Year in School: Junior
Major: Computer Science, with a focus on Game Design
What was your first impression of PSA & how does it differ from your impression of it now?
I remember watching PSA at Battle of the Bamboo for the first time and thinking “WOW, THAT’S A LOT
OF PEOPLE”. Then I remember going to my first PSA event Ice Cream Socialand thinking “WOW, THAT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE”. Looking back, I’ve seen how all those people shaped me into who I am. It’s one of the most professional organizations I’ve ever been a part of, and it’s a comfortable place where I’ve learned and grown. On top of that, PSA is full of friendly, enthusiastic people. And a lot of them.
What’s it like to be in PSA?
PSA is like home! Almost my entire life, I’ve lived, hung out with, and grown up with Filipinos. It’s like my home away from home. Even when I’m with other student orgs doing my own thing, I know I can always find my place in PSA.
What advice can you give to students?
The best advice I’ve ever heard during my time in college is “Collaborate to graduate”. In college, you’re really being challenged by not only your professors and TA’s, but by life itself. There’re some things you can’t handle alone, and some things you can’t learn alone. If you’re having trouble in your classes, there is always another person who is struggling with the same thing, and there’s always someone else who understands it. Learn your material together, and teach someone else who’s struggling. After all, you’ll never know how much you’ve understood unless you’re able to explain it to someone else. So make study groups, have discussions, and don’t be afraid to ask for help! In addition, the connections you make while you’re in college are probably going to last a lifetime. Sure, you’re here to study and work hard, but you’re also here to make friends and share experiences with other people. You’re going to need them more than you think, whether you’re in the same class as them and need someone to study with, or if you just need a friend for moral support and encouragement. Don’t think that you have to handle everything by yourself :).