TOP 30: Jun Wang

Jun Wang
Major: International Studies
Year: 4
Age: 21
Hometown: Huntington Beach
In One Word: Hungry

HIS PASSION
Jun Wang hopes to leave a lasting impression on the students of UCI, by planning events like Soulstice, Shocktoberfest, and Wayzgoose. Through planning these events, he hopes to provide an unforgettable college experience for the students to leave a positive and influential impact.

THE FUTURE
Jun will be travelling abroad to South America with some friends, and he is considering teaching abroad for a year or two. If that doesn’t go through, he is planning to move to LA to work with the entertainment industry.

WHERE TO FIND HIM
Jun keeps himself busy as an RA in Mesa Court, an intern for Creative Artist Agency, and ASUCI Vice President of Student Services. However, for the time being, Jun just hopes to enjoy his last five weeks here at UCI.

HIS INFLUENCE
Jun has held positions in many organizations on and off campus, and his friend Kenny Azama commends him in saying that “there is seriously nothing this guy can’t do and he has made so many opportunities for other students on campus.”

KS: Tell us about yourself.

JW: I was born and raised in Orange County, and I attended public school in Huntington Beach. My family is of Chinese descent, but my parents were born and raised in Korea, so we have some Korean background in our family as well. I have an older brother and sister, who both graduated from UCLA, so I’m the youngest, and I’m finally graduating, which is very nerve-wracking and bittersweet.

KS: What have you accomplished here on campus, and what do you hope to accomplish?

JW: On campus, something I take the most pride in is Soulstice. It’s this new event that I started along with my committee through my position on ASUCI. It’s an event to promote original artistic talent in hopes of boosting the morale of the university. Just watching this little idea grow inside my head, and having my committee members meet every single week, and then to see the complete outcome of the event was just an absolutely amazing experience. I also planned Shocktoberfest and Wayzgoose but people already know about these events in school, so marketing for these events isn’t as difficult. We all thought starting a brand new event at UCI would be a really big challenge, but we all worked really hard to make it a success.  We had it at Crawford Hall and we sold out of 1200 tickets, which was completely unexpected.  We found a lot of cool students who aren’t  necessarily part of music majors or clubs, that just have a lot of talent and this event allowed us to discover them.

I hope it will continue. I’m currently working with the next Vice President of Student Services, Jessica Phan, on setting up committees and interviews for that. I definitely hope it will continue, and not just be a 2 or 3 or 4 year thing, but something that will evolve into a big event that people would want to go to or participate in. I hope to come back in 15 years and see that it’s still going on.

KS: How have you been involved with the Asian Pacific Islander American community?

JW: I joined some clubs here and there. A lot of my friends are in Tomo no Kai – I met them through my other affiliations with SPOP and greek life. In terms of helping them out,  I always try to get them more connected with the campus, giving them more publicity about who they are and what they can do to have people join their organizations. With Jodaiko, for instance, we always try to get them performance times, because we know people love Jodaiko and we want more people to join Jodaiko. We always make sure to incorporate them into the Welcome Week schedule and Wayzgoose. I personally love Jodaiko, so I also asked them to be a part of Lip Dub – there’s a shot where the camera walks through all of them drumming, so I thought that would be a really cool element to showcase different points that people can join at UC Irvine.

KS: Who or what do you feel has been the most influential to you?

JW: That’s a tough question because the people I look up to always change. In high school in ASB I really looked up to my president at that time. With every organization and leader within that organization I take from and I try to create my own leadership style with it. I think the root of who I am and loving to get involved to create an impact with students is attributed to my older brother who really pushed me at an early age to get involved in high school. He joined late in high school and he really encouraged me to join ASB right when I joined high school. It triggered my passion to do what I can for the students, which ultimately led me to be ASB president. Ever since high school, I always loved being in a position where I can provide for the students. It’s also what I have done at UCI for all four years.

KS: What are you most passionate about?

JW: I think my biggest passion is planning an unforgettable experience and making an impact out of that. Whether it’s through event planning, or through planning concerts, festivals, or advising incoming freshmen, I think wherever there is an opportunity where I can leave a positive influential impact is something that I’ve always been passionate about. I know that I was given that positive influential impact when I was younger and that really helped me decide who I want to be and what I want to do. So I want to make sure that any opportunity I can, I can do the same thing for other people, so I can help them decide or at least give them a clear vision of who they want to be and what they want to do.

KS: Why is the word that describes yourself, “hungry”?

JW: Part of it is about food, because everyone who knows me associates me with eating out and eating a lot because I love to eat. But it is also about being hungry in life, and being hungry to learn more about anything and everything that you can. And always challenging yourself to grow more as an individual, and the only way to do so is if you’re hungry, and by being hungry I mean curious and asking questions and being proactive with whatever you’re doing, whether it be cultural clubs, student government, housing, internships – I think that is applicable to everything, and that it can help get you really far.

KS: What is an interesting fact about yourself?

JW: I don’t like to drink Arrowhead water. Some people think I’m really weird, but other people completely agree. There’s a mineral taste to it that is very distinct and that I don’t like. I also don’t like sweets. I don’t like chocolate or things like that.

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