“Personally, I am a Public Health major originally from Houston, but I grew up in Spring, Texas. I enjoy listening to news podcasts, watching anime, playing badminton, doing light maintenance on my motorcycle and cooking, when I get the chance. As a part of my interest in public health, as my major says, I see myself as a person that does the best I can in boosting healthy choices in my community. For example, when I see people I know making unhealthy decisions, I advise them otherwise. One of my specific targets in spreading healthy thoughts is to educate those I can on valuing prevention rather than treatment, as that is an important thought in my opinion. Many jump to fix issues after they are created and that can be hard and sometimes even catastrophic. So, to take the time to take daily measures to avoid such a problem in the first place is a good routine.
Aside from my interest in spreading awareness on healthy choices, I am also a brother and president of the Beta Tau Omega fraternity. With that awesome title, I carry myself as one of them and avoid doing anything outlandish and anything that would bring harm to our reputation on campus. For a little reflection, joining my fraternity allowed me to grow as a person as I became more disciplined and even got accustomed to being a leader. I never went out of my way to be president, but I became one at some point. The fraternity was a huge part of my college experience and I had the passion to want to grow it more and leave it better than ever for my future brothers. Therefore, the president role was for me and it allowed me to bring a change to the fraternity in many positive ways. One change was making it a more open space for empathy and building meaningful connections amongst the brothers. Aside from Beta Tau Omega being more compassionate, we have also been doing a lot more service for our community.
In terms of public service, I personally am all for making the Asian community’s voices heard in the big picture. We always seem to be left behind on many aspects of society, whether that be political, social or even economical. To do my best in making a change happen, I have focused on being in the forefront of civic engagement. In fact, this past voting season, I helped register around 200 people to vote. This is all for my drive to see more Asian Americans be more active in society and have their voice heard. As an fellow Asian American, and specifically a Taiwanese American, I would prefer not to be limited by my ethnicity, but people already do that for me in everyday life. I want to make others more openminded and make bonds through so much more, like the fact that specifically, I am just an ordinary Houstonian. In the future for A&M, I see more positive changes take place on this prestigious campus. There is still this unspoken ethnic divide even though people are more integrated than in the past. As a fellow Aggie, an example is the whole “Red Ass” mold that many of us are expected to fit into. I would like to see all students getting along better and really overlooking things like the two-percenter term, as school spirit is not for everyone and does not have to be a necessity on campus.
Having said that, I still found my place on campus and enjoy my time here. My path to get where I am now though did take effort and willpower. In freshmen year I was in a FLO and I joined it thinking it would help me become a leader, but I ended up not really feeling like it was a part of my vibe. I felt like I could not freely be who I am, so later I joined IDEAAL, which was targeted for Asian Americans. However, having said that, even within your ethnicity there can be a variation in interests and social comfort. Going out and “putting my finger in different pies” really helped me achieve where I am today and now place in an organization I really fit in and love. I think finding myself and my identity was thanks to creating a list of things to try and crossing off the things I ended up not fitting into. Furthermore, pushing myself to leave a legacy on campus also allowed me to have a drive to make a difference. I am now, therefore, a part of Aggie Green Funds, which is a grant giving organization that allows people to leave a legacy on campus with our funds like recycle bins and even giant projects like the Green Roof in the new Zachary building.
To wrap this up, If I could end this interview with any useful bits of information for others, I would want to say being a leader may look good on a resume but there are times where you could do just as good following people. If your strength is performing certain tasks to the point where it can be ranked as excellent, go for it. Furthermore, you can develop in any field and even branch out, going to uncharted territories. That is admirable as it takes guts to blaze a new path for yourself and go somewhere you never knew you could go.”
-Andy Chui, Class of 2019