2020 Executive Board:
President: Casey Cheng (Nu ’22)
Vice President: Amy Xia (Nu ’22)
Financial Chair: Hannah Gu (Nu ’23)
Programming Chair: Linda Jiang (Nu ’23)
Marketing Chair: Annie Ni (Nu ’24)
Communications Chair: Jiwoo Song (Nu ’23)
Freshmen Liaisons: Ella Jang and Alyssa Marie Lagua (Nu ’24)
ABSN Liaisons: Michelle Tran (N’21) and Amy Wong (N’21)
Casey Cheng, NURS’22, Minor: Urban Education
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Why APANSA?: Ultimately, I joined APANSA for the people! Everyone was super warm, welcoming, and willing to invest in me as a little freshman :’) It was so empowering to be surrounded by such passionate people who weren’t afraid to speak up and spark change. APANSA also provided an intersection between my Asian American identity and nursing identity, and opportunities to explore both <3
Interests: Calligraphy, bullet journaling, Trader Joes, my pets!
Favorite Quote/ Something You Live By: Everyone has their own story
Hannah Gu, NURS’23
Hometown: East Hanover, NJ
Why APANSA?: APANSA was a really great way for me join the AAPI community at Penn, especially coming from a predominantly white hometown where I couldn’t find connections to that identity. I’m so thankful for the new friends I have made through this organization and for the insight I gained from upperclassmen about nursing as a career path and what it means to be an AAPI nurse. I’m looking forward to expanding aFAMsa and continuing to create a welcoming community for all current and future members!
Interests: Music, Netflix, Tik Tok, books, global health, your cute pets, fave foods, travel, anything really!
Favorite Quote/Something You Live By: Don’t feel like you have to put off your happiness until later (after this test, after this week, after this semester…) because happiness comes in a lot of different forms. If it means sleeping for a little longer or indulging in a snack or skipping a lecture to hang out with friends, remember that you did yourself a service.
Annie Ni, NURS ’24, Minors: Health Services Management, Global Health
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Why APANSA?: As a freshman coming to such a large school I was afraid of not being able to my own community but APANSA has been the most welcoming community I have engaged with. They provide so much support and advice and honestly just an amazing group of people!
Interests: Kdramas/Cdramas, restaurant recommendations, Trader Joe’s, working out, baking
Favorite Quote/Something You Live By: Don’t let that ONE thing ruin your day; move on!
Ella Jang, NURS ’24
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Why APANSA?: As a freshman coming to Penn, i wanted to find a community with similar interests and people who i could depend on. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to be freshman liaison because i’ve already met so many amazing people, both in the same cohort and upperclassmen! APANSA is full with friendly people who want to help and you’ll definitely feel welcomed!!
Interests: Photography, k-r&b and k-hip hop, La Croix
Favorite Quote/Something You Live By: “There is no ‘right’ time, just time and what you decide to do with it”
Amy Wong, N’21
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Why APANSA?: Coming from California during COVID, I felt a loss of community and the inability to feel like I belong at Penn. When I heard about APANSA, I knew I wanted to join and be able to contribute my experiences and my excitement to an organization who shared the same values. I am a proud Asian American myself and I would love to spread the love of my culture and awareness alongside other nursing students. I also wanted to form new relationships and friendships with others and learn from others as well!
Interests: I am a professional napper, a corgi mom, and I love arts and crafts. My hobbies and interests are ever-changing because I am curious about everything and love to try new things! I am currently participating in a volunteer opportunity to become a community connector for Together For West Philadelphia and am excited to contribute to the community around me! My favorite things to do, is go to a view and look at the beauty of everything :)
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Amy Xia, NURS’22, Minor: Global Health
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Why APANSA?: While coming to Penn was definitely exciting, I remember how overwhelmed I felt at meeting so many people and being in a such a new and unfamiliar environment. APANSA became a community and space for me to feel safe and connected with friends and peers, all while exploring the intersection of some extremely important aspects of my identity. I have been honored to be able to witness myself grow and develop over the years because of my involvement with APANSA, and hope to further contribute in helping others to find the same sense of safety and comfort as well.
Interests: Cats, BTS, boba, cooking
Favorite Quote/Something You Live By: If sleepy, take nap.
Linda Jiang, NURS ’23, Minor: Health Services Management
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Interests: Netflix shows, Kdramas/Cdramas, watercoloring, running, and journaling!!!
Favorite Quote/Something You Live By: Don’t try to be someone else. Just try to be your best self.
Hometown: Saratoga, CA
Why APANSA?: A lot of people don’t have the privilege of connecting with an Asian American community that APANSA offers. But regardless of whether or not you are connected to your Asian American identity, it’s just really nice to have people who are ready to support you or even gladly meet you by coincidence on Locust Walk or in the ARCH. I also want to increase my likelihood of meeting people who play League or watch anime haha.
Alyssa Marie Lagua, NURS ’24, Minor: Global Health
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Why APANSA?: I wanted to meet other members of the APA community in nursing to help me learn more about my identity! It’s definitely nice to be in such a welcoming community where we can grow together as we push through nursing school.
Interests: Anime, video games, cute pets pictures!
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