As an APASA Intern, I’ve had the opportunity to help the Executive Board members plan and run multiple events throughout the year. From the Tournament of Champions to APASA Night Market, APASA’s Got Talent, and the George Takei Speaker Event, I was there from the start to the finish. And while I really enjoyed all of these fun events, my favorite event was probably one of the lesser-known.
APA Leaders is an annual “event” organized by APASA that takes place over the course of our Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). The event allows students to nominate other students who they feel are the best examples of APA Leaders in the USC community. Last month, we recognized several students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the USC community through social media and on our website.
We were able to hear from these APA Leaders through our interviews. We learned about who their APA Leaders were, what motivated and inspired them, and some of the APA issues that were important to them. I was curious to hear about their impact on other students at USC, and several other students expressed their interest in knowing why each APA Leader was nominated. I just wanted to take the time to share what the students who nominated these leaders had to say about their friends and role models.
Words to describe Andy: Spotlight, paragon, enthusiastic
“He is supremely dedicated to the notions of fairness, justice, and inclusivity, pushing the boundaries of what we can do both as individuals and as a community, bringing out the best in everyone he meets.”
“He leads by example and never discriminates against people who aren’t as capable as he is. He sees people’s potentials and [pushes] them to the [limit].”
Words to describe Angie: Compassionate
“What makes Angie a leader is that, although she is both confident and intelligent, she’s also understanding and caring, patient and enthusiastic. Angie has truly inspired me to give back to the people around me. She’s inspired me to pass on the favor, to be to others what Angie was to me. I want to be not only a leader others can look to and rely on for help and support, but also someone who inspires them to be the same kind of leader.”
Jesse B. Raymundo
Words to describe Jesse: Optimistic
“During this rather unstable year for Troy Philippines, Jesse has led the organization with poise, outstanding leadership, professionalism, and an elegance incomparable to any other leader the organization has had. Jesse is a significant APA leader in the USC community and definitely deserves lots of praise for everything he has done.”
Words to describe Gloria: Passionate
“Gloria has a strong grasp on scholastics and service… Overall, Gloria is a dedicated and caring leader that aims to inspire the next generation of Trojan leaders. She should be recognized as an APA leader because she is a mentor and role model in supporting and encouraging students to pursue leadership positions and growth opportunities on their own.”
Words to describe Insoo: Jubilant, Indescribable
“[Insoo] should be recognized as an APA Leader for many reasons, but above all, his biggest addition into the APA community is his desire for fun.”
“He is the myth, the man, the legend, the Insoo. In all honesty, Insoo is one of the hardest working people that I’ve ever met. The amount of hours that he dedicates to KSA is unparalleled, and I really do believe that he deserves some kind of recognition for the his effort in making the organization thrive.”
Words to describe Lauren: Purposeful
“Lauren has always displayed academic excellence by actively participating in class, leading study group initiatives, and encouraging her classmates. She continues to display this leadership outside of the classroom. Lauren embodies the five traits of a Trojan in every endeavor she undertakes and inspires those around her to chase their dreams as well.”