Zachary Cacal

Year in school: Junior
Major: Actuarial Science

Who are you? What can you tell us about yourself?
The name is Zac(h). You can say I’m a nerd in more ways than one. When studying too much gets to me (which is pretty often), I usually like to play video games, catch up with some shows on Netflix, or sleep. I also love to play piano, dance, and sing those low notes. Because you know I’m all about that bass/baritone!

Why did you join PSA and what made you stay?

Just because of the name itself. Philippine Student Association. When I first saw the name, I saw the association as a way to meet people like myself. Just a Filipino college student. After being in PSA for a few months, I really got to see how close everyone was, like a family. And soon after I saw myself being part of that family, too! Especially with my Ate, Kuyas, and Adings. And dancing with Barkada and in FCN. Eventually, I found myself embracing my Filipino culture more and more in the past few years. I chose to stay not only because of these amazing programs and events throughout the years, but if I left PSA it would feel like leaving my family. Because I don’t think I would be who I am now and done the things I’ve done if it weren’t for PSA.

Why did you become an officer and what plans do you have in store for PSA next year?

I wanted to become an officer because after being in an organization that has done so much for me, I wanted to something for the organization in return. I also felt that it would be something that would challenge me. It would be something that would help me become a stronger person in the end. As for FCN, I’m hoping to coordinate a super-fun night for our performers & audience as well as to raise awareness of the ARK (Advancement for Rural Kids) throughout the year.

What advice do you have for others?

Don’t be afraid. And don’t let fear take over the potential of what you can do. Make mistakes. Do things out of your own comfort zone. Your dreams aren’t going to happen if you wait around for them to come true. Make them happen!

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