The Rho Class crossed in Spring of 2017.
MAKENA "Masaya" LOW
Hometown: Wherever my room isn't
Involved In: Swimsuit modeling, Flourhacks
Likes: Being Rose from Titanic
Me in 10 years: Rose from Titanic, but with a Jack who isn't dead
What I appreciate most about SYZ: Anyone in SYZ could be the next Karlie Kloss, including me!
Fun facts: I like to get low, low, low, low, low, low, low. As a theatre kid, I believe that SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway is the highest of art.
PAULINA "Wanika" REYES
Hometown: Wahiawa, HI
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Involved In: PASU, Stanford Space Initiative, RoboTeam, Robotics, Lu'au Performer
Likes: Star Wars and other geeky things, anything Disney, nature! (especially the ocean), playing ukulele, small cute animals of all kinds, traveling, photography
Me in 10 years: Hopefully surviving the effects of current political decisions, especially related to the health of this planet. I also hope I'll have an engineering degree, otherwise taking all this math now would not have been worth it.
What I appreciate most about SYZ: The support, the laughter, the kindness, the inspiration
Fun facts: I have never lived anywhere except Hawaii, but I have been traveling since I was 3 or 4 years old. I am incredibly lucky to have seen 22+ different countries around the world so far, and I really wanna go see more!
JASMINE "Larkspur" HEU
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Involved In: Hmong Student Union, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Leland Scholars Program
Likes: Learning about different cultures, traditions, and histories
Me in 10 years: Hopefully a physician who treats patients like people and provides proper medical services to those who lack affordable and accessible health care
What I appreciate most about SYZ: Having the support and empowerment of inspirational women who have goals and the determination to achieve them
Fun facts: I have a pomeranian named Happy who makes me happy.
EMILY "Vivi" Cang
Hometown: Revere, MA; Peachtree Corners, GA
Major: Symbolic Systems
Minor: East Asian Studies (Japan subplan)
Involved In: Stanford Khmer Association, Pilipino American Student Union, Stanford Vietnamese Student Association, Stanford Asian American Activism Committee
Likes: my big (Angela), sushi, photography, nice butts, activism, API issues, boba, D O G S
Me in 10 years: with dogs, happy, still woke AF
What I appreciate most about SYZ: Badass women who are inspirational leaders, role models, and most importantly, SYZters! I'm so grateful to be around AA women who slay at everything they do and do it with passion, dedication, and a whole lot of heart.
Fun facts: My biggest accomplishment is getting first comment on a KevJumba video back in the day. I'm First-Gen Low-Income. I'm hella proud to be Teochew-Khmer. Call me Hypebae. My nickname was almost "Mama" (I'm looking at you, Angela).
KATIE "Tenseiga" MANSFIELD
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Involved In: Mua Lac Hong, Stanford Vietnamese Student Association, Spoken Word Collective
Likes: GiAnT RoBoTS (bonus points if they’re in space or fighting aliens), poetry, stickers, superhero movies, kdramas & kpop, spraycans, sweaters, hugs, sparkly and/or light-up things
Me in 10 years: still laughing, still learning :)
What I appreciate most about SYZ: The chance to get closer to driven, passionate, and inspiring girls who I might have otherwise just admired from afar because I'm a smol awkward bean. Since then, I've been showered with nothing but love, giving me hope that one day I, too, will grow into a tol proud sprout.
Fun facts: Facebook flagged me as a spam-bot for posting too many meme-y Valentine’s Day cards on people’s walls. I watch High School Musical every New Year’s Eve. My most used emojis are the knife, the heart, and the TM symbol.
BELINDA "Tessaiga" MO
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Major: Symbolic Systems
Involved In: Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Students' Association
Likes: Cats, my cat, social entrepreneurship, recursion, glasses that don't fall off of my face, psychology, open-minded people, my fam/friends, hippie pants, exclamation points, and backpacking
Me in 10 years: Hopefully, the founder of my own social enterprise. Also, a crazy cat lady that is also somehow functional in society!
