Rachael’s Lovebird


My roommate last year gave me several beautiful feathers. She said they came from her favorite pet, a lovebird, but she had accidentally hurt and killed the bird due to dizziness caused by cavernoma disease. Since then, she had been struggling with deep guilt and remorse and hadn’t gotten new pets. She feared she wouldn’t be able to take good care of them. I wanted to do something for her, so I found a picture of her lovebird to paint for her.

On the day she moved out, I gave her the painting and told her: “Rachael, your lovebird has already forgiven you, and now she is coming back to keep you company.” At that moment, I saw tears in her eyes and a huge smile on her face.

Junhui (Carol) Yang comes from China and is a senior dual-majoring in nutrition science at the Falk College of Sport & Hunan Dynamics and psychology at the Arts & Sciences College. She is an undergraduate researcher and research assistant for obesity and omega-3 fatty acid related study. She likes playing tennis, swimming, and writing calligraphy. She enjoys being a volunteer at the Food Pantry Program and the SUNY Upstate Hospital in her extracurricular time.