Mochi’s 15 Most Influential Undergrads: Teresa Wu, Writer and Online-Media Maven
Many of us have experienced those awkward, laugh-until-you-cry moments where our Asian parents do something extremely dorky or embarrassing. But Teresa Wu, a recent UCSD graduate from Northern California, actually capitalized on her parents’ funky behavior—she’s the co-founder of the immensely popular mymomisafob.com and mydadisafob.com, which she created with her friend Serena Wu. (Fun fact: Both gals are former Mochi staffers!) The girls started by posting funny pictures and quotes from their own parents, and after they decided to open the site to outside submissions, a flood of responses ensued. Today, mymomisafob.com and mydadisafob.com have struck a chord within the Asian American community, receiving approximately 50,000 and 40,000 hits a month, respectively.
However, what distinguishes Teresa aside from her website success is that she is also an extremely accomplished writer and online media expert. She penned a column for the UCSD Guardian on student life—“I wrote about random stupid stuff, being a communication major, living with boys,” Teresa explains—keeps her own popular personal blog and has also interned and freelanced for an impressive array of publications throughout her college career, such as Mediabistro, Glamour, Unigo, AOL’s Lemondrop, Matador Travel, Asiance Magazine, CNN Go and College Candy.
Having to balance the maintenance of two immensely popular websites, make writing assignment deadlines and study for exams would overwhelm the average college student, but not Teresa. While she did enjoy her time at UCSD studying communication and also had a blast studying abroad in Cypress, she really came into her own by being proactive with writing jobs and acquiring a competitive edge by building up her experiences with online social media.
“You need to be consistently good, prolific about what you are writing, and always put your best stuff out there,” Teresa says of what she believes were the keys to her own success and advice for aspiring writers.
With all of her accomplishments, what is Teresa most proud of?
“My biggest personal achievement might seem somewhat minuscule—but it would be getting paid to write,” Teresa says. “It's such a saturated market, and people who have never attempted to pursue writing have no idea how difficult it is to break in. Even though I don't intend to write full-time, it's gratifying to know that I had several solid, paying gigs going throughout college— something that many writers take years and years to develop.”
But an even brighter light in Teresa’s future will be her personal career, which she will be starting at Google working in Consumer Operations. However, it would be slightly inaccurate to wish Teresa good luck on entering the real world—this girl was definitely in it right from the start.
Photo courtesy of Teresa Wu