ASUW :: Associated Students of the University of Washington

Major: Psychology and Informatics (focus in Cyber Security)
Class Standing: Junior
Hometown: Kirkland, WA

“Don’t be afraid to try out different organizations to see what you like.”

Tell us a bit about yourself and what are you are involved in around campus?
“I’ve been involved in different ASUW entities ever since my Freshman year. My Freshman year, I interned for the Asian Student Commission as their Political intern and I worked with SARVA as their Programming Intern. In my second year, I found the student organization that I’m currently with, which is the Asian Coalition for Equality (ACE). Last year, I was the Community Outreach Chair, and this year, I’m the current Executive Chair.”

What is the most valuable experience you’ve had at UW?
“I really liked my experience Freshman year in working with the Asian Student Commission. In high school, no one would trust you with anything, but in the ASC we got to talk to community members, and other student groups to plan events. It was great meeting all those amazing people.”

How was your transition to UW?
“It was really interesting for me, because I’m an early entrance student, which means that I came to UW directly after my Sophomore year in high school and it was through a program by the Robinson Center called UW Academy. We’re a small community, so it was very interesting. I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to be younger than everyone, how’s that going to work out?’ but it was really nice. Especially in the RC community, a lot of people choose not to share their age while some are really open about their age. I think as long as you don’t behave like a 12 year old, people are fine. I commuted my first year, and lived in the dorms the second year, and it was a really smooth transition there too.”

What does a day in the life look like for you?
“Since I’m double majoring and taking classes for both majors, I sometimes feel like I have to switch mindsets really quickly. So right now, I’m taking classes on Cybersecurity and CSE, but I’m also taking an Anthropology class. I think the earliest class I have on a normal day would probably be 10:30, and my latest class ends at 8:30.”

What advice would you give incoming freshmen or transfer students?
“For incoming Freshman, it may sound really cliche, but find your niche. This is such a big campus. You’re going to find your niche as long as you keep trying. In my experience, all of the student organizations love having new members. Don’t be afraid to try out different organizations to see what you like. All of my friends who were Transfer students have said that it’s been a really different experience, and that they haven’t really received a lot of support from the school. I know quite a few people that are trying to change that. I would also recommend to find your community of other transfer students. You may feel really overwhelmed because you aren’t coming in as a Freshman, but I would recommend finding a mentor.”