photo of Linda student leader profileYear in School: 4th

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular  Biology

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations: 
Taiwanese American Organization- Vice President (Past), Event Coordinator (Past), Intern (Past)

Phi Delta Epsilon- General Member

Paul Huom Asian Clinic- Hepatitis B Committee Co-Director (Current), Patient Advocate (Past)

Undergraduate Intern at the Genome Center

Under Graduate Intern at Center of Neuroscience

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology- President (Current), Found Board Member

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?
For multiple reasons.  One is that I like meeting new, motivated, driven individuals.  I am inspired by their stories.  On top of that, I am always looking for a way to improve things, provide for others, and make things happen.   Being involved in Taiwanese American Organization is part of my culture.  American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is for professional development.  I like to give back to the campus and enjoy the learning experiences being involved provides me. 

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?
One thing is time management.  I have to manage everything: school work and putting my heart into all my involvements.  I tell my board members academics come first.  Second, I have learned the importance of organization.  Being clean and neat is important since I have lots of tasks.  Google Drive is helpful to keep in contact with my board members in an organized way.  Another thing is communication.  If I was not a leader, I would not have as strong of communication and networking skills as I do. 

What is your most memorable experience at UC, Davis? 
I am really close with my housemates.  Right before Summer Session II, we drove to the bay area to hike Mission Peak.  We wanted to get there in time to see the sunrise so we left at 2am.  It was absolutely beautiful and since it was so foggy it felt like we were above the clouds. 

What is your favorite UC Davis tradition?
Picnic Day.  Last year I modeled in the fashion show to help my roommate.  It was interesting waking up early, going to the fittings and run-throughs, and practicing walking in heels.  It was fun and memorable.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?
As a freshman, I felt like I could not become on of the seniors I looked up to.  I never saw myself becoming who I am today.  I would tell people just to give it  a shot.  The worse that can happen when trying to get involved is being told “no.”  Don’t be scared and just try it if you want. 

How does getting involved complement your studies?
Meeting people through my involvements lead me to discover my future career goals and helped be figure out how to build my career.  If has taught me that if you want something you have to work for it.  Being involved helped me meet driven people that have showed me it is okay to struggle. 

Future plans
I am taking one or two gaps years and then going back to school.  Either I am going to get my Masters and go into research, or I am going to go to medical school.  I want work experience before deciding which path I will take since medical school is a big commitment.

Fun Facts

  • Role Model: My dad.
  • Favorite Quote/Motto: “Every morning you have two choices; to continue to sleep with your dream, or wake up and chase them.”- Unknown
  • Hobbies: I don’t have much free time but I love art and crafting.