#MeetTheOfficers: Grace Pan, Secretary Team ’16-’17

11146457_363508487183486_4069147614420595330_oMeet Grace Pan, our Secretary Team Lead for the ’16-’17 school year!

Grace is a 3rd year Mathematics – Computer Science major from Revelle College. She’s a little more on the soft spoken side, but she’s an incredibly hard worker, and her passion for volunteering and helping others is clear. You can often find Grace following soccer throughout the year, especially the U.S. Women’s soccer team. She even recently got a chance to meet Alex Morgan and Hope Solo, two of her biggest soccer idols! Speaking of idols, Grace also really likes Marvel – a few of her favorite characters are Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. If you had to ask her who her favorite animal companion was, it would have to be Wall-e, her pet “hot doge,” a.k.a. the dachshund. Once you get to know Grace, she’ll definitely have a little spot in your heart for this amazing girl.

“Forgive those who unintentionally hurt us. Do not be someone who is easily hurt by others.”

When I walked into the fall GBM my freshman year, it was a last-second decision. I didn’t even know Tzu Chi had collegiate chapters until I saw the flag outside the GBM room. I saw the professionalism and kindness that all the officers shared, which was different from other clubs I had seen. The officers were so kind and welcoming, which I appreciated as it was my first month at college and I had felt a bit overwhelmed. At my first volunteer event, I saw the same thing. UCSD TC officers and members shared a kindness I had yet to see at UCSD, as well as a passion for helping others less fortunate. That’s what keeps me keep coming back.

I am part of the secretary Team and I take meeting minutes at Officer Meetings. I hope to attend more events and meet more new members. I haven’t really had a chance to meet anyone new yet. I decided to become an officer because I really looked up to last year’s officer cabinet and because I was encouraged to take a position.

12615208_462835107250823_2436003943076260787_oI joined Tzu Chi when I was younger because my parents enrolled me in a Tzu Chi Chinese school. But then I moved and stopped being in involved with Tzu Chi. I’ve always remembered how kind the people of Tzu Chi are, and how strong their message is. I think that is what made me want to rejoin when I got to UCSD.

My favorite event is Everybody Reads because I like working with kids and helping them learn. It is a very relaxed and fun environment, and the food is always something to look forward to. Most of all, I love seeing the kids improve as the year goes on.

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