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Allen Lu

Allen Lu

Hometown: Coppell, Texas

Major: Finance/Mathematics
Year: 3rd

1. Why did you join ABSA?
Some things that I wanted to develop walking into my first year of college were my recruiting and networking skills. As a result, I wanted to join an organization that could help me with that. When I went to Gone to Business, I heard about ABSA and all of the professional development that they had to offer. As a result, I decided that I wanted to check it out to learn more. I ended up going to the first interest meeting, and that was where my mind was made up. At the end of the meeting, the officers played the promo video, and that sold me on joining. What was in the video? Well you’ll have to come to our Interest Meetings to find out. Just kidding. The video showed a side of ABSA that can’t be explained on paper. The community that you find within ABSA was what I saw, and that’s why I joined and stayed.

2. What is your favorite ABSA memory?

My favorite memory from ABSA would have to be during the San Francisco Company Field Trip. During the trip, we got to visit companies like Facebook and Google in one of America’s coolest cities, but it was the people that made this memory unforgettable. Whether it was singing and playing ukulele in the airports, practicing jutsu with my teammates (@The Hidden Leaf Village), or exploring Fisherman’s Wharf, the Exploratorium, food, and all the rest that San Fran has to offer, I loved every second of it. At the beginning of the trip, we were a mix of people that may or may not have been friends before, but by the end, we had become a close group that would never forget those days that we spent with each other.

3. What’s your favorite thing about the University of Texas at Austin?
J2. The quantity of food for the price is something you just can’t beat. But seriously, I’d say just being in Austin in general is my favorite thing since there’s so much you can do. All of the food/restaurants to try here, the places to explore, and the fun things to do make being a student here really great

4. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

I would say to keep pushing yourself and find the motivation to pursue things that are useful, even if they’re a little annoying to do at the time. Put more effort into learning Chinese so that you can understand and talk with your relatives more. Spend a couple more years with piano so that when you want to try to play the songs that you want, you have the skills to. Keep on working out and conditioning even though you’re not pushed to because of high school basketball. You never know when something might have been useful to learn or keep up with.

5. What is your dream job?

I can’t sing, or play the piano/guitar, but I always thought that YouTube cover artists were so cool. I’ve listened to people like Alex Goot, Sam Tsui, Kina Grannis, and KHS for a while, and I think being able to make music like them would be an awesome job to have. If only I had the musical skill, but that’s why this is a dream job.

6. What’s is your favorite TV Show?
This isn’t a TV show, but I have to mention Kimi no Na Wa. For an actual TV show, it might be a tossup between One Piece or Game of Thrones.

7. What is one thing that you love about yourself?

I love how I can keep a straight face and convince people I’m being serious in almost any situation. It confuses people a lot and now they never know if they can trust me. Which is good, because I can’t be trusted. Now was I serious or not? Who knows.

8. Name the top five things on your bucket list

  1. Visit Japan
  2. Have a pet cat, despite my allergies, and dog so they can grow up together as friends
  3. Go see an NBA Finals game
  4. See the ending of One Piece
  5. Learn how to snowboard

Tiana Tsang

Tiana Tsang

Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
Major: Accounting
Year: 3rd

1. Why did you join ABSA?
Coming into UT, I was looking for a community within such a large school. I remember already feeling overwhelmed at orientation, but one organization stood out to me against the rest; I went to the ABSA social that night, and I was hooked. The connections, friends, and relationships that you make in this organization are unforgettable, and I’m thankful that I was able to meet some of my best friends here.

2. . What is your favorite ABSA memory?

Chicago CFT! This is when I really became closer to people, and I was able to do that in Chicago, one of my favorite cities. My best memory here is either 1) Exploring the Chicago Art Institute and looking at all the art, as well as goofing off with Kaylee & Daniel and taking immature snapchats with some of the statues, or 2) Piling up on Jeffrey’s bed at the end of a long day and joking around.

3. What’s your favorite thing about the University of Texas at Austin?
Chicago CFT! This is when I really became closer to people, and I was able to do that in Chicago, one of my favorite cities. My best memory here is either 1) Exploring the Chicago Art Institute and looking at all the art, as well as goofing off with Kaylee & Daniel and taking immature snapchats with some of the statues, or 2) Piling up on Jeffrey’s bed at the end of a long day and joking around.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Rough times will come. The people you choose to surround yourself with are the people who will help you get through those times, so choose carefully and give them as much love as possible.

5. What is your dream job?
An event card designer, like the people who design Hallmark birthday cards! or a baker, which is something I am currently working on.

