Student Life & Leadership Example

May 2019

Section 1

May 2019 - Brian Wi

An image of Brian Wi, May 2019 Spotlight winner.

Name: Brian Wi
"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken."
: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Chino Hills

Involvements at UCI:

Excellence in Research - School of Biological Sciences (2018), Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA), Korean Campus Ministry (KCM) (2015-2019), Medical Community at UCI Co-founder, Vice President (2017-Present), Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Fellowship (2017), UCI Disability Services Center Notes Provider (2019-Present), UCI Kendo Club - Vice President/Team Captain (2016- Present), Undergraduate Researcher, Walsh Lab - UCI Stem Cell Research Center - Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (2016-Present)

What are three words other people would describe you as?

Compassionate, Driven, Cheerful

What would you say is your greatest strength? How have you utilized it to empower yourself?

I think that my greatest strength is my strong desire to succeed. All of us are relatively motivated and determined but sometimes, when things don’t come as quickly as expected, we tend to give up. I like to look at the small steps that I take forward as mini successes, even if they seem insignificant. Life will throw obstacles my way but as long as I take these tiny steps forward and stay determined, I know that I will eventually succeed.

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?

Last year I was awarded “Excellence in Research” upon completion of my research project regarding the generation of Neural Stem cells and its immunological effects on mouse models of Multiple Sclerosis. I was happy to see that the effort that I put into this project was acknowledged by my peers and especially the professors that I look up too. This accomplishment gives me confidence to take on challenges that I will face in the future.

What is your life motto?

Be yourself and don’t be afraid of how you are perceived by others. Often, I couldn’t say or do something because I was afraid of how people would perceive me. Society places importance in “fitting in” and this is a problem because it prevents us from being who we truly are. I think it is important to strive to be authentic and have the confidence to express ourselves without worrying about how we appear to others.

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

Don’t be afraid to try new things and try to meet people from various backgrounds. Take advantage of all of the extracurricular opportunities that UCI has to provide! The four years you spend here at UCI will pass by quicker than you think. Also, I think it is important to focus on your career path but don’t make it your only commitment. Life is so much more than just your career and I believe it is important to set aside time for other things that life has to offer.

If you could drop all of your responsibilities for a day, what would you use this free time to do?

I would probably use this free time to play basketball or hang out at the beach with my friends and family.