, which was a true labor of love and could not have happened without a staff that was so enthusiastic to share college experiences with our readers. Keep an eye on the blog for an upcoming series featuring our picks for the 15 most influential Asian American college students right now. If you’d like to nominate someone or just want to drop me a line, send me an e-mail at