Name: Yueying Wang Bloomer
Year: Class of 2016
Hometown: GuangZhou, China
Undergrad: University of Maine at Presque Isle
Majors: Criminal Justice and Accounting
What did you do prior to coming to the University of Maine School of Law?
I was a bankruptcy secretary at Perkins Thompson, PA, in Portland from December 2012 until August 2013. I also taught Chinese culture through cooking at Baxter Academy in Portland in the winter of 2012 and I have been a court interpreter for the State of Maine for both Cantonese and Mandarin since 2009.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maine School of Law?
Although I am ‘from away,’ I consider Maine as my new home. I love Maine’s crisp air, beautiful water and genuine people. Maine is the best place to live and to raise a family.
What has been most helpful to you in making the adjustment to the life of a Maine Law Student?
The support from my family and the upperclassmen and faculty members of the law school.
What is one thing that has surprised you about Maine Law?
I was surprised by the generosity of the upperclassmen and the support from the faculty. For example, one person gave me his old textbooks for free, and someone gave me all sorts of tips on how to navigate through school. Also, I could not talk enough about the teaching assistants who are so helpful and patient. As a parent, I could not make it to every TA session. The teaching assistants would email the material when I was absent and answer my questions, even during weekends. It could not get any better.
Are you involved in extracurricular activities, either on or off campus? What are they?
I am an active member of the Court Interpreter Program for the State of Maine. I do both Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation for the judicial system for various legal matters.
When you are not at school, how do you like to spend your time?
I spend the majority of my time with my two children, Katelin (5 year-old) and Jasper (3 year-old). We love taking walks on the Eastern Promenade. I am also teaching both Cantonese and Mandarin at home.
Portland has a reputation for its vast array of food options. Do you have any favorite restaurants or grocery stores?
I must say, as a native Chinese, I love the little Hong Kong Market at the corner of Congress and St. John in Portland. They have my favorite almond cakes and bitter gourds and many other Chinese goodies that I could rave about all the day long. One thing I would like to highlight is that, during mid-autumn festival, usually either in September or October, I could find authentic mooncakes, which only appear once a year at the store. I would not miss them for the world.
What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?
For a foodie like me, trying out different restaurants definitely trumps anything. For the size of Portland, there is a surprisingly large selection to satisfy my palate.
For someone who is considering attending Maine Law, how would you describe the student community here?
The student community here is very supportive and friendly. It is also very enriching due to its diversity. Every student brings something special to the table, which means we can all learn from each other.
If you could tell a prospective student one thing about Maine Law, what would it be?
Bring plenty of winter clothing because winters at Maine Law are very cold! But the kind, friendly, and family-like atmosphere will warm you up posthaste.