Mochi Staffers Share Their Biggest Fears

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have fears. Some may be more irrational than others, but overcoming any fear (big or small) is a difficult process. Mochi Magazine staffers shared their experiences of overcoming—or at least learning to cope with—some of their biggest fears. Hopefully these stories will offer some advice or inspire you to conquer yours!


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Jennifer Chin, blogger

My biggest fear: public speaking, especially for class presentations.

Always practice, practice, practice! Just remember, these people are your peers and will all have to go through the exact same experience, so no one’s judging you. Just relax and realize that the only person who notices those tiny stutters or that one mispronounced word is yourself! So keep calm and carry on.

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Nicole Chiang, beauty editor

My biggest fear: failure.

Fear of failing can be paralyzing—it was for me. Now, I just dive in and focus on having fun. Sometimes, I still worry about failing, but I don’t let it stop me from applying for new positions or trying new things. As long as I do my best, I should be proud of myself and my accomplishments.

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Jenn H. Kim, social media coordinator

My biggest fear: being alone.

I’ve learned to embrace being alone, but rather than viewing it as being alone, I see it as being an independent woman. During this past year of college, almost all of my friends were in some sort of relationship. I also lost touch with many of my closest, best friends. But I realized my reliance on other people is what holds me back from people seeing the true me. I decided it’s better to be confident and sit alone at a lunch table than quietly sitting in the corner at a table full of friends.

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Connie K. Ho, copy editor

My biggest fear: volunteering as a translator in Panama.

During my last year of college, I joined my school’s Global Law Brigades on a trip to Panama, where we presented workshops on various legal issues for indigenous Panamian farmers. Having studied abroad in Spain, I had fluency in Spanish and was excited to join the group. But I was a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure if the Spanish I learned in Spain would be similar to the Spanish spoken in Panama. Luckily, a few other members in the group who were native Spanish speakers helped me prepare a few weeks before the trip. The trip successfully helped me not only improve in my Spanish speaking skills but also gave me the opportunity to make new friends and learn a little more about Central America.

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Tiffany Hu, creative director

My biggest fear: losing.

I have the Monica personality—I treat everything like a competition that I have to win. That’s not to say I win every time, but I always try. But I eventually learned that there’s a difference between competing with others and competing with yourself. Always strive to be the best you can be, but don’t turn everyone else into the enemy. More importantly, losing can be a healthy reality check; it can sometimes teach you more about success than winning does.

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Sora Hwang, managing editor

My biggest fear: driving.

I vividly remember promising I would never get behind the wheel and be the cause of accidents when I was a little girl in the backseat of my parents’ car. Sophomore year of high school, as all my friends turned 16 and started their driving lessons, my fear quickly returned. While other kids had grown up itching to have their own car, I’d always associated driving with injuries and wanted nothing to do with it. Even after my late birthday in June, it took another few months to finally call up a driving school and get behind the wheel to get my permit.

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Ubin Li, illustrator

My biggest fear: roller coasters with steep or vertical drops.

I pretend I’m flying, and it really works! Pretending that the motion of the roller coaster was self-induced means that the anticipation (the scariest part of the roller coaster, really) isn’t as terrifying, and that lurching feeling in your stomach disappears.

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Esther Cho, fashion editor

My biggest fear: riding a motorcycle.

My dad always told me to never ride a motorcycle so that most likely instilled an initial fear in me. I had a few friends during college who talked about how cool motorcycles were, but I didn’t have the guts to actually ride one. A few years later, one of my ex-boyfriends mentioned that he invested in an old-school motorcycle and asked if I wanted a ride. After asking him a million questions about safety, I finally hopped on. I admit that I felt a sense of freedom with the wind blowing through my hair, but I was definitely relieved to end the ride and walk away knowing that I’d never have to do it again.

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Marietta Leung, senior photographer

My biggest fear: throat slicing.

I think my fear being cut on my neck or throat all started because I watched Braveheart when I was much too young. I dislike envisioning what it’s like to die gasping from an open hole in your throat and then choking on your own blood. The same goes with decapitation. I’ll still watch gory movies and TV shows like Dexter and Game of Thrones, but only with my hands clutched around my neck!

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Catherine Zaw, writer

My biggest fear: fitting in.

The short story is that I did an internship in a city that I didn’t even know existed on the map, for a job that I never even saw myself pursuing. I was completely out of my element and I didn’t know anyone. I was willing to give anything to fit in. My first step toward making great memories during the summer was stepping into a child-sized lion costume that was in the office, making the office roar in laughter. Somewhere in the middle of the stretching and zipping, I found that I was able to fit in the warmth of the new people I was meeting as well as the scratchy fabric of the lion suit.

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Michelle Liu, director of recruiting

My biggest fear: watching movies with aliens and alien-like creatures.

I was super traumatized from watching “E.T.” when I was three or four years old. I couldn’t even be in the same room as any pictorial representation of an alien-like creature; I would literally start crying and run out of the room. I’m still overcoming this (seemingly irrational) fear by convincing myself that the alien-like creatures from “E.T.” are the same ones from all the sci-fi TV shows and movies (“Star Wars” and “Dr. Who” anyone?).

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Stephanie Wu, editor-in-chief

My biggest fear: fish bones.

One of my biggest fears is getting fish bones stuck in my throat. It happened to me a few times in my childhood and always at the worst times (the night before a choir concert, on an airplane, etc.). And it’s happened as recently as college. I haven’t necessarily overcome this fear—I just chew very, very slowly when I’m eating whole fish. Sadly, this has even happened to me while eating sushi—my favorite food in the world.

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