University of California, Irvine

 

Questions:

Describe your favorite memory with GMT

Why did you join GMT

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of food?

What is one thing you would never do again?

What is one of your hobbies?

Ruby. President

  1. My favorite memory with GMT was at the end of our Nicaragua trip. After we landed and picked up our luggage, we huddled around the trip coordinator in terminal. That was probably the most sentimental moment of the week, because as we listen to him talk we all begin to realize that we’re going back to reality. Moments like these always make me appreciate the GMT family, because even though we all go our separate ways, we all share the same memories and experiences of our week long trip.
  2. I joined GMT because I thought this would be a great opportunity to get more healthcare experience. I never thought I was going to make so many friends in the process.
  3. The craziest thing i’ve ever done in the name of food was Illegally cook Korean barbecue at the beach and eating it with stolen rice from the freshman commons. Because the only way AYCE gets better, is with a bonfire.
  4. One thing I will ever do again is order the spiciest item on the menu in a Taiwanese restaurant. I love spicy foods, but my tongue was paralyzed after only finishing a fourth of the soup.
  5. One of my hobbies is going to concerts! I love going to see an artist live, it really shows how talented they truly are. The only downside is that it can be an expensive hobby. 

Cindy. External VP

  1. My favorite memory with GMT would have to be the very first trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua in summer of 2014. My fondest memories from that trip would be gathering everyone into someone’s hotel room and playing rounds of Mafia after a long clinic day. These nights allowed us to grow as a GMT family because we would have intimates talk about our clinic experiences and passions while playing a cruel friendship-breaking game. The little moments I’ve shared between all my new friends were what I cherished most.
  2. I joined GMT because our current Secretary, Mimi Lyang, dragged me out to a GMT meeting during my second year. We both wanted to do something more career oriented since we’re both Biology majors. I stayed because I met very welcoming people who not only became my mentors but close friends. Nevertheless, joining the club changed my life because it gave me the passion, drive, and security in my goals to become a doctor.  
  3. The worst thing I’ve ever eaten was a natto sushi roll, which is traditional Japanese food made of fermented soybeans. I was with my boyfriend and he suggested that I should try it. He even agreed to pay for my plate because he guaranteed absolute “goodness”. However, he was trolling and now my trust for him is tarnished.
  4. One thing I would never do again is volcano boarding on the volcano, Cerro Negro in Leon, Nicaragua. Climbing up that volcano with our boards was such a struggle. Although it was such a beautiful hike and riding down the volcano was absolutely thrilling, the pain to get up there was too difficult to ever do again.
  5. Recently, I am very into power lifting. I use to be a cardio-bunny and exercise just to look fit, but eventually I realized– there’s no use in that. I wanted to be stronger. I want to be reliant on my own abilities as a small Asian girl to carry heavy objects and counter the typical skinny-girl beauty and be meaty instead.

JoAnn. Internal VP

  1. My favorite memory with GMT would have to be the very first trip to Nicaragua I went on with the club. Being able to travel to a completely different country, talk to patients, and dedicate an entire week to helping out those that want it was an experience unlike any other. Not only that, but I was able to enjoy my time in Nicaragua with 28 wonderful people with the exact same passion and mindset like my own.
  2. I joined GMT because I was looking for a medically related club to join. I stayed in GMT because of the people and how encompassing the events we have are. There are socials, workshops, speakers, fundraisers, community service, donations, retreats, dinners, collaborations with other campus organizations & independent companies, and so much more! And I was able to enjoy all of these events with friends, making me always look forward to GMT days.
  3. In a naive and misguided crusade for better food in elementary school, I had created the jello prank. The jello my school’s cafeteria provided was disgusting and extremely cohesive. Essentially, I threw the jello upwards so that it would stick to the ceiling and leave my seat. The next person to assume that seat would receive a lovely crown of green jello on his or her head. I somehow thought that adults would understand how unappealing the dessert was through my actions. I was 8.
  4. One thing that I definitely wouldn’t ever do again is return home with any type of food containing meat in my hands. The first and last time I did, 5 dogs and 1 out of 3 cats attacked me for the food. My dinner ended up devoured by supposedly “tame” house pets. And I just recently learned that my dad picked up another dog, for a total of 6.
  5. One of my hobbies is definitely reading for pleasure, as boring as that sounds. I absolutely love being able to pick up a book or story and become completely enraptured with the characters and plot. It’s a bonus if the setting is well thought out (ex: Harry Potter series) without laying down too much jargon (ex: Eragon series). I am the type of person to power through books as well; the amount of times my roommates have found me in the living room reading till 6 am the next day with a 9 am class are endless. Since this is about books, I definitely would have to recommend Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (yes, it’s a movie now too). If you don’t have a copy, I can lend you one!

