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!).
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?