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Faith Santilla said “Of all the privileges that exist in this world, none of which you may be a benefactor of/ There is at least one you bear/ And that is the privilege of having been born a Filipina.” That’s what being Filipino means to me. It is a privilege to be a part of a people who exudes resilience, pride, and confidence in everything that they do. I love being Filipino and I’m lucky that it’s a part of my identity.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

2019-2020 President | FASA sa UWT

2019-2020 Secretary of Finance and Fundraising | NWFASA

2019-2020 Member | Dr. Jose Rizal Park and Bridge Foundation

2018-2019 Event Coordinator | FASA sa UWT

2020 Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Washington

My motivation to keep going is definitely my family. They inspire me with their work ethic and I want to be able to make them proud. I also feel as if my success is not just mine, my success is will also be my family’s.

Some values I grew up on are compassion, diligence, and forgiveness. Again, seeing the best in others and finding good makes your life fuller and better. Being compassionate to those who surround you just allows you to put good energy into the world. Also, nothing is worth having unless you work hard for it and the best things come when you know you’ve given it your all. And things become too big of a burden when you hold on to them with anger. Find a way to forgive those who’ve wronged you and be able to forgive yourself when you feel like you’ve disappointed yourself.

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LEADERSHIP

My greatest leadership trait is that I’m passionate about what I do. I am committed to my work in my undergraduate program and my work in helping uplift the Filipino American community. With this, I love rallying people and helping to push them to be better leaders themselves!