Monthly Newsletter – January 2018

Happy New Years “Compassionate Youth”!

New Year, New Me! Welcome back!

Monthly Highlights

  • Upcoming Events
  • Outside of Org Opportunities
  • Instagram Feature: Weekly Wisdoms

Events

Ethical Eating Day
Thursday, January 11th // 7:30 pm @ Veggie Grill

Change starts with us and it can start one day at a time.
 Pledge to be vegetarian and locavore for a day on January 11, 2018.

**Please click going before 12pm 1/11  in the link below so that we can have head count of who to wait for at the bus stop @7 pm. Thank you!!**

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Winter GBM
Friday, January 12th // 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thurgood Marshall Room in Price Center

Join us at our Winter GBM on Friday, Jan. 12th at 6pm inside the Thurgood Marshall room on the 2nd floor of Price Center. Be sure to bring your friends along too as we have prepared some fun activities just for you! Learn about our wonderful Tzu Ching family, socialize with members, and be entertained with a performance at the end. Let’s not forget… FREE FOOD is provided!

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Cowles Mountain Hiking Social
Monday, January 15th // 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cowles Mountain

Made a new year, new me resolution? UCSD Tzu Ching’s kicking things off with a bang! This time, we’re going to Cowles Mountain, the highest point in San Diego county. It’s a 3-mile hike with a big elevation gain; not exactly a cakewalk, but doable for all levels. At the top, we’ll be able to see a great 360 degree view of San Diego. Should be fun!

RSVP by Sat 1/13 6PM

Happy Campus
Friday, January 19th & 26th // 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
In front of Croutons

Program at Herbert Ibarra Elementary with twenty selected children to teach them on subjects not learned in the usual classroom setting.

***Please click “going” by 6pm onWednesday 1/17 & 1/24***

RSVP by 1/19

RSVP by 1/26

TC goes to Asian Night Market
Friday January 19 // 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Library Walk

Tzu Ching will be at Asian Night Market to sell strawberry daifuku! Preparation time and location will be updated on the Facebook event page linked below.

**Just click going to receive notifications on times and locations**

Event Page

Year End Blessing Ceremony
Sunday, January 21st // 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Peterson Loop

Tzu Ching will be celebrating the end of the year at the Year End Blessing Ceremony at the Taiwanese American Community Center. Some of our members will be performing sign language.

RSVP by Fri 1/19 6PM

TC Family Meeting
Wednesday, January 24th // 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
TBD

TC Family Meeting is open to everyone! The meeting will go over upcoming events and include discussion on new ideas and overall development of the organization. The itinerary will be linked  and anyone can add comments or additions to it accordingly!

RSVP

Tea Time: Ethical Eating
Friday, January 26th // 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Sustainability Resource Center

“Tea-Time” is a new series to provide a casual setting meant for meaningful discussion, thought-provoking conversations, and further explorations into different topics related to Tzu Chi over a cup of tea and some vegetarian snacks.

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Convalescent Home
Saturday, January 27th // 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Peterson Loop @ 9:00 am

Come hang out with our lovely seniors at a local convalescent home! Our activities ranges from singing old songs, basic exercising to performing charades. They love it when volunteers share their talents so if you have a skill that you would love to share, please let us know! Your presence means so much to them. Experience some unconditional love by joining us!

RSVP by Thurs 1/25 6PM

Sign Language Workshop
Monday, January 29th // 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bear Room in Sun God Lounge, PC

Our president Kathy Lam will be teaching us sign language performance based on a Tzu Chi Selection “Give Love” in ASL. Come out to learn some of the signs!

RSVP

Outside of Org Opportunities

PUBLIC SERVICE MINOR

(^click me for more info^)

Sponsored by Thurgood Marshall College, the Public Service Minor is open to all UCSD students in good standing. With coursework and opportunities focused on the history, emergence, and importance of civic engagement, the Public Service Minor offers students a service-learning experience as a unique avenue of growth for their professional careers.

The coursework for a student pursuing the minor consists of the completion of twenty-eight (28) units, allocated as follows:

(4 units) TMC 15 – Public Service in America
(12 units) Three (3) “Specialization Courses” (from either the Education, Health, Government, or Social Issues Track)
(12 Units) Three (3) Quarters of Internships in Service

Instagram Feature: Weekly Wisdoms

Weekly Wisdom Reflection by Jessica Yeung:

Life is a journey. Along the way, you meet many teachers who teach you different things. How you speculate a teacher if they are good are not is speculative, but many can agree that those who had a positive impression and great explanations of their subject are the ones that helped them the most with career-oriented goals. Also, in between, you have opportunities to meet more people to share your experiences and you learn who you can trust during happy and in hard times. Knowing that you have someone or a group of people you care about who cares about you, such as a friend or family, can be the greatest source of support towards a fulfilling journey. I’d encourage y’all to think positively and meet more amazing people.

