photo of student leader MELISSAYear in School: 2nd

Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA

Major(s): Chinese

Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Biological Science

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations: 

Resident Advisor

Foal Team- General Member

Vet Aide Club- General Member

Live Stock Show- Trained a Goat

 Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?

Ever since high school I wanted to be involved.  When applying to colleges, I knew I wanted to get involved. I learned about being a Resident Advisor since my tour guide when I visited UCD was one.  I thought it was a great way to be involved since it allows you to take care of and get to know residents. Getting involved is a great way for me to get experience to help me when I apply to veterinary school.

 What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?

It is harder than it sounds. I knew it was an opportunity to gain experience, but I wasn’t sure what that looked like. I learning how to communicate in a way that gets the job done.  I am learning about people and to not judge a book by its cover.  Getting to know others help me understand them and myself better.

 What is your most memorable experience at UC, Davis? 

My experiences are just starting but for now there is a specific moment.  Throughout college, there is a lot that happens.  When I was struggling with work and academics, it was nice to have appreciative and interested residents.

 What is your favorite UC, Davis tradition?

I remember by freshmen year at the first football game of the season.  I took a picture with Gunrock. It was only afterwards I learned it was a tradition.  Also, I learned trying Woodstock pizza is a tradition.  When my family visited, we went.

 What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

I would say to get involved someway on campus or do an internship in your major. You will learn something form it.  There is always something to learn and you will get more experiences.

 How does getting involved complement your studies?

My major is Chinese and I have a surprising number of international students on my floor.  A  lot are from China.  I get excited and strike up conversations with them in Chinese.  It is great to show them someone is interested in their culture.  They also teach me words.  In my pre-vet involvements go along with my biology minor.

 Future plans

I am interested in Chinese language and culture.  Next year I want to study aboard in Beijing and Korea. That will give me more experience with different cultures and help me learn a new language.  I want to be quadrilingual (Spanish, English, Chinese, and Korean).  I am also interested in veterinary pathology and want to specialize in it.  Learning other languages will help me as a veterinary since I will be open to more opportunities.

 Fun Facts

  • Role Model: I see the good and bad in everything.  I learn a little bit from everyone.
  • Favorite Quote/Motto: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it form our children.”- Unknown
  • “Ihia, ithlatol”- Nahuatal proverb meaning “Stay true to your word.”
  • Hobbies: Learning languages, watching movies and Korean dramas, and archery.