Mina Yuan, a senior at Wayzata High School, is a 2013 graduate of ThreeSixty's Intro to Journalism Camp. She contributed her first essay, about dealing with crippling anxiety and perfectionism, to ThreeSixty's latest magazine. A dual talent, Mina also contributes artwork for publication.
Hometown: Maple Grove
Favorite author: J.R.R. Tolkien Favorite Musician(s): SNSD, Ailee, 2NE1, BIGBANG
Favorite Movie(s): Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Despicable Me
Favorite places/things to do in the Twin Cities: Walk in French Park
If you could interview anyone (living) who would it be? Peter Jackson. I am addicted to his movies! I think it would be really interesting — especially with Hobbit 2 coming out — to ask him how different the experiences of filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy were.
What do you like about writing? I love that I can become anything I want and do anything I want to the world and characters created.
What issues are important to you? Programs and opportunities in school, as well as stereotypes regarding Asians in America.
What is your ideal future career? I am not really sure yet, but I am interested in both law and music.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? South Korea or New Zealand. I am a total K-Pop addict, so I would love to visit Korea and maybe attend a concert or something. New Zealand is where Hobbiton actually exists now, so I would definitely want to visit a few hobbit holes.
What are your special talents? I play (classical) piano and cello, and I like to draw. I also speak Chinese, and I am currently learning Spanish and Korean.
What do you do when you're not at school? I like to read and listen to music, or just take a walk with friends.
What else do you think people should know about you? I am far too addicted to Tolkien for my own good. I have most of the movie scripts memorized, and will probably annoy anyone who is trying to watch the movie while I recite the lines with the characters.