Student of the week: Lai Wa Wong ’17

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Class Year: 2017 Major: Sociology, Computer Science minor Groups: Co-President of ASU, Member Alpha Delta Lambda, part of the Academic Opportunity Program, member of the newly formed Union College Activists Network, member of Women’s Soccer Club
Class Year: 2017
Major: Sociology, Computer Science minor
Groups: Co-President of ASU, Member Alpha Delta Lambda, part of the Academic Opportunity Program, member of the newly formed Union College Activists Network, member of Women’s Soccer Club

Q: How did you first get involved in Asian Student Union (ASU)?

A: When I first came to Union, I felt like a minority. Being Chinese American, I wanted a place to meet other Asian Americans so I was ecstatic when I saw ASU’s table in Club Expo. I became very involved as a first year before I became a part of the e-board as a treasurer my sophomore year.

Q: What is the goal of ASU?

A: ASU’s goal is to introduce Asian culture, allow students to experience diverse ethnic Asian festivities and discuss Asian issues with the college community. Through a variety of activities, the ASU encourages a vital Asian presence in the campus and public community.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment from ASU?

A: We’ve organized a lot of amazing events through the years. But I’m most proud of the latest Lunar New Year festival we hosted this term, where my eboard and I worked to host an event that more than 60 people attended.

Q: What challenges do you face while working on ASU?

A: Getting people to show up to our meetings. We have a really strong core group of members who are eager to get involved, but it’s difficult to have others to participate during those meetings.

Q: How has actively being involved with ASU affected your time on campus?

A: I think being a part of ASU helped me to meet new people from other clubs when we do collaborations. For instance, I was recently involved in a discussion with Identity Dialogues – made possible because I’m a part of ASU.

Q: If you could offer any advice to first-years looking to get involved, what would it be?

A: Your ideas are welcomed, don’t be afraid to voice them! Sometimes the best ideas come from the newest members because they have a fresh perspective in what they invision things the club can do.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Union?

A: I love that it’s a liberal arts school with great STEM programs. I’m grateful to have a liberal arts major and a STEM minor.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat off-campus?

A: Zen Asian Fusion Lounge on State Street is my favorite place to eat hands down.

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