Wen moved to the United States from China in 2001 and she hasn't returned since. In China, Wen lived with her grandparents and was surrounded by her extended family. Here in New York, it's just her and her mom.
At the time she left China, Wen thought it would be for a few months or maybe a year, and she barely remembers saying goodbye to her family. Now, five years later, she wishes she had appreciated her relatives more when she was still living with them. Looking back, she feels like she took it all for granted, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't get it back, even in memories.
Wen was mentored by Cindy Rodriguez.