William and Mary student Lina Yeh woke up one morning with a crazy idea: ask New York Knick’s Jeremy Lin to her sorority’s senior formal.
“It just popped up in my head that I should ask a celebrity just for fun,” she said. “Jeremy Lin was the first one I guess that came to mind. He’s just such a hot topic in my family. I just thought it would be funny.”
Enlisting the help of her professors and friends, Yeh created a four-and-a-half minute YouTube proposal that has, with over 100,000 views, gone viral.
The video introduces viewers to the college and the Williamsburg community. Fellow classmates point out Lin doesn’t have much else to do right now because he’s recovering from a knee injury, and Yeh reasons that Lin should go with her to the formal because “there’s a lot to do in Williamsburg” and that she’s Taiwanese. Complete with a cameo from William and Mary college president Taylor Reveley, Yeh said that the whole project was just something fun for her to do.
“People here are really stressed and I wanted to bring some humor on campus,” she said.
The project is her first YouTube video. A finance major with an accounting concentration, she went into the project with absolutely no editing experience.
“We had a media center and I asked them if there was anyone that could help me film this video,” she said. “Normally you have to pay people, but luckily I had a friend there who was willing to help.”
Though Yeh has not received a response from Lin, she remains realistic and said that the video was just a creative way for her to end her senior year.
“Personally I thought it would be rewarding to say that I made a YouTube video,” she said. “It’s not something I can or am going to do once I start working in the real world.”
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