Annie Hu is embracing the culture of the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE), her community, and America.
Hu, a native of Penang, Malaysia, came to the United States 2005 as an au pair, and remains with her host family, who sponsors her college education. Fluent in English, Malay (Malaysia’s national language), and multiple Chinese dialects, Hu is grateful for the opportunity to learn about similarities between cultures.
The pursuit of theology and a minor in ethics stems from Hu’s experiences during the 2004 tsunami in Malaysia. Though her family remained safe, Hu knew many friends who perished. Hu’s education at CSE has helped her ponder mortality and its effects in her life. “I need to know more about who I am and my relationship with God,” says Hu. “I understand what I’m supposed to believe.”
A member of a society for religious study, Hu volunteers for organizations including local food banks and St. Anne Villa. She is a proud member of St. Joseph Parish in West Milford, N.J. Here, Hu is treated as part of her hosts’ family both in exchange of traditions and culture. She said, “Everyone wants to find a place where they not only feel happy, but they are happy. Everyone is working towards it.”
After graduation, Hu plans to visit Malaysia for one month, and then hopefully return to the US to begin her career. She wants to work with underprivileged children and the pro-life cause to help single moms. Hu said that this “gives me hope to know that what is right, what is true, what is beautiful, will always prevail. We might go through a different road to get the thing that we want, but in the end we are all directed at the same goal. To me, that is astounding.”