"AASA has been the central pillar of my Vanderbilt experience and the community that has formed my main support network. Through AASA I have grown tremendously -- personally and professionally -- and the people are some of the most intelligent, motivated, and wholesome you will ever meet! The AASA love is very, very real."
Taking and editing photos/videos
Fangirling over BTS
Meeting people for coffee
Fun Fact - Where's Emily? Probably either Rand 307, her bed, MRBIII, or Satay
"I love AASA because it is a space and community where I can be free to be myself, while also inviting others into that space to appreciate the diversity and differences of both people who are like me and people who are unlike me! AASA to me has meant learning more about my identity as an Asian-American, and what that means in the context of the Vanderbilt community, and the greater society around us."
Being Esther's best friend
Loving on Esther
Texting Esther when I feel lonely (LOL HI ESTHER <3)
"AASA is a space where Asians and Asian Americans can dive into what it means to identify as Asian, to embrace and be proud of our heritages, and to then come together to be voices for AAPI representation on Vanderbilt's campus (and slowly learn to become a voice of solidarity for other POCs on campus as well)."
Naps in public places
Cooking + trying new recipes
Testing the limits of daily caffeine intake
Fun Fact - I finished all 10 seasons of FRIENDS in 3 weeks last summer
Social Chair • Sophomore • Belton, TX (Austin area)
"AASA is a place where I am surrounded by incredible people that share a lot of my experiences coming from an immigrant family. It's a space where I feel free to explore my Asian identity, something that I haven't been able to do throughout high school. Through AASA I have learned so much about problems not only that concern the Asian American community but also problems within the Asian American community (which is just as important)."
Eating dessert (I am always down for dessert pls take me places)
Fun Fact - My first tweet ever was a question for John Green (The Fault in Our Stars dude). He replied answering my question, and I haven't been able to get a famous person to reply to my tweets ever since.
"Wtih AASA, I want to not only retain my Asian American identity living outside of Asia, but also contribute and learn from the Asian American society here and grow as a person.
I hope to experience and spread different aspects of Asian American culture here."
Hanging with friends
Finding good food places
Fun Fact - Every single city I've lived in before I came here started with the letter S
Community VP / APAHM Chair • Junior • Saratoga Springs, NY
"AASA is a community full of amazing, supportive people who will not only welcome you with open arms, but also continuously challenge your mindset and inspire you to keep on learning and growing. AASA undeniably means family to me."
Hanging out with my dog Lily
Taking pics of Lily
Eating spicy food
Practicing my French
Fun Fact - I spent my summer dealing with climate change deniers. If you spot one, maintain a distance of at least 3 feet.
"I love the community that AASA has created that understands my experiences as an Asian American and is headstrong on establishing a presence and awareness on campus. I love the friends that I have made that have become family to me."
Fun Fact - If I could become anyone it would be either Nicki Minaj or Beyonce!
Community / APAHM Coordinator • Sophomore • Nashville, IL
"To me, AASA is a place on campus where I can be myself and see everyone around me be themselves as well. It (and the people I've met through it) has taught me to dive deeper into the parts of my culture I do know about and to embrace the parts of my culture that I don't yet know about. And it's not just limited to what I want to know about my own identity, but it invites everyone in. This organization is what YOU make it out to be, so everyone's experience within in it is different. That's why I love AASA."
Harmonically analyzing pop songs
Korean cuisine (eating and cooking)
Fun Fact - My most-liked picture on instagram is of my acceptance to UT Austin
Cultural / ANYF Coordinator • Junior • Brookyln, NY
"AASA is an incredible community that empowers students to embrace their own identities, have a space to experience Asian culture, and become more aware of multicultural issues in our society. I've been blessed to have gotten to know many incredible people as an AASA board member - Vanderbilt would not be the same without my AASA family."
Watching quality TV
Fun Fact - I did research at Northwestern Law School in high school
"AASA is a place where I feel at home and am free to voice my opinions and thoughts and free to discover/be myself. I love AASA because it has made me proud to be Asian American!AASA is a place where I feel at home and am free to voice my opinions and thoughts and free to discover/be myself. I love AASA because it has made me proud to be Asian American!"
Going to concerts
Making spotify playlists
Being decent at FIFA
Binge watching TV shows
Fun Fact - I am a big soccer junkie and I love watching and playing. I'm also an Arsenal fan! (go gunners!!!!)