“Call me Nemo because I’m not afraid to touch the butt.”
Who would’ve thought that sharing pick-up lines would be a way to bond at the first meeting.
The first day as an APASA intern was like riding the Teacup ride at Disneyland- you think you know what to expect, but BAM you end up with someone else’s Minnie Mouse ears on your head.
For those out of state kids who’ve never been to Disneyland (the turkey leg is a solid 10/10 I would strongly recommend), I am trying to describe an experience that never fails to bombard you with surprises.
APASA has helped me take another step towards who I imagine myself to be one day. Yes, there are some parts of APASA that are a given- learning about your APA identity, making new friends, and gaining perspective. However, I have been pleasantly surprised to see the effects of APASA after a year of being an intern.
Not only do I see myself more open-minded, I realize the power that I hold as an empowered individual who can use her voice to shape her world. APASA has been one of the many platforms that have taught me to think about the various intersections that form my identity, such as race, ethnicity and class.
To sum it up, APASA has been one surprise after another, whether those surprises come in the form of a thought provoking question or an unexpected but EPIC KBBQ DINNER! (S/O to KBBQ SQUAD!)
For those who are looking for ways to grow, make gr8 friends and be the glue for the APA on campus, I would DEF recommend being an APASA intern!