Humans of Cal Rotaract Spring 2020

Cal Rotaract is a club full of selfless, diverse, and accomplished individuals. Each member contributes to the club in their own unique way, whether it be through service, fellowship, or support. We would like to highlight some of the stories and accomplishments of some of our Rotaract members through this semesters edition of Humans of Cal Rotaract. We hope you are able to learn more about these extraordinary individuals through their experiences listed down below.

Directory

Humans of Cal Rotaract

Alumni of Cal Rotaract

Humans of Cal Rotaract

Lauren Dela Rosa | West Sacramento, CA
Freshman | Math with a Teaching Concentration

Why did you join Cal Rotaract?

People during orientation really stressed the importance of finding a community on campus. Rotaract was really the first place that I ever felt that. The people here are all incredibly welcoming, but I think even more special than that is what brought everyone here together. The people here really only want to give to the community and don't expect anything in return. How could I not want to join?

What is your favorite memory/aspect of Rotaract?

My favorite memory is probably from one of the service events we did, volunteering for the Berkeley Project. I do not have a green thumb by any means, so I wasn't really looking forward to the gardening. However, I ended up working with a group of people that made it enjoyable, and we were laughing and having fun the whole time. It cemented the idea that service can be more than just work especially with the right people.

What skills have you gained from Rotaract?

I think Rotaract has most helped me learn how to balance things in my life. I came into Berkeley expecting to devote myself solely to academics, the kind of person who would cry if I got anything below a 95. This club has reminded me that there are more important things that a person can do with their time. A healthy balance between school work and doing things for myself.

If you could give our past self a piece of advice, what would it be?

Loving yourself is a process, and it's okay to come across bumps in the road. Please don't be so hard on yourself; harping on yourself over not being nice to yourself is kind of counterproductive. It is also okay to ask for help along the way <3

What character trait makes you instantly attracted to or respect someone?

Honestly I think the personality trait I respect the most is confidence. Even if a person isn't genuinely confident, but holds themselves in such a way that it comes across as if they are, I automatically have faith in their abilities.
Zarah Maroof | Pinole, CA
Senior | Economics

Why did you join Rotaract? 

I joined Rotaract in my first semester at Cal in fall 2017. I had been a member of Interact in high school, so joining Rotaract felt like a good transition into college. I was extremely nervous to be in such a new place, so I was hoping Rotaract would ease my fears because it felt familiar to me.
What is your favorite memory/aspect of Rotaract? 
My favorite aspect of Rotaract is that everyone seems genuinely excited to do community service. It’s hard to wake up early on a Saturday morning for a service project, but everyone here does it with a smile on their face. My favorite project would probably be VIDA Warehouse (where we pack medical supplies to ship to South America). I’ve participated in it 3 times, and it’s always exciting to think about how your actions could be positively impacting someone thousands of miles away.
What skills have you gained from Rotaract? 
Being a part of Rotaract has helped me develop my skills in compassion, time-management, teamwork, and communication.
If you could give your past self a piece of advice, what would it be? *
If I could give my past self a piece of advice, I would tell myself to stop stressing out about the little things. “If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it.”
What character trait makes you instantly attracted to or respect someone? 
I instantly respect people who have discipline. Having the self-control to get things done (whether that be studying, working out, etc.) can be extremely difficult, so I have a lot of respect for people who can discipline themselves.
Forrest McCann | South Lake Tahoe
Freshman | Mathematics

Why did you join Rotaract? 

I joined Rotaract as a way to help people.
What is your favorite memory/aspect of Rotaract? 
I enjoy that Rotaract helps people on the local, national, and international level.
What skills have you gained from Rotaract? 
So far in Rotaract, I've learned the importance of enthusiasm. Being surrounded by people who share my enthusiasm for service shows how effective a group of people can be.
If you could give your past self a piece of advice, what would it be? 
Be willing to talk to more people.
What character trait makes you instantly attracted to or respect someone? 
I like people who are outgoing.

Cal Rotaract Alumni Spotlight

Samuel Kim | Moreno Valley, CA

Year Graduated: 2018

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

LinkedIn Profile Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-kim-a86aba132/

What was your involvement when you were a part of Rotaract?

I was the local committee co-chair! I was part of all of the other committees and loved every single volunteer event from doing the international beach clean ups, Habitat for Humanity, Hot Meals, and our huge event Ignitus and Rotaract stayover!

How has Rotaract helped you professionally?

Rotaract helped me grow so much personally. It taught me awesome leadership and more importantly people skills that have helped me in my career and in my grad school application process. Plus, the friendships and professional relationships I was able to develop have tremendously helped me.

What is your favorite Rotaract memory?

Oh gosh, I can't pinpoint a single one. But our executive board really made out general meetings very fun during the semesters. We did different themes and I loved dressing up, living the theme, and doing projects related to the things we truly taught and preached. One of my favorite events was probably the Interact Stayover or local service's weekly commitment of tutoring and volunteering at SquashDrive!

If you could do anything you wanted without consequences or any restrictions (responsibilities, cost, time in history, etc), what would you do?

What wouldn't I do?!?! Honestly, I am passionate about a lot of things, but in a perfect world, I would end world hunger! I love and appreciate food and I think it is criminal that there are so many in the world and even in our communities around us that can't enjoy food as I do.

What's a movie that you could watch over and over again without getting tired of it? Favorite scene?

Any of the Avengers (The final battle scene in Endgame when everyone decides to just show up), Star Wars, Stepbrothers, Rat Race.

If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

Probably Ironman, because it would be nice to be a billionaire genius.

Felicia Hung | Saratoga, CA

Year Graduated: 2019

Major: Public Health

LinkedIn Profile Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/feliciahung/

What are you currently doing career wise?

I'm currently at the Yale School of Public Health studying Environmental Health Sciences. I am currently doing research on the effects of secondhand e-cigarette smoke, toxic chemicals on art students and occupational health and safety.

What was your involvement when you were a part of Rotaract?

I went to Interact Stayover as an attendee myself and absolutely fell in love with Rotaract. When I got to Berkeley, I joined immediately. Aside from helping with the Stayovers, I was also one of the Fellowship chairs! From planning socials to leading the activities during GM, it was so fun doing them all!

How has Rotaract helped you professionally?

It has taught me a lot of the leadership and social skills that I have been using in my professional life. Developing those skills has helped me network and get to where I am today!
What is the biggest takeaway/ skill you've learned from your Rotaract experience?
You know that question that interviewers ask about a time you have failed? I always use Rotaract as an example of that. Academics really started picking up when I became an officer and having to learn that balance is one of the most important things I've learned. In addition, there was a lot of teamwork that was involved so I use Rotaract as an example whenever an interviewer asks about teamwork too!

What is your favorite Rotaract memory?

I'm a little biased but I absolutely loved banquets. I performed during my first ever banquet and it was so much fun. It's also nice to come together as a whole club at the end of a stressful semester and celebrating our achievements. I still look back to those photos and cherish them and my time with everyone to this day.

If you could do anything you wanted without consequences or any restrictions (responsibilities, cost, time in history, etc), what would you do?

If my stomach didn't have a limit, I would eat all the food my heart desires

What's a movie that you could watch over and over again without getting tired of it? Favorite scene?

Little Women (2019); THE ENTIRE THING

Is there a food you haven't tried before that you've been dying to try?

Nasi Goreng from Indonesia!

If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

Does Obama count as a superhero?