Get to know Jacqueline Wibowo - Distinguished Young Woman of California 2014


Jacqueline Wibowo

Age: 18
Hometown:San Diego, California
College: Stanford University
Major: Undeclared, Music Minor

What is your favorite food? Lobster

What is your favorite movie? Titanic

What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition? Singing Christmas Carols

What is the current #1 most played song on your iPod? “Your Love is Strong” by Jon Foreman

What is your favorite quote? “If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong place.”

Plan ahead OR procrastinate? TRY to plan ahead

Paper OR plastic? paper – let’s take care of our earth!

Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? half-full

Introvert OR extrovert? a more extroverted introvert

Cats OR Dogs? dogs

Morning person OR night person? night person

What would we find in your refrigerator right now? I actually just got a fridge for my roommate and I. It’s sitting in our dorm room with Stouffer’s French Bread Pizzas and Hot Pockets, some of the best late night snacks there are.

What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear is losing people who are close to me. Whether it be my friends, family, or even just acquaintances, I truly believe that each person in my life has affected me in one way or another. Thinking about living without them is the scariest thought.

What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? That getting into college really is just the beginning. I think you spend so much time in high school thinking about how to get into college, and don’t realize that there is so much more than just getting that acceptance letter. It helps to know what direction you want to go in as far as your studies, and to do your research so that you can pick a few good extracurriculars rather than just stacking on a ton. A college club takes the same amount of time as about three high school clubs, so keep that in mind!

What is one goal you have set for yourself and achieved? What is one goal that still remains to be achieved? As a child I was extremely shy and was embarrassed to try new things, so I missed out on a lot of opportunities. The summer before high school started, I promised myself to be more extroverted and to open myself up, even if it made me uncomfortable at first. I’m so happy I did, because I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for that decision; in fact, if it weren’t for that, I would never have found Distinguished Young Women!

One goal that still remains to be achieved is having more faith in myself. College is definitely a humbling experience. You’re surrounded by so many brilliant minds, and it’s easy to get into a cycle of comparing yourself to others. However, I need to constantly remind myself that everyone is on a different path, and that I can find success in my own way. Even though some people can handle more activities than others, no one can do everything. One of the greatest pieces of advice I received recently came from one of my professors, Dr. Kate Norako. She told me that every now and then you have to ask yourself, “If I was as hard on other people as I was on myself, how would others perceive me?” If the answer is that you would come off as insensitive or even mean, then that’s a good sign that you’re being too mean to yourself!

Sum yourself up in three words. Ambitious, Sincere, Loving

Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. Two words: the people. If you want to feel more loved than you have ever felt in your life, participate in Distinguished Young Women. Whether it be the other girls who I competed with, the sponsors, the host families – everyone from local, state, and nationals – I’ve never felt so close to a group of people in just a short amount of time. The girls are the brightest and most talented in the nation, and just knowing that I am part of such a sisterhood is the most comforting thing in the world. Whenever I feel like I can’t do something or that life is simply getting too stressful, it’s the people I’ve met through Distinguished Young Women that I reach out to first.

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