Mimi. Secretary 

  1. My favorite memory with GMT is the Nicaragua trip in Summer of 2014. It was my second trip but it was definitely very different than my first trip to Panama. Going on the trip as a return tripper helped a lot.
  2. I joined GMT fall quarter of my sophomore year. I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do after college so I decided to check out some pre-health clubs. I dragged Cindy along with me and after the first meeting, I was hooked. The video that we watched at the first meeting was the 2013 Summer Nicaragua trip and it was the most beautiful video ever made. And the rest is history.
  3. One time during a GMT meeting, I had an untouched Chipotle steak bowl. I was talking to someone and right as I turned around, I bumped into another board member (who shall not be named) and I watched the entire bowl drop to the ground in slow motion. It was a very sad moment. However, I love Chipotle so much that I went to buy another bowl. And that’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done in the name of food. #broke
  4. One thing I would never do again is take labs (general/ochem lab, physics lab). I dislike lab because you have to do so much busy work for such a small amount of units.
  5. One of my hobbies is getting to know people. I love talking to others and getting to know them on a deeper level than just saying “hi” to them. So if you ever need someone to talk to, ask me! 🙂

Brandon. Workshop Coordinator

  1. I think everyone knows this about me, but my favorite memory in GMT, Hands Down, would have to be the week one social last year. I had so much fun that night getting to know everyone and learning how to play ABC/123! Meeting some awesome people, drinking boba, eating popcorn chicken, learning to play a fun game… what more could you ask for? 🙂
  2. I joined GMT because of how much fun I had the first meeting and social. I also distinctly remember thinking how professional the board looked with their board polos that I really trusted that the GMT family would be a good fit.
  3. In the name of food… Me and my friends drove to LA at 8pm just to get ice cream from a new ice-cream store that everyone was talking about. We ended up getting home around 12pm. It was an interesting night…
  4. hmmm….I’ll never….idk… well whatever my answer would be, i’d probably end up doing it again anyways haha.
  5. I love playing piano. I’ve been taking lessons since I was 5 years old, but it wasn’t until I turned 17 or 18 that my passion for piano grew. At that stage, I was able to finally start playing the beautifully complex pieces that I was not able to before. I’m a really big Chopin fan, I could listen to his pieces all day.

Tiffany. Fundraising Chair

  1. My favorite memory with GMT would have to be winter quarter of my junior year when I started my internship to become a possible board member.  It was my first time really getting involved in a club at UCI and I have no regrets.  From then until now I’ve met great people and made much more amazing memories!
  2. I originally joined GMT because of the Nicaragua video that we usually show on Week 1, but I stayed for the incredible people.
  3. Every time I’ve gone to McDonalds.  It always seems like a good idea at first but afterwards there’s so much RAGRET.
  4. Drink regular milk.  We don’t get along.
  5. I love motorcycles.  I don’t know if you could call that a hobby, but I’d very much like to have one of my own in the future.

Andrés. Fundraising Chair

  1. My favorite memory with GMT has to be the day i first joined. Everyone I met was so open and welcoming, I really felt like I had become part of the GMT family from the outset.
  2. I joined GMT because i wanted to help the people in need in Latin America. I felt an especially strong attraction to our mission because of my own heritage.
  3. The craziest thing I have done for food is making rounds on multiple Costcos to score some sweet sweet samples.
  4. Union station past midnight.
  5. I love to train Brazilian Jiu Jistu. The mat is one of my sanctuaries.