More realistically, an auditor at a Big 4.

6. What’s your favorite TV Show?
Stranger Things; I love scary movies and scary things, and this show is just the right amount of scary that my friends will watch it with me :^)

7. What is one thing that you love about yourself?
I’m not afraid to try new things, meet new people, or be myself. I consider myself a pretty real person, meaning that I’m not afraid to open up about my feelings or myself.

8.  Name the top five things on your bucket list

  1. Visit a Holocaust museum
  2. Travel to Thailand with my friends
  3. Ride a horse on the beach
  4. Skydive
  5. Own and be responsible for my own pet

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

Hometown: Frisco, Texas
Major: Marketing/Minor in Psychology
Year: 3rd

1. Why did you join ABSA?

I joined ABSA because I met some of the most amazing people during summer orientation, McCombs Kickoff, 1st day of school, and the very first ABSA general meeting I attended. Shout-out goes to my First VP and mentor, Sang-Yop Kwon for consistently remembering my name and reaching out to me even though I was always busy. I came into UT looking for an organization that was going to help me develop myself academically, professionally and personally. ABSA did all of that and more. ABSA provided me a home away from home, where you have friends that treat you like brothers and sisters, and have upperclassmen, that love you as much as your parents do. It is one thing to live your next 4 years pushing to become the best you can be. It’s another thing to do the same thing with the support of 350 friends pushing you from behind. I don’t think I could have grown as much as I could’ve without ABSA as a support pillar. Thank you ABSA.

2. What is your favorite ABSA memory?

My favorite memory from ABSA is actually split into two. One would have to be my very first External Branch outing when we all woke up at 6 AM in the morning to go and enjoy Juan in a Million. It was largest breakfast taco portions I had ever seen. But it was also the moment I really clicked with my branch for the very first time. The second time has to be AKDPhi’s Mr. Pink Pageant, where I represented ABSA in male beauty pageant to raise breast cancer awareness. As much as I complained and hesitated to take on this role, I still learned how to break out of my shell and learn how to stand on stage with pride. These two memories gave me two really beautiful gifts: confidence and friendship.

3. What’s your favorite thing about the University of Texas at Austin?

This is unoriginal, but I love everything about the University. Being an Admissions Ambassador for the Guides of Texas (University of Texas at Austin – Office of Admissions), I present the University to prospective students one of the top educational institutions in world that really promote our missions statement, “What starts here, changes the world. Being surround by so many producers for the world rather than consumers of the world really shows you how to be there for others rather than yourself. It challenges you to really go and make a different no matter how small the impact is or who it’s for. Whether if it’s for your family, your school, your community, your city, or your world, as long as you can make a difference, you’ve succeeded. Therefore, my favorite thing about UT Austin is none other than the people.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Daniel, don’t worry if the other kids think you’re weird LOL. It doesn’t matter if you head bang to rock. It doesn’t matter if you love to sing everywhere you go. It’s honestly all in your head. No matter what, your personality will shine out to the right people. It doesn’t matter if people treat you different or judge you. Coming from myself (Future Daniel), you will live a happier life being yourself rather than being something you think will make everyone happy. Therefore, live the way you want to live, Daniel. Much Love Brother~

5. What is your dream job?

My dream job has to be to become a music producer with my own studio and spend my days making music and collecting instruments. I used to do marching band, concert band, and jazz band in high school and played the piano for praise team at church. Music has always been a huge part of my life and I don’t plan on ever leaving it.

6. What’s your favorite TV Show?

I honestly don’t watch that much TV, but if I had to name two, they would be Family Guy and Fairy Tail. I don’t think I ever laugh that hard at a TV show, when it comes to Family Guy and I don’t think I ever wow’d that much in terms of Fairy Tail.

7. What is one thing you love about yourself?

I love being able to always look at the bright side of any given situation. No matter how bad or frustration the situation may become, I always look to the sky, put on a huge smile, and take anything on like a new challenge. I hope I never lose faith or give up when the situation gets too rough.

