Introducing Alan Chen, our Social Media Marketing Director for this year.
Alan is a 4th year, Computer Science major from Sixth College. A partial outdoorsman, Alan likes to go on hikes and camping trips, and will usually lead the TC fam on hikes throughout San Diego, with Three Sister’s being the most recent. He also likes to workout and play/watch many sports, such as football, basketball, and badminton. When relaxing, he likes to watch anime. A bit of a deviation from the majority of the cabinet, Alan is a reptile person, and he especially likes crocodilians and snakes. His favorite foods are pretty much any seafood, from sushi to crab to steamed fish. Having grown up in San Diego, his seafood craving is almost always satiated with all the tasty seafood restaurants around here. Alan is most proud of getting into UCSD computer science program after coming in undeclared. With the uncertainty of being able to get into an impacted major, he was very anxious at the time and was quite unsure about attending UCSD. However, he ultimately chose to take the risk and was able to get in after much perseverance, and he is very glad he made that decision in the end. Amazing how different things can turn out from small changes…
At the beginning of my third year, after solidifying my direction in career/education the previous two years, I started looking to spread my wings a bit and join some clubs to to meet new people. UCSD Tzu Ching happened to be one of them, as I was re-introduced to Tzu Chi by alumni Eric Horng, who I had the pleasure of interning with over the summer. At first, I just wanted to test it out and see how much I liked it and wanted to commit to it, compared to how I felt about the other clubs I was looking into. Starting from the first GBM that fall, I instantly felt welcomed, as everyone was very warm and friendly to me. I quickly felt comfortable being around everyone in the organization and thought it was a group I could trust and bond with. I really like the professionalism everyone holds themselves to when the time comes for it. It instills a strong sense of discipline, but without being too intimidating since I know everyone on a personal level from our casual hangouts. My favorite event Convalescent Home because I like being around all the seniors that we see so much and being able to sing and laugh with them. I also quite enjoy seeing everyone display their hidden talents here that we don’t necessarily get to see a lot. Convalescent Home was also one of my first events and probably the one after which I started committing myself to the club, so it feels very special to me.
I am the Social Media Marketing Director for this year and I will be managing UCSD TC’s media platforms, from Facebook to Instagram to our blog on WordPress. You can usually expect me to upload our Weekly Wisdoms onto our Instagram (tc.tritons), featuring a Jing Si aphorism picked out by our fellow TC members along with their reflections regarding it. I will also be uploading onto our WordPress blog our monthly newsletters and other updates regarding our club, such as the officer intros you are currently reading. I wanted to become an officer to, first off, get closer to the club, as I had just recently joined in Fall 2016. I also wanted to help increase our membership by improving our public image to people who might be unfamiliar with what exactly our club is about, which is why my role in the club is very fitting.
“When you perform a task, do it wholeheartedly. When you refuse a task, leave it without regret.”
For quite a while (and even now somewhat), I have had a habit of saying yes to every request or favor given to me. During a lot of these situations, they’d eventually lead to me overloading myself and I would find myself not fully devoted to carrying out the task. Not only would I find myself having a bad time, but I would also end up not completing the task as well I would have liked. Thus, I now try not to be so quick to accepting new tasks or obligations unless I really want to and I know that I can give it my all into completing them. I have also developed a good sense for when to decline requests and am more self-aware of the amount of obligations I can juggle.