Student Life & Leadership Example

March 2019

Section 1

March 2019 - Hannah Jiyoung Kang

An image of Hannah Jiyoung Kang, March 2019 Spotlight winner.

Name: Hannah Jiyoung Kang
"Do not stress over the little things and be grateful for what you have."
: Fourth
Major: Nursing Science
Hometown: Irvine, CA

Involvements at UCI:

Alpha Tau Delta (Sep 2015 - June 2017), Nursing Science Student Association (NSSA) - Nursing Science Student Representative (Sep 2017 - Present), Publicist (Apr 2016 - Oct 2016), Nursing Science Student Council (NSSC) - President (June 2018 - Present), Vice President (Dec 2018 - June 2018), UCI Chemistry Peer Tutor (Sep 2016 - Dec 2016), UCI LARC Chemistry Tutor (Jan 2017 - Oct 2016), UCI Outreach Clinic - Nursing Coordinator (Apr 2016 - Current), Nursing Volunteer (June 2016 - Current), UCI Undergraduate Research Assistant (Dec 2017 - Current), Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fellowship, Undergraduate Research Symposium (2019)

What are three words to describe yourself?

Positive, responsible, and communicative. I always like to look on the optimistic side of my life and start my day with a smile on my face. I believe that there is always a reason to smile whether it be my friends, family, or a cup of hot americano. A smile opens a door to happiness and changes my attitude which can help me boost my confidence and positively affect people around me. I am responsible because I try to stay highly organized by taking notes and using tools to help me stay on top of deadlines. When tasks are given, I try to go the extra mile to make sure the work is the best it can be. I am passionate about my job and positions I have so I take my assigned duties and roles seriously and take personal pride in them. I believe that the quality of work is a representative of me. I am communicative and open-minded. I try to make sure that everyone in a group feels equally heard, respected, and understood.

How have you grown as a leader during your time at UCI?

Through my leadership positions at UCI, I became more flexible and understanding. I realized that it is important to have essential qualities of a good leader such as intelligence, decision making capabilities, and passion but the most crucial leadership skill is the ability to listen and communicate. There are so many people with different backgrounds, circumstances, and culture so I have learned to understand their life from their experience and perception. I learned to care for the well-being of my members, listen attentively to their concerns and input, respond openly and quickly to their concerns, and act truthfully to build trust. I try to have an abundant mindset and focus on what my members need rather than what they cannot do. Being a leader requires constant learning because as years went by, I have found a better way to communicate with my members, delegate tasks, prioritize things, and solve conflicts. I continually seek feedback because leaders can grow their organization to the extent that they grow themselves. Achievement in organizations is never accomplished by one person and I would not have come this far without my supportive board members.

What are you passionate about? Do you see yourself doing something with this passion in the future?

Through volunteering to serve low income populations, working in the healthcare field, and doing clinical rotation as a nursing student, I have realized that I am not in the situation to receive help from others, but rather in a situation where I can give out help. I am passionate about serving other people and helping people through their most difficult times. There is an old saying, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” It is gratifying to know that I will be able to impact someone’s life as a registered nurse (RN). I am excited to work as an RN after I graduate, and I hope to expand my clinical role in the future.

What is your life motto?

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” -Albert Einstein

What is the greatest piece of advice that you have been given?

I used to volunteer at a healthcare facility, where seniors with Alzheimer’s disease reside. One day, I met Barney, who shared his life stories and adventures of when he was young, and we talked for several hours. When I shared my concerns, he gently patted my hair and said, “Life is a long journey and you have not even come halfway.” He said this and I thought about it. He had received three surgeries for cancer and was close to death, but he was enjoying every second of his life and advised me not to rush. He said, “time will take care of all your pain.” I volunteered here to comfort these patients, but unexpectedly gained courage from ones like Barney. As I saw him enjoying his life regardless of difficulty, I became certain that one day I would achieve my goal. From that time, I have tried to enjoy my life to the fullest.

What is something that you have learned in college that you would like to share the other students at UCI?

Treat others how you want to be treated. If you decide to be kind to people, you will most likely feel happier. I also realized that helping others can actually help yourself. Helping others is not always a selfless act because when you help someone, they will be more likely to help you. Do not forget that your good deeds will be given back when needed.