Life After High School: Vicki Xiao

Vicky Xiao

What is your name?
Vicki Xiao

What year did you graduate?

Where are you living now?
I’m a sophomore at MIT studying Biology.

What do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy cooking and eating new foods, watching TV and bad movies with friends, and making strange little arts and crafts. I’m actually in the process of turning my suite lounge into a womb for an event my dorm has every year called Steer Roast. The door’s going to be a giant knit vulva. It’ll be really cute. I also tutor local high school students in math, and I’m active in both the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and the Pi Beta Phi sorority. I really enjoy getting off campus and contributing to the local community, which sounds like something people say when they’re trying to impress someone.

What did you do in high school?
I was the Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor of the San Mateo Hi and the Bearcat throughout high school. I also helped run the SMHS GSA. In my free time, my friends and I had Minecraft LAN parties.

What are you doing now?
I feel like I answered this earlier by mistake. Is this question about what I’m doing with my life? I’m not sure, really, but my end goal is to apply to medical school and hopefully be someone who can address disparities in health care (especially with regards to the LGBTQI+ community) in a direct fashion.

What surprised you about life after high school?
It’s hard, is the simple way of saying it. I didn’t realize how bad I am at taking care of myself, especially since I’ve been cooking for myself in college. (My parents were very sure I’d starve without a meal plan, which so far hasn’t been true. Hi Mom!) I was also surprised how often I do chores in order to procrastinate doing my psets (problem sets). But it’s also hard just taking care of yourself mentally in the face of challenges you’ve never faced before. Classes here are much harder than I anticipated, and everyone around me always seems to be doing something amazing, so there’s always a culture of doing more and more, which can lead to a stressful, unhealthy environment. Also, I had mono my freshman spring, and I ended up dropping two classes. It was a really hard semester both physically and mentally. On a less serious note, it’s amazing how warm 32˚F feels after a long winter.

Any words of wisdom for current Bearcats?
One: You are not defined by what you do.
Two: Take breaks for yourself. Nothing is as important as your health.
Three: Sport death — only life can kill you.

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