Sullivan Leadership Award

Yian Saechao

About Yian Saechao

Yian Saechao graduated from Parkrose High School in Portland, OR. She was president of the senior class and Key Club, captain of the soccer team, a member of the Asian Youth Society and an active fundraiser. Yian took the lead role as Prospero/Prospera in the school’s production of The Tempest. She volunteered for Portland Marathons and the Parkrose Rotary Club and worked part time throughout her high school years. Yian speaks fluent Iu Mien and has choreographed, taught and performed traditional dances at Iu Mien Community events and weddings. She is a member of National Honor Society and Thespian Honor Society.


Transition of Passions:

>Asian American Youth Leadership Conference Ambassador/Alumni
>Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Career Scholar (2011-2012)
>Asian Youth Society Alumni/Mentor (2011-Present)
>Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Scholar/Advocate (2011-Present)
>Pre-health Club member (2011-Present)
>Seattle University Telephone Admissions Representative (STAR) (2012)
>Seattle University Peer Health Educator (2012)
>Fund for Education Abroad Scholar (2013)
>Vagina Monologues Actress/Advocate (2012 & 2013)
>Seattle University Philosophy/Criminal Justice Office Assistant (2013-Present)
>Population Connection Lobbyist (2013)
>President’s/Dean’s list (Spring 2013)

Let’s be real. Transitions are scary…

You choose your future. There may be a predetermined path in your future, but it can be altered with the choices you make, challenges you conquer, and the opportunities you take.

As transition into adulthood drives you crazy, college is building you up and breaking you down, and you may reach the ultimate solidarity,. HONESTLY though, this is going to be the greatest time of your life.  Keep in mind that life is meant to change, people are meant to change, people are meant to be the agents of change!There is no cookie cutter college experience nor is there a cookie cutter student.  

I must say that something I have struggled with within transition were the times I felt alone., physically and mentally. But I see and appreciate the fact that toughness has proven my strength. This is something that lives within all of us, it may just take some time to present itself as evident.

Everything happens for a reason and in every conflict there is a lesson to be learned so appreciate it. Be grateful for everything, every experience, and everyone who has come and stayed or come and left you in life because you would not be the person you are today. Recognize, accept and let go of the negatives within transitions of your life, past, present and future, and stay smiling!

Greatly Appreciated,

Yian P. Saechao

P.S. Don’t hesitate to email me if you ever want to connect, have questions, or comments! I’d love to hear from you! :)





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Yian Saechao


Portland, OR

High School:
Parkrose High School

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