What I appreciate most about SYZ: The people ^_^
Fun facts: If I'm ever angry or moody, I'm easily placated with a chocolate bar *hint hint*
ANN "Meimei" NGUYEN
Hometown: Union City, CA
Major: Biology with a Concentration in Neurobiology
Involved In: APAMSA, SVSA
Likes: BOBA (literally addicted and needs an IV), cute stuffed animals, bougie water (like voss, life water, smart water), anime, carbs + food in general, clothes and more clothes, rom-coms and things that give me feels, Christmas (Its the most wonderful time of the yearrrr)
Me in 10 years: A doctor with a job, dog, house, and husband
What I appreciate most about SYZ: The girls are the realest. They give you the support you need and inspire you to become the best you there is! SYZ is full of passionate girls who will let nothing stand in their way
Fun facts: I'm 1/8 (ish) French. I will never be a cat lady because I'm allergic to cats. When I was small I broke my arm and leg on two different occasions, both from jumping on the bed and subsequently falling off.
CLARE "Kendra" ZHU
Hometown: Irvine, CA (formerly Shrewsbury, MA)
Major: Computer Science
Involved In: Mua Lac Hong
Likes: Sticky rice cakes, berries and cherries, drug discovery, deep learning, sustainable energy, social dancing, Tang poetry, puns
Me in 10 years: Friends with an alarming number of cats.
What I appreciate most about SYZ: The inspiring dedication, spontaneity, and resilience of my fellow SYZters! The strength of their commitment to the causes in their lives is something I seek to emulate every day.
Fun facts: I love long walks on the Oval and School of Medicine. Neil deGrasse Tyson patted me on the shoulder once. I keep a bunch of plushies from my friends and loved ones, including an alpaca named Ser Pwaa. They remind me of the wonderful people in my life when I'm away for a long time.
YSABEL "mirasol" OJOYLAN
Hometown: Bacolod City, Philippines
Major: Human Biology
Involved In: PASU, CO, XTRM, Eclipse, STATIC, AASIB Core
Likes: dancing, kimchi fried rice with cheese, Google Calendar, bagel sandwiches, the music my parents played as I was growing up and failed to appreciate at the time
Me in 10 years: doctor by day, dancer who enjoys Bacardi and Fresca by night
What I appreciate most about SYZ: Incredibly intelligent and driven women who never fail to make me smile
1. My parents never emphasized the difference between Ilonggo and Tagolog (two Pilpino languages) and so I speak in a 50/50 mixture of both.
2. I love Coupa Cafe mochas.
3. I have a really loud laugh.
MICHELLE "Oscar" BAE
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Involved In: PASU, AASA, Q + A, Sanskriti
Likes: Math rock, webcomics, long socks, being overdressed, lychee, Korean fried chicken, naps (anywhere), and sketchnoting.
Me in 10 years: fit + fiery
What I appreciate most about SYZ: The powerful, contemplative activists and API role models all around me :')
Fun facts: I've been dyeing my hair (and that of others) for 5 years now. I'm allergic to cats but I don't let that stop me from trying to hug them. I used to own chickens. My tortoise ran away from home.
CHELSEA "Chance" CHEN
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Involved In: Stanford Students in Biodesign, Common Origins, Stanford Robotics, The Stanford Daily
Likes: Matcha, laser cutters, coffee, HARRY POTTER
Me in 10 years: Being a medical device engineer for space surgery (idk if this exists...but we can try)
What I appreciate most about SYZ: I love how well the girls and I vibe when we talk about anything. I feel like our personalities really complement each other and make us stronger as a whole.
