University of California, Irvine

Fundraising Chair – Mimi Lyang

Mimi Lyang

1. How did you get involved with GMT?

I joined GMT as a second year because I was interested in getting more involved with something that was actually related to my major and what I want to do in the future. I dragged Cindy to the very first meeting of fall quarter, and right after watching the Nicaragua video from 2013, I was undoubtedly in love. I was extremely excited and interested in going on a trip, and I was determined to attend every meeting/social/event possible to ensure that I would get to go on one trip. (No lie, when I got back to my apartment that night, I re-watched the video at least ten more times.) I joined fall quarter of my second year, and then applied to be on board during winter quarter. At first, I actually did not want to apply. I was told that winter quarter of second year is usually the most difficult quarter, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to balance school and being an intern for GMT. However, my mentor Sophia told me to just do it anyways, and I am glad I decided to! Applying to be on GMT board has definitely been one of the best decisions I have made at UCI so far.

 2. What’s your favorite GMT memory so far?

My favorite GMT memory so far is definitely the 2014 Summer Nicaragua trip. It was truly an amazing experience. Even though it was my second trip, I believe that this made it even more exciting and I was able to experience everything from a new and different perspective. During clinics I was able to learn things that I didn’t pick up on from my first trip, and it really enhanced the overall experience. The trip we took to Nicaragua definitely confirmed my love for GMT.

 3. What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I’ve donated my hair 3 times to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a company that makes wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair from chemotherapy!

 4. What superpowers would you want to have?

I would love to fly. It’s weird because I’ve actually had a few dreams where I’ve flown in before…it’s hard to explain how to do it but it’s pretty fun. Also knowing how to fly would definitely help my laziness because I can get to places faster!

 5. What’s your favorite Pokémon?

As a child, I was not lucky enough to own a GameBoy… but all my friends played Pokemon and I would say Squirtle is my favorite! I like Squirtle because I love turtles.

 6. If you can be a fruit, which would you be and why?

A pear. I love Asian pears. I would be an Asian pear because they’re juicy. I guess being juicy could also mean that someone’s interesting, and I hope that I can be interesting to talk to and be passionate about the things I do in life.

 7. Other organizations you’re involved in?

I am in ASUCI’s Anteaters In Action, a committee that plans community service events for UCI students (and who planned UC I Give Back!) I was a mentor for the Undecided/Undeclared Mentorship Program, and I was a blogger for the Undecided/Undeclared ZotBlog.

 8. If you want to leave GMT knowing one thing, what would it be?

As most of us are pre-health majors, we all know that it can get pretty competitive. It’s definitely easy to feel unmotivated when everybody you are competing with is equally or even more qualified than you are. Therefore, I would like to leave GMT knowing that it doesn’t matter what career I pursue, as long as I am happy with what I am doing with my life. Also, I have made so many close friends from GMT that I would like to leave GMT knowing that they’ll always be by my side 🙂