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Hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

UCSD Tzu Ching 

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Monthly Newsletter – November 2017

Hello “Compassionate Youth”!

We’re already halfway through the quarter and we hope that you’re surviving midterm season alright. Thank you for all of your effort and display of compassion this past month as well as your interest in our activities. Hope you enjoy our newly revised Monthly Newsletters and we hope to see you at another event soon!

 

Monthly Highlights

  • Upcoming Events
  • Outside of Org Opportunities
  • Instagram Feature: Weekly Wisdoms

Events

The Bridge to Respect
Friday, November 3rd // 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Student Services Center Room 300

New series to provide a casual setting meant for meaningful, thought-provoking conversations, & further explorations over a cup of tea and some vegetarian snacks.

If this topic isn’t your cup of tea ;), feel free to refer to our future tea-time installments and join us then!

RSVP

Everybody Reads
Sunday, November 5th // 8:15 am – 12:30 pm
Peterson Loop for rides @ 8:15 am

Tutor underprivileged youth in English, Math, and Science. Kids range from 1st to 12th grade, & you can choose to tutor whichever grade you feel comfortable. No previous experience is required!

Please bring tupperware & utensils as lunch is provided!

RSVP

TC Family Meeting
Thursday, November 9th // 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Location TBD

TC Family Meeting is open to everyone! The meeting will go over upcoming events and include discussion on new ideas and overall development of the organization. The itinerary will be linked  and anyone can add comments or additions to it accordingly!

RSVP

The Bank of Love
Friday, November 17th // 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location TBD

New series to provide a casual setting meant for meaningful, thought-provoking conversations, & further explorations over a cup of tea and some vegetarian snacks. Last installment for the quarter.

If this topic isn’t your cup of tea ;), feel free to refer to our future tea-time installments and join us then!

RSVP

Convalescent Home
Saturday, November 18th // 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Peterson Loop for rides @ 9:00 am

Come hang out with our lovely seniors at a local convalescent home! Our activities ranges from singing old songs, basic exercising to performing charades. They love it when volunteers share their talents so if you have a skill that you would love to share, please let us know! Your presence means so much to them. Experience some unconditional love by joining us!

RSVP

Online TC Family Meeting
Saturday, November 25th // 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Link will be posted on event page

TC Family Meeting is open to everyone! The meeting will go over upcoming events and include discussion on new ideas and overall development of the organization. The itinerary will be linked  and anyone can add comments or additions to it accordingly!

RSVP

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Holiday Party
Friday, December 1st // 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Table Room in Sun God Lounge, UCSD Price Center

You’re invited to our annual, semi-formal Holiday Party! This is a potluck event, you can bring in a delicious vegetarian dish or contribute money to the food fund.

We’re also having an optional Secret Santa Gift Exchange! Deadline to sign up for the Secret Santa Exchange is Sunday, 11/5.

RSVP

 

Outside of Org Opportunities

PUBLIC SERVICE MINOR

(^click me for more info^)

Sponsored by Thurgood Marshall College, the Public Service Minor is open to all UCSD students in good standing. With coursework and opportunities focused on the history, emergence, and importance of civic engagement, the Public Service Minor offers students a service-learning experience as a unique avenue of growth for their professional careers.

The coursework for a student pursuing the minor consists of the completion of twenty-eight (28) units, allocated as follows:

(4 units) TMC 15 – Public Service in America
(12 units) Three (3) “Specialization Courses” (from either the Education, Health, Government, or Social Issues Track)
(12 Units) Three (3) Quarters of Internships in Service

TAP SD: PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

We have partnered again with TAP-SD (Taiwanese American Professionals) to participate in this year’s TAP-SD’s Professional Mentorship Program. Information session will be on November 7th, CSB 005 at 8:00PM. Event kickoff will be some time Week 9.

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/125712914812249

Instagram Feature

Weekly Wisdom Reflection by Kevin:

I think this aphorism is powerful for anyone in any situation. It tells us to work on everything and give it your all, no matter what you do. In order to succeed, you have to spend the effort to do what you want to do. If you do something inadequately, you will never get the result you want and feel frustrated as a result. I know that personally during high school I didn’t really care much about school and just did the bare minimum to get by. As a result, I was unable to get into my dream school. Only when you put time and effort into doing what you love and doing it right will you get the result you want. Quality over quantity is the key to this aphorism, make sure to do the things you do right, not take on too many things and do them poorly.

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Hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

UCSD Tzu Ching 

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Meet the Officers 2017-2018 Conclusion

Hello Everyone!

