Here are the banal pleasantries in first getting to know Nina: they're a 4th-year International Business major from Warren College, and are from Westminster in Orange County. Westminster will always be home, and Nina would be more than happy to bring you to Tira Tea House or Ben Ngu for some good tea or bun bo hue-- by the way, say something to them in Viet, and they’ll happily respond! They’d love to talk to you about how passionate they are about their Vietnamese roots, and their involvement in UCSD VSA-- in the past as a VCN actor and as VSA's first Community Culture Chair, and currently as a House Parent. Something that people are surprised to learn about Nina is that they can be more intense than they appear. Learning about other people's psyches is something they enjoy immensely; if you're raring for a good conversation, you can ask Nina one of their favorite icebreaker questions: "What's something you’ve done that makes you feel ashamed to admit, and how did you grow from it?" and see where that takes you. They're also an avid film, music, and art enthusiast, so any conversation about Wes Anderson films, The Marias' discography, or Basquiat's works will pique their interest.
Nina is pursuing a focus in marketing with their undergraduate degree, and has been grateful to have the opportunity to be an e.l.f Cosmetics International Marketing intern. With this experience as well as time spent in UCSD ACM: Dimensions as Marketing Lead and as UCSD's Discord Ambassador, Nina hopes to champion actively engaging, diverse and inclusive, and powerful marketing in their involvements, while upholding their values in supporting underrepresented, marginalized, and oppressed individuals, especially BIPOC and those in the LGBTQIA+ community. As a Southeast Asian, queer, nonbinary, and genderfluid person, Nina continues to educate and be educated by their immediate community, and is always looking for ways to give back. They have been a Girls Inc. volunteer and mentor since 2018 after graduating as an alumna, and serves as a scholarship and college essay writing coach and mentor.
To destress, Nina enjoys shadow boxing, making Spotify playlists to compartmentalize moods, experimenting with fashion and makeup, cooking for themselves and their brothers, and creating moodboards. Nina also knows the importance of exercising the brain, so they avidly devour new words that they pick up from others in conversations, and enjoy vocabulary- and wit-based, or guessing games like Codenames, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Quiplash, and Blather ‘Round. They also have a penchant for prepared and impromptu speeches, due to their heavy nostalgia from being in Academic Decathlon. As a mainly social and intense person, Nina has been grateful to share these two core aspects of their personality with their brothers, as they know they can turn to their second family for any type of professional or personal help-- or for an impromptu late night trip to Denny’s!
Various personalities of Nina: 4w3; Ravenclaw; ENFP-T; Taurus Sun, Scorpio Moon, and Libra Rising