8. Name the top five things on your bucket list.

  1. Skydiving
  2. Backpack across Europe
  3. Vacation in Japan
  4. Make a Music Studio
  5. Become Yelp Elite

 

Jessica Zhou

Jessica Zhou

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major: Advertising
Year: 3rd

1. Why did you join ABSA?
Coming in as a freshman, I honestly had no idea what I was doing, especially when it came to my major. Seriously, I was like the definition of a lost freshman. But a friend of mine kept suggesting me to join ABSA when I expressed interest in marketing. So, the first week of school, I ended up messaging Sabeeha (the President at the time) at like 12am asking about ABSA’s marketing team; I still can’t believe I did that. We chatted for quite some time and the conversation ended with a little freshman interested in ABSA, or as I liked to call it “AB-SA.” (It’s actually “A-B-S-A,” not “AB-SA.”) Anyways, I stopped by the table the next day to talk to her, but ended up meeting Julia (the Internal VP at the time). She got me interested in the leadership opportunities and encouraged me to attend the first meeting to learn more about ABSA and how to become a director. When I came to the first meeting, Julia and Sabeeha were the first people to greet and acknowledge me. I was shocked they remembered me and after watching what I believe is the most amazing promo video (shout-out to Steven Yen), I was sold! It’s only been two years since I’ve joined, but it honestly feels so much longer than that. ABSA is the reason time flies and although I’ve probably lost more hours of sleep than I should have, it’s the underlying force that constantly pushes me to become a better version of myself. People search years and years looking for a community like this, but how lucky am I to have found my home so easily.

2. . What is your favorite ABSA memory?

I can’t do favorites so I’ll just talk about one that’s been replaying over and over in my head lately – San Francisco CFT. It’s quite funny because it’s always the super legit companies, the food, or the beauty of the city that hype this event up, but it’s the people you bond with that end up making CFTs (especially the out-of-state ones) so special. I remember staying up until 4am talking in hushed tones and trying our best not to wake up the people around us. Our eyes would start drooping, yet we’d still be curled in a ball trying to pry them open for as long as we could. We probably got three to four hours of sleep a night, but that didn’t even matter to us because all those late-night deep talks about life and bickering with each other were so worth it. And you’d think five days is enough with these people, but once the trip is over, you find yourself missing their company more than anything. But that’s just what ABSA does to you, it makes you love people and the time you spend with them. I miss San Francisco with these weirdos, but I’m glad I have these friends to cherish and these memories to keep forever.

3. What’s your favorite thing about the University of Texas at Austin?

The people.
I went back to Houston this summer and ended up having a recently graduated UT alumni as one of my co-workers. We were introduced to each other as the “girl who goes to UT” or in her case, “girl who went to UT,” and even though we never met prior to work, we always had something to talk about. It’s just so amazing to see how UT brings people together and gives you something to share. The friendships you build, the passionately driven heart of all the people you meet and have yet to meet are what makes you feel that longhorn pride even miles and miles away from campus.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

It’s funny because this is probably the most cliché, but it’s also one of the hardest to accept and follow through with – “Everything will work out just the way it should so stop worrying about the future and just enjoy the moment.”

I always struggled with seeing the bigger picture because I focused too much on the smaller details. I’d reminisce the past and let it get the best of me, or I’d worry about the future and the things that were out of my control. But at one point, I started to realize that things do work out, sometimes in ways you don’t even expect it to. It’s kind of like the ugly duckling. Initially, you think it’s really ugly and it scares you, but one day, it surprises you by evolving into something beautiful. You just need to give it time to work its magic. So don’t worry about the things you can’t control or the things that scare you, worry about right now and how you can soak up every second and enjoy it to its fullest. And once you do that, something beautiful will strike you so unexpectedly, it’s almost expected.

5. What is your dream job?

FASHION. FASHION. FASHION.

At one point in my life, my dream job was to work corporate in fashion. But working retail for the past two summers has also made me realize the work I do doesn’t matter as much as the work environment and the people. Retail sucks, even if it’s for a luxury brand, it sucks. Your work schedule constantly changes, working in back stock is extremely tiring and not the best thing in the world if you’re scared of heights. The weather is hot yet you’re still forced to go through this underground tunnel to take out trash, and people can seriously frustrate you sometimes. Yet, the people I worked alongside with and the customers I got to serve were what made this experience so remarkable. And how funny, because it’s also thanks to retail that I’ve realized my dream job is nothing more than working together with some of the most warm-hearted and passion-driven people to impact the lives of others for the better.

6. What’s your favorite TV Show?

Modern Family. Something about this show just makes all the weight on my shoulders disappear for a good 20 minutes, or a good 3 hours if I’m binge watching, oops.

