Asian American Learning Travel Experience:
10 Alumni, 4 Days, 2 Students, & 1 Incredible Experience
May 10th-13th, 2018
By: Phillip Cheng
Rooted in the desire to learn more about Asian American history and how the historical events of California have affected and influenced the rest of the nation, the first Asian American Learning Travel Experience sponsored by UF Asian American Alumni has redefined learning outside of the classroom. Before the trip, rising seniors Henry Nguyen (BME '19) and Lauren Vu (PSY '19) had only anticipated visiting and learning about historical landmarks in a touristic type of way, but little did they expect to have connected so deeply to the stories and experiences of the individuals who made this experience so amazing. Rather than just being on the outside looking in, they were immersed in the community and made connections that have not only inspired their upcoming year as co-presidents of the Asian American Student Union but also for the rest of their lives. Click here to read more about their experiences.
3rd Annual Reunion Brings Together Students and Alumni
March 23rd-25th, 2018
By: Phillip Cheng
Born out of the desire to foster stronger alumni-student relationships, the Association of Asian Alumni and the Asian American Student Union came together for a weekend filled with roundtables, panel discussions, and Korean BBQ. Returning from the graduating classes of 2005-2015, alumni shared experiences about their lives after UF, from pursuing careers outside of their majors to living in other parts of the country.
Students listened, engaged, and also offered their own experiences of growing up in Florida and going to UF. Henry Nguyen, a current Junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering said, "Throughout the weekend, I genuinely felt that I was at a family reunion. I loved listening and connecting with the alumni and getting to know them personally. I found it great that they were able to give me wonderful perspectives and advice on life."
In bringing back former student leaders who have shaped and influenced the Asian American community, current student leaders connected the present to the past and continued the strong tradition of story-telling and preserving history. Michael Satyapor, an alumni from the class of 2012, shared, "It was really rewarding to see what the current students are up to and how we as alumni can support. Glad I could be part of the 25th anniversary of the Asian American Student Union!" The day concluded at a community favorite restaurant, Beque Holic, where everyone enjoyed all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ.
Check Out Our Local Gatherings
By: Phillip Cheng
After years of planning, the UF Association of Asian Alumni (AAA) finally kicked off their series of regional gatherings around the country starting in San Francisco in December 2017. Ringing true to the university's mantra that "the GatorNation is everywhere," the main purpose of the regional gatherings was to bring together different generations of Gators living in the same area to connect, share, and renew their sense of belonging to the Gator Nation. Through picnics and happy hours, alumni enjoyed spending time together in their favorite city locales. The AAA looks forward to another year of exciting gatherings around the country and to strengthening the Gator Nation one alumni at a time.
December 9th, 2017, 3:00pm-6:00pm
January 27th, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Culver City Park
February 21nd, 2018, 6:30pm-8:00pm
East End Hardware