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Graduate Reflections

An International Journey

A Mentor's Reflections

Teri Yamada

Associate Professor,
Department of Comparative Literature

It has been a long journey from the humble yet culturally rich abode near the sandy beaches of tropical Guam, then high school in the Siberian chill of wintertime Korea, and finally CSULB. Mellani Lubuag has made such a journey. Having grown up in the tradition of island storytellers, she was inspired to major in journalism with a minor in English by her Yapese father’s tales of boyhood daring and her grandfather’s conflicted experience of Japanese occupation during World War II. She also remembers her Norwegian-American mother’s injunction to study hard, even though there may not have been electricity for months after a serious typhoon.

Mellani will accomplish a significant milestone on her international journey with graduation in spring 2006. During her career at Long Beach, she has received recognition as a National Collegiate Scholar and membership in Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism national honor society. Her name has been on the President’s Honor List every semester. We wish her well in graduate school—the next stage of her journey.