7. What is one thing that you love about yourself?

Yikes, please don’t judge me for this but I think it’s my ability to somehow make everyone hate me. Seriously. I get roasted harder than a marshmallow above a campfire, but somehow this ability also seems to bring people together. No, I’m not saying it’s okay to roast me every chance you get, but if it honestly makes you laugh and feel more comfortable with the crowd, so be it! I can take a few hits to make you smile (:

8.  Name the top five things on your bucket list

  1. Go strawberry picking with friends
  2. Get abs
  3. Learn how to dance (so I can show off my abs HAHA), yikes…
  4. Hit up all the yummy fooderies in Austin, and then the rest of the world!
  5. Explore Korea and Japan with friends

Kaylee Huang

Kaylee Huang

Hometown: Victoria, Texas
Major: Marketing
Year: 3nd

1. Why did you join ABSA?
I actually came into college telling myself “Kaylee whatever you do, do not join an Asian cult” So even after hearing about all the amazing opportunities ABSA had to offer during McCombs Kickoff, I never gave the organization a second thought. Life really has an odd way of panning
out. Right before the very first ABSA interest meeting I met Kimberly, a fellow volunteer at the McCombs Expo training orientation. We really hit it off as friends, so at the end of the training
she mentioned that she was heading to the ABSA meeting and asked if I wanted to join. Triggered by the name, I hesitated but I decided to give ABSA the benefit of the doubt. Right as I walked into GSB 2.124, as cheesy as this sounds, I felt at home. The smell of free asian food
wafted in the air as returning members greeted me with wide smiles and open hearts. But the moment that really sold me, was the promotional video. Steven Yen you beautiful mastermind. The video allowed me to peer into my future with ABSA. In just two years, ABSA has given me lifelong friends, professional skills, recruiting experience, a caring heart, and most of all my
home away from home.

2. What is your favorite ABSA memory?
Rules are made to be broken, I have two.
Chicago CFT during my freshman year is still ingrained into my mind as one of the best five days of my life. My memory is trash so this says a lot. I encourage anyone who is reading this to apply for out of state CFT, your wallet may regret it but you as a person will not. 11/10 would recommend. During that trip I really fell in love with the people of ABSA. Where else can you find people who are willing to shamelessly mimic and pose in front of expensive art? From sleepless nights of bonding, to giving each other crude nicknames, to embracing our turtle mating call, to singing on a subway train, to exploring a beautiful city, Chicago CFT will always have a special place in my heart.

Texas THON 2017!! To give some background I’m involved with Texas THON. Throughout the year we fundraise and raise awareness for the kids being treated at Dell Children’s Medical Center. At the end of the year we come together and dance for 12 hours straight to stand for the kids who can’t. During my freshman year I did the dance marathon mainly by myself. As much as I resonated with the cause, I felt alone in a crowd of 600 miracle makers. Fast forward a year later, ABSA decided to make Texas THON the charity of the year. It was amazing to watch Team ABSA grow closer as an organization throughout the year and finally on the day of I had my ABSA family there with me. Dancing, crying, cheering, even playing volleyball: we did it together for the kids.

3. What’s your favorite thing about UT Austin?
The construction. High pitch drills is the soundtrack of my life. LOL JK

It is actually the drive everyone has to make a difference. UT has so many opportunities to be the change you want to see in the world. Whether it is through ABSA, Texas THON, or Camp Texas I’m constantly interacting with inspirational people who make me realize I need to start getting my life together.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
“Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know everything happens for a reason.” I felt like I stressed a lot about the little things throughout high school and my freshman year of college. I compromised my health, social life,
and sleep at the mercy of stress. Now that I look back on it, there are many times I could have been more efficient and happier if stress was eliminated from the equation. That quote now always floats through my mind when I’m going through a tough time. Hardships will always happen, but your attitude has the ability to alter the eventual course of the situation. With such
an outlook, I worry less about the small things and take life step by step. I can appreciate the overall picture and find happiness around every corner. So rather than stressing over things you cannot control, live, learn and grow.

5. What is your dream job?
My goal is to become a consultant for nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations have traditionally survived without the help of a third party but there are so many great ideas that get lost in the haze of financial issues. One day I wish to start my own nonprofit, but until then I want to learn and help others achieve their dreams as they build it from the ground up.

6. What’s your favorite TV Show?
Friends!! I have watched this show backwards and forwards 9 times. I admit that I have a problem but I’ve come to terms with it.

7. What is one thing that you love about yourself?
My futuristic point of view. I spend 90% of the time with my head in the clouds. I always try to imagine my life in the future : where and who I want to be. It pushes me to go far and beyond my limits to challenge myself and to not be afraid of trying.

