#SundaySharings: Victoria Low

12640518_10153906157829104_4221894836427957728_o-1Meet Victoria Low, an UCSD Tzu Ching alumna who graduated with a Public Health major and Economics minor this June.

Victoria is currently back home in the Bay Area. Victoria is currently back home in the Bay Area, where she is currently pursuing a career path involving health and the development of people potential. In the future, she hopes to be in a position where she can fulfill her lifelong dream to own a dog and to be able to take her dog to work.

Though she is far from San Diego now, she has helped with curriculum planning and as an MC of the 2016 English Resource & Spiritual Retreat in San Dimas and supported the 2016 TCCA Leadership Conference. She plans to continue volunteering in the Bay and also does Chinese-English translation for Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s teachings with the Dharma as Water team in her spare time.

Let’s see what Victoria has to share about her experience with Tzu Chi and specifically with UCSD Tzu Ching. 🙂

“All of humanity is family so let us love each other without being partial to any.” 所謂 “落地皆兄弟”, 人類彼此互為親人, 應相互友愛, 不要有分別心.

I think this Jing Si Aphorism fits the overall mood over these years and why Tzu Chi is so important in the United States. Everyone in this world is part of the “one big family” of humanity, and we have more similarities than differences. Similarities don’t mean we’re all the same and have to get along with one another all the time. But we can have our own individuality and cultures without exclusion of others, and that is something that we, the humans of this earth, need to figure out before we destroy this earth and we destroy each other.

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2016 English Resource & Spiritual Retreat w/ Tzu Ching Alumni that showed up

Love is the answer, and no, it is not that simple. Change happens slowly, one person at a time. I think Tzu Chi has a lot of potential to spread love across this nation through action, and the US of A has a lot of potential for creating change as a nation and internationally. Although Tzu Chi was founded in Taiwan and many in the US have some kind of Asian background, we are accepting and welcoming of those of other backgrounds because that’s not what Tzu Chi is about. Tzu Chi is about compassion towards all, including those outside our own social groups, and those whom we disagree with. Tzu Chi is about gratitude, respect, and love towards everyone. We can all learn from one another, which is why Tzu Chi has been successful internationally and will be successful in the United States.

 

“A true leader leads with sincerity and hard work, not just with competence and skill alone.” “人要真誠苦幹, 才能領導別人, 而非光靠能幹”

I graduated from the University of California, San Diego this June of 2016 and was the only executive team officer from 2015-2016 that left San Diego this year. I have been a proud member of the Tzu Ching leadership for three years, and I have done my best to lead UCSD Tzu Ching during my time with sincerity and hard work. Last school year as co-president, we challenged our officer cabinet to take on more leadership responsibility in planning and leading events. I took it personally upon myself to leave a good foundation for the upcoming officer cabinet so that if I were not there, they would have all the resources they needed to move forward. During my time in Tzu Ching, I learned to be comfortable in a public speaking role, to ask for more responsibility, and how to manage multiple projects at once. The things that you learn from being on a leadership team is very applicable to the workplace, but what about Tzu Ching is so different that makes people want to stay?

That answer is something that I hope that the new officer cabinet is able to discover and put into tangible words and action for their membership and those who they serve. The answer lies in the roots of Tzu Ching’s parent organization and the teachings and principles and is something that they’ll have to figure out themselves.

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Graduation Gifts: Completing the circle of love that we started in Freshman year when we made Tzu Ching Bears for the graduates.

 

UCSD Tzu Ching is my original Tzu Chi family, so it has been difficult for me to be away from all the exciting things that are going on back in San Diego currently. Over my four years of involvement in Tzu Ching, I obviously have a lot of opinions and advice that I could give the new cabinet, but it’s also important for them to establish themselves and learn how to deal with the consequences of actions (explicit or implicit) that they decide to take. They have amazing Tzu Ching advisors and great alumni support (which I now have the honor of being part of), so I hope that the officers and members in UCSD Tzu Ching will feel comfortable asking questions and being active in their involvement. For me, the challenge lies in learning how to let go of all of this and not being there personally to see them grow.

