Brittany Amawan

Treasurer ’18-’19, Brittany Amawan

Junior in Bioengineering


Do you or any of your family members speak Tagalog? If you do, how does speaking another language change how you participate in your culture?

All the adults on my mom’s side of the family speak Tagalog, but I am the only grandchild who speaks Tagalog. I find it really useful because I’m able to understand what all my Titas, Titos, and Lola talk about and feel a lot more close to my culture. Sometimes I feel bad because my cousins don’t know what’s happening because they don’t speak the language. On my dad’s side of the family, a mix of Tagalog, Ilocano, and Ifugao are spoken interchangeably and I find myself having a harder time keeping up.

A little known fact about me is that the first language I ever spoke was actually Ifugao because I was born in the Philippines and raised by my Lola for a while and that was what she spoke. I completely forgot how to speak it when I immigrated to the US and learned to speak English. It makes me feel sad when I’m unable to communicate with my Lola due to the language barrier. I believe language is a very big part of culture because it creates a bridge between the older and younger generations.

A little known fact about me is that the first language I ever spoke was actually Ifugao because I was born in the Philippines and raised by my Lola for a while and that was what she spoke.

Share a favorite experience or memory you have from your time in PSA.

A favorite memory I have from PSA is when I picked up my Adings for the first time. At that point, I was so busy with school that I had only met one freshman from the incoming class and had requested random people for who I would pick up. I was so nervous just because I had never met them and was worried how they would react and if they would like me. There was nothing to be worried about because when I revealed to them that I was their Ate, each and every one of them was so happy and excited even though they had just met me. To this day, I’m really grateful for all of them and can say that they’ve made my experience in PSA so much better

There was nothing to be worried about because when I revealed to them that I was their Ate, each and every one of them was so happy and excited even though they had just met me.

Brittany and her Adings at AKA Apple Picking.