"AASA is a home away from home. Being involved in AASA has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my time at Vanderbilt and I'm so grateful for the growth, love, and friendships that have come from this amazing organization."
Kayaking/being near water
Attempting to improve my Mandarin to better communicate with my grandparents
Fun Fact - I was featured on Joe Jonas's Instagram
"AASA is my second family away from home <333 With 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 across Vandy."
"Football" (soccer...) enthusiast
Fun Fact - I was born in South Bend, Indiana, but lived in Korea, Singapore, then China before coming here. It's a fun fact but not really
"My primary concern entering Vandy was finding people (and food) that could make me feel at home -- and I think AASA answers that question in an eclectic, familiar yet foreign, empowering manner that can only be Asian America :)"
Fun Fact - When I was little, I accidentally pulled my older brother's tooth out with a toy fishing rod (he was the fish 😅)
"AASA has been one of the best parts of my Vanderbilt experience. Joining AASA has not only given me great friends, but also an opportunity to actively engage with others about our different cultures and experiences. Asia is not homogenous and neither are any of our stories. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that thrives to build a strong community AND engage all Vanderbilt students in important AAPI issues! "
Singing/listening to music
Complaining about being premed
Binge watching some comedy on Netflix
Advocating for Brooklyn 99 to be renewed
Eating (more specifically eating desert)
Talking about how great Austin, TX is
Fun Fact - I once impulsively did a dramatic reading of "Partition" by Beyonce at my high school's talent show....it wasn't the best song choice...
Community / APAHM Coordinator • Sophomore • Lexington, KY
"In high school, I graduated as the only Asian American in my class, leaving many unanswered questions about my identity. AASA not only helped me better understand who I was, but also gave me a capacity to celebrate who I am. To me, AASA is a creative and collaborative environment that strives to bring out the best in every individual, embracing every change for the better."
Watching RuPaul's Drag Race and hip-hop dance videos
Spending more time (and money) than I should be in coffee shops
Fun Fact - In elementary school, people thought I made the Wii because they didn't know how to pronounce my last name.
"AASA empowers students to embrace their identities, explore their culture, and speak on the issues about which they care most. To me, AASA has made me proud of my identity as an Asian, and learn more about what that means, not only in the context of Vanderbilt community, but also in the greater society. Most importantly, AASA is family to me.❤️"
Competitive Latin Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, K-POP, or actually any sort of dance you can think of
Rewatching Gray's Anatomy
Fun Fact - I, AKA the King of Spice, literally devoured a whole piece of SHUT THE CLUCK UP at Hattie B's without a sip of water.
"AASA has allowed me to meet many different people from all walks of life and make some great friendships that I hope will last."
Taking long walks at odd hours
Eating and hanging with friends
Fun Fact - I’m nearsighted but I pretty much never wear my glasses outside of class so I accidentally end up ignoring 95% of people that say hi to me because I can’t tell who it is. It also doesn’t help that I have music blasting through my earphones at all times... Sorry in advance?
"From my first steps on campus, AASA has been such a welcoming organization that helped me adjust to such a new environment. Through AASA I’ve met so many interesting people and been able to connect with people from both similar and different backgrounds than I as well as learn about issues and topics within the AAPI community. This year as a part of AASA board I hope to meet and make friends with all of you!"
Fun Fact - In 7th grade I speedsolved Rubik’s cubes competitively and my best time ever was 8 seconds
"I can't explain in any other way other than home. The people and the environment have served as such a fundamental part of my support system while at Vandy so far. Who needs mom and dad when you've got AASA?"
Guitar (hmu to jam)
Fun Fact - My ears have almost no cartilage in them making them as flimsy as jello