What are your main responsibilities at your position? What are you looking forward to the most in your position?
As an intern for State & Private Forestry (S&PF) for the Forest Service Regional Office in Region 5 and a student studying communications, much of my responsibilities fall under creating communications material for the S&PF department, specifically under the Urban Community Forestry as well as Forest Legacy and Stewardship programs. I look forward most to building a deeper understanding of what the Forest Service is all about so that I can bring back to my community values on Urban Forestry and sustainability.
Did you find anything surprising about your internship or doing public service work?
I didn’t know Urban and Community Forestry even existed. It’s something that’s really relevant to my life because I’ve only lived in urban areas, and to know that there is a public service department committed to helping cities become and stay green is something that has been really heartening. The multitude of Public Forums that take place in order to engage the public in FS’s work is really cool. It’s a direct way that the public can be heard and taken into account when projects like Forest Revision Plans are being made.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by excitement. It can be my own excitement or others’. But as long as a project has a kind of value and I can find excitement in doing the project, I will be extremely motivated. I like the idea of creating things that provide this feeling to other people to and am propelled by the desire to share it.
When you get off work, what do you do? What are your weekend activities?
Currently I’m in the midst of helping plan our school’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Week (APAHW) and a few other things. I’m Marketing Chair of APAHW and so I’ve been having online meetings three times a week to go over different aspects of our planning. It’s been really rewarding working with a team that is so ready to go all the time and is so invested in this microcosm of a community that we’ve built. I’ve also been working on planning the curriculum with a friend for an AAPI Women’s group that we are running next semester as well as having meetings for the Penn Taiwanese Society to begin planning our events for the coming events. It’s always nice to see everyone and get things done.
For the past few weekends I’ve been traveling to Berkeley or San Francisco to visit friends and do some site seeing.
What are you most excited to do in California?
In California, I’ve been most excited to just explore the area, soak in the amazing weather, and get to know people in the area and office. It’s been an entirely enjoyable experience thus far learning how to live with chickens and cats, cooking food and sometimes my hair (accidentally), taking shorter showers to account for the drought, and going to sleep and waking up at really healthy times.
Miru Osuga is studying Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a violinist, a photographer, and an older sister. Within Penn, she is Co-President of the Penn Taiwanese Society, Marketing Tri-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Week Planning Committee, Itasa Representative for the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association, Full-Time Photographer for The Walk (the fashion magazine at Penn), and part of the Marketing Team for TEDxPenn. She is also a graduate of Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative (APALI), a program that builds leadership and greater awareness around issues within the Asian American Pacific Islander community. She believes in compassion, recycling, and honesty.
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Felicia Wong is currently a senior at the College of William and Mary, double majoring in Neuroscience and Asian American Studies, and minoring in Biochemistry. She is president of the Filipino American Student Association, and current non-academic projects include creating films calling for diversity curriculums/requirements and establishing an official APIA Studies program. Felicia was also elected president of Global Medical Brigades to lead a sustainable healthcare program in rural communities in Nicaragua. She hopes to connect her interests in healthcare with the community she has found in her cultural background. Having lived in Germany for most of her childhood, Felicia makes yearly trips back to visit her family, providing opportunities for her to indulge in her greatest joys: touring castles, eating at cafés, taking fashion cues from strangers, cooking with her family. Non-country specific pleasures include: biking, watching live music performances, screaming because Game of Thrones.