Angela. Historian

  1. My favorite memory with GMT would be spending every minute and making the memories I have made since joining this club. Whether it was on my first trip to Dominican Republic, the first time I walked in accidentally in the Panama Tripper Meeting then joining everyone else at the fields in Aldrich Park where we “tried” to play capture the flag but ended up playing with glow sticks or the first time I met my amazing mentee who continuously amazes me every time I see her. Seeing myself physically and mentally change from being in this club, I wouldn’t trade for anything else!
  2. I joined GMT because I wanted to be involved with a campus organization that is bigger than myself. Being able to help people has always been my dream since I was younger and finding something like that with GMT, I fell in love with the people and the organization. The memories I have made so far has been a roller coaster I will never forget.
  3. The craziest thing I have done in the name of food was eat my cheetos in a quiet physics class I wasn’t even enrolled in but was super hungry. I had to chew slowly and had to keep the one cheeto in my mouth until it got super soft and lost its flavor. At that point it didn’t taste the same any more.
  4. One thing I would never do again is carry a gigantic stuff animal, as big as myself, around the airport/on the plane and back home because everyone will think I am 5… The time before this (2013, I was 19), I had a backpack and was carrying a small teddy bear and one of the flight attendants gave me a toy pack (yes the ones they give kids so they have stuff to do during flights) because they probably thought I was 5. I still have it to this day…
  5. One of my favorite hobbies includes doing crafty things like making decals or glass etchings. I made an excuse to my parents to buy this machine for my brothers new shop to decorate but in turn made my own tiny as business from it. In my defense, we haven’t came up with how we are going to design so now I’m just making use of it.

Kassandra. Social Chair

  1. i. One of my favorite memories with GMT happened in spring of 2015. The day began early in the morning with RAMP where we helped out the little ones at the Boys and Girls Club with math and showed them some sweet optical illusions. We played sports with them outside and we finished the program with ice cream sandwiches. Instead of parting ways after RAMP, all of us went to Aloha Hawaiian BBQ and then headed back to the VDC study lounge where we ate our lunch and played Super Smash Bros. BUT… the fun wasn’t over just yet. After tickle sessions and many silly pictures, we decided to run over to the ARC fields where we decided to have an impromptu relay in which we had to partner up, roll down a hill, find our partner, get a piggyback ride across the field, and then give our partner a piggyback ride back to the start. It was a day that I didn’t want to end and I am so beyond blessed to be a part of this GMT family where memories like this happen whenever I’m with them. I love you all.
  2. During my freshman year, I wanted to join a club in which I could express my passion for the medical field, but after an overwhelming day at the involvement fair, I was a little disheartened. Luckily for me, my roommate and best friend, Jessica Edward, invited me to GMT’s first general meeting. I continued going every Thursday at 5pm in an attempt to be more involved on campus, but I fell in love with the club when I watched the Nicaragua summer 2013 video which featured Pompeii by Bastille as the main song, and hearing that song now still hits me hard in the feels.
  3. I have spent too much money at the farmer’s market in the name of fresh fruits and veggies, but I have no RAGRETS.
  4. If you really want to know something that I would never do again, then ask me personally, but… buy me dinner first(;
  5. v. I can’t choose one of my hobbies, so I’ll choose two. I really love painting (acrylics and watercolor are my forte) and hiking. Actually, I lied. I love pretty much everything.

Paul. Social Chair

  1. My favorite memory with GMT was our Amazing Race GMT edition back in Winter quarter of 2015. After putting all the hard work to making it happen, it was so enjoyable to see everyone who came have such a great time competing against each other. I loved seeing the team dynamic of each group through each challenge whether it be eating bugs together or relying on one person to successfully throw a ball into a bucket. At the end of the hike, I could see that everyone was exhausted, but at the same time, I could see how much we bonded together as a club and it makes me look forward to the next time I get to do these activities with the new people in the club.
  2. I had initially joined GMT to go on one of the medical trips and see for myself what it would be like to be a physician. The reason I stayed in GMT was that I found myself surrounded with people who were driven and passionate about whatever goal they had in mind. These people taught me so much more than I could have ever taught myself, and without them, I’m sure that I would never have been the person who I am today.
  3. The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of food was bike 15 miles at 7am in the morning all for a donut before my midterm. And it was so worth it.
  4. One thing I would never do again is bike downhill, at night, without gloves… Ask me if you want to hear the full story!
  5. One of my hobbies is trying to determine whether or not today’s sunset will be amazingly awesome so that I can plan to record it and take pictures of it with every camera that I have.