1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I was born in the Philippines and moved to America at a young age. However, the language and culture barrier always stuck with me. I was ashamed of the way I spoke and the traditions my family carried because it was so different from everyone else around me. This is why I have such a quiet voice when you first meet me, but when you get to know me I will get loud and if you were to ask me any question /I would gladly answer! With time, I am an open book.
2. What are your biggest passions?
Helping others has always been something that I am passionate about. Whether it be small or life-changing, I would not hesitate to lend a hand to those in need and especially the ones I care about most. I don’t know, I think it is just that heartwarming feeling you get when you know you have impacted someone’s life in a positive way, even in the slightest. I recently worked for an adult day program and for the four weeks I was there, I learned about the change that occurred because of their attendance in this school. By the end of my term, I noticed the evolutionary change in these adults with developmental disabilities and saw that each of them easing into an assimilation with the community. It was rewarding to be a part of their process.
Another thing that I am passionate about is fashion, not creating it per se, but more of style and one’s wardrobe. I believe that style is a huge part of identity. Which is why whenever I go out I try to let my clothes run the show. Whenever I shop, I often pick clothes that fit my aesthetic even if it is “out of the ordinary.” I am usually not good with words so I let my outfits speak for me.
3. What are your goals for the future?
As cliche as it sounds, I really want to travel the world. But not just the basic tourist-y type of visit, I want to delve into the culture and history of each city and country I go to. I think I just find it fascinating how different people and societies live because of the distance barrier. We all speak differently, eat differently, dress differently, and I want to learn all about it. Anthropology has always been one of my interests, and I think the best way to study its aspect is to explore all the different countries. At some point, I want to reside in one of the states or countries that I have visited for a fraction of my life. Either that or acquire a job that duties include travelling often.
4. What is your definition of success?
“Success” is such an ambiguous term and, I feel, it can happen multiple times. So I think the best way to give my definition of success is to just describe the times I feel I have “succeeded”:
Each time i feel that I have succeeded, I would always just have the sense of achievement that I reached a goal (small or big) and I knew that the people surrounding me, the people that I care about were proud and happy of my actions. And I too felt the same way.
5. Tell us something about the projects you are working on.
My main focus lately has been on my education. I am a second year student at California State University, Fullerton pursuing a Business and possibly a Public Relations degree. Aside from that, I am a part of a foundational hip-hop dance team called Infinite PASAbilities. With this team, I am in charge of their social media and publicizing. So going into the upcoming semester, I hope to publicize the team in more ways and create interesting posts on each social media page to attract more attention. Because of this position that I have, I also plan on expanding my knowledge on digital design as it could possibly help me later on when it comes to pursuing a career.
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