This concludes our officer introductions for this year! We hope you have enjoyed this series so far as you had the opportunity to get a better understanding of our officers’ backgrounds and interests. If you would like to go back and read over their introductions again, we have provided the links to each officer below.

Stay tuned for more updates from us!

Executive Team

Event Coordinators

Marketing & Public Relations Team

Documentation Team

Meet the Officers: Cyrus Shen, Documentation Team 2017-2018

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Introducing Cyrus Shen, our other Historian for this year.

Cyrus is a 2nd year, Electrical Engineering major from Warren. Our youngest member on cabinet, Cyrus brings much representation for underclassmen. Also one who likes to take a step back and appreciate what he has, Cyrus is very proud of getting into college (you still have a long way to go young blood!). He enjoys playing tennis in his free time,  as he likes to hit around at the tennis courts at UCSD. His favorite animals are penguins, especially the Emperor Penguin (those things are huge!). He doesn’t really have a specific favorite food, but likes pretty much anywhere that has good food (there’s this great place in SD called Convoy, Cyrus).

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Cyrus has been in TC since he was a kid, making it very easy for him to transition to Tzu Ching at UCSD. Coupled with warm atmosphere and people he met through UCSD Tzu Ching, it helped get him close to everyone very quickly. Like his Co-Historian, Mark, Cyrus had also joined us during Winter 2017, showing his rapid progression in the club.  His favorite event would have to be Vendor Fair. Not only was this his first event, but he also had a very fun time making the food and selling it with everyone (yes! making food with friends is very fun!).

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Cyrus will be our other Historian this year, and will collaborate with Mark in making sure the best pictures are taken of all our members at each event. He will share the workload with Mark, as they both upload our event photos into albums and tag attendees. Like many in UCSD TC, Cyrus became an officer because he wanted to be more involved in TC. It seems like it’s working, seeing that he is one of our favorite kouhai and is on pace to lead the next generation of UCSD Tzu Ching (looking forward to when you become hokage of TC!). His hope for this year is simply to be a good historian and take good pictures, so fear not when you have your photo taken by him.

Meet the Officers: Mark Liu, Documentation Team 2017-2018

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Introducing Mark Liu, one of our Historians for this year.

Mark is a 3rd year, Mathematics-Computer Science major from Marshall. A relatively recently joined member, Mark was also recruited from KOTX by Kathy (I’m starting to see the trend here now). In his free time, he likes to watch dramas and play games. Recently, he has also developed a liking to exercising, as he now works out with the TC fam on our workout day(s) throughout the week and was also a participant with us in the Triton 5K. Mark’s favorite animal is the giraffe. Nothing fascinates him more than those long necks, those long legs, and those big, brown splotches (I mean just look at it!). Mark is most proud of his accomplishment that is overcoming student debt, and he hopes that this trend will continue (the struggle is real). As such, though his favorite food is ramen, he likes to eat at McDonald’s to save money (Great! I like McDonald’s too! Let’s go together!).

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When Mark first joined TC, his first impression was that everyone was very nice and friendly. He stayed because he instantly felt attached to all the TC friends he made. He became situated within the club at an accelerated pace and this is extremely evident in the fact that he is our newest member on our board (having only joined since February!) and has already attended a TCCA leadership conference this past summer. In addition, Mark has had significant involvement with Tzu Chi outside of UCSD as well, having taken part in an internship at the San Dimas Headquarters this summer, and has made many friends there as well (keep up the good work Mark!). His favorite aspect of TC is how everyone is very genuine, making it easy for him to quickly come out of his shell. His favorite event would have to be Happy Campus simply because the students are always energetic, making him feel enthused to interact with them.

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Mark is one of our historians this year and he will be working with Cyrus to take pictures at our memorable events, or he will appoint someone to take pictures at the event should he not be there. He will also be uploading the photos of each event into an album on Facebook and will tag all participants. If you see him taking your picture at an event, be sure to put on a big smile! Mark decided to become an officer because he wanted to go the extra mile and do more than just volunteer. Through his role as historian, he hopes to learn how to become a better photographer.

Success is achieved by seizing the moment and accepting its challenges.”

Meet the Officers: Jessica Yeung, Marketing & Public Relations Team 2017-2018

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Introducing Jessica Yeung, our Marketing and Public Relations Deputy for this year.

