Cultural

Michael Nguyen
webmaster
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Chemistry, Pre-Dental

What was your first impression of PSA & how does it differ from your impression of it now?
My first impression of PSA was that everyone was so easy to talk to and easy get along with. It definitely made it a whole lot easier as an incoming freshman. My first impression of PSA is still the same as my impression of PSA now. Only it grew to be more than that. PSA is filled with inspiring people that will challenge you to grow as a person and as a leader.

What’s it like to be in PSA?
The best way of describing PSA is that we’re all one big family. Of course the AKA program also helps with this but wherever I see PSA friends, I always feel welcomed.

What advice can you give to students?
Some great advice that was given to me last year as a freshman by one of the seniors last year was to challenge yourself to be uncomfortable and get out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there. This is when you learn the most, grow the most, meet more people. If you stay in a bubble being comfortable all the time, you’re just subjecting yourself to ignorance and missing out on so many chances to try new things. Ask yourself “Will it hurt to try…” And who knows, you might find a new hobby, passion, mindset, significant other, etc. This is especially important for new freshmen and transfer students because there are so many new opportunities for you to grab here at PSA and at U of I. Don’t let those opportunities slip out of reach because you were too “shy.”
Janea Pontigon
webmaster
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Community Health – Health Administration

What was your first impression of PSA & how does it differ from your impression of it now?
The first PSA event I went to was Freshmen Dinnah. There, I met a bunch of funny, loving, and inspiring people. It’s the personalities of the members that make PSA what it is, and I still believe that to this day. We are all dedicated to the same purpose of learning and experiencing the Filipino and Asian American culture through meaningful experiences.

What’s it like to be in PSA?
I would have to say that being part of PSA is like a lifestyle of its own. Here you meet the people who will become your best friends, roommates, workout buddies, study groups, and support system. Whatever you do, or wherever you go, you will have someone you know there and it’s awesome! PSA also provides plenty of opportunities to grow through educational, athletic, and social events. One thing is for sure, there is never a shortage of ways to be involved through PSA.

What advice can you give to students?
My advice would be to try everything. Don’t be afraid to experience new things that appeal to you. PSA and U of I in general have a lot to offer that will “Broaden Your Perspective” and “Awaken Your Potential”. Whether it be dancing in Barkada, playing in Rice Bowl, dancing in an FCN scene, interning for PSA, whatever it may be… DO IT. Your college experience is what you make of it. At the same time if something isn’t making you happy and you’re not gaining anything from it, drop it. Why waste your time and energy? Take things in strides and focus on the now. The future can be a daunting thing, and it’s okay to not have everything figured out that’s why you’re here: to gain experience and knowledge. While you may mess up sometimes (freshmen, you will f$%k up), it’s okay because we all did. Reflect, learn, and move on. Don’t get too caught up in the college culture (you know what I mean…); have your fun, but remember why you’re here. Lastly, know that we are all here for each other. You never have to go through anything alone. We believe in your potential and are here to provide you with the appropriate resources, experiences, knowledge, and motivation to get you where you need to be. Kaya Mo. Kaya Natin.