13613326_10206744836080819_7580215464646969827_oThis is not new information, but my favorite event is Convalescent Home, and what I may actually miss the most are the lovely, wonderful, and sweet seniors and being there to talk and interact with them. I miss Tenshang SB and Peggy SG, our advisors in life, so much, but I know that I’ll see them and hopefully the others along this Tzu Chi path sometime.

— Victoria

 

If you want to read other sharings by Victoria, you can find her #MeetTheOfficers post here.

 

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#SundaySharings: Christine Diao

Christine Diao is one of our many UCSD Tzu Ching Alumni. She graduated UCSD as a Psychology Major and minor in Linguistics in 2015. Christine was our lovely 2014-2015 President or better known as “Supreme Leader” in a loving and non-dictatorial way of course.

Let’s hear her reflection of her time with UCSD Tzu Ching :).

11415550_10203045277212820_5952837851336285568_o.jpgMy journey as as Tzu Ching began when I was a freshman at UCSD, but my story with Tzu Chi started before college. When I was in middle school, my mom became friends with a SG (our lovely Peggy SG!) who happened to be a teacher at an academic workshop that my sister and I regularly attended during the summer and school year. She introduced my family to TC and some of the events that were held at the Northridge service center. Some of the events were far away from where we lived, so we couldn’t attend all the time. Peggy SG eventually moved to San Diego, and there wasn’t a Tzu Shao chapter near my hometown, so naturally lost touch with TC. I didn’t think that I’d start volunteering with TC again until I started my undergraduate career at UCSD. When they heard that I would be moving to San Diego, Peggy SG and Tenshang SB encouraged me to join the TC chapter there; I was curious about what TC would be like in college, so I willingly agreed to try it out. Being the shy and awkward Christine that I was four years ago, I was nervous about the first orientation. I wasn’t sure what to expect, what kind of people I’d meet, or what I’d gain from my time there. However, it was such a fun experience to be at my first TC orientation! All the members and officers were so genuine and easy-going that I forgot about being nervous and just ended up enjoying my time there. I remember that an officer (shout-out to Sylvia!) approached me and my roommate right after we entered the event room, which made me feel very welcomed; I think that’s one of the many great things about TC: members are always trying to connect with new people in a very sincere way.

885059_10101473965233684_1954044584_oAs time went on, I got to know the members more and started to immerse myself in Tzu Chi culture and the many volunteer events that were held. Even when I hadn’t known the members and advisors for very long, they made me feel as if I were a part of their big family. It always felt like a big family gathering or reunion every time we saw each other. There were trips to San Dimas, dinner gatherings, and holiday parties along with the volunteer events. As I grew more attached to the chapter, I wanted to become an officer and contribute more by helping with event planning and overall advancement of the organization. I came into the organization wanting to volunteer and help others, but I learned much more than I expected I would. For example, I didn’t realize that I would learn so much about sign language, Tzu Chi’s international work, and the other chapters across the nation. My college experience would not have been as meaningful as it had been if it were not for Tzu Ching. It was a pleasure to have been able to serve others through our community service events and make a positive influence through our philosophies of compassion and great love. Before joining this organization, I would have never known how powerful one idea, one person, and one seed of love could create such great blessings. My time in Tzu Ching was definitely a unique opportunity for me to cultivate myself to become a better individual through Master Cheng Yen’s teachings as well as all the Tzu Chings and advisors.