I can shoot 14/25 clay discs on a shotgun ;)
I can still (?) play scales on the piano at 172 bpm
I can keep my room (clarification: college dorm room) clean
DAHEE "Fraise" Chung
Hometown: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Involved In: Stanford Undergraduate Research Association, XTRM, Partners in Health, WiCS
Likes: Strawberries, Travels, Photography, Dance, Music, Movie, Musicals, Festivals
Me in 10 years: Traveling all around the world, taking photos with greatest smile
What I appreciate most about SYZ: All of our laughters and sisterhood which supports me anytime anywhere
Fun facts: My birthday is same as Gandhi's. I have been to all of the following places within two years (2016-2017) : Tübingen, Stuttgart, Dußlingen, Tuttlingen, Nürtingen, München, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Füssen, Kronberg, Innsbruck, Zürich, Seoul, Jeonju, San Francisco, Monterey, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Prague, Zagreb-Plitvice Lakes-Zadar-Split-Neum-Dubrovnik, Interlaken, Olten, Bern, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Paris, Jeju, Hongkong, Macao, Shenzhen, Busan, Tokyo, Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia
KELSEY "Helia" RICH
Hometown: Shaker Height, Ohio
Involved In: Club Swimming
Likes: Eating different foods, dancing, spending time with family and friends
Me in 10 years: hopefully happy
What I appreciate most about SYZ: having a close community of women who I can count on
Fun facts: I have a good collection of onesies
HELEN "Nashira" LIU
Hometown: Orange, CT
Involved In: Research, Cardinal Free Clinics, ReCAP, SURJ, Common Origins
Likes: food, anime, kdrama, photography, music, japanese cheesecake, dancing, more eating, swimming, more and more eating
Me in 10 years: still crazily energetic and not letting the rough times jade me
What I appreciate most about SYZ: a group of strong, beautiful, hilarious, down-to-earth, superwomen who i can call both role models and friends
1. i have eaten 100 pieces of sushi in one sitting before!!! mukbang helen holoholoholo
2. i have lived in one place - orange, ct (tho i did move houses in the middle of high school)
3. i have a black lab named lily
4. hmu for a photoshoot <3 <3 @helenliuphotography
DANNA "nissa" XUE
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Major: Electrical Engineering
Involved In: SHIFT Blueprint, Stanford Baroque Orchestra, SSAR, SSI, Chamber Music
Likes: Cello, space, coffee & boba, design, making music
Me in 10 years: I see myself as an eccentric woman, glasses and hair in a bun. I'm surrounded by books, cats, dogs, and music collections. I'll spend my days (hopefully) working at a space research center, and most of my free time chatting with my customers at a low-key coffee/boba shop I'm running (with live jazz music). Also, lots of jamming and making good music.
What I appreciate most about SYZ: The community- it's both vibrant and supportive. We really bounce ideas of each other, and are reliable in times of need.
Fun facts: I love discussing art, film, books (SCIFI especially), the universe, boba, and coffee.
HAIWEN "edelweiss" GUI
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Involved In: Common Origins, UCAA, Cardinal Free Clinics, SC, Stanford Symphony Orchestra
Likes: Food! Idea of being able to sing. Long walks. Dancing.
Me in 10 years: Living life to the fullest
What I appreciate most about SYZ: The friendship and community
Fun facts: I pour milk before cereal.
SUNWOO "Muna" KANG
Hometown: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Major: Biomedical Computation
Involved In: Research in Stanford Medical School, SLE alumni, Stanford Transhumanist Association (STA)
Likes: ice cream, noodles, green tea boba, spicy food, binge-watching TV/dramas/webtoons, reading fiction & non-fiction, writing letters by hand, napping with my dog, hiking, swimming, scuba diving
Me in 10 years: For now, I see myself leading my own Biotech startup company. But in the end, I want to find myself on my own way, loving self & others, living without regrets, and contributing towards better future to come
What I appreciate most about SYZ: bonding with incredibly talented and passionate group of people who are also fun & chill
Fun facts: I've fallen asleep during UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's Speech, and wrote about it in my Stanford supplement essay. Also, I've lived in all Japan/China/Korea, been to North Korea, and went on ten day Himalaya trekking journey (4130m altitude).