photo of Tanya Azari doing spoken word
Tanya Azari doing spoken word

Year in School: 4th

Hometown: Dublin, CA

Major: Spanish

Minor: English

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations: 

SickSpits Spoken Word Collective- President

Resident of the Domes

Cal Aggie- Opinion Editor (Past)

Resident of the Tri Co-ops (Past)

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?
It's impossible to not get involved. The bridge between being involved and being a leader is harder.  Once I was involved, I kept coming up with ideas on how to improve things.  Eventually I ended up in leadership positions I wasn't even trying for. It was inevitable.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?
It's cliché, but it's important to network. It's important to personally interact with people your organizations interacts with. Not only do these people know what resources can be offered, but they're also just incredible people. It's a way to discover a new friendship. You can learn so much beyond “I use you for this situation and I’m done.”

What is your most memorable experience at UC, Davis? 
The first time performing at an open mic; any time I’ve performed at an open mic really. Or biking around campus, running into people and having an unexpected conversation with them.

What is your favorite UC Davis tradition?
I love the culture weeks. It's unfortunate that they only happen in the spring since there ends up being more than one going on at a time. I love the solidarity within the communities and the interaction between cultures. The open mic nights for each community are great.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?
Find the niche you didn’t know existed. If it doesn’t exist, make it happen. I hear third years say they wish they knew more about the opportunities on campus but found out about them too late. First years need to get connected—if they can't find a club for what they're looking for, they can make it happen on their own.

How does getting involved complement your studies?
The two go hand in hand. Time management, leadership, organization—these are skills that help with completing group work and papers. How you relate to people crosses over from schoolwork to many other areas. 

Future plans
I'm studying in Mexico in the fall and graduating in December. I might stay in Mexico, might go somewhere else. Through my involvements I’ve built up social skills, how to speak and interact with people, so I’ve built up an arsenal of small talk. After that I want to be a teacher and work with youth programs like Sacramento Area Youth Speaks.

Fun Facts

  • Role Model: Andrea Gibson.  They write about themselves and sociological issues without taking up too much space or using someone else’s voice.
  • Favorite Quote/Motto: I don’t have a favorite quote, but I have quote mark tattoos behind my ears—there are so many things that have been said or will be said, so my favorite quote is everything I’ve ever heard, listened to, or read.
  • Hobbies: Reading, working on my bike, Hapkido (Korean self-defense), and breathing.