I am a first-generation American and college graduate.
I identify as a Filipino-American woman. Growing up as a person of color in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of South Seattle taught me how to be open-minded, resilient, and at the same time, be an advocate for communities of color like my own.
I have been educated in both the private and public school settings, which opened my eyes to a large variety of disparities within the education system, including economic, ethnic/racial, and community involvement, or the lack thereof. Read why I transferred from a private school to a public school in The Seattle Times’ Education Lab.
I have strived for leadership both within and beyond my college campus. In the spring of 2016, I was named one of the inaugural class of the Husky 100, an award given by the University of Washington for 100 undergraduate and graduate students from all three of its campuses (Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma) who have demonstrated the following criteria: the willingness to thrive in various settings and engage with diverse communities, the ability to use what they have learned in the classroom in a broader context, the determination to set and pursue goals despite the risk of failure, and to be a leader in their community by putting the needs of others before their own.
I want to continue exemplifying these four attributes moving forward. Read more about me here.
I am passionate about using visual storytelling and creative writing to empower the underrepresented and enlighten the public.