8. Name the top five things on your bucket list

  1. Backpack around the world
  2. Start a nonprofit for kids promoting health and equal education
  3. Eliminate my fear of heights so I can go skydiving
  4. Eat my way through Insider’s Foodie list.
  5. Own a munchkin cat or corgi (I appreciate stubby legs because I have stubby legs)

Prithvi Thavanampalli

Prithvi Thavanampalli

Hometown: Plano, Texas
Major: Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Year: 3rd

1. Why did you join ABSA?
Interestingly enough, I joined ABSA halfway through my freshman year just because I wanted to play on the volleyball team and because most of my friends from high school had also become members. I met some really amazing people playing in the ABSA volleyball team, and that was enough of a push to make me consider applying for the Feed Your Mind Committee. That’s where I met one of my first mentors in ABSA, Samantha Choi, and that’s when I realized ABSA was an organization I 100% wanted to be apart of!

2. What is your favorite ABSA memory?
So unlike all my other Panel friends, I can’t actually think of one solid memory that I’m fond of — but not because my time in ABSA is boring, but because everything has been steadily positive in the past few years. If I have to pinpoint a feeling I’m fond of, it’s the few times AQuach and I were on the volleyball courts and ABSA would make a clutch play for a point! Always felt good to slam on the opponent (no one needs to know but I never won a game yet :^] )

3. What’s your favorite thing about the University of Texas at Austin?
My favorite thing is probably the city. Compared to Plano, I love almost everything about Austin from the food here to the hills here. The only thing I hate is the traffic, haha.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Really do what you want to do. Don’t do something just because your parents said that’s what you should do. You’re going to be more successful if you do what you want.

5. 
What is your dream job?

I used to say that I wanted to race circuits, but to be honest, I just want to be one of those successful investors that work like maybe 4 weeks a year and just chills the rest of the time. Gotta grind my way up there.

6. What is your favorite TV Show/Movie/etc?

I’ve been going back and forth, but I’ve really come to like both Hunter X Hunter and Seven Deadly Sins (don’t call me a weeb until you’ve watched one of those) :o)

7. What is one thing you love about yourself?

I probably love the fact that once I realize something that’s important to me, I’ll do my best to make sure I take care of it.

8. Name the top five things on your bucket list.
1. Travel Asia/Europe/Dubai
2. Own an E92 BMW M3
3. Live in London for at least a year
4. Eat in a couple of the world’s most renowned chef’s restaurants
5. Be happy before I die

 

 

Samantha Choi

Samantha Choi

Hometown: Richardson, Texas
Major: Finance
Year: 3rd

1. Why did you join ABSA?
Orientation was probably one of my loneliest and awkward times. Despite coming from a Plano school, somehow I didn’t know a single person at orientation with me. I remember just idly walking along the tables in the heat and being an Asian business student, ABSA’s table caught my attention. I can’t really remember what I even spoke to the other member about but at that time, I did remember him mentioning a social at a boba place. Not having had boba tea in the longest time I was super eager to go out and get boba no matter what. Going out that night turned out to be the start of a lot of great friendships. Meeting other freshman and upperclassmen right before scheduling class was a helpful bonding experience. I was already hooked on ABSA after that night. However, coming back for the start of school, I met a few officers at McCombs Kickoff I made a solid decision to be committed and join. I was so amazed at the officer’s warmth when we met and impressed with their speaking skills. I knew ABSA was a place where I could learn and grow a lot. I paid my dues at an interest GM and that was it! :)

2. What is your favorite ABSA memory?
My favorite ABSA memory would probably be ABSA’s Spring EOS 2016. To me, EOS was a big realization that the year was over and new responsibilities were going to be hitting me in the face. I was going to be a junior and I really had to step up my game if I wanted to be a better person and a good officer. I couldn’t believe where all the time went! There were so many seniors that were graduating, and each one of them made my college experience so far so much better. Slowing things down and enjoying the banquet while saying goodbyes to people and celebrating the year was bittersweet but one of the best for sure.

3. What’s your favorite thing about the University of Texas at Austin?
Definitely the campus structure. The UT campus is so large and offers a ton of places for people to study or hang out. The campus creates a more open environment for students to explore new things and do whatever they want. Having this campus has made my time at UT much more memorable and interesting; it adds to the cherished moments I have at school and with friends.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to ask for things. You never know what you can achieve if you just ask. There’s never a reason to feel scared to ask and you will be surprised how easy it is.

