By Kevin Chen
On October 14th, 2014, our Hep B volunteers had a chilling experience during the ice-skating social at Oakland Ice Centre! It was a great bonding experience with many laughs, low temperatures, and hopefully not too many falls! Socials are great events when our volunteers can take a break from their busy lives and to have fun and bond with each other. If you are looking to get to know the other volunteers, I highly suggest coming to one of the socials, or to all of them!
On October 4th, 2014, a few of our volunteers, most of whom were fluent in Korean, attended the Korean Health Conference in Oakland to help with Hepatitis B education, screening and vaccination. It was a very fruitful event and our hard-working volunteers were rewarded with great food. Thanks guys!
Hi! My name is Julie. I'm a second year and MCB major. I'm from the beautiful bay. I love to eat, sleep, and watch movies. My favorite place in the entire world is tied between my bed and the kitchen. I have a soft spot in my heart for little kids, a strong sense of justice, and an addiction to boba.
I look forward to the next two years of my undergrad at Berkeley and hope to attend medical school soon after. I would like to be a pediatric oncologist who loves her patients and can help bring joy and laughter to patients regardless of their health. I aspire to be a doctor who helps patients get quality medical care and not let socioeconomic status be a barrier to what the services they are entitled to. I want to be a person who is not passive about problems especially in her community, but someone who will go out and make a difference and share laughs along the way.
Hi! I am Michelle, and this is going to be my very first year here at UC Berkeley. I’m super excited to experience all this place has to offer, and also to discover what I could offer to this amazing institute. I am an intended Environmental Economics and Policy major, but who knows, that may change anytime. However, that being said, I like thinking outside of the box, and I am interested in learning about how the business world intertwines with the environment. I love nature and all the wonders that come with it. If you’ve come to know me better, you would also find out that I have an uncanny obsession with sunrises, sunsets and the sky (but I just told you that).
I remember the excitement I felt when I first heard about the Hep B project. Volunteering has always been a core part of my life, and I have always been fascinated by the medical world. Being able to take part in the Hep B project was like killing two birds with one stone. I am looking forward to learning more about Hep B and lending a hand to people in need. I hope to be able to contribute to the project while also gaining hands-on experiences working with patients. I cannot wait to start working with everyone on the team and getting to know all of you more! :)
Hi my name is Vongphachanh Mymala, but I go by Lynn (it's a Lao/Thai cultural thing for your nickname to be other than a shortened first name). I am a 4th year Integrative Biology major. I like to play console series-type games like Megaman, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Final Fantasy. However because I'm so busy with school and family (I'm local), I usually don't have time anymore to immerse myself in games. Hep B is one of the things I chose to do in my free time. As a Southeast Asian I understand the struggle of not being able to afford health care and get flu shots and vaccinations. My hope is that by being a part of Hep B project, I can help outreach and education SEA folks about Hepatitis B and help them gain better access to care. In the future, I hope to be a health professional but right now I'm unsure in what.
Hello! My name is Jesse and I am a first year intended computer science/molecular cell biology major. I enjoy playing tennis, learning, biking, hiking, and eating. I learned about Hepatitis B from the last two years in high school in China. I became increasingly curious about the disease that was extremely prevalent throughout the country I lived in and also originated from. After coming to Cal, I joined the Hepatitis B Project because I want to learn more about Hepatitis B as well as play an active role in helping to prevent it. Furthermore, by being a part of this organization, I aspire to grow as a person as well as contribute to the community that played a fundamental part in giving us all the opportunities we have as Asians in America.
After being in the emergency room of a hospital and having seen first hand the impact a doctor can have on someone’s life, I realized that I wanted to become a doctor. In those situations, people have to be willing to trust others with their lives. In the Hepatitis B Project, people trust us to take care of them and keep them safe. I hope to begin this effort at the Hep B Project and to continue doing so throughout my life.
Hello! My name is Alex An, and I am a current junior studying MCB at Cal. I am also a San Diegan native that naturally appreciates warm weather, the beach, and TRUE Mexican food (none of that La Burrita business…). I decided to join The Hep B Project because I wanted to know what I would look like in the clinical setting. When all the exams and textbooks are pushed aside, it’s actually the quality of one’s application of this knowledge that makes a great doctor—not to mention all the entailing social skills that just can’t be learned in a classroom. If I may draw an analogy to soccer, I would say that I’ve spent a good amount of time in the locker room learning about the playbook and what to do on the field, but no matter how much I learn, I’m not a soccer player until I spend time working and playing on the field. I feel like that’s where I am in terms of joining The Hep B Project for the first time and actuating the start of my clinical career. And I’m very thrilled about it!
As for the foreseeable future, I plan on going down the physician route and going through the whole package: medical school, residency/fellowship, and marriage (most of all!). Although I have a desire to go into pediatrics and family practice to see the institution of family revived and taken care of, I understand that my will is flexible and is subject to change down the road. In other words, I want to be a pediatrician, but we’ll see once I get into medical school! Apart from my professional life as a doctor, I see myself also being a professional father and taking excellent care of my wife and kids!!