Jessica is a 5th year, Cognitive Science Major from Muir. Jessica entered UCSD in 2015 as a transfer from community college, a feat she is very proud of. She was initially disappointed that she wasn’t able to enter UCSD as a freshman, but now that she successfully transferred, it means that her effort has been acknowledged (which feels great!). Jessica loves to constantly learn new things, in the form a multitude of languages, playing guitar, and baking/cooking (great to have a person with such a versatile skill set on board!). In her free time, she likes to watch anime, especially Doraemon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Shangri-La. And in addition, nothing soothes her more than simple sleeping (Great choice! I love sleep too!). Oooh we have another dog-lover here! Jessica is especially fond of small fluffs and large warmers, such as Yorkshire Terriers, the Pomeranian, and the German Shepherd. As for food, Jessica likes to eat Asian cuisine, especially the OG restaurants she grew up with, like Sam Woo, Phuong Trang, and temple food. However, she dislikes salad dressings, hot sauces, and complicated sauces with meals (nothing like keeping it clean!).

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When I first encountered Tzu Ching, I was an aspiring UCSD transfer student. My community college did not have any apparent clubs on campus that I could relate to back when I was a freshmen, but I did have a few connections with some Tzu Chi members from the San Diego Service Center from Chinese school who have recommended me to visit UCSD Tzu Ching’s Fall GBM to see if I wanted to join them. So with that recommendation, I went to the GBM one night and met the most humble and warmest college students at the time. I appreciated the Tzu Chings mindfulness of their participants and effort while explaining their chapter’s efforts to support the Tzu Chi mission. During that night, I was drawn in by the welcoming atmosphere and the interesting events that happened on my days off from school. From then on, I have participated in the fun events I could attend to and now a proud Tzu Ching UCSD Transfer. I’ve stayed with TC this long because I enjoyed meeting the members, attending meaningful events, and I want to give share and give back to this lovely organization.

Some of my favorite aspects of TC is their embracing culture and call-to-action attitude for those in need. Since I did not particularly grow up with a lot, I have had times where I felt like I desperately needed to look for friendship and finding it hard to ask for help (not as much now, I think). By encountering TC, I felt that I have loosen up and a developed a new need to help those in need, those who may have felt what I felt before. And TC gave me what I needed, an outlet of opportunities to do just that, which I am grateful for.

Service event wise, my favorite event would be Everybody Reads because I can meet students who are experiencing things I may have encountered before at their age, and be there for them to tutor on school subjects they need help with or hear them out on. I was fortunate to get help later in my school career, so I wanted to share that fortune with others. To be honest, I can’t say that I’m the best mentor there, but I am working on it so that my students/little friends can smile with confidence. As for social events, I think Social Day and dinners are hard to beat, because I can bond with people who are working on the same mission while having lots of fun.

My position is Co Marketing and PR Officer and my job is to raise Tzu Ching awareness through social media and maintain communication with the chapter’s members with Marketing Officer Alan Chen and Public Relations Officer Kevin Lee. I decided to become an officer to help promote TC and be more involved with the organization who has given me more warmth I ever expected for for my undergrad career. In my defense, this might have been one of my best decisions. My ongoing goal is to properly represent the organization’s efforts and family-like community with thoughtful content in social media posts. By the end of my term, I hope to have conveyed to our future new members that our organization is a happy safe space and that I do care about them despite my normally solemn demeanor.

“Be willing to do, Be happy to bear.”

This is one of my favorite Jing Si Aphorism, because it reminds me to have a proactive mindset towards the responsibilities I chose to do. Which has allowed me to meet amazing people, discover passions, acquire new skills, and do more things I love to now do. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Right?

Meet the Officers: Kevin Lee, Marketing & Public Relations Team 2017-2018

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Introducing Kevin Lee, our Public Relations Director for this year.

Kevin is a 3rd year, Mathematics-Economics major from Sixth College. He recently got his first job as a barista at Starbucks, joining fellow cabinet members Sandra and Jessica there. Say hi to him there if you see him! If you like board games, you well get along super well with Kevin. He absolutely loves to play board games, and you can be sure to expect him to bring 5-6 board games to socials in order to share his joy with fellow TC members and friends. He doesn’t have a particularly favorite food, but nothing satiates him more than good apple pie. His favorite animal is monkeys. We don’t really have those here in San Diego, but you can certainly see them at the famous San Diego Zoo!

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Like Kathy and Roger, Kevin has been involved with Tzu Chi for quite a while, having joined Tzu Shao when he was in 8th grade. He really enjoyed his time there as it allowed him to make a lot of friends. He especially likes Tzu Chi for the ability to serve others, as he has stuck around Tzu Chi this whole time for the feeling of doing something meaningful and helpful for the community.

Kevin is the Public Relations Director, and will be in charge of managing social media and getting feedback forms for our events. All the events on Facebook will be setup by him, and he will usually be the one inviting everyone to the events. Make sure to contact him on Facebook if you’d like to be added to our invite list! Kevin became an officer in order to make a bigger impact on the TC community. He hopes to push TC to new limits and better tailor it to our members.

“Taking a step back to accommodate others refines our character and nurtures spiritual growth.”