5. What is your dream job?
It’s not really my dream job, but being an entomologist or some wildlife researcher was a long time field I was interested in. I had always had an interest in animals/insects and learning facts about all of them. I was a weird kid and used to only read nonfiction books and would check out books about insects just to go home and copy images from them to make my own book collection. I definitely used up at least 4 cartridges of color ink smh. I’m still fascinated by animals of all types and can read books and watch videos about them for hours on end. If I had cable, I’d be stuck on all the NatGeo, Discovery, and Animal Planet channels 24/7. HOWEVER, I am so so sooo scared of touching insects despite having such a deep interest…so bye bye job.

7. Which animal best describes you and why?
Trying to pick a more exciting animal, I would say a Chameleon?? I’d like to think that I’m good at adapting to different settings, whether that be in terms of the situation or my emotions, just like how a chameleon cells can change color because of different moods and temperatures. A chameleon’s fast tongue describes me when I have a set goal in mind. I have to focus myself and and aim further to reach something I want a lot quicker than if it’s something I can’t focus on. Also, a chameleon’s eyes have 360-degree vision which can represent my many interests and me looking into doing a lot of things that even surprised myself sometimes. For example, through one eye I enjoy playing the cello, but through the other eye, I also enjoy watching competitive eating.

8. What is one thing that you love about yourself?
I take a lot of pride in my appreciation for my family. I am fortunate enough to have a close knit family all in Dallas which includes four cousins and a brother that are all similar ages. Growing up together, I saw family gatherings as a chance to have more fun together and looked forward to special occasions. I love my family more than anything in the world and if anything ever happens, I know they will be there to help and care for me, as I will for them. Although sometimes there’s too much drama for me to understand, I will never love them less.

8.Name the top five things on your bucket list

  1. Travel the world
  2. Meet a popular celebrity
  3. Properly learn Chinese
  4. Become a skilled guitarist
  5. Make a good YouTube video

Russell Kan

Russell Kan

Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Major: Biomedical Engineering/Pre-Med
Year: 4th

1. Why did you join ABSA

I joined during my freshman year orientation when my roommate invited me to a social being held at Red Mango. Despite my initial hesitation, I met members there that were not business majors and I realized that it really didn’t matter that I was in engineering. One of them was kind enough to give me a ride back to Jester and I decided to show up to some of the meetings once school started. Having explored 10+ organizations during my freshman year, ABSA stood out to me due to the large member base and their exceptional amount and variety of activities.
2. What is your favorite ABSA memory

Camping without a doubt. I’m a neat freak and absolutely hate getting dirty, but camping is one of the few occasions where I have no problem running around in the heat and sweating without taking a shower. While the activities during the day are always fun, the free time during the night is the real reason I love this event. Spending hours together with old and new friends watching the sky, sharing stories, and telling jokes honestly is my favorite way of really getting to know people. I’m always excited for ABSA camping and if you do go, find me sometime and share some brainteasers and jokes; I’ll be up all night!

3. What’s your favorite thing about the University of Texas at Austin?

The environment. The feeling of being surrounded by thousands of students from all backgrounds all around the same age as you working to grow into an adult. The challenge of taking care of yourself and being while tackling tough classes in the university. It’s humbling to know that there is always someone smarter than you, but it is also a great motivating factor to be able to work with them and learn from them.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Take your time in college, it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work to complete and things to do, but college is a time to learn not only hard skills, but how to really mature as an adult. Set aside time to try new things, meet new people, and explore your surroundings. Keep things interesting by being willing to change things up. If someone invites you to a new event, make some time to check it out, but be sure to have your own priorities and manage your time wisely.

5. What is your dream job?

I would love to be a neurosurgeon. Understanding the most complex organ in the human body is a huge challenge I’d love to take on. Then, to use that knowledge to help people have better lives is how I want to make an impact on the world.

6. What’s your favorite TV Show?

My favorite TV show is Lie To Me. It’s a 3 season crime drama series about a body language scientist who uses his exceptional skill in detecting people’s microexpressions to help solve law enforcement cases by interpreting how suspects behave when being interrogated. It’s always interesting to think about the unconscious actions we take in different scenarios and how psychology can be used to help understand how people are truly feeling.


7. What is one thing that you love about yourself?

My ability to talk to anyone and everyone. From diving into a deep discussion about science and research to cracking dumb jokes and bad puns, I love getting to know new people and finding shared interests to create new friendships.

8. Name the top five things on your bucket list

  1. Visit Japan and Korea
  2. Learn to slam dunk
  3. Complete the national Pokedex
  4. Have a bookshelf of books that I’ve actually read
  5. Become a neurosurgeon