Student Life & Leadership Example

January 2021

Section 1

January 2021 - Lauren Seberos

An image of Lauren Seberos, January 2021 Spotlight winner.

Name: Lauren Seberos

Year: 4th-year

Major: English

Minors: Asian American Studies and Creative Writing

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Hobbies: Anime, Manga, Drawing, and Writing

Involvements at UCI:

  • ZotCon at UCI: Performance Coordinator Board Member (2018-2019) 
  • UCI International Center: English Conversation Partner (2018) 
  • UCI Illuminations (2018-2019) 
  • Hermanas Unidas (2019-present)  
  • Video Game Development Club at UCI: Game Writer (2020-present) 
  • Japanese Student Association (2020-present) 
  • Her Campus at UC Irvine: Chapter Writer (2020-present)
  • Her Campus at UC Irvine: Chapter Editor (2021-present)  
  • The Patient Project: Patience and Pandemic Creative Journal: Published Poet (2020-2021) 
  • The Scribe at UCI: UCI’s Undergraduate Medical Humanities Publication: Selected Poet (2021)

What has been the most fulfilling experience you have had in a leadership role?

The most fulfilling experience I have had in a leadership role would definitely be my performance coordinator board position for ZotCon at UCI. As someone who is very passionate about Japanese culture and media, I really wanted to help create an event and space that many people could enjoy to form new common connections. I know many on students on campus have enjoyed anime and other hobbies related to Japanese culture which inspired me to run for this position. I really loved to see how the community reacted positively to the first anime convention on campus which I was excited to help put on with my board team. I think this position has taught me a lot about not only leadership, but also has allowed me to personally grow as a student overall on campus. I was able to use my interests and skills to give back to the UCI community which was extremely humbling to see since this organization at the time was brand new. 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am proud of having my poem selected for The Patient Project’s creative journal Patience and Pandemic because it showcases a voice that normally people wouldn’t really get to see. I got to delve deeply into how the pandemic has affected me as a whole and was able to have a creative outlet to express myself as a writer. I am glad other people were able to take away my experience as something important and impactful. As a writer, I want to continue inspiring others with my work in the future. 

Who is your role model at UCI? How have they impacted you?

My role model at UCI would definitely be my previous English professor Dr. Julia Lupton. She was the very first professor I had for an English course and had taught Shakespeare. I was inspired by her enthusiasm for the subject she was teaching and she encouraged me to get involved with the UCI Illuminations program since I had an interest in the arts. Through that program, I was able to meet many amazing writers, artists, and other talented people that I wouldn’t have otherwise had an opportunity to meet. She really allowed me to explore what my true passions in life and helped me become the student I am today. 

Everyone experiences some form of failure in their life, how have you dealt with it?

Whenever I have dealt with failure, I often tell myself “Keep moving forward.” I often find myself facing several obstacles at the same time, but if I have the dedication to continue moving forward within my life then I will be able to see it through. I know that if I finish a difficult goal all the way to the end, I know the rewards will be worth it. 

What advice would you give to your first year self?

I would tell my first year self that life is not always a straight path and it’s alright if you are uncertain about your calling in life. There is no right or wrong direction you can go in as long as you are happy with yourself at the end of the day. I would also mention how if people can’t see you for who you truly are, then they aren’t worth your time. Live life with the people who care about you the most and enjoy the pleasures you have around you. Try new things and take time for yourself when you need it.