University of California, Irvine

Social Chair – Cindy Wong

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1. How did you get involved with GMT?

I got involved with GMT the beginning of my second year. My friend Mimi, who is currently Fundraising Chair, actually dragged me out to the meeting. We both wanted to do something more career-oriented rather than joining any “general” service club. I’ve decided to stick with this club after meeting such amazing people who has been in my shoes and are trying to achieve the same goals in life as me. The older members became encouraging mentors as I struggle to do well in all my bio-related classes. After the friends I made, it made me want to come out to meetings more and go on an unforgettable trip with them to Central America.

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

Definitely, my favorite GMT memory would be going on a trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua over the summer. It is an experience I want to do again and again and again. I’ve worked long clinic days, providing mothers and children with the medical attention they’ve been longing to get for months. I’ve visited hospitals and orphanages and donated the little I had that brought such joy to their faces. I immersed myself in the Nicaraguan culture by eating, dancing, and learning their language. This trip brought clarity in what I want to do in life and gave be a stronger drive in pursuing medical school.

3. What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I am very awkward when it comes to hugs. I prefer hand waves. If I am forced to hug people, I may not seem uncomfortable, but deep down, I am.

4. What superpowers would you want to have?

I would want the ability to absorb other people’s superpowers. If no one else in the world has superpowers, then I would stick to telekinesis. I can get very lazy, so I’d rather get things done with my mind.

5. What’s your favorite Pokémon?

Jigglypuff. Most clever Pokémon of all generations. 

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

Eggplant. I would be my favorite color, purple, and I would be healthy.

7. Other organizations you’re involved in?

I am currently an OChem Peer Tutor and I volunteer at the UCI Medical Center. Other than that, I spend all my time coming up with great socials for GMT.

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

It would be knowing that GMT is in good hands and that it’ll be thriving bigger and better each year to come.