ASUW :: Associated Students of the University of Washington


Major: Molecular Bio, Biochemistry; Minors in Chemistry, French
Class Standing: Senior
Hometown:Kent, WA


Quote:
“Find something that keeps you grounded. It’s easy to get overwhelmed; it can be classes, it can be work, it can be the entirety of how much you need to do, or even how much you think you need to do. Having someone there to tell you that you don’t need to do everything, or that you need more time to yourself, or that you are doing fine. Go on a run to clear your head; watch that trashy show you really like; don’t feel guilty about being with your friends. Those are all things I do to keep my head level.”


What are you involved in on campus and what has been a meaningful experience that has come from you involvements?
“I worked at the ECC Theater (Ethnic Cultural Center) all four years. I was hired the first day I moved to campus and it was the first thing that really forced me out of my shell. I worked as a theater technician which initially forced me to meet thirty strangers and establish a community with them. Now I’m the theater coordinator and run the theater, which has allowed me to take on a leadership role and be responsible for this community. The ECC became my home away from home. I’m also involved in the Women’s Action Commission as an Events & Logistics intern and the President of TriBeta Honors Society. Having that first sense of community grounded me here, and now that I feel comfortable somewhere, I know I can be successful elsewhere too.”


What do you want to do after graduation, since you’re a senior?
“I’m actually interested in public policy. I took a law class last quarter, I’m taking a public policy class this quarter. I’d love to apply my science background to create substantial and informed policy. But the impending doom of openness and lack of structured direction after graduation is definitely hitting me.”


What does a day in the life look like for you?
“It’s different everyday, there’s no singular ‘day in the life’. That’s why I like working at a theatre; every day is different and you go in never knowing what will happen. I go into lab, I have classes, I have clubs, I go to work. Not having a regular schedule is exciting and keeps me going through all the things that I have to do.”


How has your transition been to UW and managing all your involvements?
“It’s definitely been busy, time-wise. But I like having different things that I can put different energy into. When I go into a chemistry class, it’s very analytical. When I go to the theatre, it’s more artsy, figuring out all the lights and sound. When I run events for the WAC or TriBeta, I get to interact with people. If I was just doing hard science work, or only creative tasks, or only heavy community-involvement, I would be beyond exhausted. Being involved in a range of activities that expect different aspects of me makes it far more manageable and enjoyable.”


What advice would you give to incoming freshmen or transfer students?
“Find something that keeps you grounded. It’s easy to get overwhelmed; it can be classes, it can be work, it can be the entirety of how much you need to do, or even how much you think you need to do. Having someone there to tell you that you don’t need to do everything, or that you need more time to yourself, or that you are doing fine. Go on a run to clear your head; watch that trashy show you really like; don’t feel guilty about being with your friends. Those are all things I do to keep my head level.”