Meet Serena Vo

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Treasurer 2016-17
Year: 4th
Faculty + Specialization: Arts + English and Classical Studies


 

If I could be any (real or not!) creature, I would be a/an…

…Panda. Eating and sleeping all day sounds like a blast.

 

The person who inspires/taught me the most is…

…my mom.

 

If money wasn’t a concern, I would pack my bags ASAP and vacation away to…

…Italy because I’ve studied so much of its history that I want to see the place for myself.

 

The most valuable lesson/advice I’ve learned is…

…Do something that you’re passionate about, even if it doesn’t bring in the big bucks.

 

I joined the UBC Pre-Education Club because…

…I think educating the future is an important job so I want to help people who are passionate about education and teaching to achieve their goals.


Thanks for tagging along these past few weeks as we introduced ourselves to you! Make sure you stay updated through our Twitter and Facebook as we prepare for another busy year in September!

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Meet Jennifer Wu

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Jennifer Wu
President 2016-17
Year: 4
Faculty + Specialization: Arts: English Literature major, Classical Studies minor


 

If I could be any (real or not!) creature, I would be a/an…

…cat. With a cool superpower like being able to produce delicious pizzas out of thin air and giving them to people to brighten up their day! Kinda cheesy, I know 😉

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The person who inspires/taught me the most is…

…My homies (#SquadGoals). All of them are strong, passionate, and hardworking individuals who inspire me to do the same every single day 🙂

If money wasn’t a concern, I would pack my bags ASAP and vacation away to…

…GREECE! I’ve always wanted to see the classical architecture and explore the natural landscapes and countryside of this antique land. Also, I really like olives and olive oil haha.

The most valuable lesson/advice I’ve learned is…

…“It can’t rain all the time; So just keep swimming!” Life can seem kinda gloomy and rainy at times when it gives you lemons, but fret not! Make some lemonade so when the rain stops, you’ll have some delicious lemonade to enjoy and share with all your homies 🙂

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I joined the UBC Pre-Education Club because…

…I wanted to be part of an awesome community of people who share a passion for education and desire to inspire the future generations in creating positive change!


Tune in next week to meet our Treasurer!

Meet Alayne Madlambayan

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Secretary 2016-17
Year: 3
Faculty + Specialization: Science— Biology


If I could be any (real or not!) creature, I would be a…

…phoenix, more specifically like Fawkes from Harry Potter. Phoenixes are such an amazing creatures- they’re able to regenerate themselves, heal others, and are extremely loyal.

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The person who inspires/taught me the most is… 

…my grandma 🙂

If money wasn’t a concern, I would pack my bags ASAP and vacation away to… 

…South Korea- Jeju Island or the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark)

The most valuable lesson/advice I’ve learned …

…there’s a few actually, but here’s two.

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re going to fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always trust yourself, because if you don’t who will?” I’ve always feared failure and when I did fail to achieve something, I beat myself over it so much that I let it rule my mind and I lost so much confidence and faith in myself, two things I was already lacking. But, I’ve learned that it’s almost impossible to live without failing at something, so instead of dwelling over it, use it as a motivation and keep trying.

“Happiness is doubled when you share it together, and sadness is halved when you share it together.” I tend to bottle up my feelings, especially negative ones. But over time I’ve learned that even though it might be embarrassing to share my sadness with others, especially my family, it’s okay because in turn, I receive a lot of support and reassurance, and it feels like a ton of weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.

I joined the UBC Pre-Education Club because…

…I’d like to be a teacher in the future and thought that it would be a great way to learn more about my goal.


Tune in next week to meet our Treasurer!

Meet Braydan Pastucha

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VP: External 2016-17
Year: 2nd (technically)
Faculty + Specialization: Combined Sciences— Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics


If I could be any (real or not!) creature, I would be a/an…

…Bayleef! It’s a Pokemon – I’ve always loved Chikorita and thought its ‘budding’ personality suited me, but I’m a bit more evolved than that. Bayleef is awkward and unabashedly excited.

