Student Life & Leadership IT

AntLeader Spotlight

November, 2017

Pauline Nguyen

Pauline Nguyen
Comparative Literature
Westminster, CA


UCI Involvements:
Anteater Ambassadors Network (2016-present),, Campuswide Honors Program (2014-present),, Neon Anteater Renaissance - CHP creative works journal - Editor-in-chief (2015-2017),, Pre-Law Society at UCI - Publicity Chair (2014-2015),, UCI Saturday Academy of Law - Lead Teaching Assistant (2015-present),, Undergraduate researcher in the Department of Asian American Studies (2016-present)

How has UCI made you a better leader?
Uci has given me a plethora of opportunities to bring out the leader in me. One of the highlights UCI has given has been able to do undergraduate research through the department of Asian American studies. I am the lead in my research project which has given me the opportunity to travel across the world to present my project. Through my research project, UCI has given me an opportunity of a life time to bring out my inner leader.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Biggest accomplishment to date would be my research project which is a biographical study of my grandmother who was the first female judge of Vietnam. This is an accomplishment for me because it has brought me closer to my roots and allowed me to share my background with the UCI community. Through this accomplishment, it has paved the path for me to share my grandmother’s story thoroughly scholarly researchers.

What is the best advice you\'ve received about leadership?
Best advice I have received about leadership is that leadership is meant to help you grow not dictate. Meaning, learning from my mistakes and learning from those around me has molded me into the person I am today. You always have to make sure those around you grow with you as well and that it’s not just delegating tasks for others to do. Working together to help each other grows allows us to achieve our goals together.

What is your favorite memory at UCI?
My favorite memory at UCI is an organization im part of called Anteater Ambassadors Network. Last year, UCI had a boat parade at one of our volunteer sites. We were able to board the boat and be part of the celebration. Being able to represent UC and waving at the show made me feel that my volunteer experience had a purpose. Not only did I volunteer, but I represented every anteater out there that day showing my UCI pride. UCI Anteater Ambassadors Network has given me a wide spectrum of events to attend ranging from undergraduate volunteer assistants to events off campus as well. It’s a great way for student to branch out and explore what UCI has to offer.

What are you passionate about? Do you see yourself doing something with this passion in the future?
I am passionate about law and further the education of under privilege communities. I am the lead teaching assistant at the UCI Academy school of law. I work with Orange County High Schools’ to introduce freshmen to the legal field. Through this, I hope to encourage the youth to attend a higher education institution to pursue a career whether it’s the legal field or not, just as long as they attend a University. In the future, I hope to create more access to education through outreach programs. I will be going to law school next year and I hope to be one step closer to achieving my goal.