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  • Student Staff

I am a first year student. I am very excited about attending UCSB this year! I look forward to a year of learning, building friendships, and experiencing and trying out new things. I am currently undeclared, but I am looking into majoring into psychology or sociology. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer and hanging out with friends at the beach.

  • M 1- 4 , T & R 2 - 4 HSSB 5024
  • Peer Advisor

Hi! My major is pre-Economics and Accounting with an Asian American Studies Minor. I spend my free time volunteering with Health and Wellness, learning some techy stuff like JavaScript, and practicing multicultural songs. My hobbies include oil painting, sketching, phone photography, having fun with the piano or violin, and trying to become less clumsy (by dancing randomly). I’m taking ballroom this quarter so if you see me, come say hi! Or, you are always welcome to come to my office hours.

I really like Asian American Studies courses because they highlight and examine multiple intercultural perspectives in both literature and life. Asian American Aesthetics with Professor Pandya was the first class I ever took at UCSB and it wasn’t at all what I expect classes to be. In many of the classes I have taken, the professors always seem so distance because of the sheer number of students they have to work with. In upper division classes and even lower division ones, you get the chance to work closely with the professor to develop your communication, writing, and analytical skills. The professors work very closely with students, giving them the chance to express themselves and grow as individuals. The reason I became a minor is because of the wonderful experiences I had with both AsAm classes and the people of the department. Even if you’re not interested in becoming a major/minor, taking an AsAm class will definitely change the way you see the world and yourself.

Feel free to come and just hang. Or if you have questions and can’t come to my office hours, email me and I’ll respond ASAP.

  • Thursday 10:00 – 11:30am in HSSB 5026 Reading Room
  • Peer Advisor

Political Science Major

Asian American Studies Major

I also serve as an Off-Campus Senator in UCSB's Associated Students, work in the Exec Board of UCSB's Model United Nations club, and work as an API Mentor for Anacapa's Asian Pacific Islander Floor. When I'm not running between meetings and class, you can find me at home indulging in my ardent passions of napping, eating, and watching Netflix (and chilling).

I could talk for days as to why I chose to be an Asian American Studies major (which is why you should visit my office hours!). But ever since I took AS AM 1 my very first quarter with Professor Zhao, I was drawn in by the amazing people I met in the department. On the 5th floor of HSSB, you'll find a welcoming community of the most qualified and passionate faculty on campus. Everyone in the department wants you to succeed, and if you come by the department you'll find endless guidance and support (and bowls of candy). 

  • Thursdays 11am - 12pm in HSSB 5026
  • Peer Advisor
History of Public Policy Major
Asian American Studies Major


I’m a 3rd year at UCSB, and I also work as a Member-at-Large of the ASUCSB Judicial Council, a Peer Mentor for the Undergraduate Mentor Program, and Secretary Chair of the Sociology Association. In my free time I love reading, watching Netflix, lying in one place for hours at a time, and chilling with bubble tea.

The Asian American Studies major at UCSB is probably my greatest discovery in college! My very first quarter I took AS AM 2 with Professor Park, and that class just changed the way I looked at the world around me. I love how interdisciplinary the major is – I’ve taken classes about law, politics, gender, art, and sociology, and I have never left an AS AM class without feeling like I have learned something new. I’m hoping to pursue a career in law or public policy in the future, and I can say without a doubt that the classes I have taken in this major have been some of the most enlightening classes I have taken at UCSB!

  • Wednesday 2:30 - 4:00 P.M. HSSB 5026