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The person who inspires/taught me the most is…

…Bill Nye, who has helped to shape my life in so many ways, from sparking my interest in science to providing resources for my understanding of global warming and other issues facing our generation.

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If money wasn’t a concern, I would pack my bags ASAP and vacation away to…

…I’m not much of a traveler but I’ve always wanted to go on a world-spanning adventure of ancient civilizations. So Egypt, Mexico, Central America, Mesopotamia, and more. (Assuming I can’t go to Mars)

The most valuable lesson/advice I’ve learned is…

1) Everyone has bad days, bad months, and bad years. It’s important to remember everyone has their own lives and we’re all stumbling to make it work every day. A little help goes a long way to helping someone make it through.

2) From Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”:

Do I contradict myself?

Very well then I contradict myself,

(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

Everyone contains multitudes – people are infinitely complex and infinitely unknowable and trying to categorize them as one unchanging thing is not only pointless, it’s not useful.

I joined the UBC Pre-Education Club because…

I had recently transferred schools and established that I wanted to be a teacher. It was important for me to find a club that I could be active in that was related to my future career; Pre-Ed was a great fit!


Tune in next week to meet our Secretary!

Meet Grace Dahae Lee

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VP Internal 2016-17
Year: 4
Faculty + Specialization: Arts— Psychology


If I could be any (real or not!) creature, I would be a/an…

…dog. I love all animals but dogs are my #1.

On another note, I finally did get a dog last summer and I think he actually has quite a resemblance to Dobby from Harry Potter after he gets groomed.

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The person who inspires/taught me the most is…

…my parents

If money wasn’t a concern, I would pack my bags ASAP and vacation away to…

London! Or the motherland (S.Korea)

The most valuable lesson/advice I’ve learned is…

to be thankful for what you have and be forgiving.

I joined the UBC Pre-Education Club because…

I wanted to meet people going into education.


Tune in next week to meet our VP External!

 

Meet Sammi Xenia Wong

 

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VP Public Relations 2016-17
Year: 4
Faculty + Specialization: Arts— History + Geography


If I could be any (real or not!) creature, I would be a/an…

…bird, hands down. Land, air, AND water? This owl and I are of one soul:

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The person who inspires/taught me the most is…

…my younger sister. Our personalities are a little different, but having to be an older sibling makes me reflect back on myself and keep growing into a better person.

 

If money wasn’t a concern, I would pack my bags ASAP and vacation away to…

…southern Europe

 

The most valuable lesson/advice I’ve learned is…

…”10-10-10”: is it going to matter 10 minutes from now? 10 months? 10 years? A grade 8 teacher gave our class this tip for managing stress and the curveballs that life throws at us, and it’s been so helpful for putting things in perspective for me.

 

I joined the UBC Pre-Education Club because…

…I wanted to connect with others who were interested in education!


 

Tune in next week to meet our VP Internal!

Our first exec team social!

The newly elected UBC Pre-Edcuation Club executive team has old faces and new ones, so we recently had our first social to get to know each other a little better.

First, we opted out of the awkward trust fall exercise (surely there are better ways to test our trust!)…instead, we wanted to know how well we worked together as a team. Cue our venture into the much more fun and interesting Escape Room concept.

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…We passed! No spoilers, but the series of puzzling rooms challenged us at times and forced us to stop and think. But ultimately, we made it out with almost a third of the time to spare! We came out of the room with a better bond, improved communication, and increased knowledge of each other’s strengths.

After that brain work, we rounded up our social with some fuel at Kyo and [oddly entertaining] liquid nitrogen ice cream.

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One team-bonding day down, and more to come!

Want to meet our execs? Not everyone made it to the social, but we’ll be rolling out new exec team profiles every week, so stay tuned to learn more about us!


*PS— our exec socials are always completely paid for out of our own pockets, so don’t worry: 100% of your membership fee goes towards general club events for all members!