UCI Center for Student Leadership

AntLeader Spotlight

March, 2017

Diana Hoag

Diana Hoag
Criminology, Law, & Society and Psychology & Social Behavior
Garden Grove, CA

UCI Involvements:
CARE Research Intern (2015-2016), Counseling Center Peer Educator (2014-2015), High School Summer Scholars Mentor (Summer 2014), President's Task Force: Preventing & Responding to Sexual Violence & Assault Student Representative (2015-2016), President's Task Force: Preventing & Responding to Sexual Violence & Assault Student Representative (2015-2016), Research Leader under the Rose, Mueller, and Greer Lab (2014-2015), Right to KNOW (RTK) Coordinator (2016-2017), Right to KNOW (RTK) Peer Educator (2015-2016), Student, Life, and Leadership THRIVE Co-Instructor (Fall 2016)

What’s your favorite quote and why?
There are so many great quotes out there, but if I had to pick one, it would be: We are all born beautiful; the greatest tragedy is being convinced that we are not. I chose that specific quote because I believe that people are all born beautiful and extending past physical characteristics, you all have the potential to be amazing. Society places so much pressure and judgement onto us that sometimes we fail to recognize the ability that we inherently possess. We try to fit into these rigid boxes that society created and it suppresses what we can truly be. Forget all those voices telling you that you can’t and listen to mine telling you that you can. As cliché as it sounds, the world has endless possibilities and you won’t know until you try.

What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
If I could find someone to play tennis or go rock climbing with me, it would be the first things that I do. Aside from that, I love to spend time playing music. I’ve picked up a few instruments growing up (violin, viola, cello, piano, and guitar) and I can never get bored from playing with them. If I get bored of one then I’ll just jump onto another!

What UC Irvine experience has impacted you as a leader?
All of my UC Irvine experiences have impacted me as a leader. The most impactful experience, however, is during my 3 rd year when I was the research intern for the CARE Office. As the research intern, I was able to present my findings to professional staff every week and have a direct impact on the holistic healing program we were developing. In addition to that, I became the volunteer coordinator for one of our largest annual event, Take Back the Night, which put me in charge of approximately 30 people that I had to properly schedule and communicate with. My exposure to various leadership responsibilities proved to me that I am capable of accomplishing these feats and made me more confident in my abilities.

How do you define success?
I define success as being happy with where you are in life. You can have multiple successes throughout your life as your goals change and getting where you think makes you happy might not necessarily be what happens in reality. I think success is something you constantly reevaluate and as long as you are satisfied where you are, then that’s success to me.

What goals are you currently accomplishing/seek to accomplish?
One of the goals that I am seeking to accomplish is to have a clearer idea of what I want to do with my life. I have a sense of where I want to go, but the path I need to take to get there could be better defined. As for a goal that I am accomplishing, I am en route to getting my two bachelor degrees after spring quarter with a Summa Cum Laude Latin honors distinction if all goes well.