 

10257976_365531226981212_7109216665027989535_oDuring my time as a Tzu Ching, I have met some of my closest friends; they were the people who celebrated the happy days with me, pulled me through some very difficult times, and accepted me even when I had made my fair share of mistakes. I feel as if I have learned something important from every volunteer, advisor, and aid recipient that I have met. Even though I may have not realized it at first, I believe that our interactions have led me to understand more on how we should treat other people as well as ourselves. As an undergraduate student, I often overworked myself and would not easily forgive myself for the mistakes I made, whether it’d be academic, interpersonal, or TC-related. My fellow Tzu Chings, advisors, and even my own parents saw this trait in me and encouraged me to focus on the better side of each situation. I realized that I shouldn’t be achieving perfection; rather, it is more important to focus on doing my best while keeping a clear view of my goals. I came to understand that I should reflect on how I can be grateful for the all situations that I encounter, even my mistakes. In addition, I realized that I too should be accepting of others’ mistakes and see them as learning opportunities to improve our bonds with each other and the organization as a whole. As I continue to incorporate these teachings into my life, I will always remember the people who led me to discover them. I am deeply grateful to have parents who supported my journey as a Tzu Ching and to have such dedicated Tzu Chings, alumni, and advisors with whom I can learn the Tzu Chi path.

 

Anyways, thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about my experiences with the organization! If you’re interested in joining TC, I recommend that you give it a try. You never know what great people and experiences you will encounter. 🙂

–Christine Diao

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(We) (Love) (Tzu) (Ching) (Bodhisattva)

#SundaySharings

Hello Superstars!

First, we want to thank those who have kept up with this blog and take the time to read the content :). We hope that you have enjoyed the content that we have provided from #MeetTheOfficers to our monthly Newsletters to our past Summer Sharings and so on. If there’s ever anything you would like to see from us, be sure to tell us! Either e-mail us, message us on Facebook, or comment below on any of our posts!

It seems like our audience likes to read reflections and sharings from our fellow Tzu Ching so we’re happy to announce that we’ll be having a general series called #SundaySharings :). We’re aiming to post sharings on Sundays from events that happen during the break such as Tzu Chi Collegiate Association Leadership Conference, Alumni and their thoughts and experiences with UCSD Tzu Ching, and more!

Look out for the reflection that we’ll be posting tomorrow ;).

With Gratitude,

UCSD Tzu Ching

#MeetTheOfficers: Bryan Yang, 3-in-1 Team ’16-’17

10400103_10154051938304434_2483691298256460339_nMeet Bryan Yang, our Webmaster for the ’16-’17 school year!

Bryan is a 4th year Computer Science major. This 6′ 1″ compassionate fellow is really hard to catch in front of the camera due to his camera-shy nature. In his rare free time, Bryan can be found in the kitchen cooking up something delicious. In addition, he also enjoys watching anime or K-dramas such as Shokugeki no Soma or Descendants of the Sun. Bryan’s favorite colors are blue or dark colors. His favorite animal would have to be the polar bear. Bryan is often preoccupied with his many projects but still has the time to dedicate working on behind-the-scenes work for our wonderful UCSD Tzu Ching family.

I wanted to be 21 years old, now I want to be 5 years old.

#MeetTheOfficers: Roger Chou, Public Relations Team ’16-’17

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Meet Roger Chou, one of our officers on the public relations team.

Roger is a 2nd year Environmental Engineering major with a business minor. In his free time he likes to be active: playing basketball, badminton, or working out at the gym with friends. Roger also likes like to read and volunteer. When asked who his favorite person was, he answered that his favorite American person is Conan O’ Brian. Roger thinks Conan O’ Brian is very witty and funny. He is also another fellow dog lover.

I wanted to be a host on television show when I was little. Now, I want to be a environmental engineer.

roger2.jpgMy first impression of Tzu Chi was at recycling station at the San Dimas Tzu Chi Headquarters. Later, I joined Tzu Shao and have not stopped volunteering with TC ever since that day. I believe TC provides a platform for us to contribute to our society. My favorite aspect of TC is everyone is open-minded and respects each others belief and faith. My favorite UCSD Tzu Ching event is when we visit convalescent home. It is so nice to see each senior smile and interact with us every time we go there.

My position is public relations. I am responsible for event page set-up and inviting people to join. I decided to become an officer because I want to spread love and peace around the campus. I want more people to share their abilities to help those who need help. I hope to have more people to join us and tighten those bonds between our officers and members.

For the peace we wish for tomorrow, start working on it today.

 

#MeetTheOfficers: Yanchen Wang, Public Relations Team ’16-’17

12977008_496536123880721_5593529503311964438_oMeet Yanchen Wang, our Public Relations Team Lead for the ’16-’17 school year .

Yanchen is a 4th year Mathematics & Economics major. In his free time, you can find Yanchen cooking up delicious dishes or fulfilling his wanderlust through travel. If you asked him who his role model was, it’d have to be John Davison Rockefeller. This humble and kind fellow loves the color orange as well as cats. And if you haven’t already figured it out, Yanchen is very sociable and outgoing! It’s more than likely that if you reach out to him, he will be more than willing to hang out with your good company.

In the past I wanted to be a pilot or train driver, now I want to be a pilot.  If possible in the future, I would like to get a non-commercial aviation license and fly in the sky in my free time.

I was looking for a organization for volunteer activities and TC is the organization that I found. A little bit later after attending more events, I found out that when I spread my love, I am also being loved. Another reason is that this organization is not just volunteer org, but a family, a big and loving family. I stayed because as I said, TC is not just a volunteer org, but a big family I can trust.People in TC are just like my family members. My favorite event would have to be Everybody Reads because when I interact with kids, they are just like my mirrors. From them, I can see myself from when I was a kid.

12496496_480042975530036_407160468640184669_oThis year, I am the Public Relations team lead. My responsibilities include organizing social events for members and publishing event pages for all of the events that we, UCSD Tzu Ching, hold. I decided to become an officer because I want to be able to contribute more to TC and try my best to make TC even better. I hope to try and organize different social events, both formal and informal, to allow our members to become closer and let them see or hopefully contribute to make them feel the way I feel. That TC is not just a volunteer org, but one big family.

Do not fear making mistakes; fear only not correcting them.

No one is prefect. Everyone will make mistakes but as long as you correct them and learn from them, you will benefit from the mistakes and improve yourself.

#MeetTheOfficers: Sandra Lin, Secretary Team ’16-’17

12957618_496536583880675_6863253412196874341_oMeet Sandra Lin, one of our officers on the secretary team.

Sandra is a 3rd year Biochemistry and Cell Biology major. She likes going out on adventures whether that’s hiking outdoors or some retail therapy inside the mall. Sandra also likes to watch k-dramas and anime in her free time. When asked who her role model was, she answered “Kathy Lam <3”. Sandra’s favorite animal would have to be the famous Studio Ghibli forest spirit Totoro, but if you don’t count that then it would be the adorable and playful red panda. This silly girl also loves the color white because of the fact that you can dye it any color but none of the colors can make white. Sandra will make you feel at ease when you are troubled and be the first one to volunteer if you’re in need of help. In addition, she LOVES hugs, so if you’re a fellow hugger, be sure to get to know her!

When I was little, I wanted to be a vet, but now I want to be a pharmacist aka a certified drug dealer ;D.

13920019_10206942830382772_3819154859517463486_o.jpgMy first impression of Tzu Ching was that everyone was kind, accepting, and loving. The next thing I knew, they became my home away from home. My favorite aspect of Tzu Ching is being able to see the seeds of service that we plant grow into little saplings. It shows in my favorite service event, the Medical Outreach, where we were able to help one person at a time, making contact and seeing how we make an impact in their lives.

I am one of the secretaries on the secretary team. I jot down the meeting minutes and service hours into our “big book of service”. I wanted to become an officer to help make other volunteers’ experiences at Tzu Ching as enjoyable as mine was when I first joined. My goal this year as an officer is to increase the size of our family.

Being angry is a form of torturing ourselves with the mistakes of others.

This is one of my favorite Jing Si Aphorisms because it reminds me to not get angry and be more understanding. I use it to quell my times of anger.